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This is another shot from yesterday evening and my stroll along the beach. And it isn't striking, or innovative, or different in any way, but I do like the interplay of textures, colour and light. And as far as the title goes: I'm almost wishing that I'd set up chromasia without image titles, as it often takes me longer to think of one than it does to shoot and process the shot, but I'm stuck with them (at least with this set of templates). Anyway, despite this being a fractured piece of a plastic plant pot it kind of reminded me of a US police badge, ... sort of ;-)

8.32pm on 20/7/05

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comment by yang at 08:06 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

Good eye! this is such an ordinary scene that you made look good!

comment by Adrian Hudson at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

Very good! Made me smile! [It's DarlAston by the way...]

comment by Guilherme Pinto at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

The low light source makes the shot, bringing up all the texture in this piece of broken plastic and sand.

Did you perform a good deed and moved it to the recycle bin after the shot? :)

comment by djn1 at 08:27 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

Adrian: oops, I've changed the title. Thanks.

Guilherme: no, I'm afraid to say that I left it where it was.

comment by sanjin at 08:50 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

simple and beautiful. i like deep red colour of that sign.

comment by John [shots] at 08:52 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

Great shot - so was yesterdays and the day before and the day before. I can see the badge idea - nice stuff.

comment by owen at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

it's another lovely shot. I particularly like the amount of detail that the low light has picked out of the sand.

comment by Mike at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

Really nicely composed, David.

Your sand over there looks a bit like sawdust or that sand dust used on my hobby trainset when I was little.

comment by Julien at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

I really like the contrast of textures.

comment by owen b at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

I love the richness of the red, contrasting against the duller sand, which is laden with detail. - it looks very filmic, with respect to the lighting and shadows. Was that purely the sun?

comment by Arthur at 11:04 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2005

Never tire of the high contrast, deeply saturated pictures!

Can't beat a low sun, either!

Great stuff, as ever.

comment by hiba at 02:40 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

as gorgeous as ever...

brilliant creativity

comment by such stuff at 02:46 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

perhaps you can use series numbers for your titles for shots like these?

something like Found #001, or Juxtaposition #002, or Serendipity #003, or Slanted Light #004

just a thought

I really like your photographs


comment by Shaun at 03:59 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

Awesome picture. I guess it does look like a US. police badge.. although you'll never see one until you've attempted to run away and get beat up by them.... then you'll see a whole bunch in your face. Anyways! Great work as always.

comment by Harry at 05:13 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

There is no reason that an artist (or a craftsman or even a regular bloke) can't title some pieces of his work and simply refer to other pieces as "Untitled." And you are right that this is an image worth sharing. Not everything has to be "striking...innovative... different" (your own words). even though part of the skill of photography can be presenting a fragment or a detail in an interesting (or maybe "striking") way.

comment by aashish at 05:21 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

what's the background? ground?

comment by Srijith at 10:21 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

Beauty in simple things and a photographer who can capture it. Kudos!

comment by Jacqueline at 11:15 AM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

The rich red is a great contrast against the ground. Wonderful eyes.

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 12:34 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

Nice shot. You can see many interesting things on the beach. I also spend a lot of time photographing on the beach.

comment by EmmaT at 02:44 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

I like it - at first I thought it was a broken credit card... well spotted.

comment by Rowan at 03:11 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

well seen. i like the macro - how close were you to the object and how big was it? good work...this is inspiring me to get out and create some more images =)

comment by Mat [syco still] at 04:01 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

I can see the police badge-ness of it too, and although maybe its a bit environmently naughty to leave it where it is, im glad you did it means maybe someone else will see it, ponder a thought, take a photo and give so many people a chance to see it.

i agree with rowan too, all your shots get me out and about taking more photos. great inspiration and i finally have my site up and running. woo hoo.

comment by SteveO at 05:35 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

Yeah i can see the badge sort of idea, didnt realise till i read your comment though. The textures are really nice.

comment by Karl at 06:29 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

I saw the title, and the image, and thought it implied some awful scene of 'officer down!' Its a creative stretch, but I see the badge. The long shadows emphasize the letters and make it more interesting than it might otherwise be. Good color.

comment by djn1 at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2005

Thanks everyone.

owen: yes, just the sun.

such stuff: yes, that's a good idea.

aashish: it's sand.

comment by genedavinci at 06:54 AM (GMT) on 23 July, 2005

simple image but outstanding contrast. very nice :)

comment by Tim Walker at 05:17 PM (GMT) on 23 July, 2005

I would disagree and say it is striking. Juxtaposition of textures, color, and the typography and shadows are brilliant. Really nice.

comment by Ben at 02:59 AM (GMT) on 3 August, 2005

sometimes i get frustrated when trying to name images.
but if i am able to come up with a brilliant title for a photo, i get this massive sense of satisfaction with myself. makes me feel good for awhile... ;)

comment by P.Binder at 05:05 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2005

Well, you say it is a template...just edit the template to have the date and no title. I am note good at giving images titles...so I don't do it.