InasiaJones 2012-04-06 23:48
Although the sign has a retro feeling, it is obviously a new one. The choice of typography, the deep colours, the use to the neons that creates depth, the streamlined shapes of its elements are all part of a successful sign and I like it a lot. It's elegant and eye catching.
It would surely be an interest of mine as well, if I was living in Vancouver.
The only downside I would like to comment is about the way you have framed it. I don't necessarily care about the falling perspective of the left building that could have been corrected, this is a personal decision and in some circumstances, it can actually dramatize a shot and create a totally different effect and perception of a place, than if all vertical lines would be parallel.
My concern is more about your main subject; the sign. I think that it would have been important to present it with at least one vertical line that would have been straight. If you have noticed after looking at many photos like you and me are doing, the central lines of any composition that features architecture are usually straight, in order to optically bring a backbone, a column on which side lines have the luxury to tilt or creates diagonal, as long as the centered lines are perpendicular to the horizon.
Otherwise, it's the complete photo that looks tilted, no matter how the other lines are aligned. The exception would be of course if you would have adopted an artistic approach, tilting the whole scene or adopting an angle underneath, so you would create a delirious perspective that would bring a completely different approach.
But in this case, it's obvious that you didn't tried to come up with an experimental or a whimsical point of view, and as you have presented this sign in a straight forward, WYSIWYG way, I think that this sign shouldn't be tilted on one side.
One way I would probably try to achieve if I was living there, would be to shoot this sign from an higher point of view, asking permission to an adjacent building, whether it's an hotel or an office tower. You just have to look around from the street level and spot the best location, than you try to talk to the person in authority to obtain permission to shoot from a room or an office.
I did it many times, asking permission to get on rooftops or shooting from an office window, and although it sometimes takes time, the reward is sensational, as you get yourself a truly unique image, instead of a "me-too" shot, that everybody can get from the street. If you get a "no" from someone, go to a higher hierarchy and keep on insisting until you get a "yes". Sooner or later, you'll get there where you want to shoot, with some persuasion, persistence and charisma...
To InasiaJones: Sign
well, where do i begin with that critique!
you know I always appreciate the long informative one's that you write, so first off, thanks. The fact you put so much effort and thought into it shows that you care about my work, so again, its much appreciated.
Its not so much that i totally agree or totally disagree with what you said...whats best is that it gets me thinking critically, thats the important part, and i enjoy that aspect of reading your critique.
Not to make any excuses, but this photo of the hotel sign was a Grab-Shot.
If you look at my gallery of photo's, you'll see a blue hour shot of the Vancouver Art Gallery, i think posted a photo or two before this hotel-sign...that photo/subject was my Primary target that night. I just happened to look behind me and i noticed the glowing "Georgia Hotel" sign, so i quickly snapped off a photo or two....then turned back to capture my main subject.
So trust me, i'll be working on getting more creative POV's, compositions and lighting of the hotel georgia and its sign!
As for asking to have access to rooftops, yeah, i 've tried that - but with 0% success so far. I guess i have to keep asking around.
When i was in San Fran, i also asked permission for hotel rooftop views but was declined on all occassions! damn!
Speaking to photographers here in Van, i know that what alot of them do is rent out a room at one specific hotel that has a balcony with panoramic views of downtown with the mountains in the bg. Its not an overly expensive hotel, only about $120 a night, my girlfriend said she'd be up to it...so perhaps we can make a night out of it!
anyways, thanks again...
see you around!