deji77

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photoblog image SYMBOLS, SIGNS & LIES

SYMBOLS, SIGNS & LIES

taken from a parking lot on sat 22nd. i had just finished a novel, the kite runner by khaled hosseini. also the night before i finally watched brokeback mountain. both had similar messages: unrequited love and loss probably as a result of going against social norms. two deep and moving stories in a row i don't think is good for anybody's mental state! if uv watched or read any of them it would be nice to hear ur thoughts without of course spoiling it for others. and if u haven't, well i'm recommending them. particularly the book.

the connection to the above image? well signs and symbols are things we come to take for granted. well the character amir in the novel felt the same way about his own life.... its worth the read to find out more.

i took this image at 1/30s to get the motion blur for the cars. apparently the camera was struggling as the image was literarily white-washed. EV of -2 didn't help. I wonder if i was doing anything wrong. I used photoshop to rescue most of the image. tried blurring the background, but i couldn't get a result that looked natural, so i abandoned it. I desaturated it instead. I also selectively sharpened parts of the image and saturated the sign. too bad about the blowouts. so wat do u think?

SYMBOLS, SIGNS & LIES

taken from a parking lot on sat 22nd. i had just finished a novel, the kite runner by khaled hosseini. also the night before i finally watched brokeback mountain. both had similar messages: unrequited love and loss probably as a result of going against social norms. two deep and moving stories in a row i don't think is good for anybody's mental state! if uv watched or read any of them it would be nice to hear ur thoughts without of course spoiling it for others. and if u haven't, well i'm recommending them. particularly the book.

the connection to the above image? well signs and symbols are things we come to take for granted. well the character amir in the novel felt the same way about his own life.... its worth the read to find out more.

i took this image at 1/30s to get the motion blur for the cars. apparently the camera was struggling as the image was literarily white-washed. EV of -2 didn't help. I wonder if i was doing anything wrong. I used photoshop to rescue most of the image. tried blurring the background, but i couldn't get a result that looked natural, so i abandoned it. I desaturated it instead. I also selectively sharpened parts of the image and saturated the sign. too bad about the blowouts. so wat do u think?

comments (6)

the arrow sign is my favorite-beautiful sharpness and nice touch of colors here...against the blurr car...great effectsmile
deji77: thanks for stopping by poramit.
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 25 Apr 2006, 05:31
Blur and sharpness together!
deji77: thanks!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 25 Apr 2006, 08:24
Selective sharpening and saturation of the sign really make it stand out, so you've got that technique down.

But the image reminds me only of a Ministry of Transport or other motoring agency photo - something for Drive magazine perhaps?.

I see no connection with the sentiments you suggest, although I have neither read the book nor seen the film you mention.
deji77: well i guess u take things like road signs for granted as in everybody understands what they mean and so behave in a somewhat predictable fashion. hence we can build our lives on so many "givens". in the book the main character finds a truth which well changes a lot of thing. i too was SHOCKED when i discovered it as well.

thanks for the comment colin.
Very good execution
deji77: thanks simon.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 25 Apr 2006, 16:19
The arrow sign stands out really nicely, but I'm still trying to decipher the meaning here. I've seen the movie but haven't read that book.
deji77: uhmmmm...thanks for the comment veloran. well if u can u should read the book. its really nice.
I like the simplicity of this shot very much. It's too bad the background is so busy. Maybe a larger aperture would have put more emphasis on the foregound elements. I really commend the idea. Regards, Brent
deji77: i guess its trying to execute shots like these that reminds one quite firmly of the limitations of their equipment. thanks brent for the advice.

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