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It was my daughter who first noticed the signs. We had been walking around Florence Italy for the past day, visiting the museums and just enjoying a good gelato when she noticed the signs.In all of our wanderings, through the plazas, down to the river and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, drinking wine at a sidewalk cafe, we never noticed the signs.Once she spotted one, we then began to notice the signs everywhere we looked. It became like a game to see if we could spot one.
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On a trip to Florence, Italy, we discovered a fun fact. Some of the do not enter street signs have themes or scenes on them in red and white, like any other "do not enter" street sign. I talked about this last week on my post titled "My Photograph of the Day: More Spilled Wine."

This particular Do Not Enter sign has a rock star taking his guitar and smashing it on the stage, not unlike Pete Townshend of the great rock band The Who. I thought that this was a wonderful sign. We also saw the spilled glass of wine, and a cat and mouse sign as well.

I love the fact that there was an attempt to make an interesting street sign, fun yet still functional. It seems to be part of the Italian spirit to have fun with life, even with those things that are "essential," such as a simple street sign.

Photographer's Notes

For the composition, I really liked this particular sign as there was a bicycle locked to the sign. It provided something to the picture other than just the sign. Now some will wonder which is the subject, the bike or the sign. I felt that both were integral to each other. The sign would have felt isolated without the bike attached, and the bike would have felt isolated without the humorous sign above. They both work well together, and so they both are part of the overall composition.

It is a street corner, and so there are diagonal lines, however they do not lead towards the subject as the subject is front and center. I couldn't find another composition that I liked, and sometimes one needs to break the "rules" to get a good shot. I happened to like this shot as the sign does stand out as it is pretty much the only color in the shot, other than the orange seat and handlebars of the bike.

I took this shot with the Sony 7RII at 30mm, f/9 at ISO 100 and 1/15 second shutter speed. It has been processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic 2018.

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Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens.

Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but can't decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times!

Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

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