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POTD #41 - Obviously not a 365 Project

After computer booting troubles, I ran into Lightroom troubles and had to rebuild my library. I finally have both of those problems contained and can now resume posting images here. We'll see how long I can go before I really screw with my computer again. It's almost a compulsion to me. I always have to tweak it just a little bit.

Anyway, here's another image from last week's photowalk. I had a great time meeting all those new people and am excited to have been contacted by at least 3 people looking for more information on our next walk.

I noticed this very old fallout shelter sign for the first time on the walk. I'd shot the fire escape directly across the street several times in the past, but had missed this entirely. These signs are almost universally lovely. They are so old that they usually have a good bit of wear and rust on them. They are relics of an old paradigm of fear that seems to be re-emerging. They frequently contrast with their surroundings well.

I like the simple composition here. I have reduced the presence of the sign to a tiny bit of the massive expanse of brick - mirroring both its modern day significance and its probable effectiveness during its heyday.

Fallout Shelter Fallout Shelter

Tech Talk:
1/320 sec; f/4.5; 75mm; ISO 200
This image took a fair bit of massaging to get it into it presentation state. I first had to correct quite a bit of lens distortion. I took the image over to Photoshop Elements 7 to fix the perspective shift. When shooting up at a building, the vertical lines tend to converge on the center of the frame. Much like looking down the road, toward the horizon, you can see the sides of the road meet, the same thing happens when looking up a wall. This makes the wall seem like it's about to fall over backward.

Then I had to correct some pincushion distortion - the sides of the image were pinched in and both horizontal and vertical lines bowed inward toward the center.

After aligning the image, the rest was pretty straight forward. I applied a personal preset to adjust clarity, vibrance, and saturation. Then I increased contrast some, and brightened up the sign a little bit. I sharpened, exported, and posted it.
Scott Everett