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No Parking

By xwang
This is a heavily cropped image. It was a lovely scene. The owner of the house put a "No Parking" sign on the window, and there was a car in front of it.. I didn't quite know the 'story', but decided to take a photo...
Question: Should I crop it further to bring the 'No Parking' sign closer?
When I cropped it, I thought that the silver colour and the red, divided the image as a whole, kind of close to two triangles, made a sort of colour contrast.
And I think that the car should be more visible on the image, but the downside is that the "No Parking" sign is not ...Or it is fine...? What do you think?
Taken in the street of Lavenham. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Red Car General Window Sign Wall Parking Lavenham

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Fefe Plus
8 53 34 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2015 11:19AM
I think if it was mine I would crop to how I have done the mod Jasmine, some nice reflections in the side window of the car showing a similar building , and cropped a tiny bit from the right so the car front sits just inside the comp.
Hope that makes sense.....
KingBee Plus
14 544 2 Scotland
25 Apr 2015 12:59PM
I never tell anyone what to do with their images. We all see things differently. Anyway, I like it as it is.

cbrundage 7 4 United States
25 Apr 2015 1:34PM
I'm curious about the cottage - looks interesting. And I like the reflection in the car window and on the body of the car - adds to the interest.
AndS 8 2.2k United Kingdom
25 Apr 2015 3:14PM
Hi Jasmine, tried a tighter crop, the bushes were a bit distracting for me and tweaked the perspective of the window a bit.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
25 Apr 2015 4:10PM
Loaded a suggestion.

paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2015 5:07PM
Amusing and high quality. I think the problem is that the no parking sign is not physically big enough. If you crop to make it visually bigger, you start to loose the car and you need enough in to set the scene.

xwang 11 56 8
25 Apr 2015 8:41PM
Thank you Willie for the suggestion.
Thank you Paul. Yes, you are right on the point... I'll keep searching for something new.
Thank you all.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
25 Apr 2015 10:18PM
I love 'window' shots.
This is very good.
I suppose it's possible to miss the No Parking sign but your write-up puts that right.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1716 England
25 Apr 2015 11:28PM
I'm seeing a very different shot here from you, Jasmine.

The parking sign idea is perfectly valid, but the elements you have here - the car, the coloured wall, the bushes and reflection - all make for a lovely 'design' image. I've tried a mod to focus more on the lines.

For the 'no parking' shot, I think I might have tried a long lens, to make the sign bigger in the frame, and left out most of the building - and shot from a little lower down, so the sign is almost touching the screen, visually.
MaryFaith 6 59 New Zealand
26 Apr 2015 4:31AM
Well spotted Jasmine - its a great little window surrounded with brilliant colour! Smile

ukgubbi 9 5 India
26 Apr 2015 5:07AM
Well seen and presented. Love the simplicity of the image
xwang 11 56 8
26 Apr 2015 10:08AM

Quote: I think I might have tried a long lens,
Oh... here you come again John, I haven't got long lens, unlike your friend, I'm not sponsored by Nikon or ill feeling, if they did I can't carry them either... Grin. But I do agree, I knew that I needed one when I stood there, I couldn't get what I wanted close enough, so I decided to shoot the whole scene and crop on the computer.
I have a 70-300mm one, I love that lens, but rarely use it, it is a bit heavy, about 1.25KG, and it's 'useless' indoors.... I may use it more in the future, I take your point. Thank you for the comment and MOD.

Thank you all.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2015 9:55PM
The trouble with a long lens is that you alter perspective. Cropped in close to make the sign significantly larger reduces the amount of car in frame. Reduce that enough and you weaken the link between sign and the obvious transgression of the car owner.

xwang 11 56 8
26 Apr 2015 10:37PM

Quote:The trouble with a long lens is that you alter perspective
Thank you Paul. I didn't know that and I can't imagine what the shot would be like with long lens. I did think that if I had a long lens with me I could get it closer.. I don't have the picture in my head,it might not work then...
Quote: Reduce that enough and you weaken the link between sign and the obvious transgression of the car owner.
Yes, I couldn't agree more, that's why I wasn't sure how far I should crop. Thanks a lot Paul.

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