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I'm not sure about this one – for various reasons – but I'm running short of stuff to put up and haven't had any time over the last couple of days to shoot any new material. And I know I don't have to do the image a day thing, but it's a very hard habit to break ;-)

4.24pm on 22/5/05

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3x2 + fylde coast
comment by pierre-nelson at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

Hi chromasia.
Well, I'd like to ask you a question.
(hope you'll excuse my poor english....I leave in France)
Do you never make some touch up ?
I don't whant to get you uncomfortable, it's just a simple curiosity.
Anyway, your work is as always : excellent.


comment by miklos at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

"It must be comforting to have such blind faith in your own certainties ;-)"

.. I still don't know what you meant by that. But I think it fits for this.

comment by djn1 at 11:15 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

pierre-nelson: I guess it depends on what you mean by "touch up". If you mean do I remove things from a shot: yes, sometimes, things like dust spots, small distracting details, and so on, but nothing substantial (well, very rarely).

miklos: do me a favour – if you want to continue the discussion we've been via email, that's fine, but don't post any more out-of-context extracts from my messages to you here. Publishing private emails, no matter how you look at it, is ill-mannered.

comment by mattp at 11:20 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

A really pleasing image Dave, it might not be one to set the world on fire, but it has nice tones, you can almost feel the texture of that wood, and it contrasts nicely with the line of stones. Its a good mark of your professionalism that even when you might not feel hugely inspired, you can still turn in a high standard of work.

Best wishes

comment by Raffi at 11:35 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

Hrmm I wonder how those rocks got in there? Interesting picture.

comment by djn1 at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 25 May, 2005

mattp: I guess I'm a bit dissatisfied with this one because it doesn't quite capture the light in the way I wanted it to. But I'm gald you like it.

Raffi: this is near to the top of the beach, below the high-tide mark, so I imagine that someone lined them up in there at some point. It's the sort of thing our kids would do.

comment by Adrian Hudson at 12:01 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

I would love to see this one in colour. I think it is a superb shot but probably better not b&w.

Shame about that one piece of grass...


comment by djn1 at 12:04 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Adrian: I shot this one intending to process it as a colour shot, but it didn't work out – the wood is pale, but neither bleached nor particularly colourful, and the stones didn't complement the wood, or each other. As for the blade of grass: I quite like it, mostly because of the small shadow it casts.

comment by ilze at 12:22 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

thank you, mr. nightingale for making my days! it's a pure pleasure to see what's new on "chromasia". please, don't break your habit!

comment by fraxinus at 12:46 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

I like this - and was instantly reminded of two things:
1) As a child, on the beach near my home, I would often try to prise stones like these from the gaps in breakwaters. The force of the tides puts them there, and they are often impossible to remove.
2) The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, something I first learned of over 25 years ago and for which there is no direct parallel in Western society.
Thanks for the memories Dave.

comment by Anne at 02:20 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

It made me smile in that dark day... :)

comment by Sharla at 02:35 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

I very much like this. (As I confessed a couple days ago, I like weathered wood grain, so there are automatic points for that alone.) It might not "dance" for some people because, even though it has a full range of tones, a lot of the tone is close to the same, separated by stridations.

But it's a wonderful study. You can see the hard grains, the soft grains, the rotted sections, the termite eaten, knots, smooth sections and cracks, and maybe a nail. To contrast the texture, you have washed, rounded stones, a bit of grass and leaves, and ... something else.

I cannot imagine the colors to have any importance. A scene made for b&w!

Rock, paper, scissors -- the sea always beats wood in the long run, but the wood always reveals so much of its character in the tussle.

comment by Lydia at 03:10 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

The tones are nice and so are the textures.

comment by pierre-nelson at 07:20 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Hi chromasia,

Thx for your answer. Yes, I meant dust "spots, small distracting" somtething that I founded in some pictures. Anyway, this is a comments zone, so, I stop asking questions and I do place for real serious comments about your shots : "This one is very nice and asking for a question : do the stones were here before you shoted it?"...

Thx chromasia.

comment by Andre at 07:46 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Hi David,
I don't like this, I think it's bland, it is soothing though, but I find it uninteresting, the shot from yesterday with the spiral gave some excitement to the eyes and a curiosity.

comment by SteveO at 08:32 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Not your best work by a long way, it is a little bland but im not bothered cos liverpool won the champions league! Yay!

comment by jcyrhs at 08:37 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

There seems to be a monster with a rather small eye hidding in the shadows... haha! i like the tones of it. (i meant the wood)

comment by Jana at 09:53 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

I personally like this photo very much. Wood grain is always a good choice in photos, but my eye is drawn to the shadowed hole above the stones. It makes me wonder how many different creatures have lived there over the passing years.

comment by john at 10:05 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

The photo is great, so are the other ones aswell. But, isn't it time to change location?

comment by David H-W at 10:59 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Really good tecture here and a well-spotted feature with the stones pushed in between. Good in this tone too.

comment by Darren at 01:41 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

As a former geologist, this is great stuff. Even though it's wood, It still reminds me of my days on the beach looking at sandstone. I have to say, all your work is fantastic.

comment by btezra at 03:08 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

~good tones!~

comment by A L I at 04:20 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

so many interesting details and variations in the texture... kept me busy for a long time!

comment by djn1 at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2005

Thanks everyone.

comment by J.P. at 10:55 AM (GMT) on 27 May, 2005

a dragon, in sea world.

comment by pooh at 02:33 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2005

one of my favorites.