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All Things Must Pass

By handlerstudio  
Driving near Northampton MA, I saw this on the side of the road, and could not resist. I have collected images over the years that smack of humor, incongruity, absurdity, or sometimes, polemic interest. This is one of those.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 12:32AM
Sorry, but I'm afraid I don't really get it.

As a photo, the main subjects are all weighted at the left edge. The light isn't very good and the right of frame is messy, with the intruding cables and tree. You have misquoted the notice as a title too. The truck and lettering appears something incidental to the picture you were trying to get. Basically, I feel it lacks balance, and maybe thought, in its construction and composition. You could crop at least a third of the picture and not lose anything, plus most of the sky.

It doesn't really say anything to me, and I have no real question about it, nor any feelings of humour towards it. Maybe if the word "truth" was more central and there was an obvious incongruity about it, or if you were intending to show decay and time passing or some other sentiment....or the light was better.....
The only thing that springs to mind, is "Why? What did you see there that you wanted me to see?"


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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:05AM
I think it's quite good in content but needs work. It is under exposed, so needs brightening up a bit. Then crop the top to just above the vehicle roof and right to the bit of fence in the background. A decent composition results. You do need to get rid of the bright sky.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:51AM
To me this needs loads of work to make it into any sort of image. I cannot see any humour in it perhaps an explanation would not go amiss!

The basics required would be brightening, levelling up and cropping the top and right side where there is burnt out sky. Perhaps your picture should be of the truck and the old trailer alone.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 10:07AM
I don't get the message either, but it's fact that we all have different views of life.
I do think it's fine that you choose post images here in this gallery that appeal to you and the you wish to improve photographically.
A a photograph it is as Paul says a bit dull. I've done a mod which brightens and crops.
The image is a little under exposed but also the balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO was not ideal. You set a much higher ISO than was required, this will have reduced image quality You should have used a lower shutter speed keeping the same f11 or f8.
As regards the composition it would be improved by the word truth being further into the frame, more space to the left of it.
Watch out for bits and pieces like the phone pole take don't add to the image but distract, try and exclude them.
I love the irony in this, first off. (I am a huge fan of irony). Bump up the saturation, warm it up with more yellow and increase the contrast just a bit, then it would pop! Much more than that, and it would look too fake, in my opinion. Not bad. Not bad at all! The irony wins it for me in the end. I would give you my vote if I could.

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