Apr 222011

As I mentioned in the previous post, the current assignment for my creative photography class was to take a creative shot of a man made sign. In this post, I’m going to talk about the shot that is currently selected to be the one I will send unless I get another chance to go out shooting before Sunday evening.

This was shot in front of Calhoun’s at Volunteer Landing. I thought it was kind of funny how they had these three no parking signs so close to each other. I focused on the closest one to me and then worked with both the zoom and my shooting angle to get a diagonal line of signs shrinking into the distance. I also shot at various apertures so I could pick how sharp I wanted the furthest sign. I wanted it to be recognizable, but not sharp.

The toughest decision for me when processing this image was to desaturate all of the color channels except red. I see this effect used a lot in photo communities so I feel like it’s been done to death. However, I really thought it was needed in this situation because it was a bright, sunny day and the trees were green and yellow and those flags in the background where orange and white and there was just a LOT going on in this picture. I felt like only leaving the red channel was the best way to not lose the signs further back into the background AND to amplify the message the restaurant was trying to convey by putting so many signs that close together. “Look people, DON’T PARK HERE!”

Oh, there’s also a touch of vignetting around the edges, but nothing heavy handed. I used it mainly to bring down the sky peaking through the tree in the upper left just a little bit.


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