Al Swanson  

Closed for Business by Al Swanson

July 2024 - Closed for Business

July 2024 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

We were sitting in a barbecue joint in Florence, Arizona on a warm Sunday afternoon in April having lunch. I glanced across the busy street and noticed an ice cream shop but somehow it seemed out of place. It was a bright sunny day with pedestrians roaming by anxious for the cooling taste of chocolate mint ice cream. But, alas, none was to be had for the sign said "Closed!"

I took several angles of the shoppe finally settling on this one to take in a low right perspective with most of the barrels included. It got really busy on either side of them so I cut them off on purpose. After cropping and adjusting contrast and saturation I moved into Topaz Studio2 until I came up with the look I liked that gave some depth to the bricks and a little antiquing.

2 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Excellent post-processing work. I especially like how you warmed up the scene and added some extra texture. The lower perspective also enhanced the viewpoint. Interesting elements throughout the image -- the stools, signs, etc. Too bad it was Sunday. The little chalkboard said that was the only day of the week that it was closed.   Posted: 07/02/2024 07:00:27

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Nice work Al. It's a very pleasant image to look at. Might be good in some of their print advertising. I like that you were able to crop out much of the sidewalk, and also think that the texture from Topaz was a very good choice.   Posted: 07/05/2024 10:20:37


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