Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Photo Challenge: Sign

This week's Shutterboo Photo Challenge is Sign. Or in our house, the challenge of 1,000 ideas that didn't pan out. You know how some weeks, it's hard to choose which photo you like best because you have several different shots? That was not this week.

When Keith asked for ideas, being the literary-minded person I am, I immediately started thinking of plays on words. What could be a sign of the times? Or a "sign" as in predicting the future? But everything seemed too abstract.

Keith had a particular location in mind that he sees from the train into work. There's "No Dumping" signs, and also tires in trees and plenty of evidence that the signs are not being followed. He liked the idea of juxtaposing the sign against the opposite scene nearby. But, as you can probably guess, it's not the best neighborhood to show up with our fancy Digital SLR and start taking photos.

By the weekend, he hadn't really found anything he liked. On Sunday we went sledding with some friends.

It was Eleanor's first time and she LOVED it. As soon as the sled stopped at the bottom of the hill she'd pipe up, "Again!"

One somewhat unique feature of this sledding hill is that it's actually the 11th tee of a public golf course. Keith took a picture of the sign out front, letting everyone know to head for the 11th tee, but there wasn't much visual interest there.

Much like Keith's contrast of the "No Dumping" and the trash, I really liked the idea of the tee sign juxtaposed with the snow and the sleds. However, more like the sledding sign, I think the angle of the tee sign made it hard to take an interesting picture.

By Tuesday evening, Keith still had nothing. He'd tried taking a few pictures downtown, but didn't get anything he liked. We were heading to a friends' house for dinner, so Keith swung by the small, independent movie theater near our house. Eleanor and I waited in the car for about 3 minutes while Keith hopped out, took 6 pictures, and got back in the car.

And there you have it! The 5th idea, on Tuesday night, finally gave Keith something to work with. Here's the final shot.


Helen said...

Great shot! I love the neoness of the marquee contrasted with the blueness of the sky in the background. Perfect time of day. Looks like there is something for everyone at the Cedar Lee.

M. Lubbers said...

Thanks, Mom! I passed your compliments along to the photographer:)

Bren said...

I just like that you used the word "juxtaposed"... I've always loved the sound of that word! Also the photo is pretty cool - must get around to getting a DSLR one day.

And hey look - I'm still alive! Been pointed back to your site via posts on Facebook... been far too long since I've been here and it's good to see that you guys are still alive and well too!

M. Lubbers said...

Hey Bren! Always good to hear from you. You're better at FB status updates than I, so I knew you were doing well:)

We do love our digital SLR. We got it right before our daughter was born and never looked back! We have so many excellent pictures of her that wouldn't have been nearly as good with a point and shoot.