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This one was taken about eight minutes before yesterday's shot, and in case you're wondering, these rather impressive looking iron monoliths are only about ten inches high.

4.21pm on 22/5/05

Canon 20D

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3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by andy at 08:19 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

Wouldn't it be nice to be close to a beach? I envy your location (I'm in Minnesota, USA).

I don't think I've ever commented on your site before, but like may others here, really enjoy your work. You have a great talent.

comment by btezra at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

~the iron structures provide a fine focal point to latch on to initially, a small bit of contrast with the verticals of the orin and then the horizontal of the shoreline and horizon line...a frame of minimal content, but intriguing nonetheless...not too sure if the compositional element I pointed out was intentional or a mistake that produced good results...either way a good shot here, glad it caught your eye~

comment by Jay at 08:32 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

Wow... the colors and composition are very eye-catching.
Well done!

comment by mikey at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

nice dof, the colours of the rocks... rock :o)

comment by paul at 09:02 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

now these things Ive seen before, you've done a superb job in capturing them dave. Wonderful background.

comment by Craig Judd at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

Do you use a polariser? or ND grad to bring in the saturation on the sky with the foreground, your definatley doing something, so come on let us in on your secrets.....

comment by Robert at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

I'm beginning to think my 20D is defective. My shots are never this good ;-)

comment by nogger at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

I'm just curious as to whether the two figures (I assume they're people) in the background inspired this shot or the poles themselves?

Or was it the coincidence (if that's what I mean) of the two (or six, depending on how you look at it)?

I'm just asking because I suspect this wouldn't work as well if they weren't there in the distance.

comment by djn1 at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

btezra: I'm pleased to say that this shot was entirely intentional. That's not always the case, but - compositionally at least - this is exactly what I was after.

Craig: I used a polarizer but I also used separate Curves for the sky and foreground and Selective Color to darken the sky.

nogger: it's coincidence they were there, but I did wait for them to walk into this position.

comment by Craig at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

What brand do you use? B+W? Cokin? Hoya?, just out of interest.... and is it a circular polariser?


comment by Aegir at 10:39 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

A perfect trap. You trip over one lot of spikes and get horribly impaled on the other.

comment by djn1 at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

Craig: it's a B+W MRC circular polariser.

comment by /\/\J at 11:31 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2005

this is a great shot, the colors of the rocks, going into the sand than the sky is really amazing. i love this shot. it kind of reminds me of the famed "stonehenge". cool!

comment by Jem at 12:13 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Again I love the stormy clouds, and the colours! *steals your lens* ¬_¬

comment by Astralis at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

I hate to be devilish, but I find your photos a little boring like I'm going through a stock photo catalog, especially your people photos. I feel like your photos don't have any character or life in them as if they were produced for a calendar. Then again, people buy those calendars because they like the photos.

Feel free to delete this. I really just wanted to express my opinion if you don't mind criticism.

comment by aashish at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

if this is 10inches, then u are an awesome photographer!

comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 01:06 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Wow. Great shot Dave.

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comment by cook at 04:33 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

wow. this is gorgeous!!

comment by Maran at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Nice framing

comment by jcyrhs at 05:32 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

great perspective and lucky to have the people there. The colours are slightly oversaturated for my taste... especially the pebbles in the foreground and the really dark blue sky at the top left. The sky colour seemed rather incoherent throughout, probably a side effect from the photoshop.

However you managed to transform a little iron monoliths into magnificent subjects!!! great job!

comment by tfriend at 05:37 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

I've never commented on your images before, but I look at them often and I really admire the composition as well as the way you use photoshop to make them look the way you intend them to look. I think, after reading many comments, that those who criticize you are missing the point - and I am glad you are generous enough to share your art with the rest of us. Also, I appreciate your openness regarding your tecnhiques. I've used the duplicate layer, blur, blend tip often and I love the outcome. You inspire me!

comment by Adriana at 06:23 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

(lol) Is the same with my yesterday's photo. The top of a trunk that seems to be a huge thing and is not more than a TIny one.
Is the contrast in this one what really makes the photo

comment by flygirl at 07:13 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

The colors on "your" beach are always fascinating to me, I love the tones. This one is especially beautiful, because we also get to see a wonderful sky, nice job and well done...

comment by hungaro at 07:14 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

this one is great, really great
I love the composition, saturation, focus
it all works

comment by M. Michán at 08:30 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Nunca deja de sorprenderme el colorido de tus fotografías.

comment by pierre at 09:39 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

I like how you manage to balance the clouds and the foreground. Well balanced, well done

comment by Simon at 11:23 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

This composition is nice, but I’d have liked a bit more detail in the texture of the posts. With the sky darkened down, I think the overall contrast in the picture has become fairly neutral, so anything which increased the punch of the uprights would just be the icing on the cake.

comment by myla kent at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

I really like this one Dave. Ask the girls to tell you the story of "the sticks" -- I'd love to hear what they have to say about them. (To me they look like cartoon characters). Well done!

comment by Yusuf at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Hey Djn,
I love this shot, not so much because its special, but because you chose the perfect DOP, whether on purpose or by accident ill leave that to you :D. But really, if it had just been the iron 'monolith' in focus and all the rocks immediately behind it out... wouldnt have been so smashing, but there happens to be this wonderful leeway of a few inches in the background rocks that stay in focus!

Anyway, check out my humble photoblog http:///www.adoptapanda.blogspot.com if you want to and give me some advice maybe? Thanks!

comment by Josh at 03:16 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Oooh, the colors : )

comment by David at 03:57 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Honestly, what is it with you and this beach? Have you ever taken a bad picture there?
Following CJ's questions about equipment - you seem to spend a good amount on your belly - do you carry a ground cloth, big jacket, or just get good n' sandy?

comment by jane at 04:27 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Great perspective and scale. Loving the depth of field too.

I think the thing that stands out for me, however, is the textures and colours of the rocks and the sky. A beautifully windswept British beach!

And greetings from the NW btw - I'm in Manchester!

comment by J.P. at 04:42 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

sea world. :-)

comment by Mary-Mia at 07:00 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Love it. Of course.
I check your photos every day, and lately they have started to depress me. Not because of anything wrong with the photos -- god no -- but because as soon as I click on them I feel the despair of "I will NEVER take photos that good." Sigh. Keep it up. You rock. :-)

comment by miles at 07:21 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

The depth of field really adds the majesty to these old 'teeth'!

comment by Adrian at 07:48 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

What I like of this shot is the little stones. They're all multi-colored, but you can see like a pattern on them. The sky on the background is just great.

comment by djn1 at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Astralis: no, I don't mind criticism.

Simon: I know what you mean, but I'd already lifted the detail in the posts. I think the only way to do this shot, at least at this time of day, would be to use some fill-flash.

David: I just get covered in sand – the control dial on the back of my camera frequently crunches after I've been to the beach, which is a bit worrying. It doesn't seem to have caused any damage though.

jane: if you ever head over to Blackpool let me know.

comment by kendall at 10:53 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2005

There's really a lot for me to like in this one (I'll leave it at that, as the pages of comments preceding this inevitably recount the same stories). Great shot..

comment by vivia at 04:42 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

modern gravestones for fish. :)

comment by James at 02:46 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Fantastic colors - especially the stones. Great job!

comment by christine at 06:57 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

every time i have looked at this picture it is different. I love the colors. IT IS FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!