Before I die…


I found this chalkboard in an empty lot between buildings on the streets of downtown Mobile, unfortunately there was not a stick of chalk to be found.

It is, however, a perfect lesson in light & how a camera sees so differently then our own eyes do. The board was black, in person, but i photographed it in the late afternoon…shadow. When i teach photography to others, I so enjoy showing students that the absence of sunlight…shadow, is seen by the camera in blue/cyan. If you notice the grass in this image, it is yellowish, because i added yellow/red in an attempt to turn the blackboard, black. I couldn’t add too much yellow b/c the whole image turned a funky yellow before i could get the board back from blue to black. I colored the board ONLY with yellow, but that of course, changed the white chalk yellow. So I left it like this, to be a bit of a color correction lesson to those who have never taken a class.

Opposites in color correction yellow/blue, cyan/red, green/magenta

enough boring lessons, there is a question i must answer…

“Before I die” i would like to find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop, because i know the owl is wrong.

The jerk.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. jr cline says:

    Great sign. Definitely requires some chalk if you ever return. I have a bucket list I’m working on.


  2. I’m one of those who never took lessons in photography and I would take yours anytime because you’re my favorite photographer ever! 🙂


  3. simon682 says:

    Before I die I’d like to have tried some of the more complicated possibilities of my darned camera. Still stuck on point and shoot and still admiring those whose work goes further.


  4. Dale says:

    I actually love the effect achieved!


  5. scifihammy says:

    Very interesting about the colours 🙂


  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    I have a tendency to shy away from shadows and low lighting situations exactly because of this. I guess I should rethink that, ignore my pursuit of perfect conditions and learn to work with available light.
    I love the idea of that blackboard 🙂


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