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Of late, in some ways at least, I think the subjects I've been photographing have become more conventional and I realised that I've stopped looking in every mirror, puddle and window for a reflection to photograph. So, for a change, here's a shot taken in the wing mirror of an ice-cream van, distorted by a window.

12.29pm on 18/8/05

Canon 20D

EF 70-200 f/4L USM

200mm (320mm equiv.)



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C1 Pro

stretched, a bit

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3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Kjetil at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

Yay! First comment! ehh..good photo.

comment by Dana at 08:50 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

This is a very imaginative photo. I like it a lot. No sign of the baby yet? :)

comment by djn1 at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

Kjetil: thanks.

Dana: thanks too, and no, there's no sign yet.

comment by Jason Wall at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

I don't like this one so much. The blurryness makes it feel like i'm looking through opaque plastic. The scene itself isn't interesting enough to compensate.

comment by Brandon at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

Interesting idea

comment by Deborah at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

I like it a lot, it's very 'Carnivalesque'. I can almost hear the barrel organ!

comment by lauren e. at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

The figure with the backpack at center stage ruins it for me. He takes it out the carnival / fantasy world.

comment by Guilherme Pinto at 10:47 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

Shots in the rear view mirror, is one of those cliches. But any cliche can be impressive when it is done well. Like this one. Awesome!

comment by alexander at 10:56 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

Since there's been some technical talk on here lately, I hope you don't mind a technical question: you don't list the photo info plugin on your about page, how do you do the EXIF data? Do you enter it in by hand each time?

Also, the portrait technique you mentioned a few days ago, does it work with all skin types? i.e., did you use it yesterday?


comment by Notnad at 11:49 PM (GMT) on 19 August, 2005

I love it! This one reminds me of old-time pictures, maybe tintypes? I was taken back to the 50s or 60s for some reason. I think the sky draws me in.

comment by fi at 12:11 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

It immediately gave me a headache. I don't like it. :-o I never thought I'd say that about a chromasia photo.

comment by Ed at 02:00 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

I like the breakaway from tradition, and I suppose it doesn't follow your general style.

comment by kikko77 at 04:58 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

For me this photo lacks something that would tell us that it's a reflection not just a blurry pic giving some people a headache :)

comment by Viking054 at 06:11 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

Yuck... Not one of my favorites. Makes my eyes hurt.

comment by Geoff at 06:38 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

I'm quite used to your obsession with reflections, but I don't see the point of this one. It just doesn't work for me.

comment by Caitlin at 08:02 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

UGH! I have had your site bookmarked as a favorite on my computer for months now. I love your style and expecially your use of colors. Now its time for me to get my senior pictures and I know I wont like them since ive been looking at your stuff too much. I wish I could get them to look like some of the shots of your children and friends. Ill just end up huging a tree or laying in a really uncomfortable position and everyone will just look over my boring picture in the yearbook. I wish I were your kid.

Thanks for the eye candy anyhow.

comment by ady at 08:12 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

It's good to break away from the conventional every now and then. I like tihs shot... it's like a surreal, dreamland.

comment by Leo at 09:28 AM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

interesting colors on the shot. I'm not a huge fan of the dual reflection blurred effect, but as usual it has wonderful colors.

comment by kamarul at 02:14 PM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

interesting idea.. but it just goes to show you cant make magic everyday.

comment by djn1 at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 20 August, 2005

Thanks everyone, though I guess this one wasn't liked by too many of you ;-)

alexander: I enter the EXIF data manually, and yes, it works on all skin types and yes, I did use it yesterday.

comment by Fred at 05:12 AM (GMT) on 21 August, 2005

I do like this. The surreal quality is heightened by what looks to me like some interplay between the person with the rucksack and the sea creature which seems to be looking down at him, perhaps about to pounce. It's even got its tongue ready!

comment by Martin Fuchs at 01:37 AM (GMT) on 22 August, 2005

nice and dreamy image

comment by Navin Harish at 04:25 PM (GMT) on 22 August, 2005

Brilliant shot. The only action in this is just one guy walking but it still looks action packed

comment by flo at 06:37 AM (GMT) on 25 August, 2005

me encanta esta mirada, fotografo.

just like fellini's... tantantarara!!!

comment by Irene at 10:07 AM (GMT) on 4 September, 2005

I like it. It's strange, a different look at the usual surroundings. Alienating.