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Ok, I decided to give the portraits a rest for a couple of days. I have three more that I want to put up, but I thought I'd try some different shots over the weekend (assuming I find time to go out and shoot some).

This one was taken a week ago, and at the time I really liked it. Now, I'm not entirely convinced. What I do like about it, though this is extrinsic to the image itself, is that it adds to my collection of documentary shots of Blackpool. It's one of the stalls on the Central Pier, and the aim is to hit three of the targets with a set of five darts. It should be easy enough, but these darts don't follow normal rules, and no matter how you throw them they inevitably end up in the spaces between the stars.

4.59pm on 22/7/05

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comment by Ader Gotardo at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

I like the colors of that photo... It's a simple frame, I have to say... But, somebody invented that a great photo never ever is a simple photo. I really don't support it.

P.S.: My english is poor, I guess get photos better...

comment by Niko at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

Nice colors. Il love that... I really want a Garfield. :-p

comment by Neil at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

Vibrant colours, plenty going on, plenty of depth. I like it!!!

The Bullseye flight makes me smile too!) - "Let's see what you could have won!!"

comment by mark [markmyshots] at 09:59 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

ahh....now this is a chromasia shot! Not that i dont like the portraits, but this is what im used to seeing here. and thats not a bad thing at all!

Good color and composition!

comment by SteveO at 10:04 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

Great colours, nice of them to use trick darts isnt it :-)

comment by Jem at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

Well doesn't that look familiar hehe. We passed this one, but i'd just had a go on the one around the side and won myself 2 honking seals :P

Great composition and perspective Dave. Nice work :)

comment by Yvette at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

You know what? I had this same idea in my mind when I was at carnival last month and I saw baseball balls in its little box right ext to dart area..I was going to take shot at it but decided to think "nah". NOw, I should have done that!!! Anyway, I find this simplicity and great composition. DO you have any photos of BIG care bears? =-)

comment by Eric at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

I really like the colors, nice and bright.

comment by David D. at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

Absolutely gorgeous. Depth, colors, content -- wonderful. Ciao.

comment by Dave Dawson at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 29 July, 2005

I really enjoy your art.
Thanks Time Warner for their 50th best blogs.
You do some amazing work. I can take a trip to England everyday.
It's amazing.
in Houston, TX

comment by John Washington at 12:12 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Wow Dave - believe it or not I might have a portrait of the owner of tis stall. I love this shot.

comment by Smallest Photo at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Fantastic color groupings. Very different to my recent Brighton outings.

comment by Juwan at 01:14 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

wow, great mixture of colors and shapes i love the way te background is out of focus. and the deep blue of the table. great work.

comment by RW at 01:16 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Ahh the carnival. So many scenes, sights, smells.

Have just been to one myself and attempted to capture some of the action.

comment by Michael Klein at 01:30 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

I think its excellent! The perspective is wonderful. Great shot with great colors.

comment by /\/\J at 03:09 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

i love it. amazing composition, love the DOF. wonderful shot!

comment by Ioannis at 09:13 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Beautiful colours. I'd have worked a bit more on the DOF on this one, as the background is a bit distracting... But then that's my personal taste.

comment by kikko77 at 10:21 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Beautiful colours... geeeez they hanged Piglet!!

comment by GP at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Very nice pic... did you win anything? Even if your answer is "no" you have a great shot of this game! :-)

comment by James Lomax at 11:58 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Personally, I 'understand' shots like in non-conventional terms. I dont like considering them strictly in terms of aesthetics - colour, etc. - because the actual content is banal and trashy.

So for me the 'banal and trashy' subjects are the rationale for doing it. Photographer Martin Parr made this kind of work very well known.

comment by mat at 12:24 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

not a big fan of this shot to be honest, but its certainly not bad.
just thought i'd say hi and that i was here.

comment by pierre-nelson at 12:54 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005


comment by Timothy Miller at 01:15 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Enjoying your photos and finding your tips very helpful. Would love your thoughts and critiques of my own photos:



comment by hiba at 03:18 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

brilliant colours.
love it! :D

comment by Seliko at 05:40 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

your pictures are truely amazing. the colors are so vivid. are you using any particular photoshop filters to enhance it?

comment by djn1 at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Neil: yes, the Bullseye flight made me smile too.

Jem: well done, I didn't win anything :-/

Yvette: no, but I'll keep an eye out for some.

John: the guy you've put up isn't the same one that was working the stall when I took the shot, but I'm pretty sure it's the same place.

James: I have mixed feelings about Martin Parr's work, but I'm flattered you'd make the comparison.

mat: hi :-)

Seliko: I normally use a combination of Curves, Hue/Saturation and Selective Color.

comment by claire at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

I love this shot, the colours are vibrant and the way the darts stand out make me feel like I'm crouched down right in front of them.

comment by Justin Coyne at 10:46 AM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

Colors are sharp and bright. The blue board is an excellent base!

comment by Jem at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

Dave, I managed to fluke a treble 20 which is how I won ;) Believe me, there was no skill involved hehe.

comment by Brian at 01:01 AM (GMT) on 1 August, 2005

Certainly a refreshing change (to me) from your style as of late. You're always good, but this is certainly an interesting perspective and an interesting subject.

comment by pierre-nelson at 06:47 PM (GMT) on 2 August, 2005