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Pleasure Taken

By digicammad  
At one time Southport pier used to be open into the evening; people would wander along and enjoy watching the sun setting and the lights coming on in the buildings.

Then they spent some money on it and bought a new tram fitted with an annoying beep which goes off permanently when there is any danger the thing is going to move.

Now they lock the gates in the evening, presumably for reasons of health and safety. No pleasure is allowed after 7 on this pleasure pier.

This shot was taken on an evening which had seen a cloudless blue sky gradually turn golden. I've tweaked the contrast and that is about it.

I shot it to convert to b&w, then decided I like the tones too much.

Thanks for looking, hope you like it, all feedback welcome.


Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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Yewtree 10 England
17 Jul 2009 8:14PM
Really like this, together with the commentary

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Ammonyte 12 4 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 8:24PM
Great colours and lines. I like this a lot.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 8:25PM
Very good composition. I like the bright reflections and that golden section of paving on the left.
NikkiW 11 33 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 8:30PM
yeup. like it alot...
17 Jul 2009 8:48PM
Very good

User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 9:00PM
I know it's such a shame that we can't wander down there after 7, a coffee & play on the penny arcade.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
17 Jul 2009 9:11PM
What gorgeous light, like the perspective too! well seen and taken Smile

Sarah *
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
17 Jul 2009 9:37PM
Frustrating as I'm sure there are plenty more images available with the light at that time of day.
It does appear to have the right ingredients for a mono conversion with all the shapes and tones but you're right to keep it in colour here.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
17 Jul 2009 10:04PM
I'd be inclined to crop it ever so slightly on the left, but apart from that it works well for me. And I agree that keeping the colour was a good idea.
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 10:22PM
Gorgeous golden tones and strong silhouettes. Love the repetitive curves with the lamps in the middle. Flipping health &'ve done well despite their best efforts!
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 10:53PM
Thanks very much everybody.

Conrad yes I know what you mean. I have cropped quite a bit off the left but was worried about losing the composition in an effort to get rid of messy bits.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
18 Jul 2009 12:43PM
Excellent treatment. Beautiful lines, gorgeous colour. Simple and very effective.
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
18 Jul 2009 2:21PM
Keeping the colour amkes this really stunning!
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2009 7:33PM
Thanks Chris and Jan
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2009 7:35PM
lovely lines and curves against the golden glow makes a wonderful image of great beauty

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2009 10:04PM
Cheers Linda
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
21 Jul 2009 12:59AM
Cheers, Goggz
daviewat 14 4.1k Scotland
21 Jul 2009 11:24AM
Love the feel to this Ian, but t he old health and saftey issue ?????????? thats killed off more pleasure than it has done good i reckon.

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2009 6:34PM
Cheers Pete & Dave. Yep H&S has a lot to answer for Dave.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2009 10:40PM
Wow that's a beauty!!
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2009 10:24AM
Thanks Helen
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 8:07PM
Good idea to leave the colour, lovely light, great silhouettes.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
26 Aug 2009 8:20PM
caught this as the e2 feature.lesley
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 8:28PM
Thanks Eric and Lesley
foxtolbot 9 8 3 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2009 5:53PM
nice shot there

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 10:27AM
Thanks James

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