Friday, June 11, 2010

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign!

A few weeks ago, I suggested keeping themes in mind when out photographing.  By having regular themes in my head, I always have subject ideas to search for jumpstarting my creativity.
I like photographing signs.  They are one of my many theme collections in my photo library and range from interesting to humorous.  I made this image in Venice Beach, California. My daughter and I set out with cameras in hand to photograph the people and sights on a Sunday afternoon, when the area was buzzing with activity.  (And plenty of photo opportunities!) Vendors, joggers, tourists, and artists crowded the Ocean Front Walk. Along the boardwalk is a long row of shops and restaurants that goes on for city block after city block.  We walked the length of it more than once.
 After working the crowds for a while, we set off down the quieter side streets to enjoy the painted murals on both the public and private buildings.  The artwork was amazing!  Rounding one corner, I spied this scene and had to capture it.  The reason was not the mural (although the artwork was gorgeous) but because the everyday street signs took on a double meaning due to the section of the mural they framed, and brought a smile to my face.  (And they also added another interesting shot to my growing collection of sign images.)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm lens, 1/250 @ f 8.0, ISO 200

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