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Photo Friday challenge – Atmosphere – I know that I’m unlikely to have too much time this week to take anything else, and I was going to put this up soon anyway. It was taken on the same trip as my previous two shots and while I don’t remember quite what the sign was for (i.e. what it was advertising) I do think that it’s reasonably relevant for this theme.

I did try various colourised versions of this shot, as I did think this one was a bit flat, but they all ended up looking horribly lurid and unnatural, so I stuck with the black and white version. If I were to take this one again I’d probably balance the exposure a bit better; i.e. expose for the sky rather than leave it to the camera to work out. That way I suspect that I would have ended up with rather less noise in the image. That said, I suppose it does add to the atmosphere of the shot – at least that’s my excuse ;-)

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1.51pm on 29/3/04
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comment by gwen at 06:20 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

It's certainly ominous...the metalwork reminds me of some stuff a guy around here does. I wish that sort of thing could be on every lamppost.

comment by myla at 06:29 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

I love the angle and the monochroma. . . very trippy looking. :)

comment by Renée at 07:15 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

Wow, i love this one! Very striking!

comment by lynn at 10:45 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

i think this is amazing just as it is!

comment by tyler at 01:30 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

i don't think this shot wouldn't have worked as well with color. really diggin' the composition!

comment by Deceptive at 04:34 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

I love those silhouette figures and I love the general atmospheric feel of the photo, though I can not understand the orientation of the photograph. I copied it to my desktop and rotated the image; I felt it looked better rotated 90 degrees clockwise or 180 degrees clockwise when the figures where the right way up. Maybe I’m missing something, it just seems odd to me or maybe that’s what you wanted.

comment by Houser at 07:26 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

I have to agree - smokin shot, bud. I agree that black and white is the way to go, but the composition - the severe angle - really holds one's eye.

Sensitive light recently posted a rant about "what's the point?". I think shots like this convey my feelings on the subject. It's about capturing something that a) not everyone sees and/or b) in a way in which others wouldn't normally see them.

I think on both counts, you've excelled by this shot.

comment by deceptive at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

To contradict my original comment and having looked at it in a more receptive frame of mind I think the weird orientation makes the photograph. The oddness is appealing.

comment by djn1 at 11:54 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2004

Thanks all.

Deceptive: I guess the reason for the orientation is partly captured by your original comment, at least if you replace "better" with "normal"; i.e. this orientation makes you think a little more, it's a fraction more disturbing (perhaps), and given this week's Photo Friday theme, I thought that this angle was more powerful. But I guess that's what you already said with your follow up comment ;-)

Houser: thanks for the pointer - I'll go and have a look at his "rant".