Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings Banner
Nikon D7000 with 40mm lens • ISO 1600 • ƒ/3.2 • 1/125 sec

This is yet another image from my Christmas lights photo walk from earlier in the week. It’s not the greatest photo I took, though I adore the bokeh the lights create behind the banner. What fascinates me about this image is the view seen in the photograph does not, in fact, exist in reality. I approached the flag from the river side Riverton’s Main Street, but the flag was set up to be viewed by those who were approaching the river. As captured, then, the words “Seasons’ Greetings” were reversed.

When I attempted to capture the flag from the “proper” vantage point I was frustrated. The spotlight illuminating the flag lost much of its ghostly character when viewed from “the front,” and a breeze had kicked up which caused the banner more difficult to frame. So I opted to do something I do only on rare occasions, I reversed reality in the photo. As a result, the message on the banner is no longer reversed, but no one who searches for this precise view will ever find it. The reality expressed in the photo, exists only in the photo.

On one level this is a simple fix, and a nifty way to repair a flawed moment. On another, however, it is yet another nail in the coffin of the old mantra, “Seeing is believing.”