Lisa Cirincione  

Neon Choices by Lisa Cirincione

October 2020 - Neon Choices

October 2020 - Lisa Cirincione


About the Image(s)

Outside of a Cajun Mini Mart in New Orleans, 2018…

I like buildings, symmetry and colors. This was one of my favorites of a gallery series I had of different buildings.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 - this was a rental camera and I really didn’t like the menus, so I never bought it.

ISO 1600, 1/13 sec, f/11, 19mm focal length

12 comments posted

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
You have keen eyes to capture this image. It brings me smile to look at it, especially the sign "Pay to Park". Your crop works well for the composition. I'd prefer to see the outdoor lantern on the left side lit up, but I know that it's out of your control. Well done!   Posted: 10/05/2020 07:04:50
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Thank you! I agree, I would like that lantern to be lit up also, but I tell myself it adds tension to the image, lol.   Posted: 10/05/2020 19:14:28

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Ya, I agree your lantern should be lit up.

Have you tried a Neon Noir edit with this type of image, Lisa? That would look cool.

LuAnn   Posted: 10/06/2020 15:09:04
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Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
I have no idea what a Neon Noir edit is! But I like the sound of it!
  Posted: 10/06/2020 16:46:25

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
This is a great scene. The colors are fun and bring me right into the street. As far as the lantern on the left, maybe you could take it out?   Posted: 10/06/2020 16:45:58
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Thanks Mary Ann, I didn't want to take it out, because it adds to the symmetry to me. I could try to Photoshop one of the other lanterns, but my PS skills aren't that great.   Posted: 10/06/2020 16:47:42
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
And it does add something to the feel of it to have the light out!   Posted: 10/06/2020 16:56:43
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Can you explain what you mean, Mary Ann? That is an interesting idea.

LT   Posted: 10/07/2020 14:50:05
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
LuAnn, I just meant that it is ok to have the picture be authentic. It is a street scene and it is interesting that all the neon lights are working. To have the one lamp out just makes it real and feels natural to me.   Posted: 10/16/2020 15:36:11
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Got it.

LT   Posted: 10/16/2020 18:22:45

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Lisa,

Neon Noir sounds like it is a contemporary twist on the film Noir style back in the film days. Brandon Woelfel on instagram does a lot of this style; he mostly shoots at night.

You basically adjust your white balance to the blue side. Then work with the Lightroom sliders to turn the highlights towards the purple side, and the shadows towards the teal side; no greens or yellows in the image. Shooting images in areas that have a lot of neon signs is key and atmospheric perspective is an added bonus if you have it. If you look on YouTube Peter Mckinnon, and Blue Lightening TV show you how to do the editing. They call the style Neon Noir/Cyber Punk.

To achievve the look it takes some handy work balancing the colors. But in the end it is interesting. At least it is worth a look at the Instagram sites where people have perfected it. Also checkout Noealz - Anime Photography on YouTube he has some great work in Korea.

I don't have access to shoot in locations with neon signs but it is something with a fun contemporary twist if you're looking for something creative.

LT   Posted: 10/07/2020 15:17:01

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Lisa, I think your cropping and editing makes this a fun scene. The bright colors add a lively spirit to the evening shot. My original thought was to "light" the lantern on the left like LuAnn did, but I understand your preference for the tension and realism of the scene when it's unlit. I agree with Kieu-Hanh that you were clever to notice the scene.   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:37:12


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