Elegant graffitti

Maybe it’s just me, but I found something quite elegant about this curling grafitti…maybe because it was in a predominately French speaking area of Canada…

The biggest laugh was when lost driving, finally getting to use my 2.5 years of High School French…

“Excuse’ moi si vous plais, Je suis American…Parle vous English?”…..

“Why, yes… I’m from the Mid West”  😮

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6 Responses to “Elegant graffitti”

  1. I think that says NATIONAL HEALTH CARE NOW! I could be wrong.
    For US that is!

  2. always secretly thought graffitti (what does that word mean, anyway?) was lovely. hey, we used to paint on cave walls.

  3. For Cinderella..Graffitti is derived from the Greek word Graphein. It means to write. (It goes that far back) wow! you use to paint on cave walls..You were, and always be a true Artist.

  4. That is a stunning shot. Did you take that in black and white? And how often do you shoot in black and white? It used to be the only thing I did with film. But now that I’m doing more digital, I rarely remember to shoot the black and white setting. Just wondering. Love the shot!

  5. QM, this is where my background as a printer comes in helpful. I shoot my images in raw, view and catalog them in Lightroom and develop in Photoshop CS3. There is a simple conversion button to go from RGB to a nice B/W and then you can go in (much like film dodging and burning) and darken and lighten areas for artistic value.

    Don’t think of it as cheating because all the best Masters did alot of manipulation in the final printing of film. If you have ever developed your own prints you know exactly what I mean. Heck, even the photo paper film you use will make a difference. What I don’t do is major manipulation of color and cloning… although I have, in the past, removed some power lines. In my March Month…(way, way back…keep hitting “prevoius” at bottom) there’s “A small town Church” where power lines were removed. I just could not live with them. Noramlly, I make some very basic moves, maybe crop and that’s about it. I also convert to CYMK for printing purposes. The conversion will lose some of the saturation of color. It can flatten a photo that has very vibrant colors…so I do have to saturate the color to go back to what was actually taken. Also, putting stuff on this blog tends to change the look, depending on the monitor. I use a color corrected MAC but at work I use a lousy PC so everything looks muddy.

    I am blessed to own an original Ansel Adams that has the most amazing blacks and purest whites. He was a great Photographer but he was a Master Printer.

    Don’t ever shoot as a black and white digitally. You will lose irreplaceable channels that directly relate to tonal values. You’ll lose rich blacks and subtle mid-tones. In the digital world, always shoot RBG and then convert to B/W. In the film world, they make the most amazing special use B/W films that I have used with my old AE-1 Canon and have had great results.

    I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about…but I’ve had some great teachers. I am no techie but I am always eager to learn new stuff 🙂

  6. Heather, you MOST DEFINITELY know what you are talking about. I want to thank you for sharing all of this. I had not thought to think of software like Lightroom and Photoshop as my darkroom. It’s a good way to look at digital. Not so much in manipulation – but in thinking of it as the printing paper and enlarger aperture. Your comment has opened a whole new world.

    I’m fairly new to digital. I’ve been shooting digital for a while. But am just learning about what you can and can’t do with a digital camera. And how it’s different than film.

    The piece about RAW and RBG is good to know. And about converting to CYMK to print. Thanks for sharing. Very helpful!

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