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I spent some time earlier today wishing that I had something more appropriate or better to put up, but this is all I have left. Besides, when I thought a bit more, I realised I have no idea what an "appropriate" or "better" shot would be on a day when several bombs have exploded in London. As I write 37 people are dead, and many more are critically ill and dying. Not a good day.

10.18pm on 27/6/05

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comment by Will at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Beautiful picture, I like the style a lot. Interesting colors and such in the rock pattern, and the houses are odd and interesting to look at. Keep up the good work.

And as for London's bombings, I was shocked. People do horrible things to each other.

comment by Karyn at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Beautiful picture, as always.

My thoughts are with you and your countrymen today. I'm sorry you're experiencing this.

comment by novon at 07:40 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

nice composition.

comment by Andy at 07:42 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I like the different array of colors on the beach. The angle that shot was taken seems too low for my liking. I like the alignment of the different color buildings which kind of match the different array of colors on the beach.

I have to say, I was in utter shock and horror when I found out about the bombings in London. I wish these atrocities wouldn't happen.

comment by OverSleeped at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Au la contraire - I think this photo's perfect for today when we could all use either distractions or reminders that brighter times are ahead.

comment by Peace at 07:54 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

beautiful composition and perspective. the colors are vibrant and they're complementing each other.

comment by Mystery Me at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I posted an image this morning relevant to London winning the Olympic bid then checked the news straight after. I removed it.

Sorry to digress. As for your shot - I think the top half of the photo is great but personally I feel the pebbles detract from the main subject (the huts). So, for the next time, could I suggest you pick up all the pebbles from the beach and shoot it just with golden sand? Super ;oD

comment by justin dc at 08:21 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

The great thing about this photo is the colors. The colors of the stones are amazing and the huts in front of the sky really pop. May God be with you and your countrymen.

comment by bmoll at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Nothing I can write but this short note to express my sorrow - a disgusting show made by those uncivilised animals probably affected all the Britons. Althought I don't live in UK, it has a huge influence on me too. Simply - feeling sorry.

comment by Perdita at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Mother always said there would be days like this.

is always in the distance
Just beyond reach
Desirable from the outside
Loved from afar
Beautiful in projection
Always there

comment by Judith Polakoff at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Hi, David. Just wanted to be sure you and yours were out of harm's way today; and my condolences to your countrymen.

As always, a lovely shot.

comment by Neil at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

A very interesting shot (not my favourite of the series) though I wonder where you focussed on this shot, it seems the huts are slightly soft.
As to the horrors of the day, like most people I was shocked & horrified by the events. Londoners have proved in the past that they are a resilient bunch and this atrocity will not change that. My thoughts are with the victims and their relatives.

comment by owen billcliffe at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

For the first time ever I don't like something about an image enough to post to say so - the out of focus pebbles distract me and I wish they were more in focus. But that aside, I like the strong colours and the almost uniformly blue sky. Gorgeous.

comment by Weston Boyd at 10:05 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I actually think I like this one. The focus is just enough to draw you out into the far pebbles, where you just kind of get lost, back and forth, in a good way. I'd kind of like to see a higher resolution version now.

And London has my prayers.

comment by m at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

the pebles could be carnage! The huts stop that initial thought.

comment by Sarah at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I hope you are safe and well. My thoughts and prayers are with your country.

beautiful, as always.

comment by PhilB at 10:43 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

Very quiet and restful and somehow 'appropriate' (if that's possible) for a day like today.

comment by Jen at 10:45 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I wasn't aware you lived in London, but I'm glad to hear that you're okay. It was such awful news to wake up to.

I was originally going to comment on the picture to note the beautiful array of colors just from what's lying in the sand...

comment by laurent at 11:02 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

David, this is a really nice perspective. IMHO, I think this shot would do well with much more depth of field. I, personally, would love to see each and every pebble leading up to those houses. Compositionally, this is lovely. Ah, look at me, pretending like I know something ;-) Anyway, love seeing your work. Be safe, a moment of silence, and the toll of life rolls on. Cheers.

comment by Jeff at 11:08 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I have to agreee with Laurent that this picture would be much nicer if you had shot with a greater depth of field.

comment by Arthur at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2005

I like the out of focus pebbles, I think (though at first glance I didn't): they do draw the eye to the beach huts...

comment by nordilux at 12:15 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

david, very nice composition (gotta love breaking that rule of thirds ;-)) however, i suspect the images would have bee even more powerful with a deeper DoF. don't get me wrong, i'm a big fan of selective focus/shallow DoF, but i'd love to see/compare this image with one stopped down.

comment by clk at 12:15 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

regarding what is appropriate to post today, i felt the same way. same conclusion too. my prayers are with you all.

the image is fantastic.

comment by photographer52 at 12:50 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

I've been a visitor for a long time, but haven't ever left a comment before, but this image blew me away. It reminded me of a pinhole shot, great angle and the colours are surreal and dreamlike. Love it!

comment by Benjamim at 01:45 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

4 Love it

comment by Cory Simon at 01:52 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

More thoughts and prayers coming your way from the USA.

comment by andy at 02:01 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

what an amazing composition.i like it.
I'am so sorry for the bombing in London.

comment by Broch Gerling at 02:23 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

David, I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. As an American, I have been where you are today, and greatly appreciate the international sentiment that was sent our way. Terrorism knows no geographical boundaries. One day we will all live in peace. God bless you and yours.

comment by kim at 02:33 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

This image is very strikng, I enjoyed looking at it and the perspective.

As for what transpired today, I still have a lump in my throat and my heart is heavy with sadness that things like this happen. I agree with Broch, I remember when Prime Minister Blair said on 9/11 that "we are all Americans today". I hope that we can return the sentiment, because we here are all shocked and deeply sadened. My prayers are with you all.

comment by Jenny G at 02:41 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

how come the pebbles/shells/whatever are so many different colours?

comment by yungyaw at 02:44 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Dave, this is really a sad news for everyone. I hope no more life are harmed again.

I this say this is the best photo for today. Whole beach is full of colourful stones. The background buildings are very interesting too. Maybe I shouldn't ask at this time but I'm curious what kind of post processing for this photo?

Wish everyone is healthy and safe!

comment by Mychael at 03:38 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Great photo.. my thoughts are with you and your country

comment by Maran at 03:59 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Bright for a 10pm shot. agree with Laurent about the DOP.

comment by Troy at 04:05 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Thanks for the beautiful, peaceful shot on this horrible, senseless day.

comment by susan B. at 04:40 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

I hope that you and yours are safe and well.
A beautiful shot to lift spirits on such a horrific day.

comment by abhijit at 05:27 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

My heart goes out to them too.

For some reason, to me, the picture seems to reflect the day.

Bleak. Solid things left only in a distance. A lot of beautiful things shattered.

This is my first comment on your site. And apologies for not having commented earlier. I have been a fan of your site for over a year now and it has always bought smiles, tears, joy, awe and wonder to me every day.


comment by Phil at 07:31 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

I agree with you about London, and the sense of reality it brings to people.
As for your pictures - I can imagine camera makers not liking you! The astounding and consistent quality of your work is such that many people could be put off trying photography themselves, with resulting loss in camera sales!
I think letter-boxing this picture slightly would have helped - the out-of-focus foreground pebbles are a litle distracting.
keep up the great work.

comment by Navin Harish at 08:00 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

I don't understand why you felt that this is not good enough to be posted. I like this image very much. It seem to be coming strainght out of Alibaba and 40 thieves, the pebbles look like precious stones.

comment by Anand at 08:45 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Nice shot.. the blurring at the bottom part is great...

My prayers for those live lost in London.

comment by alexmog at 09:26 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

We can imagine what it feels like to be a target of unfair attack but it is hard to know and better not to...

I admire the way British view of live. Your photography is the best example. If it helps British economy, I'll really make sure I stop in London when I travel (but perhaps that's aready an american solution to everyting, isn't it?)

Back to today's picture - the choice seemed surprising at first, but the more I look at it the stronger it feels. It Zen, symbolyc, and numerology is here too...

BTW, I see the new hover window is transparent in firefox and netscape but not in IE. I am pretty sure it could work the same way everywhere. Ask me how...

comment by Ioannis at 10:29 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

There are always days like this, but we have to live our lives as best we could.

37 people are dead in London. More British soldiers are dead around the world. And more innocent people are dying every day from wars and hunger.

If we could all fight for democracy, at home and abroad, these things would not happen.

comment by stef & rollo at 10:57 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

So sorry and sad for the cruel facts that happened in London. Our thoughts are with all the British people.

comment by chrys at 11:00 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

happy that you and your family are ok dave - my thoughts are with you all.

comment by Fiona at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

I think that posting this was the right thing to do. I mean, you shouldn't feel you have to change what you had planned. But even if you were, it's so appropriate in its own way - small beach huts by the seaside? It's such a simple pleasure that won't be destroyed by this kind of action. We have a lot to be thankful for and I think that this shot underlines that :) Thankyou!

comment by naz at 11:14 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

I like this more than I can explain rationally. Yes, rule of thirds out t'window, pebbles provide nice splotches of colour, but there's more. Take care.

comment by Pat at 11:37 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Beautiful shot. The stones project inspiration, swallow sorrow, radiate light. God bless.

If I may, a person note to Perdita who posted the following poem on today's post: I love the poem. Did you compose? I am an American Soldier in Iraq and would like to share this simple thought with wife and children back home in Utah. Thanks.

is always in the distance
Just beyond reach
Desirable from the outside
Loved from afar
Beautiful in projection
Always there

comment by mat at 12:10 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

i really like the colours here the rocks and buildings.

every bomb, every death makes
us stronger and defiant


comment by miklos at 12:39 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

American soldiers in Iraq have time (and opportunities) to visit photoblogs? RIIIIGHT!

Anyway the poem is quite touching, the times are bad. I hope for the safety and well being for everyone and their loved ones in London.

comment by audrey at 02:14 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

peaceful pic on a bad, bad day...

comment by djn1 at 06:54 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Thanks everyone. We live in dark times.

comment by John Washington at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2005

Lovely photograph.

comment by miles at 02:32 AM (GMT) on 9 July, 2005

awesome, I really love the colours and overall 'darkness' in this.

comment by hermione 23 at 05:05 AM (GMT) on 14 July, 2005

its amazing how 4 beautiful houses look like 4 miniature Lego houses in the distance. the colors are beautiful especially the pebbles. really really amazing.

comment by Jeremy at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 14 July, 2005

Nice !

comment by BENBENEK at 08:34 AM (GMT) on 7 September, 2005

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