Challenge: Neon (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE F200
Location: Smith St. , Providence, RI
Date: Aug 17, 2004
Shutter: 4 sec
Galleries: Sky, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2004
|This neon cross glows as a beacon from I-95 in Rhode Island. My husband jokingly refers to the church as 'Our Lady of the Neon Cross' but
it is really the Armenian Orthodox Church.
I took this shot at 10 past midnight on August 17, my 37th birthday. I was born in 1967. I hope those three 7's on my birthday bring me some kind of cosmic luck. ;-D
I did not notice the eerie quality until I opened it in Photoshop. The sliver of moon and the reflection of the cross in the clouds was an unexpected bonus, although, I had a slightly superstitious feeling about having a photo with an upside down cross in the sky. ;-D
I stood in a gas station parking lot, my camera on a tripod which I placed on a 2 foot wall to get as close to the cross as possible. I had the EV mode set to -0.7 (ooh, another lucky 7!) and I used the IR remote to take the shot. I had the color set to 'Vivid'.
I managed to get a good view of the cross without showing any utility wires. The building the cross appears to be hovering over is not the actual church. Fortunately, it is a fine example of old architecture and contributes to the gothic mood. I have another version which doesn't have the moon but which offers the illusion of reddish light from the heavens beaming down on the cross. The light was actually coming from a street lamp but because of the angle of view I chose and the fact that the street lamp was the closest object to my camera, I was able to create the illusion quite nicely. I chose this one because I felt I might get a lot of comments about the reddish cast.
I would like to have been able to do some dodging and burning in the clouds but whaddya gonna do? I did adjust the levels a tad.
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