24 Aug 11. I mentioned yesterday that my intent was to photograph a particular sign when I noticed the harvest moon and got diverted for a while from my main intent. Well, here is the sign that was my particular intent albeit altered a "wee" bit. The sign itself is reasonably interesting hanging as it does in the store front window, but not nearly so much as it is with a little help. I played with the original image for quite a while trying out different approaches playing with shape, hue, and intensity. In the end I settled for two different results and, after looking at them for a couple of days, decided I like this one best, but just by a little. I tried to create the effect using HDR techniques but was not able to achieve the look I wanted, so I tried a couple different filters and settled on, to which none of you should be surprised, my favorite filter, Fractalius. The one BIG problem with this filter is the thousands of possible combinations available which means that choosing the "one" correct effect for any single image is rather time consuming. Still, I feel the time spent is well rewarded. For those of you who like the manipulated images, this should be a winner; for those of you who don't, this might be a mixed bag as it is a bright object of limited colors to begin with, being a neon sign. Playing with such an object in some ways does not change it all that much, although changing it was my goal. ISO 200; 1/6 sec on a tripod @ f /10.