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I'm currently looking after our youngest while my wife tries to get our three year old to sleep (who's now caught the cold that the rest of us have had), so I don't have a great deal of time to write this evening. Well, I suppose I do – she's happy enough at the moment – but if I don't pay attention I'll probably turn round and find her eating a firewire cable or something equally disruptive ...

As for this shot: I stopped at the beach on the way home and just missed the last of the evening sunlight, but I'm quite glad that I did as this one turned out ok.

Right, back to entertaining the youngster who I've just noticed is rearranging the carefully arranged stacks of paper under my printer table :-/

capture date
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exposure bias
metering mode
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4.20pm on 19/11/04
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
aperture priority
3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by rioux at 11:34 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2004

I think that this is a beautiful image. I love being able to see the sun/moon in the distance. The criss-crossing plants force your eye to move around inside the picture. I like this image a lot.

comment by Carlo at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2004

Beautiful and simple, simply beautiful...

comment by Garth Leach at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2004

very nice composition. The cool colors makes this feel very sombre.

comment by DNegel at 12:07 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

At first I was drawn to your site by the nature of your pictures - then wished I could someday become receptive enough towards the world around me [like you have in yours] to capture at least little glimpses of its beauty. But now I am also drawn to your site by your warm way of describing what goes on behind the pictures you take.
Thanks for the inspiration...

comment by Rodrigo Gómez at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

It's a strange photo for me. I find myself trying to adjust the white balance!!! I don't know, there is something in the colors that, for me, makes this look artificial. And the problem (my problem it is!) is that this probably *were* the real colors!!!

On a side note, I totally agree with DNegel. Reading your comments, even if they doesn't have anything to do with photography or the photograhpy per-se is always a good reading.

comment by nogger at 12:53 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Neat. I try stuff like that and always get too much foliage in the way. :-)

I love that shade of blue in the sky. We get skies that colour round here in the evening.

comment by marie-madeleine at 01:30 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Hi Dave,

I quite agree with what DNegel writes, I feel the same way towards your pictures.
The world is beautiful in all its little details, you not only see it through your eyes, but also with your heart ; in fact you do have two hearts in the place of your eyes!


comment by Joann at 01:48 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

This is very nice. It captures that time of day perfectly without being a sunset image.

comment by tristan at 02:25 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

very evocative image. i can't help but wonder how it might look in black and white and sepia toned.

btw, do you miss not having a faster max. aperture on the 17-40 lens? i have this lens also and often find myself wanting an shallower depth of field.

comment by photographer52 at 02:33 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Good choice of colour.

comment by Samuel at 04:12 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004


And so to bed.

comment by Benny at 07:43 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

great colors! i love the perspective...great composition!

comment by riff at 08:57 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

The photo is one of those 'I've got to try this type of shot out for myself' kinds, but for some reason, I find the the colors to be.. artificial.

I guess it'd look more artificial if you had upped the saturation. but yes, B&W might haven't been a better photo ;)

comment by peterv at 09:29 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

(I'm looking);-)

I agree with DNegel. Your writing is required reading for me every day.

This is a great image, beautifully composed. I thought at first it ws from the summer. Taken on the same day the rest of us have been having snow deep and crisp and even.

comment by andrew at 10:50 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Just gorgeous. Everything else has already been said!

comment by Marina at 06:53 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

After all these comments I can just repeat that this shot is really beautiful!

comment by Simon C at 07:08 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

For me this is your best photo in a while. A simple, calming, naturalistic shot. One problem though, I think the colour needs some correcting. It's a bit too cold...

comment by djn1 at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Rodrigo: yes, these are (almost) the real colours but I did increase the saturation and lightened the foreground somewhat, both of which have changed the image slightly.

tristan: I did try a black and white image and a toned one but both looked very flat. And when I tried to compensate by upping the contrast I lost too much detail in the foliage.

Simon C: the coldness does reflect the original scene. The sun had gone down a little while previously and, from what I can remember, this shot is a fairly accurate representation of the colour temperature at the time.

Also: thanks to everyone who mentioned they enjoy the writing on chromasia, I've written something about it to accompany tomorrow's entry.

comment by Turfdigger at 05:28 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2004

This is indeed one of the most restful images I've seen 'round the ol' interweb in some time. The ocean is such a restorative and this shot transports me instantly.

comment by Gypsy at 04:49 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2004

I love this...reminds me of being a child and laying in the grass watching the clouds roll by.