Nikon D3x, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, 26mm, f/6.3, ISO 100, 5 exposures

I wanted to get  this shot because of the way the light was falling on the door, but mostly because of the take-out box on the steps.  At first glance I almost passed this opportunity over because of the ‘trash’ on the steps and I thought it would ruin the picture.  After looking at it for a minute I decided I liked it and wanted to try to get a shot.  It wasn’t exactly easy – there was a chain-link fence surrounding this area and not much choice in where to shoot from.  I would have preferred to get a little more of the door in the photo, but I was shooting with my lens stuck partially through the chain-link fence and I wasn’t willing to risk my camera or the lens to twist the fence in order get a little more to the left.

I like the results and processed the photo this way because it makes me think that whatever is inside that take-out box has grown to the point that it has slipped out, infected the steps, is now growing on the bannister and slowly turning it black. What do you think?

  1. Geekgirl

    I like it! For me, I don’t really see the connection between what’s on the bannister and steps and what might have been in the takout box. What I see and like more is that the colors in the photo are rather muted except for the shield or whatever it is over the front door, which is balanced by the greenery in the lower right corner. It’s a little bit of a surprise when my mind is expecting it to be less colorful over all.

    The takeout box does lend some mystery to it – if there’s a fence around the building, who put the box there? How long has it been sitting there? Who was the person who left it?

  2. Dave Manuel
    Dave Manuel04-26-2011

    It’s not a take out box… It’s a portkey to the southern hemisphere quidditch finals. The fence isn’t really there, it’s just part of the fadaleus charm preventing muggles from poking around and getting themselves launched to an undiscovered (by muggles) plateau south of the equator.

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