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This shot was created using the same technique as this one; i.e. fill-flash through a Stofen diffuser, and I really like the almost studio-like quality of the light in the foreground.

Oh, and as yesterday's shot wasn't exactly one of the best I've put up recently I thought I'd put this one up a bit earlier than usual ;-)

12.12pm on 14/8/05

Canon 20D

EF 17-40 f/4L USM

17mm (27mm equiv.)



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-1/3 (-2/3 FEC)





C1 Pro


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3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Marina at 06:17 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Great shot - I like the unreal feeling of it!

comment by Reza at 06:32 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

i love the wavey pattern of land beside the sky pattern, it is great that there is a light line in horizon that seprates the sky and land

comment by brassa at 06:36 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Great Shot.

comment by Blake at 06:57 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

I like the subtle curvature in the horizon (or maybe it's an optical illusion!?) that gives a feel for the enormity of the scape.

comment by milou at 07:02 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

I like how the shape of the water in the left of the foreground mirrors the shape of the cloud swirl.

comment by Jem at 07:21 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Beautiful photo Dave. You always pull out that incredible blue in your skys - fantastic! I love the ripples on the sand too - I need to get myself to a coast after my trip to Scotland :)

comment by Jesse at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Of all the photoblogs I visit on the net, yours is the most "dreamlike". I love this shot.

comment by Velviapix at 07:26 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

In my opinion, both, today's and the "in the foreground" from 7/11 are two of your best shots.
Today's subject offers a set of contrast that provides a nice visual experience. The sand color vs the blue sky, the smooth clouds vs the grainy sand, the water vs the visual dryness of the sky.
In addition, both the sky and the sand seem to have a gradient that reflects on each other.
Want to point out that there is a white spot on the top-center-right of the image, you might want to clone out ;-)

comment by Andrew at 07:33 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

You seem to have the perfect balance of complimentary colors here. It's really beautiful.

comment by Jim at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

That's very striking. There's something about the depth of field, and the mountains in the background which reminds me of the American desert. I think it's the sense of scale, the feeling of a vast uncrossable distance between you and the distant mountains.

comment by yang at 07:53 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Wow, the 580EX really over powered the sun!?!?!

comment by jackanderson at 07:59 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Nice photography and great colors :)

comment by djn1 at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Velviapix: thanks, I hadn't spotted the dot (which I think was probably a high flying bird). I've cloned it out.

Jim: I suspect that most of what you can see on the horizon is clouds, but from what I can remember of the angle I shot this at it could also be the southernmost edge of the Lake District.

yang: not quite, but it did add sufficient light to the foreground to alter the balance of the shot.

comment by Arthur at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Now that’s a beautiful shot!

Maybe just the merest fraction too much flash, perhaps? Perhaps not!

By the way, thanks for all the helpful comments and answers all the time—they’re really helpful, and much appreciated.

comment by Karl at 08:34 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Beautiful, surreal shot. Images like this from you and other photobloggers bloggers has inspired me to start my own photoblog. It's not nearly at the level of your work but check it out if you have the time. thanks for the inspiration!

comment by Emma at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Looks like another planet!

comment by m at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

I love it :-)
Site looks back to normal now

comment by dJeyL at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Great Nightingale-styled shot :)

It's quite surprising however to see each part of the image take exactly one half.

comment by Aris at 09:15 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

So which planet did you take this photo on? :-)

Another question - I noticed you like using the 17-40 f4 lens - do you sometimes miss not having the F2.8 version of this lens? I'm considering buying one - but there is a fair price differential.

comment by kikko77 at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

the puddle (?) on the left looks like a giant's footprint.

comment by Geoff at 09:43 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Now this is more like it. Beautiful. Evocative of the wide open spaces of my own country, Australia.
I love the flash technique. It gives a lovely light in the foreground. Wonderful shot.

comment by Beth at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

I really love this one - it is much lighter than your past few photos - and the depth is amazing!

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comment by dp at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Now this is classic chromasia! I just felt so miniscule looking at this vastness... time to head home and open that bottle of scotch :)

comment by dp at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

...philosophizing about that thought (I meant to add)!

comment by Ed at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

I like the pattern the water has dug out. Good shot.

comment by Joe Lencioni at 11:07 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

Wonderful photo. Great colors, nice contrast, good composition. Brilliant.

comment by Rob at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 15 August, 2005

OMG this is stunning! (Apologies for the unconstructive comment). I cannot fault this one in any way.

comment by Notnad at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Having #1 just purchased my first digital camera and #2 just discovered your site, I have decided the odds are stacked in my favor this month! I love the pics and devour the technical details about each one--and maybe someday I will understand all of what you do! Thanks!

comment by i am a flying cow at 12:18 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

gorgeous tones!

comment by Ioannis at 12:31 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

I like the almost unreal view in this shot. It looks like it was indeed taken in a studio.

Don't worry about yesterday's shot. It's funny that you said you liked it at the beginning when noone else did! But as I cannot stress enough, this is all personal taste so don't over-focus on what our comments say!

comment by Sean (Random Panderings) at 12:43 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Beautiful. My first reaction on seeing the shot was how much I'd love to get a shot like this on my local beach. Now I know to try flash too.. Wonderful!

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 12:44 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

I like how the clouds flow in the sky..just wish there was more shadow contrast. (Well, cant have too many shadows!) Also, find it intresting how the horizon turns lighter, not darker. And I agree there is nice detail in the foreground.

comment by Thinh Q. Thang at 03:58 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Twin seas? More like "Giant Footprints"...haha.

comment by Sharla at 05:07 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Mmmmm. Gold and lapis for the eyes. A tepid cool breeze imagined on the skin. A shot of nervousness from earthly eyes. Familiar, never-before-seen patterns. Loneliness, a pinch of sad. A touch of freedom, too; maybe too much. My toes ache to invade your picture. All touches, all out of reach.

comment by Viking054 at 05:09 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Interesting shot, and interesting technique. I'm curious what it might have looked like without the flash...

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 09:13 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

The curves in the air and on the ground, great!

comment by Martin at 11:21 AM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Really special.Really. Thank you for this beautiful pic.

comment by Dan at 12:10 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

Great photo and technique choice. The fill-flash gives almost the same colour to the sand as the natural colour seen in the distance. Beautiful, again...

comment by Jimmy at 01:35 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

I had a go at something similar to this. Although couldn't get that X factor that you've got in this picture!

comment by erik at 01:54 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

dont believe what people say. yesterday's picture was great.

today's might be even better.it's fabous. it's big. all sense of scale goes lost. the world is empty. almost apocalyptic.

well, until you stand up, i suppose.

comment by Jorge Lesmes at 03:04 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

That sky is just too much! Great picture!

comment by Mxhxr at 03:37 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

I am jealous of the skies and simple beauty of the land in your shots! A great sight for these weary suburban eyes.

comment by Nisa at 06:03 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2005

you should name this one "Martian landscape", well, after you drain the water out the picture... well done, although there's too much emphasis on the technical side, but I guess if the end result is good then why not? :)

comment by Crash at 12:34 PM (GMT) on 18 August, 2005

nice lighting ... where did you take this? at the beach ?

comment by David at 02:09 PM (GMT) on 18 August, 2005

The colors and textures are breathtaking. I've read that for landscapes the horizon should be placed in the top or bottom third of the picture - may be part of your frustration with the final product. Congrats on the new boy, and I hope you don't have to wait much longer!

comment by Justin Gaynor at 03:27 PM (GMT) on 18 August, 2005

This photo is amazing. The detail, the color, the reflections. It's a very very visually stimulating shot.

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comment by Circe at 06:26 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

It is as if God left his footprints on earth...that was my first impression, two gigantic footprints! @_@

First comment but I've been lurking for years now. You have an amazing eye, truly inspiring!

~Circe W.

Greetings from Las Vegas, USA