Rich Sears  

American Sign Museum by Rich Sears

March 2020 - American Sign Museum

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Recently I visited the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. In this image I captured a part of one of their street scenes. My question of my fellow group members do you think including the photographer in the image adds to the story or is a distraction. I purposely shot with and without him. Processing included color balancing, eliminating distortion and distractions, reduction of noise and sharpened compliments of Topaz ai products. Sony A6300 mirrorless, E 16-55mm f/2.8(24-70 mm equivalent) at 16mm, 1/60 sec, f16, iso 2500.

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9 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Great jog of capturing this difficult lighting situation. I like the composition and that it looks sharp from front to back. There does not appear to be any noise, even at the 2500 ISO. The person is not that obvious in the image, probably because of his clothing colors. If you changed his shirt color, like I did (in a quick, sloppy way) then he would stand out, if that is what you want. Just a suggestion.   Posted: 03/15/2020 12:55:58
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Grace Lee   Grace Lee
very good idea!   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:41:14
Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Thanks for the suggestion Tom. I am really undefinite whether leaving a photographer in, even with a noticeable color, adds to the story.   Posted: 03/15/2020 15:53:01

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
It is difficult lighting situation. Well done!   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:42:09

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I like the way that the photographer's arms leads your eye to the Howard Johnson sign. I think I would like the image either way.   Posted: 03/17/2020 11:29:24

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
In the low light condition you got a perfect night shot. The focus 16 mm has big depth of field. So the image still sharp from front to the back, although you use 2.8mm aperture,
I would keep the photographer in, because he playing the composition balance with the right side. The right portion is more heavy. Tom's comment to replace the cloth color, it's good idea, but I would keep the original crepe of cloth.
  Posted: 03/18/2020 00:11:48
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Tony, your color looks much better than mine. I used a color that would standout as an example.   Posted: 03/18/2020 08:31:31

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
I like people in the photos. It would be great if someone was sitting there licking the icecream. In spite of your color balancing, the photo looks overall brown. I would probably fix that by playing with the color balance in ACR or lightroom. I suspect it is too much magenta or yellow.   Posted: 03/19/2020 21:32:08

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Excellent exposure, no blown out highlights or dark blacks. I would leave the photographer in the image and leave the color of him as you had it. He gives the shot perspective and ads to the composition.
  Posted: 03/20/2020 19:07:51