Here’s the deal. I don’t want you to caption this original picture.
This photo was taken at a motel in Bangor, Maine in the winter of I think 2012. This photo was shot with a Lomography Sprocket Rocket camera, a totally plastic construct whose raison d’etre was to provide sprocket hole photography for those who wished to dabble in same. What it also provided was a plastic fixed camera lens and very little in the way of aesthetics. It was a toy camera, plain and simple.
I shot with it a couple of times, and then gave the camera away. It wasn’t for me.
Today, this picture popped up in my Facebook “Memories” feed. And I thought about what this photo represented … what I wanted to achieve at the time … and I knew my vision was there, it was just hampered by my euqipment.
Well, I didn’t have PhotoShop back then. And I didn’t have six years of experience with better photo gear.
So let’s see if I can tweak this picture a bit.
I fixed the overblown colors, dropped the brightness, boosted the contrast…
And I got rid of the sprocket holes.
I also removed some Newton rings from the image – Newton rings are caused when a film is improperly scanned, they look like concentric water ripples in the clear parts of the photo.
I worked with the photo and worked with it…
And although it’s never going to be a candidate for Competition Season, now or in the future…
I think it looks a lot better than it did six years ago.
So … can I get a caption for this photo, now that I’ve cleaned it up a trifle?
Yeah, I know, you can’t polish a turd and make it a gemstone.
And maybe one day I’ll go back to Bangor and re-shoot this with good gear.
But for now … can you give me a good caption for the finished photo?