This challenge was harder than I thought it would be: break the rules (like level horizon, “normal” colors, rule of thirds, etc.) to produce a good image. I played with two images, but the first one didn’t really fire up my imagination.
It did break some rules (overexposed and not centered or offsides enough to meet the rule of third criteria) but it didn’t really say anything exciting or novel, either.
So I moved on to a different image, snapped as I drove by, too late to pull over and get a better shot because towing a trailer definitely limits one’s options to pull a quick U-turn and go back for a second try.
I played with cropping extra wide or down to a square, like an Instragram shot, and moving the horizon off-kilter a bit, too.
And then I got an idea… could I make it look like Mars? Because a crazy signpost on Mars would be different and weird and kinda cool. So that’s what I went with. “If only Mars only had clouds…” is what I named it.
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
(Tree photo taken at Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona. Signpost landscape taken on Route 62 east of Route 177.)