Jerry Snyder  

Burger King by Jerry Snyder

June 2021 - Burger King

About the Image(s)

I drive past this Burger King often. One dark rainy night I noticed the reflections of the sign in the window. The traffic was busy and I didn’t have my camera handy, so I drove on. About 9 months later on a Sunday evening with less traffic on the roadway I encountered the same dark rainy conditions as I drove past. I drove home, picked up my camera and returned to make the photograph that I had seen earlier. The exposure settings were 1/40th sec., f/8, and ISO 3200 with a Canon 6D handheld. In Lightroom I increased the color saturation and contrast before converting to monochrome. Then I made local adjustment to increase the brightness of the red light outlining the roof line. I also made local adjustment to the reflection on the windows and pavement, increasing the highlights and decreasing the shadows. Finally I cropped the image to remove some extraneous details from the left and right borders.

11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is really great, and very personal for me because I am very fond of night shots of small commercial buildings. There is so much to explore in the varied lighting. Perfectly done!   Posted: 06/04/2021 15:47:19
Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Stephen, Thank you for your comments. The main elements that caught my eye were the reflections of the Burger King sign in the window. Both were reversed. One was from the sign visible on the right. The other was from the sign along the street which is not visible in the photo, only the reflection.   Posted: 06/10/2021 07:23:53

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Funny, I view this as I eat my Burger King breakfast!
I like everything about it- composition, detail, contrast. Super shot!   Posted: 06/05/2021 09:07:37
Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
How perfect that you were reviewing the photo while having breakfast at a Burger King.
  Posted: 06/10/2021 07:24:57

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Very well done a really punchy shot. Your seeing an image, but missing it first time round but then returning again with your camera has paid off. Just consider a thin stoke border to hold it together.   Posted: 06/09/2021 10:44:47
Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I will try that.   Posted: 06/10/2021 07:25:19

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I'm sure that one of the PSA Webinars, a speaker showed lots of photos of diners. I've just looked down the list (gosh, it has grown a lot) - it's called "Neon at Night with Joe Pellicone", October 24, 2020. His are all colour, but to me this outshines them for impact with its reflections, graphic shapes and interior detail. Excellent photo!
I would remove the bright lights on the left. And I'd agree with Ian about a stroke due to the darkness at the photo edge.   Posted: 06/10/2021 14:44:13
Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Regarding the stroke suggestion. I tried it and found that I like the mystery of where the photograph ends without the stroke.   Posted: 06/14/2021 11:17:18

Don York   Don York
A great rainy night scene and nicely composed.   Posted: 06/13/2021 13:36:53

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Wonderful, Jerry! It reminds me that years ago in the era of film and my B&W darkroom, I did a night series of buildings. This is extremely successful because of its high contrast, wet pavement, and reflected signs, jus what drew you to the scene. I whould darken the area at the bottom left but like the starbursts, especially now with renewed talk of UFOs.   Posted: 06/17/2021 00:14:27

John Roach   John Roach
Magnificent in so many ways! The marriage of black to white in tones is very successful and the story is engaging. Wonderful peace of Americana at night!   Posted: 06/17/2021 09:56:16


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