Stills V3

August 30, 2009

Earlswells Road

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 07:51



  1. Although I’ve posted this one fourth in the series, it was the first neg I’d processed for about a year. I’m not sure that I got the contrast right. Practice makes perfect and all…

    Comment by Colin — August 30, 2009 @ 07:54

  2. In the current climate this is a very controversial image as we have conflict and sabotage over ‘to have or omit’ the apostrophe!

    There are some very interesting Z’ds in the image.

    In terms of contrast my work flow for the web would have the levels and curves adjusted a bit, but then it would be mine! There is obviously no bright light so the contrast seems to fit the subject well.

    Comment by Rex — August 30, 2009 @ 11:56

  3. Yep, plenty of Z’ds. But with the way they line up in my eyes I find there’s too much space along the right. But there again, that space does indicate direction of impact. The fact that there is so much space how did the sign get hit? Very puzzling.

    Comment by akikana — September 1, 2009 @ 07:56

  4. The development gives the feel of a dull day quite well so if that was how it was, no problem.

    In fact, there is only one Z here but a clever illusion that there are more.The composition creates a bit of tension as well as allowing for the direction of impact. It ties together well and the initial visual impact (sic) is strong.

    As to the cause: if Scottish drivers are anything like young Welsh ones then this will be a recurring scene! No puzzle at all, although admittedly here some of the occurrences involve tractors – after an evening in the pub. Our local postbox had to be put down after a brutal assault.

    Comment by John Ellis — September 2, 2009 @ 06:40

  5. The framing is just right for that “visual impact” John mentions. Though I find the contrast a tiny bit flat for my taste, the design and content are strong enough to make up for it.

    Comment by Christina — September 5, 2009 @ 16:03

  6. I’m not sure the contrast is quite right on this, but it’s close; the shadows under the tree look a bit too lifted.

    The composition is unbalanced, but that suits the subject, doesn’t it?

    Comment by matt — September 10, 2009 @ 12:49

  7. I am enjoying the puzzle in this—the way my brain connects the paint on the pavement with the leaning sign. The framing sets this up beautifully. Moreover, it is amusing to note the difference in the type of wear and tear we see on this sign as compared what we have seen earlier in the series.

    I wonder if this looks flat to me because I just viewed “A Still for Stills”.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — September 14, 2009 @ 18:05

  8. the bottom half keeps making me want to look away from the photograph. Such a strong arrow pointing right back at me. I can’t pay attention to the upper half and nothing much seems to be happening there, anyway?

    Comment by Gordon — September 15, 2009 @ 15:57

  9. Gordon – that, of course, depends on what you think “the photograph” is. This was taken before I thought of taking a series with road signs. Maybe it is in my self portrait series ;-)

    Comment by Colin — September 15, 2009 @ 16:22

  10. I like the movement – road takes me right, sign invites me back. It’s like the sign has personality: a robot overlord?

    Comment by doonster — September 16, 2009 @ 20:44

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