Alignment, Miller … it’s all about alignment.

Yesterday, I uploaded my time-slice of the Jericho Drive-In Theater sign.  And I was happy with it.  And I went to bed.

And this morning, I looked at it, and said to myself, “Self … you can do better than that.”

Take a look at the picture.

The Double Feature. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens, eight lenses combined into Photoshop, sliced. Photo (c) 2020 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

The vertical slices may be symmetrical to each other, but they don’t line up to the sign itself.  Some of them bisect the shadows on the left, causing the shadows to look crooked.  Others seem to haphazardly fall around the sign posts.

Come on, Miller… you can do better than this.

So I did.  I got up this morning, I re-loaded my stack into PhotoShop, and conducted the slices so that each vertical slice lined up with the posts in the sign.

And I got this.

The Double Feature 2. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens, six photos combined in PhotoShop. Photo (c) 2020 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

See how straight the shadows look now?  Yeah, that works.  And the slices line up with the sign post.

Now as for the solar flare … I like it and I don’t like it.  I like that it came out the way it did, but I am still on the fence as to whether I want it in the picture.  I mean, with it, the picture’s very striking.  But with it, you’re thinking that the films are playing at the CHO theater.

So I re-loaded the stack again.

And here we go.

Double Feature, also Family Friendly. Nikon Df camera, Irix 25mm f/2.4 lens, two images combined in PhotoShop. Photo (c) 2020 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yeah, I’m liking this one more.  The sign is readable, the picture bisects as a “double feature,” and I took the added step of dodging part of the sign (the “friendly” wording) so that it was as bright as the rest of the sign.  Most likely that one bulb needs replacing.

So I’m going to put Double Feature, also Family Friendly in the short pile for Competition Season 2020 or 2021 or 20-whenever.

See, I can have fun with this project.  I really can.

So let’s see how things go.