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Trawling around for something to upload I stumbled upon this which I took last November. We lived in the East End for about ten years, so this is a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. I have a strange fondness for this part of London. The image was difficult to straighten as this sign is quite high up - also the top of the street sign isn't in line with the bottom of the plaster work.
Thanks for looking and for any comments/criticisms.
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:SIGMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A sign of the times
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:15 Mar 2012 - 5:54 PM
Tags:Architecture, East end, General, Landscape / travel, London
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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 5:58 PM

Nice capture of a memory AnnSmileSmile
Alvar

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7109 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 6:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Ann this is a nice image and definitely a sign of the times.

First my apologies if you already know what I am about to say....

If you are looking up or down at a subject or are using a wide angled lens you will come across convergence problems. You can overcome this in PS by using Image - Transform- then one of the listed options, Free Transform is worth having a play with as it can get you out of all types of problems. Wink

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 6:08 PM

Nice one Ann, a good title and description to match.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 6:11 PM


Quote: Hi Ann this is a nice image and definitely a sign of the times.

First my apologies if you already know what I am about to say....

If you are looking up or down at a subject or are using a wide angled lens you will come across convergence problems. You can overcome this in PS by using Image - Transform- then one of the listed options, Free Transform is worth having a play with as it can get you out of all types of problems. Wink

Trev

Thanks Trev - I did fiddle with it in Lightroom to try to get it right. Not sure whether it's worked completely or not.. but thanks for letting me know about PS too.
Ann

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 6:14 PM

This works VERY well Ann, and such great subject matter. A good 're' find Smile

John Smile

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64341 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 6:51 PM

Looks like the Brick Lane area - so photogenic. And I do like their street signs. Smile

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 7:19 PM

I was going to mention straightening until I read your commentary Smile There is a vertical straightening tool in Lightroom 3 that I have found endless use for in processing photos I took several years ago, before I was totally aware of perspective distortion. The tool is cool to distort further also!

Anne

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 7:34 PM

Well spotted. A sign of the times but it also looks as though it's been there a while.

Dave

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 7:34 PM

brilliant comp wonderful detail belting colours and texures annette a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 7:55 PM

Good details and textures Ann. I think if you can pull the lower signs sides to be vertical the rest will probably fall into shape. Might need a small crop after.Smile
Brian.

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 7:57 PM

My mum came from Limehouse and later lived in Stepney. After an absence of a great many years I rediscovered Stepney quite recently and rather liked it - more interesting than Up West as my Granny used to say. The melting pot of all races and creeds and none.
This is getting me all nostalgic.
Regards
Bill

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Michaela_Solway
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15 Mar 2012 - 8:04 PM

Nice bit of memorabilia

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom987 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 8:32 PM

One of my favourite bits too. Layers of history, layers of paint and decay.
Moira

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 8:46 PM

Brilliant shot Ann, well spotted and captured.

Hugh

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 9:09 PM

Love this---sign--- of the times------
Well seen and recorded!

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6520 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 10:08 PM

I would have walked past this and missed the shot, well spotted. - gary

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luceombra
luceombra  227 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 11:22 PM

Very nice capture indeed
Al

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2012 - 11:50 PM

Quite a lotta grot here Ann.
Right up my street !!
Good shot.
Mick.

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JohnChambersPhotography

Many would have missed it, you didn't good capture.

John

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franken
franken e2 Member 113096 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2012 - 8:42 AM

Interesting image Ann.


Ken

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2012 - 8:46 AM

Fascinating and well spotted Ann - Carole

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2012 - 11:42 AM

Love the different plates and cultures Ann. I always think when you go back that things seem so much smaller than when we were young, what seemed like a journey is only around a couple of corners.

Dougie

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2012 - 1:39 PM

This is in London?? So interesting!!

Glad you went through your archives, Ann Smile

Andrew

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danbrann
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16 Mar 2012 - 4:34 PM

Every picture tells a story!.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 2:19 PM

I thought this was Mumbai!
As for straightening, my church shot were simply done with the crop tool in PS. (c on the kepboard) in PS3 you can click on perspective and adjust the quirky angles.

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Hop-A-Long
17 Mar 2012 - 8:50 PM

Brilliant, love the title.
If you have Photoshop and have an image with converging lines that you want to correct, use filter/lens correction you can tilt the image forward and back or left and right then zoom in slightly to refill the frame.
You can also remove barreling caused by some wide angle lenses within the lens correction filter.
There is also a handy grid on it that you can use to see how straight the image is and finally if you wish you can add a vignette.

Andy

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 8:27 AM

Free Transform in Photoshop would sort out the distortion, but I dont tgink that is as important as the social commentary in this shot.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 8:39 AM

"Coming to a street near you" comes to mind with this. Birmingham also has areas needing information presented in this way. In school we present many of our signs, such as Medical Room, Head Teacher's Room, Secretary, in several languages.
Helen

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 9:30 AM

They do seem to leave things alone in that area, and some other parts of London. It makes a large part of the attraction of the place to my mind. Nicely presented photograph.
jon

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BURNBLUE
BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 2:14 PM

I really like these kind of images .. Well seen indeed.

Si.

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31 Mar 2012 - 5:49 AM

Clever title.
-=\Walter

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