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This is the penultimate shot in this series, and out of interest: how far do you think it is from the wood to the water?

1.55pm on 29/4/05

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3x2 + piers [St. Annes] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Andreas at 08:06 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

OOh, man! THis is so nice!
by faar the best in a looong time!
Love it!

comment by SteveO at 08:19 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Wow, i love the colours of the wood and the rusty metal.

As for the distance, it looks very high up because the ripples are so small, but im going to guess that thats not the case or you wouldnt have asked if it seemed obvious.

comment by Craig at 08:21 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Dave, now that is nice, is that the actual water or have you dropped that in the perspective looks false, but it gives me vertigo looking at it, so I guess that as its evoked a reation thats a good thing...right?

Love the saturation, colouring and texture... of this frame. I reckon a series of three of these images close together would make a fantastic study.

Anyway when this pier falls into the sea, the council can use your shots as a record of the delapidation of the said unsafe structure......! ;-)


comment by owen at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Great colours and depth of field again. The rippled water looks like an avocado skin. 16.3 feet?

comment by kate at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

very moody-looks like forever to the sea. love the colors!

comment by bruce at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Very nice. It looks like a mile down to the sea! The color and saturation is fantastic. Definately the best of the series!

comment by paul at 08:44 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

heck dave, you were right about the height, awesome shot mate, just love those shadows.

comment by Aegir at 08:46 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

I like the contrast between the orange wood and the green sea. It's a great graphical composition - nicely balanced.

I'd say it was a bit less than a metre up. Can't be more than that because the structure isn't all that high!

comment by Paul P at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Since there is no water in the other shots in the series, I am going to guess you Photshop'd that in. Am I right?

Great shot.

comment by Max at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Excellent color! Great detail in the wood and metal.

comment by jeremy parker at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Wow! This shot is amazing! Can you please tell us what post-process things you did with it? I'm particularly interested in what you did to the water and the wood. As always, please be thorough!!!! =D

comment by djn1 at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Ok, here's the details ...

This is a straight shot but for the colour of the water, which was altered by dropping the mid-tones for the red channel; i.e. in the original the water is a more sandy colour. The primary reason for this change was to let the wood stand out from the background rather than any attempt to spice up the shot.

Oh, and it's about eight feet from the wood to the water, exaggerated by the 17mm focal length.

comment by Skauce at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Yes, the colour and detail in the shot is amazing. I don't like the composition, but I really love the colours...The water has an odd texture to it too.

comment by Ryan Rahn at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Wow; Awesome shot! Great textures and lighting. I love the color contrast between the wood and the water. Excellent job of post-processing!

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 09:26 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Very nice, I like the colour of the water, good edit. And the wood looks like it could breat at any minute!

comment by pvav.photoblog at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

I donīt no what is it, but is it beautiful.

comment by Gill at 09:41 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

My stomach's in my mouth just looking at the pic! Great colours & textures though.

comment by docvoo at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

beautiful indeed.
other than that i am speechless and agree
with andreas.

comment by Roberto Rebute at 10:19 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005


comment by cenek at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

i like it, mainly because of the rust, but aren't there too many dark areas? i mean, when i have my monitor at max contrast and brightness that's ok, but in ordinary values (which i use for photography viewing, editing..) i think it is a bit underexposured - shadows and the whole down part. hope it is not just my thought and problem.. your other work is fine, i have never had this feeling...

comment by Alec Long at 11:32 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

Hands down your best up-close photo of this structure. The perspective is very unique, and the colors are hyperreal. Well done, Dave.

comment by su-yin at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2005

wow..i really like the contrast between the colours and textures of the water and the wood. great shot!

comment by Jonny at 12:03 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

My question is how far is it from the lens to the wood.

Oh, and I have really enjoyed your photoblog! It's been a real learning process for me, looking through your archives and reading your remarks along with the critiques other photographers have left you. I myself use a 300D for my photoblog, and your daily photos spur me on to improve. Thank you.

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comment by juan at 02:59 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

help me out, i can't see the water.

comment by juan at 03:40 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

i used to want to be a photograper, but i'm not really good whit the camara,anyway , around my head used to appear some images that i saw in your work, so thanks.
Mr lopez.

comment by mark at 03:41 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

the best in the series...period....this was one of those "wow upon opening the webpage" shots.

comment by Helen at 07:08 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

wow. that's a fantastic photo. i love the colours of it. and it looks so high up!

comment by sandro at 12:18 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

How lovely contrast between "cold" green water and "hot" reddish wooden. It seems an abstracts painting...

comment by Dana Ross Martin at 02:57 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

Groovy. . .no, BEYOND groovy!

Good work, David. (keep 'em coming)

comment by Sharla at 05:07 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

Ohhh, man, if I could hold that image to my skin, I don't know how it would feel.

Would the green surface feel smooth like orange peel or rough like elephant skin? The wood warm and firm or splinterly and spongy, like rot? The metal strong or abrasive; cold or biting hot?

A very sensual image that is very soothing for the eyes.

comment by Raffi at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

Thats a cool shot. Where's your feet? hah

comment by djn1 at 07:56 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Sharla: smooth, warm and firm, and warm :-)

Raffi: on the end of my legs ;-)

comment by moscon at 01:05 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2005

First "pier's end" that I've liked. Great wood tomes. Looks like a mighty drop, just from the size of the ripples, and the post on middle right. Nice exaggeration.

comment by Amit C at 02:28 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2005

12 feet.

comment by Tim D. at 04:17 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2005

I love this shot. There is something about the texture of the wood, the color of the water and the overall composition that makes this really stand out. Your stuff is amazing. I must say I really look forward to visiting your site each day. Keep it up!

comment by frisky at 04:19 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2005

wow. the water looks like its miles away, rather than just 8 feet. brilliant.

comment by RainKing at 11:27 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2005

This is really amazing. The perspective is so deceiving! I love the tones, both in the water and in the wood. Great shot.

comment by miles at 04:36 PM (GMT) on 9 May, 2005

fantabulousness Dave, love it.

comment by danny at 01:04 AM (GMT) on 10 May, 2005

The colors work well together and the contrast feels surreal. The composition is also top notch. The real power of this photo for me lies within the content. The structure vs the Sea. It is awesome to see a man Vs. Nature shot like this.

Nice work.

comment by Eric Hancock at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 10 May, 2005

Really nice.

comment by Salini at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2005

oh my godd!! the texture, the colours, everything is just so rich! great one!

comment by Jana at 09:59 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

This is beautiful but it certainly made my stomach tighten up looking at it. I almost drowned as a child and still have a problem with water at age 52! The color of the water is wonderful but I don't want to go in it!!! Well, up to the waist but that's as far as I can handle it.

comment by Meredith at 02:09 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2005

The composition if great. I love the color and saturation - I'm glad you altered the water color it adds so much to the contrast. It definitely looks more than 8 feet. =)