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Some weeks finding time to take shots that are worth putting up here seems effortless – I wander around with my camera, taking the odd photograph, and as if by magic I end up with several decent shots. At other times it seems much more difficult to find the time – other things get in the way, the kids don't sleep well, there are too many other things to do. All of which is by way of saying that as with yesterday's shot things are a bit hurried at the moment and I'm struggling (a bit) to meet my image-a-day aim. Which, don't get me wrong, isn't a complaint – I chose to put up an image a day for very good reasons – but I am aware that I'm not giving chromasia quite so much attention as I would like.

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comment by sylvain thomin at 12:22 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

Very interesting.
I like the white of the letters compared to the brown in the background.
That really matches with "Designer".
Good as usually.

comment by myla at 12:35 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

I don't know, Dave. I mean, this is a photograph, but somehow it looks like art. I love the abstract reflection behind the ING, it's truly 'eye-bending'. As for 'photographer's-block' (if one could call it that), with all your gorgeous children (ahem, hint hint) I would think you'd have no shortage of great photo opps. I'd love to see what they come up with -- i.e., give them the camera and have them photograph you. =)

comment by Funky Frame at 12:42 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

myla.. Don't you consider photography art? ... or did you mean it looks like a painting.. etc...

comment by Alec Long at 03:57 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

What continually blows me away about your work, David, is how you can make the ordinary appear extraordinary. I love the deep brown of the building at your back--and how you positioned yourself so that "DESIGNER" is set against black. That color separation anchors the frame nicely. I wish I had your dedication to shoot more at the golden hour. By that time, I'm usually either still working or picking up the kids...anything other than shooting gorgeous sun-drenched images like this.

comment by Bob at 04:09 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

I know EXACTLY how you feel!

Still -- nice image! ... Keep grinding 'em out! :-)

comment by Taylor at 04:57 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

If I may: tizzight.

comment by miklos at 05:55 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

I've been trying to phrase what I have to say for about 30 minutes now. I keep holding down backspace in the end though. I'm not too sure. I think the fine white line inside the inner curves of the G gives it away though, however I'm still a bit curious as to how you achieved this shot. It's more like graphic design than photography. Nonetheless, it's nice.

comment by Emily Gilbert at 06:10 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

Hi Dave. I've been lingering around for awhile, but have never commented (yes I am that lazy) lol, anyways. Don't beat yourself up about not having a "perfect" image everyday. A perfect photo to one person may not be a perfect photo to another. i absolutely love your photography & I even use some of the photoshop techniques you share on your site sometimes.

comment by myla at 06:15 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

Funky Frame -- yes, you are correct, I meant that this shot "looked as though it was painted," as opposed to photographed.

And for the record, yes, I am of the opinion that photography is most definitely an art form.

comment by Luca (Italy) at 10:59 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

An image a day is not an easy task, but write your own comment and reply to our comments every single day is a really very big venture.
I do not really know how you can manage all these things: taking pitcures, spending some time with you daugther and your wife, switching on and off your PC and your web connection, working, watching at the television, looking for some foods... Aaaagh!
Probably you are better organized than I am. My best compliments.
ING: my businnes card has got on it: "Dott. Ing. Luca ...", so I'm thinking you have dedicated me you new daily image.. thank you!
It's a good shoot, but did you post process it? I'm not so sure that the background of "Designer" be so dark compared with the upper brown portion. By the way, when I see a good pitcure, I do not care too much if it was a "first shoot" or "post processed".. it remains a good picture, that is an artistic job of a photographer.
Take care.. and if you need much more free time, send me you socks!! ;-)

comment by Luca (Italy) at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

... sorry... your socks!

comment by Peter at 11:39 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

I like your site and I check the daily pictures since I found your photoblog. I appreciate your work, effort and (not the last) talent. I think you have fine ability to see and separate things from the mess and also the knowledge how to capture and present these moments. This ability still stays with you even if you don't have time to create new photos. I think there are millions of perfect pictures happens in every seconds but we can "own" very few in our whole life. I know it sounds a little pathetic ;). But I just want to say: keep going and never mind if you don't have enough time and/or other required circumstances for taking pictures. I'm in the same situation if it helps a little. Especially now when winter is coming and will have much less light here in Hungary (still a little bit better than UK) when I'm free to go out for taking shots (2-3 hours weekly). So keep going and don't mind putting up weaker pictures.

comment by Luca (Italy) at 01:34 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

I have not yet received any socks.. ;-)
I would like only to say that I completely share Peter's opinion expecially about your ability.
At this point I am the luckiest among three of us.. I live in the north of Italy and I have got much more light than you, David and Peter. Unfortunately I spend nine to eleven hours in my office. But, as far as the time for shooting good picture, I have to say that the reason why I always look at Chromasia is to learn to shoot better pictures by learning how "to capture and present those moments".
So.. many thanks David for your effort in building this wonderful site!

comment by Geoff at 01:49 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

I think the biggest problem here is that after posting so many stunning images in the last month or so, it seems likes a step down when you post a few that are a little more in the direction of just 'very good' :)

I can appreciate that you feel like you are not focussing enough on the site at the moment, but don't forget your kids. They are more important :). In the meantime, we will sit back and wish we could take such mediocre pictures day in day out.

Dave, you have a beautiful eye for colour and light - you always seem to be out taking your shots at the right time of day. Lovely rich colours, very graphic image. Not anything mindblowing, but a very solid shot. Keep up the good work, and give yourself a break :)

comment by djn1 at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2004

Thanks everyone. As for how this was shot, it's simply a reflection in a mostly black sign with a strong 'S' Curve adjusmtment; hence the absence of any detail around the word designer.