June 7, 2012

Shot of the Day #71

Selective colouring is a very powerful tool in photography and easy to do. Along with the creative merits of combing two different colour palettes, it engages the viewer more than an ordinary black and white or colour image would. The coloured features of the photograph seem more significant and of higher value to the overall composition, especially in contrast to the almost lifeless grayscale features. This additional level of complexity to an image can intrigue a viewer, promoting them to think and ask why the photographer/artist did this, and generally hone in on the coloured segments?

In my case, it was really an opportunity that I thought was suitable for the effect. I think this composition is particularly suitable, for the same reason I saw this initially, it has potential for an abstract underlying narrative. Unfortunately, I am not much of a writer and not sure what that would be (…well, so much for that?!), but I think a bit of word play something like a motivational poster would make something of it. Then again the word “stop” on its own just isn’t that inspiring, is it? What do you think?

Top tip that was learnt here – get out of the your vehicle and compose your photograph properly. This photograph, in fact two (stitched for extra wide-angle-ness) were taken from the open window of my car, which like most cars in the US it was elevated more than usual. I would have preferred a lower perspective and a closer one too, especially on the stop sign. Although to tell you the truth I wouldn’t have seen this photographic potential if I wasn’t driving about in the SUV!


Stop Sign, Haleakala


  • ISO 100
  • F 9
  • 1/80 secs
  • 18 mm
  • Sony a350
  • 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (wide-angle) Lens
  • Handheld (from car)
  • Post-Processing: Lightroom 3: exposure, saturation, vibrancy, B&W, sharpening, “s” curve

The original photograph(s):


Stop Sign in colour

Please click either one to see them in their true light – compare them.

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Written by Mike

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