Get Beyond Gate Sign, Pedestrians, Selective Color

Tower Bridge, Sacramento River, West Sacramento, CA

A couple walking across the Tower Bridge towards the West Sacramento side, stopping, glancing up at the bridge, the gentleman taking several photographs, and then continuing on their way.  I never did investigate what caught their eye.  What caught mine was the “Get Beyond Gate” sign.

The love-hate relationship I have with the Tower Bridge was in full force.  I love the bridge, the Streamline Moderne (or art moderne) style which stripped away the excesses of the Art Deco movement.  I hate the fact that the bridge has been photographed from pretty much every angle possible, or at least it feels that way.

(As a complete sidebar, French designer and architect Jacques Carlu was a practitioner Art Deco and then of Streamline Moderne.  He is the brother of Jean Carlu, a graphic designer that also started in Art Deco and then also moved to Streamline Moderne.  Incidentally, I do have an original stone litho poster of Jean’s named “Emprunt National)

Anyhow, back to the photograph.  I had started off processing with the intent of leaving the photo in color.  The radiant yellow/gold tones of the bridge and the sodium lights are definitely a draw.  I pulled the processed color photo into Silver EFex Pro 2 just to explore the possibilities.  Several passes through previous saved presets brought about a slightly sinister noir feel.  Except for the clear lines of the bridge, lights, and now foreboding sign warning to “Get Beyond Gate” (selectively colored with a bit of the original yellow/gold to focus the viewer’s attention on it), the couple is barely discernible with the viewer having to work a little harder to figure out what is happening in the scene.

In fact, not much is clear, except to get beyond the gate.

Recent Sacramento street photography:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 110mm, ISO 100, 20 sec, f/10

Get Beyond Gate Sign, Pedestrians, Selective Color.  Sacramento River, West Sacramento, California. September 21, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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