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Of the four in this series this is my favourite, mostly because it has a more other-worldly feel than the others. That said, my wife thinks this is the least interesting of all of them so I'll be interested to hear how you think it compares. Oh, and my wife's favourite is tomorrow's, the final one in this series.

And talking of favourites, I'm really pleased that my recent shot don't look up was awarded a noteworthy in Photo Friday's Best of 2004 challenge. Many, many thanks to everyone who voted for it. It's definitely my favourite shot of 2004.

And finally: thanks for all the votes for the Best of Blog Awards 2004. There are still a couple of days left to vote but it looks like I'm going to end up in third place behind What the Hell Happened Last Night? (currently a fair way out in front) and Sensitive Light (currently in second place). Sadly, as my wife will contest, I'm normally a rather overly competitive person, but in this instance I was pleased to discover that I really don't mind being beaten at all – being nominated and having lots of people vote for me is reward enough.

Oh, try viewing this shot with the dark theme.

capture date
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RAW converter
3.40pm on 8/1/05
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by owen at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

beautiful shot. I love the clouds and the still water on the beach with the wafer thin section of 'civilisation' in between.

comment by Allan at 09:20 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

I'm liking yesterdays best so far.
I haven't had the time to try my hand at some more nightshots. I'll let you know when I do. Did you get that softbox for the flash?

comment by peterv at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Yes very good, for me the Pepsi Max Big one (or whatever it's called) is little distracting on the right. I would have prferred if you'd planned left slighlty to give that feeling of perspective.
Great reflection.

comment by peterv at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Sorry, for 'planned' read 'panned'

comment by Chelsea June at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Well I like this! Although I'm more of a color-pic fan. We'll just have to wait till tomorrow till I can see which one I like more. ;)

comment by Shad at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

I love the reflection of the clouds in the dark water. Tones are great.

comment by Adriana at 10:19 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

I like the composition of this one. I live in the cost and it looks like somewhere here in Ensenada I tooks me to there, I can imagine my self standing there even although we are in different continents. :) Any way I did like yesterdays better maybe because this looks familiar to me...... I'll wait for tomorrow's. I usually agree with your wife's selection, so let's see this time. ;)

comment by Sam607 at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Yep, that's gorgeous. No doubt. Great shine, great clouds, great tones. Everything!

comment by buggy at 10:47 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

I thought of a comment all in fun but since I don't know you I decided to just say that I like ALL of your images. And that's the truth.

comment by matt at 10:53 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

I like yesterday's best, but who really needs to choose...I like this one as well. I'm kind of surprised that you were able to catch this at 1/250 at f5.0. Seems like the apparent lower level of light would call for a slower shutter or larger aperture. I am also curious what means you used to convert to monochrome here. I've just downloaded Image Factory's convert to b&w plug-in for PS, and am liking it so far. Congrats on Noteworthy...it was.

comment by Kim at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

This is an amazing photograph. I have been following your work for a few weeks now and I quite enjoy what you produce.

Congratulations on all the positivity you've received in the competition!

comment by tobias at 11:26 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Must agree my favourite. The light is superb. The atmosphere amazing. Akin to that of cinematography I feel...

comment by Pete T. at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Great composition. I really like how the clouds add to the photo both in the sky and in the water.

comment by helgi at 11:49 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005

Now that's good. Really, really good. The tones are superb, the reflections in the sand are beautiful and give it a good balance, and I love how deserted it looks. (A bird in the corner would've ruined it!)

The only thing I'd consider fixing is burning the strongest window reflections just a tad, to tone them down a little.

comment by JamesK at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2005


I agree with your wife in that I don't find this shot particualry interesting. The detail in the background is too far removed and there's not enough in the foreground to hold my interest, although the sky is dramatic and conveys the winds you mentioned in the first post of this series.

Yesterday's shot was more interesting and respect to you getting soaked in the process. For me, the first post has been the best, so far - i wait with eager anticipation for the final one.



comment by Zizzybaloobah at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

I like this one very much, but I like Jan 9 better (better view of the amusement pier). I also prefer photos with a figure than those without.

comment by Peg K at 12:57 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

I still love the 1st the best of the set - but this would be my 2nd favorite.

This one has almost a surreal feel to it. Everything seems so crisp; the water almost smooth as black ice, the clouds fixed in the sky.

The sharpness of the shot reminds me of Ansel Adams.

Whoever said it before is exactly right, though, David - ALL of your work is tremendous!

comment by kate at 02:20 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

one of my favorite photographs is Louis Faurer's "Garage, Park Ave" which was shot in New York in 1950. A black and white of three identical black luxury cars (?) parked in a garage, the black so deeply reflective it feels like oil.

this shot instantly reminded me of that element, and I agree with Peg's read of surreal. in Faurer's, I look at the cars and see sleek, black shining leopards.

the water in the foreground here has a similar feel, not necessarily of leopard, but of something the water is not.... i love when a reflection, in this case clouds in water, takes on a texture or feel of something other than the obvious! nice! ;)

comment by ellehm at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

Great serie of pictures, it gives a sense of tranquility and a big longing of being there.

comment by Magnus at 08:33 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

This is beautiful, so far this is my favourite. I wanna thank you for keeping up such good work, and that you are willing to share your photos. I'm no way near you, but your work inspire me to get better. Thank you!

comment by tiffany at 08:34 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

Oooh I don't know, each one is so different. The one from Jan 9 is the most compelling in terms of a story (for lack of a better word - it has a character and a setting, kwim?). The one from yesterday is really pretty but I love the tones in today's. Perfect exposure, perfect color tinting. I'll hold off til tomorrow to pick a favorite though... I suspect your wife is right. Wives are usually right you know. :-)

comment by Christian Bre▀ler at 01:26 PM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

I prefer this one to the other two. One aspect may be that this one even looks nice as a "wallpaper" (after scaling and sharping) on my mobile which only has 101x80 pixel. The main structures of this foto still remain impressive.

comment by tark at 02:30 PM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

Very good. I like sepia. ;)

comment by Jordan at 03:07 PM (GMT) on 12 January, 2005

This is a very powerful image -- very dramatic. The tone you chose suits it well. Congratulations!

comment by m at 08:53 PM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Then this one!