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Neon sign

By tom_earwaker
Mong Kok, Hong Kong. I'm not sure what the text says, but I really liked the colours and the way the sign lit the building, kind of reminded me of bladerunner. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Light Street Building Sign Architecture Neon Hong kong Apartments Kowloon Mong Kok

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banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
14 Apr 2018 2:25PM
It is reminiscent of Blade Runner.

I would brighten it, - you used a lot of negative exposure comp, and having that little "bite" of brightness may give it more blade and runners.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2239 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2018 9:33PM
A small sample of the neon-bathed historic streets of Mong Kok, where there must be a plethora of such great photographic opportunities. So colourful and bright.

I feel that the top dark area is wasted space in this image, and that a lower take could have given you a more satisfying composition, including more of the green and red sign at the bottom.
Maybe there was something at the bottom that needed cropping?

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
15 Apr 2018 4:10PM
But where's the rain and the origami?

As Willie says, you've used a lot of negative compensation: and there's a lot of darkness above. I might crop, or include more of the lower sign, making the composition L-shaped.

My mod crops square, and I'm not really happy with it, but I'm posting because I used Nik Efex detail extractor to bring out a little more of the bakcground, which has a dirty Blade Runner feel to it.

And it occurs to me that I might have tried to find more neon to stack up from front to back of a more horizontal shot... Just wondering.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2018 6:59PM
A record, but it is rather too dark and lacks the vibrance that I would expect from neons in these circumstances.

15 Apr 2018 9:26PM
Agreed the sign needs a little brightening and vibrance. I didn't get any wider shots of this so haven't got many other framing options, probably should have explored some more at the time...
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
15 Apr 2018 9:54PM
As Gil Grissom always said on CSI, 'work the scene' - a really seasoned and methodical photographer will often try every possible shot before letting go!

On the other hand, some of us fly-by-night instinctive workers believe in leaving one or two shots untaken, so we have a reason to go back.
15 Apr 2018 10:14PM
I need to keep reminding myself to do that, its good advice!
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2018 1:40PM
I do like this - the bright, 'seen' element of the area and the potentially 'unseen' of the life above the flamboyance and bright lights. Definitely a Blade Runner feeling to this one, too!

I really wanted to bring that upper building to life a little, so I duplicated the base image, lightened the mid tones using a Levels adjustment layer, and then used a layer mask to only let the lightening effect affect the upper grungy building.

I then upped the vibrance on the lower red lit building, but then that also brought the greens of the sign below to stonkingly eye-watering levels, so also used a layer mask on that area, to reduce the greens of the lower sign to their original value.

I then cropped a fraction off the bottom, so that the sign in the lower right corner ended where the corner does. Minor, but it made sense to me.

I also altered the overall perspective a tad, so that the upright of the main light was upright Smile

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
17 Apr 2018 10:20AM
And, rather after the event, my mod...

The Nik filter has brought out a little of the detail above the signs...

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