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.
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.