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This was taken a week ago today and is of a shot of a couple of flags that marked the perimeter of a kite display on our local beach.

4.21pm on 31/7/05

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3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Brian at 07:21 PM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

Certainly nice - I almost expected that middle part to be a flag too :P

comment by odilia at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

amazing colors..

i like this sea..

comment by Joe Lencioni at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

To be honest, I'm not too hot on this photo, but I do like the guy on the left with the circle next to his head.

comment by kikko77 at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

happy sides, bit cloudy center

comment by Smallest Photo at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 7 August, 2005

I dig the composition.

comment by James at 02:17 AM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

The colors are fantastic amongst the moody clouds.

comment by RW at 07:00 AM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

On such a grey day the contrasting colours are excellent. Like this one a lot.

comment by Nick at 08:50 AM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

Dave, I'm curious... I sometimes have the feeling with my blog that I'm just looking for lucky combinations of colour, texture or shapes, and I capture them, put it up, and go 'wow - that's pretty'. That's it - seldom do the shots say much more, and this disappoints me a bit. Do you have the same feeling about your shots? Is it just a symptom of daily posting? Do you find yourself trying to think about the key idea of a scene, or just trying to arrange things so they are pleasing to the eye?

comment by Neil at 10:23 AM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

This must be the least commented on post you've had in AGES!! I bet if the sky had been a deep blue & the sun was shining on the sand, you would have been swamped with positive comments. It always concerns me when I get no (or very few) comments because I have no idea what went wrong. If people don't like it I'd prefer them to say so & WHY they don't rather than not say anything at all.

For me, the grey central area really dulls the image down. I like the idea of the composition, but I'd have preferred a little more of the man on the left, who looks like a juggler (being a juggler myself)

comment by Handbags and Japanese Girls at 10:47 AM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

I like this photo, but I agree with Neil. I'd have liked the compostion to allow us to see a bit more of the guy on the left.

comment by Kim at 12:47 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

This is a photographers photograph! A classic figure - ground flip see http://photo.box.sk/tip.php3?id=4

The fact that the man on the left is looking towards the view (into the picture) is crucial and the fact that his right arm is not shown allows the mind to complete the picture. The bright colours of the flags contrast brilliantly with the grey sky.

Whether the techniques described were concious or not the end result is terrific! Well done!

comment by Sean at 01:11 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

I like it David, but I feel the white point is maybe too far to the right, so it looks a little dull.

comment by Jimmy at 02:27 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

I think the bordering around the edges is a great idea. The marked contrast between the border and beach seen is very effective. The image could be much more interesting if there were somebody on the beach, possibly a lone dog walker.

comment by tread at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

Great composition and color!

comment by pixelopera at 05:50 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

beautiful perspective. the colors are great.

comment by djn1 at 06:53 PM (GMT) on 8 August, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Nick: sometimes the shots I put up are just things that I've seen, that caught my eye, that are as much about me remebering a scene and documenting a my day than they are about anything else. And I guess this is one of those shots. It's not stunning, or vibrant – it's just a couple of flags on the beach on a Sunday afternoon.