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I didn't have anything to put up this evening, at least nothing that I was particularly happy with, so I went for a rather haphazard wander around town. And, fortunately, I found this head. I would ask you which film it reminds me of, but it's a bit too easy – especially if you've seen it ;-)

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comment by A L I at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

First glance I was reminded of iRobot. The more I look at it the more I enjoy the shades and light reflections in this glassy face. I think this is the meaning of "Chrystal Clear"

comment by amol at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

i was thinking of iRobot too. the reflective glass with the dark background makes an awesome contrast. may i ask, where did you find this head? also, the fact that the photo was taken off center is also great.

comment by m at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004


comment by m at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

Tried to stop post to add ..
The eyes look to be David (The famous one not you - as in M Angelo)

comment by miklos at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

The shape of the eyes reminded me of iRobot right off the bat as well.
1000+ favourites on photoblogs.org ..wow..

comment by b at 10:40 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

definitely the abyss... love that movie

comment by crex at 10:45 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

Haven't seen "I, Robot" yet so no references there. A human face inside melting or distorted ... glass, plastic or ice!? Perfect composition. Cold and warmth at the same time. Perfectly balanced brightness and contrast. I wish I'd master the histogram that way. The eyes half closed ... almost scary. I have no idea how you did this. Filters? How did you do this?

comment by djn1 at 10:45 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

Yep, it was the Abyss I was thinking of.

comment by djn1 at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2004

crex: my apologies, I put up the wrong EXIF data earlier. This was underexposed by 1 stop (to prevent too many of the highlights blowing out), then I increased the contrast (a lot) with the Curves tool.

comment by Genuine at 12:22 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

Just stopping in to say hello and to congratulate you on your recent nomination at the BoB Weblog Awards 2004.


comment by dave at 01:41 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

mr. roboto! sorta... (think bad 80's rock song, from an equally bad band)

comment by tobias at 02:09 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

Hi David,

I do enjoy my photography but am still yet to really reach a point whereby I am happy with my shots.

I enjoy your site. It took me a while to find your comments section which I always appreciate on sites such as this because it provides insightm a forum and a connection with each and every image.

I am curious, do you sell your work, as in can I request one of your shots?

I hear about you via Mike Golding whose work I also follow.


comment by Henry at 02:54 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

Terminator 2!

comment by miles at 05:10 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

I have to say, terminator 2 is the first film that sprung to mind, but it's all James Cameron so we're good.

Great find though!

comment by Zandt at 06:31 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

Great shot, I come here often for inspiration and it is never a let down.

comment by Ali at 07:34 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

The Abyss! T2? A bit ... but that guy was metal. Not as transparent as this guy here.

comment by magnus at 08:15 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

terminator 2 !!! it's just a wonderful photo. Your work is such an inspiration to me.

comment by Jorge at 12:32 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004


comment by djn1 at 07:57 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

Thanks everyone, but T2? Are you serious? That guy was made out of metal ;-)

comment by frisky? at 08:07 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

T2 is what I thought of as well.

comment by djn1 at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2004

All you T2 fans: have you seen Abyss? ;-)

comment by Muffin at 04:33 PM (GMT) on 22 December, 2004

I love all your photos. They are lush, rich and delicious. I'm so jealous!