Brighton Clock Tower

The Clock Tower in Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK.


Here the tower is supporting a canopy of white LED Christmas decorations. The image is a composite of two photographs, one badly out of focus to reveal a pleasant bokeh / 暈け / ボケ / ボケ味 effect.


The geometry of the subject and composition means that - looking upward - the area around the clockfaces is in its own focal plane (with everything else either nearer or further away). This makes it easy to fake a shallow depth of field or fake Tilt-Shift effect, creating the illusion that the photograph is of a small scale model.


The out of focus parts of the image serve to highlight the intensity of bright points - such as fairy lights or fireworks - that cannot be conveyed using conventional file formats and conventional screen display devices.


Clock Tower [The Victorian Web]

Clock Tower [My Brighton and Hove]

  • Yogendra Joshi 3y

    splendid idea and awesome execution.
  • chememoro 3y

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Enrique ss ənƃıɹu∃ 3y

    Really nice!
  • Ana M.D. 3y

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  • Javier Canale 3y

    amaaazing bokeh, and composition!

    visit mine if you want:
    Pool Floor
  • juli 3y

  • Owen Franssen 2y

    Really well done. I like how you've got the bokeh in the foreground as opposed to the usual background fade
  • Adam Parkes 2y

  • Lynet Witty 2y

    This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Very NICE shot! It was the only picture I commented on from DPS (Digital Photography School)....
  • Alex Turton 2y

    This is brilliant
  • Valentina Sokolskaya 2y

    Magnificent use of bokeh!
  • .gouveia 2y

  • nickpowell1980 1y

    FANTASTIC SHOT!!! I work just next to the clock tower and I am really keen to try to recreate the effect you have used here! Just out of interest, which lens was used to get this shot?
  • Dominic Alves 1y

    Re: which lens was used to get this shot? - Hi nickpowell1980, I used a standard kit zoom lens for a Canon DSLR. The image is a combination of two photos taken from exactly the same viewpoint using a tripod; one in focus, the other very out of focus. I combined the two images by layering them in an image editor, used slight scaling to ensure that the two images matched (because changing the focus can slightly change the "zoom" / field of view angle), and then selectively removed the areas that were in or out of focus using very soft selections. The effect is the illusion of a very shallow depth of field, similar to the often misnamed / mis-described "tilt shift" effect.
  • Jim Ericson 1y

    well done!
  • chememoro 1y

    Fantastic !!!
    Happy New Year !!!
  • PHYTV 1y

    Hi, thanks for making this image available under a Creative Commons attributed licence. I’ve used the image in a YouTube video with a credit and Flickr image URL at the end of the video. Don’t hesitate to contact me via FlickrMail if you have any questions.
  • MotherNatureNetwork 1y

    Thanks for listing this photo under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

    We've used it here,, on Mother Nature Network. Check it out!

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks again,
    Catie Leary
  • Alexey Kljatov 1y

    Fantastic photo!
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Taken on December 28, 2010
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