When I’m browsing on dpreview.com and checking the latest camera gear discussions, I often like to check the photo challenges on the site and see if I have a photo that meets any of the themes available for submission. As long as there is no date taken requirement, I’ll just go through my archives and find the one that best fits. I do it entirely for fun and generally don’t take it too seriously. I often fail miserably but have had a few successes, landing in the top ten on occasion and even a first place finish. So when I saw a photo challenge for a postcard style photo, I immediately went to my files of Miami photos. At first I was going to use a beach scene but I thought that was too normal, so I decided to use this street scene in South Beach instead. Just like to be a little different in my approach – something that doesn’t always work in my favor, but it’s just for fun so, who cares?
What made me want to try the challenge in the first place was that I had a request from a co-worker to help design a logo for his volunteer fire department website and my “texting” skills in Photoshop have been way under-utilized (as in not at all) for a long time. I figured I better practice a little before I attempted anything serious. Although I still need practice after this exercise, I feel a little more confident to start pounding out some ideas for him.
Looking back on this image I see that I didn’t need to capitalize the word “from”. Just a habit from my only text work consisting of titling photos, I guess. And I could have changed the font or size a little on “from” and made it a little less prominent. Since I did this for fun I didn’t bother saving a Photoshop (.psd) file, so I couldn’t go back to edit. Also I wanted a more vintage scalloped border but it was late so I just went with a simple white one, which is tough to see against a light background. I could have gone as far to add some paper-like texture and maybe a giant jackalope or something but decided to quit while I was ahead. 🙂