Aye. Been there lately myself. Went to go forward with a great direct-mail advertisement campaign, which then evolved into a rebuilding of my own company site to avoid hypocrisy. The only thing I've been able to do is just keep going.
Technically speaking though, I think there's too much negative space at the bottom which make the sign look pasted on.Also, I think a 1px white border could do wonders.
It takes work to remain not hypocritical, doesn't it? Your village-eaters site is looking nice
Thanks for the great suggestions. I'm experimenting with composing the picture in a way that makes the signpost less visible. One option I like is to crop it so that the post is cut at the bottom of the picture and the sign extends "through" the frame. However, that takes away the nice 2/3 clouds to black ratio. What would you think if the sign was behind the trees? I think to an extent it's going to look pasted on no matter what
Are you talking a 1px white inner/outer border, or instead of the 50px black?
I'm totally unsatisfied with Village Eaters' current state. Worse is finding something I am satisfied with. On the upside I'm finding new love for Drupal.
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If you extend the length of the post to about 1.5x what it is right now, that should help with keeping the ratio. You can also extend the post below the border, perhaps with a subtle gradient shadow to help eliminate the pasted feel. Oh, and I meant a 1px inner border.
As for the sign being behind the trees, it could work, but I think that a panoramic cropping would suit it better, composition wise. Portrait-wise, I think the sign would get lost, or the proportions would be off.
Ah yes... I played with drupal back when it was around version 4.2. It's a great app, and I loved it... though unfortunately I didn't have much of a use nor server space for it's community-building capabilities.
I haven't experimented nearly enough with inner borders. I also like your idea of extending the post with a gradient. I'm going to try out some of your suggestions and update the piece
Hey - thank you so much for being honest about this
I share some of your feelings about this picture, though I do like this version better than the original. There are parts I like and parts I don't like. I think one reason it looks forced is because the sign post so blatantly breaks the thirds ratio (the same-color black border might accentuate this). Still, I don't feel there's much else I would like to do with this image... it was an experiment and a way to vent some frustrations at the time. I really appreciate your honesty though, and the critique you've given