The worst part about international air travel is the hanging-around-the-airport time that seems to last for hours and hours. I’ve discovered that the best thing to do is park my wife and the hand luggage once we have found somewhere to sit (and that’s not always an easy task) and then wander off with the camera and see what I can find to shoot. Considering all the security issues there are about flying I am surprised that so far (despite many such wanders-off) I haven’t been accosted and taken away to be interrogated or had my camera confiscated.
Today’s image comes from Vancouver Airport where we were waiting for the return flight to the UK after a great ski trip to Whistler. We had a bite to eat and were waiting in a huge cavernous building. There were hanging lights with colourful shades over the eatery, and across the void sizeable back-lit advertising posters. Together they created an interesting trio of coloured elements. The final image (above) has just had my normal processing and a slight re-arrangement of the elements to create what I felt was a better composition.
A thumbnail of the original file is at left for comparison.
First, I didn’t like the way the bottom left element bled off the page, so I extended the canvas to create a black border to the side of that.
Second, I wanted a better balance between the back-lit out of focus posters and the hanging light-shades, so I shifted the lights up and left. I added a small amount of Poster Edge Filter and blended that back down to create a little extra sharpness and ‘edge’.