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I'm a bit late putting up tonight's entry as I've been processing a set of images that need to be finished by tomorrow, of which this is one – a shot of the Big Wheel on Blackpool's Central pier.

Update: I decided to enter this shot for this week's Photo Friday challenge – Complexity.

11.32am on 2/8/05

Canon 20D

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17mm (27mm equiv.)



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3x2 + piers [Central pier] + fylde coast [scenic] + photo friday
comment by Jem at 11:18 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

Gorgeously blue sky as always Dave. Great perspective too :)

comment by christine at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

how did you achieve such a sky? amazing!

comment by djn1 at 11:27 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

Thanks Jem.

christine: I used a polarizer and then deepened it a bit more using Selective Color. All you need to do is add a Selective Color adjustment layer then drag the black sliders for Blue and Cyan to the right.

comment by dp at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

That's the kind of tips most of us are looking for, Dave... me included. Right down to the specifics (your reply to Christine). I think its time I moved on to Photoshop instead of wallowing around in Photoshop Elements (no selective color adjustment layer, no curves tool, the list just goes on...)

comment by Mark [londonrubbish] at 11:40 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

I like this a lot. Great colour, wonderful perspective and interesting composition. Your eye is drawn around the picture from bottom right and the sky lightens then darkens again as you go round. Beautiful.

comment by Mystery Me at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

Okay this IS the spookiest thing ever. Captured on the same day and posted the same evening AND processed the same way with selective colour!! I swear on my mother's life. Nice wheel by the way ;o)

comment by bmoll at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

Polarizer did its best :). Wonderful parabola and gradient. Jolly colours. Thx!

to dp: My PS trial has ended, I have nothing but PS Elements and GIMP. I am using PS E. :)

comment by ren at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2005

awesome crisp white lines constrast so well with the deep blue sky. with your great on-camera and post-processing skill, i am always amazed by the photos i see here at chromasia.

comment by RW at 12:10 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Agree with DP - thanks for the Photoshop info. This is an excellent perspective I love it.

comment by Kevin at 12:12 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

man, you make the learning curve seem steeper everyday. i feel like such a newbie :)

comment by jimbo at 12:27 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

amazing color! great job

comment by SteveO at 12:50 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

I love the colour of that sky, great stuff. Just seems like a tiny hint of digital noise at the top of the picture. not quite as completely noise free as Chromasia images usually are, maybe a quick whizz through noise ninja would help?

Still a great shot, im just being picky really :-)

comment by pfong at 01:40 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Outstanding shot.

comment by Ray at 02:03 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Great Shot. I've always been an admirer of your work and we exchanged some emails last year. On a trip to Blackpool I tried to emulate some of your great work here.

Scarily enough, I took this shot last year and the similarities are striking. !



comment by kathy at 02:31 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

great color and lines!

and i agree...keep those tips coming! that's one of the best things about visiting your site everyday. :)

comment by Colby at 03:07 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

I think everyone else said it but I will to, the sky rocks in this photo.

comment by Frank Lynch at 03:24 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

The composition is what strikes me: putting the center in the corner and leaving room in the opposite corner is just superb. So superb that it took me a lot of time to realize the axis of the carriages. Nice job, David.

comment by hiba at 03:29 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

i love the angle and the vivid blue.

awesome shot!

comment by m at 04:24 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Yeah it's ok ;-)
Bring back the portraits

comment by Mike at 04:27 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Outstanding as always, David. Nice.

comment by Joe Lencioni at 05:07 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Well done. The gradation through the sky is awesome. I also like how you set the center of the wheel in the corner of the frame so all of the spokes shoot out into the shot.

comment by alexis at 05:15 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

I really enjoy this site more than most photoblogs because you offer such handy tips; as an amateur photographer, I much appreciate it.

comment by Smallest Photo at 05:23 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Damn that's vivid!

comment by Carol at 08:40 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Really good. Bit like a dress, it's not just the blue 'fabric' that makes it good, but the CUT, which square you chose to take out of the sky...I've been visiting everyday since bbc featured you.

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 09:26 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

This is a great shot. The point of view and the vivid colors wonderful.

comment by Ioannis at 09:34 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Great contrast with the white and blue, great sky. Spooky coincidence with mysteryme.

comment by Brian at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Beautiful, and lovely composition :) - wonderful image, once again.

comment by Chenque at 11:05 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Just to let you know that you many times your daily photo makes my day, from behind my desk on the (often boring) office job, just looking at your image(s) brightnes up the mood :)


comment by Chuks at 11:39 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

I check your site every morning and you never fail to Wow. The sky in this image is gorgeous as everyone else has commented. Thanks for letting us know how it was done, your tips are of great value.

Keep em coming :-)

comment by anagnorisis at 01:36 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

absolutely brilliant! i wonder dave if u'll ever share with us your before and after photoshop image?

comment by Fran at 01:52 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005


comment by christine at 02:41 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Thanks Dave for responding to my post processing question. Looks like everyone was wondering the same thing. You rock!

comment by Derek Veal at 03:34 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

awesome shot, love the colors, the sky, the lines. I just found your website and absolutely love it, look forward to more to come and looking back through your archives.


comment by Eric at 03:59 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

I love the colors. As far as constructive criticism goes, I am getting a little peeved at the carnival shots- NOT THAT THEY AREN'T GOOD. It's just "Variety is the Spice of Life". Just thought I'd give you my two cents. Keep up the good work.

comment by kikko77 at 04:05 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Great colours and composition. (as usual)

comment by Ed at 04:17 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Great shot, I love it. The wheel sure looks old.

comment by Adam Capps at 06:23 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Fantastic comp. Well done.

comment by Paul at 06:45 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

I love the way the complexity errupts from the lower left corner. well done!!

comment by JasOn at 06:49 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

yummy shot.
Goes well with a Coldplay song- speed of sound.
JasOn (from Canada)

comment by Charlotte at 07:00 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Wondefull pic! I love the angle.

comment by tread at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Very nice composition moves this one to a notch above the usual fairground shot, this is great and the colors are mgnificient.

comment by djn1 at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Thanks everyone.

comment by Jeremy at 11:33 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2005

Stunning. Great composition and that blue delicious.

comment by Saroy at 03:14 AM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

Oooh, I love it. Makes me feel a little dizzy -- in a good way.

comment by Ariela at 05:21 AM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

Wow, what a beautiful shot. The colors and lines are stunning.

comment by Michelle at 06:27 AM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

Awesome perspective! They look like space pods.

comment by su-yin at 09:20 AM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

Amazing composition and colour. I love the blue sky!

comment by Kaarel Kala at 01:02 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

powerful shot

comment by Richard at 05:27 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

I love it

comment by Nils K. Windisch at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2005

really nice!
funny, that ... i took some pics quite similar. you might take a look: http://flickr.com/photos/netomer/sets/610532/

comment by iblitz at 12:41 AM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

Excellent colors -like always- and angle.

comment by Judith Polakoff at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

Great angle, and a nice close-up!

comment by Jordan at 04:37 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

Looks like this is a popular subject! I would have loved to see some terrified kid inside one of the gondolas, staring out at the view.