“Drive, Drove, Driven”

Driven Cellars, Plymouth, CA

“Drive, Drove, Driven”.  Driven Cellars, Plymouth, California. April 10, 2010. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

Today’s photograph is the 3rd and last I had given a creative title to last year.  And arguably, “Drive Drove, Driven” is the best of the three.  Why?  These antique cars are a collection at a local winery, Driven Cellars.   So what could be better than a play on the past tenses of the word drive while also incorporating the winery name?

Of course, trying to keep up the creative mojo of picture titles is a chore in and of itself, so I soon stopped the practice.  I and another blogger have discussed the place of titling photographs and he’s gone on to discuss borders and watermarks on photographs.

In thinking about the topic of titling photographs while driving to work one morning, in fact the same day Brandon posted his entry, I thought of one setting where a creative title could have benefits: art shows and competitions.  While a title can influence how a viewer interprets a photo, it can also push a person to purchase the photo or vote for a photo in a popular vote contest.  Photo resonate with people whether through the photo itself or through title, framing, or matting.  Or maybe all three.
Anyhow, this photograph was entered into competition last summer and placed 1st in the “Motherload Scenes”  category.  Motherload being the area in the Sierra Foothills famous for the Gold Rush history and of miners striking it rich by “hitting the motherload!”  And whether it was a combination of being a good photograph, having decent framing, and/or complimentary matting, the winner artwork was sold!

EXIF data: Nikon D50, pattern metering mode, 26mm, ISO 800, 1/200 sec, f/4.5


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