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A sign of the times

By AnnChown
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

Tags: London General Architecture Landscape and travel East end

Voters: Alvar, nikshot, Trev_B and 46 more

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Alvar Plus
9 23 2 France
15 Mar 2012 5:58PM
Nice capture of a memory AnnSmileSmile
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Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
15 Mar 2012 6:06PM
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
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 6:08PM
Nice one Ann, a good title and description to match.
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 6:11PM

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
15 Mar 2012 6:14PM
This works VERY well Ann, and such great subject matter. A good 're' find Smile

John Smile
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
15 Mar 2012 6:51PM
Looks like the Brick Lane area - so photogenic. And I do like their street signs. Smile
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 43 United States
15 Mar 2012 7:19PM
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
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
15 Mar 2012 7:34PM
Well spotted. A sign of the times but it also looks as though it's been there a while.

Dave
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 7:34PM
brilliant comp wonderful detail belting colours and texures annette a cracker nice one Wink
andy
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
15 Mar 2012 7:55PM
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.
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 7:57PM
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
Nice bit of memorabilia
mrswoolybill Plus
9 835 1367 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 8:32PM
One of my favourite bits too. Layers of history, layers of paint and decay.
Moira
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 8:46PM
Brilliant shot Ann, well spotted and captured.

Hugh
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
15 Mar 2012 9:09PM
Love this---sign--- of the times------
Well seen and recorded!
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
15 Mar 2012 10:08PM
I would have walked past this and missed the shot, well spotted. - gary
15 Mar 2012 11:22PM
Very nice capture indeed
Al
mikbee Plus
8 3 8 Scotland
15 Mar 2012 11:50PM
Quite a lotta grot here Ann.
Right up my street !!
Good shot.
Mick.
Many would have missed it, you didn't good capture.

John
franken Plus
13 3.7k 4 Wales
16 Mar 2012 8:42AM
Interesting image Ann.


Ken
CaroleS Plus
5 358 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2012 8:46AM
Fascinating and well spotted Ann - Carole
16 Mar 2012 11:42AM
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
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
16 Mar 2012 1:39PM
This is in London?? So interesting!!

Glad you went through your archives, Ann Smile

Andrew
danbrann Plus
11 567 16
16 Mar 2012 4:34PM
Every picture tells a story!.
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
17 Mar 2012 2:19PM
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.
17 Mar 2012 8:50PM
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
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 8:27AM
Free Transform in Photoshop would sort out the distortion, but I dont tgink that is as important as the social commentary in this shot.
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 8:39AM
"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
18 Mar 2012 9:30AM
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
BURNBLUE Plus
9 12 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 2:14PM
I really like these kind of images .. Well seen indeed.

Si.
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
31 Mar 2012 5:49AM
Clever title.
-=\Walter

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