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When I first previewed this shot I wasn't sure about it, but the more I've looked at it the more I like it; partly because it continues the 'selective focus' theme from yesterday but also because it's visually much simpler than a lot of the stuff I produce. And I guess visual simplicity, at least in terms of composition, is something that I've been thinking about lately.

capture date
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exposure bias
metering mode
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RAW converter
2.15pm on 17/3/05
Canon 20D
100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
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C1 Pro
3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Ryan Rahn at 08:04 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Great lines and DOF again! :)

comment by Adriana at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

like the tower in the back. What is it exactly?

comment by Chris at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

That's Blackpool tower. Home of ballroom dancing and erm... comedy, fake plastic boobs.

comment by flygirl at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2005

Very, very nice. Love that you chose to focus on the wires, that's very unique... Perfectly executed of course, like always...

comment by Beth at 12:07 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

I'm digging the selective focus. It's almost as if these are two separate photos.

comment by Steve at 12:14 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

I don"t care for the selective focus. It looks like a blurry picture of
a tower to me.

comment by djn1 at 12:17 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

Chris: Blackpool, or so we're told, is cleaning itself up - I hardly saw a single plastic boob last summer. I did see some plastic arses in kilts though so there's still some way to go ;-)

Steve: that's because it's a blurry picture of a tower ;-)

comment by Joann at 12:50 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

I appreciate the simplicity of this photo. Maybe it's just me, but I think your busier shots can sometimes feel forced. Perhaps the selective focus on this one would feel that way to some, but I think the simplicity helps to make it work and feel "natural" (as opposed to forced). It's a beautiful shot! Shows you've been doing a lot of thinking and practicing, and now it's really coming together.

comment by kate at 01:45 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

hilarious! very creative framing. the flag blowing in the background makes it appear even more harrowing for the "tight rope walker".

by the way, what does "four over one" mean. sorry- just do not know. :)

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 02:20 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

Definitally a high shutterspeed, and I would think with that apreture would be more blurred in the background. But I do like the selective focus.

comment by Daniel G. at 02:37 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

This is not too simple...For me it is a complex composition...I like your selective focus...But i prefer yesterday´s shoot...

comment by pixelhead at 04:13 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005


comment by seribu sembilu at 07:55 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

you took it without flash?...

it's a good composition to me....i think it would be good if i have this picture and i make with color...

comment by djn1 at 11:53 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

kate: it never occurred to me that it looked like a tightrope walker, but I see what you mean. As for the title: I was a bit stuck – it just refers to the four quadrants over one tower.

seribu: no, no flash.

comment by Chris at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

re: boobs
I'm glad to hear its cleaning up its act, although it does mean that its drifting away from the californian norm...

plus, I should have said, your photography is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

comment by Catorze foto at 02:16 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

Excelente sensación de profundidad

comment by djn1 at 08:33 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by esharp at 08:38 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2005

Focusing on the lines makes this photograph an interesting piece.
I agree with seribu sembilu, I wonder how this photograph would look in vibrant color especially with the sky used as a backdrop.

Frankly I am not sure whether I really enjoy this photograph, but it does bring out a reaction, even though it is simple on one hand, it's also somewhat noisy.

comment by Tara H. at 09:08 AM (GMT) on 20 March, 2005

love this!

comment by hm1492 at 01:58 AM (GMT) on 24 March, 2005

this is a cool website. I like the interface but wonder how you keep the crap posting out. I guess this is a good test - if it lets me post this I will know there no protection

comment by Andreas Amble at 02:36 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2005

I've looked at this picture a few times the last days..
and sometimes i like it, and sometimes i don't..

It's great!