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My wife likes this one, but I'm not entirely convinced. It works, in the sense that it captures the holidaymakers on the pier and the scene beyond, and there's nothing major that I can put my finger on, but, for me at least, I wonder if there's something missing ... I'm just not sure what.

Anyway, I'm going out again this evening with John and Ioannis (Paul can't make it), so it's back to evening shots on the beach tomorrow.

5.34pm on 26/6/05

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3x2 + Blackpool Tower + piers [North pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Alec Long [Shutter And Pupil] at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

I think what's missing here, Dave, is any specific focus. The whole thing just seems to cluttered. I dig what you're trying to do, but it just doesn't work for me.

comment by dan at 07:34 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

I like the reflection in the upper part of this image and how it blends with the blue sky, but the bottom section is too busy for my eye.

On another note, I will actually be in London from NYC during that weekend in September. I hope that I can stop by for part of the event.

comment by Martin Hruda at 07:34 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

I really like this shot, it's very nice

comment by andrew at 08:00 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

The screen is probably not the right medium for this image. It would really be best as a full wall display in a museum exhibit about the pier. A setting in which it was not the primary focus, but set the atmospher for the rest of the room.

comment by ps at 08:56 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

sea, ahhh... sea... :P

comment by owen at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

The eye is immeditely drawn to the tower, and then back out for the wider view of all the pensioners enjoting the fine weather. I think that this could only have been improved by cropping out the slightly distracting railings to the botton left of the picture. But hey, I'm splitting hairs - I really like this one.

comment by Neil at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

Stunning... I absolutely love this one.

comment by Duly inspired at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

Congratulations on your inclusion in Time Magazine's list of Top 50 Blogs. Well done indeed!

comment by Mark [londonrubbish] at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

Not sure about this, it seems cluttered and I can't decide what to focus on. Lovely colours in the background though. I'm looking forward to more evening beach shots.

comment by Vlad at 11:07 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

Love it.

comment by nogger at 11:11 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

I think it's that white band across the middle that spoils it for me, it's a bit distracting. If you'd just got the seafront and the reflection of the people and the arched structure I think it would be better.

comment by Lucian Cionca at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2005

I admire your work and I subscribe to the RSS feed on your site. Thanks for sharing your great pictures! With this said, I can now spill the beans :-) I don't like this collage thing at all. If the upper part works more or less the lower part doesn't make any sense to me. Probably I'm also a bit biased against the collage "genre" ...

comment by s.hu at 01:47 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

i personally think it's excellent. blows my mind... honestly

comment by aashish at 02:28 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

i like the idea of this shot. mix and match!!! the reflection and the sea beyond, nice combo!

comment by jasonspix at 03:15 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

i go with your wife on this one...I like it. I love the blue and then there's the subtle detail of the reflection. Dig it.

comment by Donovan Phillips at 03:52 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

Fantasic Work!! I'm loving this blog. I just found it from the Time website link.

comment by OverSleeped at 04:34 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

I can't decide whether I like how the reflection shows, but other than that there isn't really a focal point...

comment by fresh at 06:23 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

This is great photo with nice colors!!

comment by Sharla at 06:26 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

Technically well executed, excellent composition, very nice play of multiple layers. I really like the see-what-they-see aspect and how you used the reflections to achieve your fondness for darker corners.

The one aspect that bothers me and keeps the shot from being as good as it could be is, as nogger said, the white band and roof running right through the middle. It is one time that tearing the roof off the place would have been acceptable manipulation.

Also, my congrats for the Time nod. Most deserved.

comment by Mark at 07:32 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

Your wife has an excellent eye. It really works well for me. The tower is the subject, but then the reflection is what holds my eyes and I stop for once and study it. There is a connection between all aspects of the scene and this is why it's not cluttered to me. I see them, I see what they see- and the layers are well defined. Yes, one could agree that the white band is distracting. I would say, though, that without the white band, the eye would be a bit confused about what exactly the whole thing is about.

Your wife should try her hand at it.

comment by canon-craig at 09:49 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

on a negative side i think it's too cluttered. as alec said, there's no specific focal point. if there was just a reflection of people in the sea, i think that would have been more interesting.
on a positive side- the colours look grand (as they say in blackpool!)

comment by Frank Piper at 10:50 AM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

Your photos are simply awesome pal! I've sent you a mail.

comment by Rob at 01:26 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

yeah i agree about the cluttering mentioned. i think the shot of the pier would work ok on its own without the reflection, as a landscape.

comment by jane at 01:29 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

What a glorious day to be at the coast though! I posted a shot of the Blackpool sea today, taken on a rather more gloomy day...

comment by Ali at 01:39 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

The reflection made the picture very nice.
It is like 2 pictures in 1.

comment by bjam at 01:40 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

This is either a blend or a reflection. Seeing that you don't go for a ton of FX I will choose the later. Though the reflection can't be avoided (and you were not trying to avoid it I know) it does serve to making a very busy photo. Other than that it has all of the components of a good photograph.

comment by Martin Fuchs at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

i think this works pretty good. i don't have a problem with the focus. i like the framing and the colors.
good shot.

comment by Robert at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

There's nothing really wrong with this picture. The reflection is ok, the framing on the top-right corner is nice, and so on. It's just, as you said, something is missing. There's nothing really wrong with this picture; there's nothing tremendously right with it either.

comment by djn1 at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2005

Thanks everyone, but I think that Robert pretty much summed up this one when he said "there's nothing really wrong with this picture; [but] there's nothing tremendously right with it either". I think it was a good idea, but it's one I'm going ho have to work on.

comment by Amir at 09:38 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2005

really artistic shot,
Plz come to my home page

comment by riaz at 07:25 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2005

i think its the best picture ive ever seen..........
its so real.
Really becoz life is like that........life is never one thing , or for that matter one object.......its a wholesome celebration of the diversities God had given us......
so i think this picture reflects all of this........
All praise and Thanks to God

comment by max at 07:05 AM (GMT) on 5 July, 2005

this is the best I've ever seen


ur great!

comment by Jeremy at 11:10 PM (GMT) on 14 July, 2005

Nice, great flow. I agree about the railings in the bottom left and possibly the lower section could have been darkened a touch. The top section is great, the white roof drags you through and back to the tower via the cast iron work. I think it's the juxtoposition of architectural styles that works for the top section. Probably would have got rid of the little dome myself. Nice work, messy, but it works

comment by Geraint at 04:50 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2006

Your work is wonderful. You have great vision.