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We went out earlier this evening to look at the Illuminations, and while I didn't really get any decent shots of the lights, I did get this one. And if anyone can tell me exactly what it is, I'll eat my camera ;-) Oh, and my wife, who would probably be quite pleased if I ate it, isn't allowed to join in ;-)

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Canon G5
6.08pm on 4/9/04
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4x3 + night shots [long exposures] + people
comment by emma at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

some people gambling?

comment by runny at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

...getting dizzier and dizzier... *vomit*

comment by djn1 at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

nope ;-)

comment by lumen at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

Holy crap man! VERY delectable image! Motion, colour, mystery... Bravo dude, bravo.

comment by mysterymythic at 10:53 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

Am I the only one to see the black phantom 'thing' on the right of the photo? :-/

comment by Michal at 10:58 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

nice motion effects and colors...

comment by fraxinus at 11:23 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

My first thought was some kind of fairground ride - dodgems maybe - but then that seemed too obvious. As you are a known for your reflections - I figured maybe these were bingo players caught in one of those 'cosmic orbs' that seem to feature this year - although I've no idea what a cosmic orb may be...but whatever this represents, it's another interesting image.

comment by zimny at 11:39 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

the first thought was: a bar from the outside. the seckond: double exposure (this one was instantly rejected), and then the third: gambling. but they are wrong, arn't they? (and btw, do i see monitors?)

comment by djn1 at 11:46 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2004

It's not a reflection, it's not a double exposure, and there aren't any monitors, … and the only PS'ing done to this image was to increase the saturation and contrast.

comment by LunaSol at 12:10 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Cool...looks like it's taken inside a skating rink or bumper cars.

comment by djn1 at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Nope, no bumper cars nor skating rinks ;-)

comment by Go at 12:50 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Cool! Hmm... a shot of a bar/restaurant taken while going through a revolving-door? What's your wife's e-mail address? :-)

comment by Garth at 12:51 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Ok. I have been a fairly silent viewer of this site. BTW Very nice.

But I'll take a stab at this one.

Outside of a bar with pool table next to a theater ticket window.

Would you like soy sauce with that camera? :)


comment by djn1 at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Go: no bars/restaurants, no revolving doors, not saying :-)

Garth: welcome, but you can put the soy sauce away; there are no pool tables, and no theater ticket windows either ;-)

And now I'm going to bed - it's 1am here - but keep guessing and hopefully I won't be having a Canon G5 for breakfast!

comment by Anne at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Is it maybe a bus driving by? By the way, this is a gorgeous picture. I love it, and the mystery of it just adds to it's beauty

comment by youesyou at 02:46 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

it looks like a trolly to me. but i keep finding things that make me think different. like the words i see in the bottom left hand corner. and whatever the crap that dragon thing is on the right.

maybe a bus rushing by with advertising on the side (being attacked by a dragon of course).

comment by Judith Polakoff at 03:50 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

It appears to be a man and a woman behind a desk or counter, and the woman (on the left) appears to be on the telephone or speaking into a microphone. I can't make out what the third person, the man standing in front of the desk/counter, is doing -- maybe opening his wallet? So I'm going to say it's either a ticket counter (in a bus or train station), a hotel lobby, or a fast food restaurant. The structure on the right could be a newspaper kiosk?

comment by Frank at 04:14 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

I think the word in the lower left is "tramways'. The other stable object which catches my eye is behind the dark figure on the right, it looks like a sign with an ornamental top -- perhaps one of those signs with ridges onto which you put white letters and then close a glass front.

The figure on the right looks like some kind of bird to me, by the way.

By the arc of the colors/lights, I imagine senor djn out his camera on the handle of a glass door and let it swing while the shutter was open.

comment by DeborahMary at 05:14 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Another silent viewer (and appreciator of your work) who thinks the figures on the left are in a convertible driving by and reflected in....? dunno.

comment by Victor at 05:15 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

You much be zooming in while pressing the shutter. That's all I can tell.

comment by myla at 05:35 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

I've got it! =)

It's an elderly man sitting on a bench and behind him is a tilt-a-whirl (or some kind of fast, spinning ride) lit up -- right?

(and if I'm right, Dave, consider this post as a ~get out of having to eat the camera free~ card)


comment by Maria at 07:50 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

My vote is on the passing bus. And this is a direct order: do NOT eat your camera!! ;o)

comment by Brian at 08:29 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Ok, I'm bored at work and have spent the last oh half hour trying to look for little clues as to what this is of, here is my conclusion: It is a picture taken from the rear of a tram, into a reflective surface of some kind. You and your wife are riding in the rear of the tram (people in the left center of the image) The other people seen in the image are people at the tram station who are waiting for the next tram or a tram that goes to a different location.

comment by Brian at 08:35 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Wait, scratch that last guess, if it were taken into a reflective surface then the words at the bottom would be backwards. And if you were taking the picture from the rear of the tram then you would be sharper than the people outside it. So.....new conclusion: Same idea kinda but its not a picture of you and you wife but it is a shot of a tram that is leaving the station. You hand held the shot which is why the people sitting to the right are a bit more in focus than the people who are in the tram that is driving away.

But I could be way off since it is almost 4am here and I'm not used to working the graveyard shift.

comment by zimny at 10:04 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Stop guessing, he will die! ;-)

comment by djn1 at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Well, various people were *nearly* right, so if I'm going to be pedantic I don't need to eat my camera ;-)

This is a handheld shot of a tram, but the entire image is of a tram driving past me at about 15 mph. The guy who looks as though he's sitting down at a bar (on the right of the image) was caught through the open door, and the rest of the people are only visible through the windows. I think the reason that some are more blurred than others is that I started the shot as the tram was to the left of me and the exposure ended as it was directly in front of me.

As for the phantom/dragon/bird: I have no idea what this is. It looks like a gremlin to me. Perhaps this is a haunted tram ;-)

comment by Frank at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

David, the item on the right may not have been on the tram. (I now wonder if it isn't a a head on a statue, possible a bull?)

Where were you when you took this?

comment by djn1 at 06:04 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Frank: this was taken just a little way up from Blackpool's North Pier, and if I remember correctly all there is on the other side of the road are shops; i.e. I'm fairly sure there aren't any statues. I'll have a look next time I'm passing and let you know.

comment by Loge at 08:34 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

I think the gremlin is a curtain being blow around by the moving tram. Maybe it's a booth or some variety? A tool booth. I doubt the tram would have a curtain, so it's probably on the concourse. (I cheated; I futzed with colors and sharpness in PS.)

comment by cheryl at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

That gremlin thing is frrreaky

comment by Ryan at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Just eat the freakin' camera!

comment by djn1 at 09:33 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2004

Ryan: no chance! Now that I've discovered that it will capture frrreaky gremlins, normally invisible to the human eye, I'm planning a whole series of supernatural shots ;-)

comment by theman at 06:57 AM (GMT) on 2 June, 2008

This looks to be a tram going past Coral Island on Blackpool seafront. The large figure thing is a pirate they have on the roof.