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February 9, 2008
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The Seattle Wall of Gum by UrbanRural-Photo The Seattle Wall of Gum by UrbanRural-Photo

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.


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
TheMasterGerbil Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Oh shit.
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.
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?!)
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.
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
ahhhhhhhhh - hence finding this new genius software for when photoshop fails!
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, HDR is not always good in photoshop
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
wouldn't knw0 - don't have it - just going on your prev. comment!
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
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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