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My apologies for not writing much to accompany my recent entries, but I've just not had the time. As for this shot, and hence the title, it's a shot of Blackpool's Central pier taken from the North pier.

A quick update: Eskimo commented that this looks a bit jagged around the bar. This is light catching the metal rather than a resizing/sharpening artefact, and I did wonder about removing it in this version but didn't have the time to do it convincingly. Suffice to say that it's part of the shot and not a digital error, even if it does look like one ;-)

Update #2: Henning commented that the sky appeared a bit blotchy on this one so I thought I'd rework it. The original version was converted to black and white using the channel mixer to extract the red channel, mostly to get a bit more depth into a relatively flat sky. But because there's also quite a dramatic increase in contrast with this shot things became a bit blotchy. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I converted it to black and white using two Hue/Saturation adjustment layers, the top one set to desaturate the image, and the bottom one set to 'Color' blend mode (so that you can alter the Hue slider to control the final appearance of the image).

capture date
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
2.24pm on 17/3/05
Canon 20D
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
aperture priority
C1 Pro
3x2 + piers [Central pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by RamboHoHo at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

Cannot understand the photo. :)

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

I really like the toning on this one, and that the foreground is sharp. However, around the bar it seems to be a little jagged (around the circles), but that is just pickyness. I really do like it :)

comment by Ryan Rahn at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

Great lines and contrast!

comment by luminouslens at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

I really love the composition of this photo.

comment by Lee at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

I really like this photo's circumfrances theme :)

comment by Lee at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

* ehem...I meant circumference :P

comment by Adriana at 09:12 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

I really enjoy yesterdays's entrie. This one is pretty original too. But it seems a little dark for me. Any way it may be just my screen's settings.

comment by Robyn P. at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

I really like this - kind of like peering through a window - its really dark and moody too, which I like, but others may find depressing...

comment by Daniel G. at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

Very good use of depth of field. Beatful work with arcs and curves. I like this one.

comment by nordilux at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

dave, this one is very nice indeed. the separation between fore- and background gives it depth, the contrast and greytones make it very graphical and you manage to repeat the circular theme in both places. very skilled indeed.

comment by nogger at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

Ok. Mmmmm.... I had a bug about yesterday's and I have one about today's.

Couldn't work out what it was yesterday but I think I can now. I think they're the wrong way round re what's in focus and what isn't. More so with today's.

This is, of course, just a personal opinion. But that's what I think. For what it's worth.

I will now close the bunker door. :-)

comment by henning at 10:04 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

Itís a clever shot, but it doesnít stir any feelings. Maybe itís too sterile or thought out?

Also, Iím experiencing some Ľblotchynessę in the sky and out of focus areas. It looks like jpg-artefacts, but Iím not sure.

comment by Beth at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

The council/tourist board should totally be paying you. Much better than some of the Little and Large posters I saw about town. :) This is really unique and lovely!

comment by MOIN UDDIN at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

DAMN!!! Simply beautiful!!!

comment by Chris at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

Great balance in this shot. I really like how the bar cuts through.

comment by Alex at 11:27 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2005

the funny thing about this is that, because of the stark contrast in color intensity (black as opposed to a subtle grey) the {rail?} almost looks superimposed on the image. with the jagged bits (anti-aliasing) it COULD pass as one of those cutesy little brushes off deviant art that we love so much.

oh, we DO love them.

anyways. whilst not portfolio worthy, i do think you should experiment more with DoF. perhaps not as much as i do {shameless plug} CLICK ME DAMMIT {/shameless plug} and not in a huge spree like with the fisheye lens.. but all the same. people work wonderfully well :)

off topic. ish:

i'm glad you put this up. in some respects - though i know you're into experimenting and whatnot - this is most definately a step up from some of the recent pictures. that said, i can't help but love the novelty of capturing a chav in his element, and yet.. your camera is still in tact! amazing - really.

hugs o-(".)-o

comment by Raffi at 03:28 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Ooooh I like I like! Definately good depth in this shot.

comment by sari at 08:11 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

i like the idea to repeat the circular theme. it gives continuity.

comment by farah at 09:00 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

i dont know much about photography and skills.. but this entry is superb! * like all your entries as well =) *

comment by tobias at 09:15 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

I agree with Adriana, a little dark maybe.

I love the compostion though, wich is a major flaw of mine I feel, not getting the right shot but I will be cheating in future and just cropping until the image is good.

I don't know why but I keep feeling the need for a bigger (deeper) DoF, it does make me feel that the photogrpaher went for the wheel but failed to focus correctly and "missed" it.

Again, the composition is great, the curves very complimentary and great framing.

comment by Andy (SensorChip) at 09:16 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Beautiful composition.

comment by tobias at 09:18 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Yes definitely, the blurred wheel really bugs me and as Robyn P has said, I feel the darkness depressing but not in an atmospheric way. Strange, the shot is great yet misses and those two points and just frustrates. Do it again Dave...

...do it again!

comment by henning at 09:23 AM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Much better, Dave. Thanks for the tip on BW conversion! I know what you mean with th channel mixer, things can get blotchy when using (too) much of one channel.

comment by Orthodox at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

It looks not very spontaneous to me, but a lot of elaboration can be seen in this shot. i like the symethry and curves and curves and curves ... :)

comment by VPra at 01:26 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Nice title for it. :)

comment by David at 01:54 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005


Been lurking and admiring your work for a while. I've got myself a 20D, so in theory I can take shots just like yours! In theory.

Just wondering how you learned digital processing - trial and error, a book, a course? If book could you recommend something? I can find my way around Photoshop but when it comes to tarting up images it's all a bit hit and miss (usually miss). I'm trialing Bibble Pro for RAW processing (didn't like Capture One Pro - price / interface).


comment by wr7259 at 03:33 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

great shot!

comment by Jamey at 06:05 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

It seems like it needs another element to really make the composition complete. Perhaps something at a distance bewteen the front and rear elements. Other than that, well done.

comment by djn1 at 06:31 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Thanks everyone.

nogger: I don't think either today's or yesterday's would have worked if I'd inverted the focus.

Beth: I shall tell them you said so ;-)

Alex: ok, more experimentation tomorrow.

Adriana and tobias: I did try a lighter version, but it wasn't very effective.

David: try 'Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers (by Martin Evening) and/or The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (by Scott Kelby). I prefer the former, but both are good.

Jamey: I can see what you mean, but I quite like the simplicity of this one.

comment by Eric Hancock at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Very nice shot. This reminds me of Andre Kertesz.

comment by Christopher Shipman at 05:50 PM (GMT) on 22 October, 2005

Oh yeah, I love this shot. I remember seeing this a few months ago, and it always stuck with me. Really well seen. I love how the arcs of the foreground thingy are echoed in the ferris wheel.

comment by adena at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2006

very 'something wicked this way comes'... i like!