'The Road Moon'
The very moment after the sunset. The sky is full of colour and the street lights were just turned on. This lighting combination, together with the low exposure guaranteeing the silhouetted horizon, creates a very special atmosphere belonging to a road movie in my mind. This is exactly how I would use colours and create the overall atmosphere of the night scenes if I was to shoot a road movie.
Road movies always carry a very deep and dear meaning to me. They are usually about adventure and freedom. They also promote the idea of taking whatever comes along and utilizing it as a source of fun and joy. Road movies should have happy endings. Not only because I dislike tragedies and big dramas but because any other ending only solidifies the human fear from freedom and works toward enslaving our minds within everyday concepts. The unhappy endings of road movies are forcing us to accept safety of daily drudgery and groom us to think 'inside the box'. Take for example "Easy Rider". It's a great film, a masterpiece of the end of the sixties. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson are wonderfully portraying everything that freedom and adventure were ever meant to be about. Then the movie ends tragically, only for to make a point: "Hey, you cannot live free like this, because this is likely how you'll end".
The sun is already gone. The lamp is the bright shining beacon in this photograph, carrying the meaning through its wide orange aura. Did you notice the moon? :) The tiny little fellow is there on the left side. No matter how small, it brings out another level of value of this photograph. Also, notice the small bright dots that are to be found in the black silhouette of the horizon.
The colour scheme is very interesting. Several quite saturated colours in the sky, together with the lamp and its bright aura, work against the dark foreground. All the colours of the sky, apart from the dark blue, appear as if coming out of the colourful aura of the street light and end their transformation in the yellow of the just set sun.
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