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To me, the reflective building could be 150 large LED TV screens (I wonder if they thought of this already).

But in fact it is a fabulous reflection. So good that at least one other photographer, puzzled by what I was doing, turned around and was so surprised he started taking pictures too.

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Suzi in Oregon on July 2, 2013

See, David, you are a good influence, to those near and far. Interesting to think someone with a camera would not notice this rather large attraction, but then none of the people in your image are looking up. So glad you did! Niiice (O:

david g Johnson on July 2, 2013

A particularly striking reflection....due to the foreground 'Geordies' being out of your..D.O.F...
Well spotted ... /...Dave

David Brown Photogra… on July 2, 2013

I'm glad I did as well Suzi - I am glad you also see the beauty in this. Thank you.

Thank you DJ but they are in focus in the RAW but masked out in LR4.3 using a graduated filter and sharpness mask. It give them anonymity I reckon.

Cheers both - David

trikermike on July 2, 2013

I love the reflection of Old Newcastle Buildings you have captured!

this work ought to be publicised!

skida on July 4, 2013

That's the best shot of Emerson Chambers reflection I have seen I reckon. Well done.


Sixten Imgs on July 4, 2013

Really fine finding again. The previous Cowbar shot and now this give an impression that your European Tour - or our life here - has risen to almost surreal heights. Quite possibly both :)

David Brown Photogra… on July 5, 2013

Thank you Mike, based on your input I have entered it into the July contest!


Thank you Keith for another generous compliment. Right place right time in other words pure luck.


Sixten, weird is what I do best! Thank-you dear friend, I think. :o)


Cheers chaps David

Duncan Darbishire on July 6, 2013

Well seen, you got to have the eye.

trikermike on July 6, 2013

Sorry Duncan, it's me who has THE eye, **David has a matching pair!!! ;)))

David Brown Photogra… on July 13, 2013

Thank you Duncan - I usually reply on my lady wife to point these things out to me. I am not sure who saw this first (but it wasn't the other photographer).

Mike thats my joke about my wife!


Cheers chaps - David

Peter Rouse on February 7, 2014

David, have you defocused the foreground to protect the innocent? I was going to mention the DOF but DJ already has, you have explained perfectly in your reply. I must admit in street scenes I don't go to such lengths to observe anonymity. If people wander into a shot incidentally, then I feel it adds to the spontaneity of the shot. Recently, I was shopping in my local shopping mall, taking pictures of their Christmas tree, I must've been spotted by the cctv and was approached by a security guard who demanded that I delete the images in front of him. My phone uploads to Dropbox by default, and so they were already preserved remotely. 10mins before my encounter I had witnessed a person fleeing from a checkout running frantically, followed by 2 security guards. This left me wondering if I had captured images of the tealeaf in the act, the security guard may have requested a file transfer for evidence in support of a prosecution. In the light of this experience I might well decline such a request in future. Nice pic by the way.


david g Johnson on February 7, 2014

Howdy....DB....and....PR..../..I hope all is good..../....I myself in the past..when out amongst city buildings - doing what you might call...''street photography''...have encountered requests to stop men in hats - coats and I.D......which I as to continue enjoying my day....this... U'tube clip makes an..Interesting few minutes...Should we ignore their requests to stop ?...I guess it all depends on how far you wish to take the argument......Cheers from....Dj...UK.

David Brown Photogra… on February 8, 2014

Nice one Peter. I blurred the foreground using a gradient mask in LR4 to keep the eye focused on the great reflection rather than protecting anyone. Your shots have there charm because they are candid street scenes which I am not so comfortable taking (my problem!). :-)

David those things get my blood pressure up. In the USA I carry around a single sheet of photocopied paper in my camera bag that explains the US Law so that if stopped by security or police I can give it to them to read. In the UK, its not so clear. You have no constitution so no right to basic freedoms and I watch with horror as they get eroded every day (it seems).

Peter I think if you take a picture on public land (street, pavement whatever) no one has any rights over you. If its in a shopping mall.... all bets are off. I was accosted while taking this shot . But I talked my way out of it. Mind you its a bit 'ard for me to tell people I'm a chuffin American, coz like what they dunt believe me.


As Rolf Harris used to say...... It makes you wonder

Peter Rouse on February 8, 2014

Thank you DB, DJ... I shall never understand the logic behind the bye-laws where shopping malls are concerned. My feeling though is that our civil liberties are slowly being eroded away. If you have an encounter with a Policeman in the UK it is more than possible you will be filmed clandestinely by a 'body-cam' mounted on his shoulder. I think if the object of your image is mostly innocent (Xmas Tree) and mostly is an endorsement of the mall, and then posted to social media, it would be viewed in some respects as free positive publicity to that mall. On the other hand, if I had taken images of the litter strewn in the mall and therefore negative publicity. Their objection to photography on private property would be justifiable, but the request to delete was blanket and disregards artistic value.

Regards Pete

David Brown Photogra… on February 8, 2014

I have sought clarification on this matter as have my photo-buddies here in USA and I dare say its similar in UK. Shopping malls are private property, so they have the say who does what. If in a shopping mall (closed or open) I seek security and ask if its OK to shoot.

Mostly I have been told yes "as long as you don't photograph any jewelers"!

I agree Peter your all-too-few rights are being eroded away further.

Sorry mate


skida on February 10, 2014

If you were taking shots inside the mall there would be restrictions, but you can photograph anything from a public highway, as in this shot.


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  • Uploaded on July 2, 2013
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    by David Brown Photogra…
    • Taken on 2013/06/10 12:03:45
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
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