Cheri sent out instructions about color this first day of week three in Photo 101. She wanted us to find images that popped. She wanted us to study the angles. She wanted us to consider the lighting.
I drove downtown from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, running other errands but with an eye for that special splash.
Lesson 11 is handcuffed by a gray day. Surprise, surprise.
Across the boulevard from where I bank, I spotted the near-red sign of one of Syracuse’s craft breweries. After my business, I drove to Leavenworth Avenue, parked, and worked my iPhone 6 for the best lighting and angle. Soft pop. Mild satisfaction.
Across the street from the Onondaga County War Memorial, I spotted an orange question mark adjacent to a white exclamation point situated next to a building directory. Yeah, I still am unsure of its exact significance, because it is completely barren of any words. Its nearest building houses the Syracuse Technology Garden on another side, though, so maybe … My most interesting take came from flat on the ground, best to get the orange against the gray sky. Medium satisfaction on the pop.
On the way to my car, I noticed the blue sign of the parking pay station dotted below with the red of a how-to explanation. Again I went low for the sky backdrop, and chose a vertical orientation to make the most of the sign’s shape. But I had a feeling I may have taken a lateral step on the pop-ometer.
Across the street, though, I saw the red arch. It was the most vivid color of my afternoon, and the most interesting shape, too. It signaled the entrance to an underground parking garaged. My favorite angle was dead-on. It looked positively spooky. Enter at your own risk. I had found my personal pop of riveting color in the right setting.
Would you go for a beverage from the brewery on Leavenworth Avenue? What do you think the orange sign signifies? What’s your favorite photograph, and why?