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The Seattle Wall of Gum by UrbanRural-Photo The Seattle Wall of Gum 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.

Comment - That is how I roll. It takes a little longer to set up the shot but a lot of times it is worth it.

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Dani00000 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool!
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TheMasterGerbil Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Oh shit.
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL You typed Oh shit. I know that is the oddest thing I have ever shot.
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
mmmm - i love the colour in this - seems just a little blurred in the detail - did you say this is a 3 shot - rather than a single RAW re-exposed? cos i wonder if there has been some slight camera vibration (even if you did use tripod?!)
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
May have been in the process. Sometimes the image is sharp but the software has an issue lining it up.
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:iconartlesshmmmm:
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
ahhhhhhhhh - hence finding this new genius software for when photoshop fails!
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, HDR is not always good in photoshop
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:iconartlesshmmmm:
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
wouldn't knw0 - don't have it - just going on your prev. comment!
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silivrenwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wow this is very interesting. I've wanted to photograph this wall but never knew quite where it was located. lol
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to ask one of the cops that was walking around. Do you shot the cityu much. I ask because I am thinking of starting a teaching/learning club that would go out and shoot the city.
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silivrenwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
Ah I see. Yeah that would be fun!
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I will post something soon in my journal
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:iconartyzen:
ARTyZEN Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Student Photographer
I admire your patience. But the results are worth it.
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. Digital photography has made everything so easy for us. There are still some, like you and me you want to go that extra step.
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joneartista Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting kind of art :laughing:
I wonder who was the first in putting his gum on the wall...
Nice detail, the HDR process has enhaced it a lot.
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not sure who started this but I would say it was someone lazy. LOL
Thanks HDR has been work out very well for details
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional
You got to love Seattle

nice job
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL you sure do and thanks
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's just plain cool!
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I think so as well.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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SherannMarie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008   Photographer
Very interesting. Lots of work, but in full view awesome delivery!
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:iconurbanrural-photo:
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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ShannonReiswig Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
this photo makes me think.
it makes me wonder, does the person that leaves the gum behind, see it as art, convenience of not 'having to deal with the gum' anymore or even get a little grossed out with the thought of how many germs may have been left behind. it makes me wonder where there the steps go, and why they don't have their own steps to come out to the street.
The composition is awesome, i am a very symmetrical person, and you went back to the classic rule of thirds.
I think the hdr softens up the photo of bit, but makes the shot pop. I would love to see the original non-hdr just to see the fine details of the wall.
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not sure what people think or if there is a rule of no gum in the theater. BY the way I posted a non-HDR for ya. [link]
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ShannonReiswig Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
thanks, i will have a look see
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
k
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It actually reminds me of a tree that we had on campus back in high school. It was pretty well covered in gum so we nicknamed it the 'gum tree'. I'm not too sure if it is still there or not but I know it was there before I was a freshman.
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not sure what gum on the bark would do to a tree but it should still be there. Since you just graduated last year right?
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol I graduated high school back in 1999... graduated college 2005 (6 years of semesters).. so I highly doubt the tree is still there since some of the old portable buildings have been removed and were replaced with a perminent building.
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
^.^ yeah I'm 26... scarey isn't it concidering that I don't look my age
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
And I am 39, I think? I was born in 1969
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
O_o you don't know your age?
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UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I stop counting after 21, my mom told me to she's 29. LOL
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