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One of these days I'll go out and take a hundred shots that I can put up on chromasia, I'll queue them all for posting, and I'll alternate between sitting back and enjoying myself and going out on leisurely but planned photographic expeditions.

Yeah, I wish ;-)

What's more likely is that I'll continue to have days like today, where despite rushing around like a headless chicken I got nothing done, didn't manage to take any photographs until after 9pm, then spent half an hour or so pouring over the RAW files trying to decide what to put up ... all of which isn't especially relaxing ;-)

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9.22pm on 15/1/05
Canon 20D
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
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C1 Pro
comment by Chelsea June at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2005

What a cool shot! How did you manage this? Is it a piece of art/mirror?

comment by djn1 at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2005

This will totally ruin any mystique this shot may have had, but: it's part of an advertisement in an optician's window (for those lenses that darken in bright light ... photochromatic?).

comment by Paulo Ribeiro at 11:26 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2005

You shouldn't push yourself so hard!

Great image, though. I figured out what it was before reading your explanation. :)

comment by Adrian Hudson at 12:13 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Dave, I use Opera and your new format portfolio (linked above) just displays as a column of (large) thumbnails down the middle of the screen No text, just the navigation right at the head of the page.

comment by djn1 at 12:20 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Paulo: I might take a day off next month. Chromasia has been running (more or less) at an image a day since February 5th 2004 so I don't want to miss any days quite just yet.

Adrian: that's what it's supposed to be like. You can click any of the images in the column to view a larger version (much the same as usual) and then click the larger image to return to the gallery's index (i.e. the column).

comment by Thinh at 12:26 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Whoa, what a trippy image. Anyways, you probably already knew that but yeah, I'm kinda not liking this shot because the left half is blurred out/not in focus while the right is just perfect.

I'm not sure, but I think I'd like it better if the whole image was sharp. The fuzziness is a bit distracting to me.


comment by djn1 at 12:31 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Thinh: I didn't take my tripod out with me this evening so would have had to bump up the ISO to 800 or 1600 or shot at a lower shutter speed to get a bigger DoF. That said I quite like the shallow DoF. What do other people think?

comment by Judith Polakoff at 02:56 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

LOVE this image! I also like the shallow depth of field. The thing that bothers me a bit is on the left-hand side the window dirt/splatters are visible. It would be nice if you could somehow manage to smooth that out a bit, maybe by blurring it even more.

comment by Frank at 03:08 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Dave, although it took me a moment, I quickly figured out that this was your shot of an accordion image. (the eyes through the lens on the right -- our right -- are obviously a big clue.)

You did fine with what you did, although I wonder if there isn't room for a philosophical complaint? (Have a moment? I'll buy you a nice bitter.) Remember Du Champ's "Nude Descending a Staircase"? He went to an extra mile to show the transition, and it was groundbreaking, it really expanded the time dimension of painting. The agency that did this accordion shot tried to do the same thing, break out of the limitations of a single shot.

Now, while their effort is clever and shouild be recognized as such, I'm not comparing them to Du Champ. But do you wonder -- just a bit -- if you've undermined their cleverness with your shot?

(By the way, I hope you know that I like a lot of your work; I don't always chime in on it, because you do get a lot of adulation.)

comment by tark at 09:40 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Very good shot, this is endenger mystique.

comment by matt at 03:52 PM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

That eye peaking from behind the shades is fantastic. Also, the sliced nature of the photo, I believe, is strong editorial content about fashion and narcism. Great stuff.

comment by djn1 at 09:09 PM (GMT) on 16 January, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Judith: had you made that point about six months ago, I think I would have agreed with you but, for some reason, I seem to be moving away from overly 'clean' images.

Frank: yes, I can see your point, but I suppose I was after the transition itself, and in a single shot it's difficult to do it justice.

comment by quasi at 06:00 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2005

Interesting photo. Not sure whether I like it or not...

Re: the new gallery pages - I'm not sure whether or not I like the new design either! I kind of liked being able to see the beginning of the description for each photo. One problem, though - if you have Chromasia set to use the dark background, it reverts to the light background on the individual photo pages linked to from the gallery index.

comment by djn1 at 06:56 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2005

quasi: the original category pages are still there, this new layout is an additional one. And thanks for the heads-up about the styles changing unexpectedly, I've fixed it.

comment by selsek at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 3 November, 2005

This is an awesome picture!
So awesome that i made a poster out of it.
Here it is: http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/galleryimage.gas?5414

Ya da best! Even a simple wall looks good in your pics!