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Lacoste

I have been up to Scotland to visit my parents over the weekend. Thank you for all the comments on the previous image, I'm going to try to answer your comments shortly.

I went across to Largs on Sunday looking for a shot that I wanted across Loch Thom, but it did not work out so well. However, I found this washed up trainer in exactly this position on my drive home along the sea shore. This was one of the first images that I took, I was fixated by the Lacoste logo that I re-arranged it else where along the beach but none worked as well as the position in which I first found it!

Shot was taken at a short F stop to throw everything else out of focus.

And before anyone shouts at me regarding "It's not level"! the mast in the distance was a small boat on an angled slip way

PS work : De-saturation, and selective curve work + USM.

All the best Mal

Lacoste

I have been up to Scotland to visit my parents over the weekend. Thank you for all the comments on the previous image, I'm going to try to answer your comments shortly.

I went across to Largs on Sunday looking for a shot that I wanted across Loch Thom, but it did not work out so well. However, I found this washed up trainer in exactly this position on my drive home along the sea shore. This was one of the first images that I took, I was fixated by the Lacoste logo that I re-arranged it else where along the beach but none worked as well as the position in which I first found it!

Shot was taken at a short F stop to throw everything else out of focus.

And before anyone shouts at me regarding "It's not level"! the mast in the distance was a small boat on an angled slip way

PS work : De-saturation, and selective curve work + USM.

All the best Mal

comments (31)

  • BeakerSt
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2006, 00:04
Are you familiar with Chromasia? You'll see a lot of flotsam and jetsam (sp?) processing on his very very slick site.

I think a slightly wider crop may have given a little more context and helped the framing. The subject is a little full on for me as it's difficult to see it's relative position. Nice and crisp though
Mal: Hi Simon, yes I've seen Chromasia, some of his stuff is simply stunning.

I remember taking the shot with Simon's voice in my ear regarding composition, I think your right (again). I must admit that the image only has a shoe and a few rocks in, the rest of the backdrop/landscape was also beautiful, I should have included a little more of it to give the viewer context. I got sucked in by the logo. All the best MAL
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 17 Oct 2006, 00:08
It definitely works for me, good capture and PP,

Suby
Mal: Thank you Suby, just started fiddling with single colour curves. The one thing I'm having trouble with is deciding what I actually want or how the image should look at the moment, let alone how to achieve it in PP. All the best Mal
and I assume it means "the coast"
Mal: I'm not sure Russell but I think that you are correct. MAL
Nice some, I love the selective focus.
Mal: Thank you Dee. Mal
great shot
Mal: Thank you Genevieve. Mal
  • Salar
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2006, 00:28
I love it. Great work, Mal. The toning and DOF really complement the image. However, I wonder if the serendipitous concept would be improved if you had included more of the rocks? That way the 'Lacoste' would be less dominant in the frame, but equally powerful in demanding attention.

PS: The Horizon is off!


..j/k. smile

Cheers,
Mal: Hey Salar, yes your right, the more I look now the more I would like to see a little more local environment to give a little more context. I always appreciate honest comment.

Horizon is off! - Cheeky monkey wink Mal
  • Salar
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2006, 00:30
Gahh! I just realized BeakerSt. already made a similar point. Anyway, great work!

Cheers,
hey mal,

wicked shot. i love the composition and the lighting. sometimes the best shots are the ones that are composed for you. i love the angle of the sneaker and the contrast of the smooth texture of the sneaker against the rough stones. very nice.
Mal: It's funny how it worked out Nicole. I was about to pick up the shoe and take it to where I thought it would work best but I thought that I would take a couple of shots as it was, they ended up being my favourites. Sneaker, I love that word wink Mal
WOW! I really am feeling this one Mal. I think I'd like to go shooting with you sometime.
Mal: As previously mentioned, anytime. Mal
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 17 Oct 2006, 01:27
lucky find mal. you must look a treat walking round with one new shoe. wink Russell is very perceptive. i think if you could clone an s out for him then he would be spot on. is that a rock or a hill on the right mal. I am doing squinty eyes but cannot tell.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 17 Oct 2006, 01:27
lucky find mal. you must look a treat walking round with one new shoe. wink Russell is very perceptive. i think if you could clone an s out for him then he would be spot on. is that a rock or a hill on the right mal. I am doing squinty eyes but cannot tell. nice shot and pp
Mal: I had a very funny comment from Lisa later, see her reply! It was a rocky bank aprox 30 meters away. Mal
  • Joe
  • United States
  • 17 Oct 2006, 01:47
Nice one Mal, this would be a good ad for Lacoste
Mal: Thank you Joe, I'm waiting for their call wink Mal
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 17 Oct 2006, 01:47
Lovely. It looks like a new shoe. Perfect advertisement for Lacoste!
Mal: Thank you Sidney. All the best Mal
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 17 Oct 2006, 02:13
Reminds me of the Lacoste t-shirts my mom had... man, those were the days, I ALWAYS wanted one of them. But then one day I woke up and forgot all about them, haha.

Great work on the desaturation smile I could see it on their promotion banner.
Mal: It's funny how when we grow up we have things that we want that seem really important and then suddenly it becomes so yesterday. All the best Mia. Mal
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 17 Oct 2006, 02:52
Cool shot, Mal. Nice tones.
Mal: Thank you Otto, I've only recently discovered layers, so i'm pushing and pulling buttons at the moment, you are watching my learning curve. Mal
Send that in to them at lacoste..im sure they'll use it for their next ad campaign..
Mal: Hey Yanik, maybe they will send me some shoes wink Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 07:21
mark of a great photographer - to make ANYTHING look like a good photograph....love the usage of the fstop (still unsure of what that is exactly, but it seems to work for you) here and great toning....8.25/10
Mal: Hi Samvader, I think it was Skee, who said to me recently "It is not how the thing being photographed looks, it is how the thing looks photographed" Great quote or what? All the best Malwalker
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Oct 2006, 07:30
I really like this mal. Love your work
Mal: Thank you E, really appreciate that lovely comment. All the best Mal
Could call it Laclost! Poor pun, sorry. But very Chromasia. Makes you wonder how it got there, was there a person attached to it when it got lost? Did it belong to someone famous, maybe sunning them selves in some secluded Caribbean hide away, when the tide came in and carried away his flash trainers! How far as it traveled? Probably dropped by a kid on his way home from school!

Oh, great picture by the way.
Mal: I've made Digi think! Hoorraahh! Thank you Digi. Mal
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 17 Oct 2006, 12:04
Hi Mal, hope your week end went great!! Thanks again for the b'day!! It really looks like a commercial for Lacoste, actually it would make a great one!!!!
Have fun my friend!
Mal: Hey Frederic, I saw your post while away but on someone else's computer, so did not have the chance to wish you happy birthday. Hope you had a good one. All the best. Mal
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Oct 2006, 12:41
very good composition
Mal: Thank you Chantal. All the best. Mal
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 14:55
Really great image Mal.
Mal: Thank you Attah. mal.
  • lisa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 19:01
What did you do with the rest of the Chav?
Mal: He was given a clip round the ear and the bus fayer home and told to stop moaning or else I'd take his shell suit also!

PS Your comment has really cheered me up and made me laugh so much, along with previous comments made by Nev, I think that this is my fav'. Mal xx
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 19:46
Good work all round Mal, like the way you've processed this one. smile
Mal: Cheers Chris, i'm playing with individual colour curves now!! Oh, where will it end! Mal
Hé hé smile Brand always brand - Nice idea Mal
Mal: Hey Zeb, I thought that you might find this funny. All the best. Mal
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2006, 00:15
good shot, even better PPing
Mal: Thank you Asiko. Mal
The shallow depth of field really works with this image.
I like the blue tone that's left/added to the image rather than a pure desaturation.
Mal: Thank you Rich. Mal
Love the sharp b/w
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 19 Oct 2006, 16:08
I've come back to this and feel I may have been a little harsh, it's growing on me smile
Mal: hee hee Simon, you are one of the very few people on Shutter that give me from the hip honest opinion, do not go all soft on me now!!! All the best. Mal
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2006, 21:49
hee hee Simon, you are one of the very few people on Shutter that give me from the hip honest opinion, do not go all soft on me now!!! wink All the best. Mal
sometimes i am not as brutal as i want on some peoples blog, but when i say you inspire me MAL I truly mean it. This shot here is off the chain and I hope to shoot like this someday well done.
Mal: You already have a great technique and style all of your own Atunbi, you already shoot great images. Does this mean I need a new chain then? wink Mal

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