This photo was my first attempt at an architectural composition. At the time, I had just learned about the “Golden Ratio” principle, also known as “the rule of thirds.” The simple design of the “Daimaru” sign in this photograph served as a great starting point. The hostel sign’s minimalist sans serif font makes it easy to read, especially when there aren’t any distracting designs or obstructions in my field of vision. Also, hostels are more common in other parts of the world and aren’t seen as much in the United States.
I haven't stayed in a room here before. Based on the pictures from their website, it seems to have a hostel vibe. I've provided a link simply for the convenience of their exact location in Little Tokyo.
My editing process:
First, I added a masked layer of the same picture to the area of the sign only. Then, I changed the layered sign to a red color. Now, the red color pops and immediately draws the viewer’s eyes to my intended subject.
Admittedly, if I had stepped back more, I could have framed my picture better using the rule of thirds. Had I done that, there wouldn't be extra negative space to the middle and right of the picture. In hindsight, I could have framed the composition by including more of the building and framed the sign to the right a bit more. I also could have also centered the sign within the frame by leaving more negative space at the top. I don’t dwell too long on these regrets. Creativity is a force inspired from applying your skills and then learning from your practice to improve on them in the future. After reviewing what I could have done differently, I know that my next architecture composition will be more visually pleasing. What more could I ask for?
The original picture is shown below. Which of the two pictures do you prefer?
Camera Body: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Camera Lens: Vintage Nikon Series E 50mm 1.8 Prime Lens
Distance: ~40 ft.
Weather Condition: Clear
Downtown Little Tokyo is a bustling place that lies south of the 101 Freeway and is bordered west of the I-5, I-10, and I-101 corridor leading into East Downtown LA proper. There are a few streets occupied by shops with neon signs written in both Japanese Kanji and English. It's hard not to notice the traditional Japanese architecture at the retail and dining spots. An experienced traveler might not feel as immersed in the culture and wonder of modern Japan here, but it it's certainly the next best thing to avoid breaking the bank if you just want a slice of what Japan has to offer.