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Gum Art History by UrbanRural-Photo Gum Art History by UrbanRural-Photo
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The Market Theater in Post Alley at Pike Place Public Market is a photographers dream. Bright colors , tons of textures, and interesting photo ops abound. You would think it's we're talking about the theater but the art is outside. Over the years a tradition has built up that people put their gum on the wall while waiting in line to enter the theater. It has become such a huge mural that the theater has given up cleaning the gum up and below are the results. It has exploded from simply people leaving their gum into a giant "gum art" exhibit that extends into the alleys.

Technique

White Balance - First I had to white balance because of the early morning light mixed with the fluoresent lighting.
Composition - Next the selecting of the composition (which I did several). I use a empty slide holder that I peek through to get an idea what the image will look like in camera.
HDR - In order to shoot this as a 3 image HDR I need to find the correct exposer. I take a test shot and view the histogram to see where my peaks are. I want to get everything in the middel of the histogram so I play with the exposure value (EV) adding +.5 and take another shot. Nope not right yet so I move up to a +1.0 EV and take another shot, this one is spot on. Now that I have the exposure I set the camera for bracket mode. 3 shots starting with the exposure I just set, +1.5 over that and -1.5 below it.

Copyright ©2008 Shelly Alexander
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:iconroseniichan:
Roseniichan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
I like the lighting :3
Maybe you could try and make the gum color show up more?
>.> i have a picture of the gum wall on my DA if you wanna check it out
but love the angle x3
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:iconadamswife:
AdamsWife Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Although I think the gum on the walls are revolting :-) you have done a superb job of capturing it.
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that is funny. Thank you very much and for the record I thought so too.
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KarenFiore Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
An exquisite shot, with the amount of work you put in it how could it not be...love the history. And your explanation of how you took this shot. I want to thank you for that for I learned something new today...
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you and you are very welcome
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Hermioneann Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
might be the cool thing to do there, and it leads to a neat photo, but that's absolutely disgusting.
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL I heard about this place and when I got there I could not find it. I asked a cop and he had to stop laughing before he told me where it was.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! Thats a lotta gum!
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I know I think I will have to go back and try and get a full pix of the place
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
there's more?? lol
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