Instant Inspiration (22) – Variations on a Billboard

Illusion | Portland | 2018

During my last transatlantic flight I watched “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, a quite impressive movie, for which Frances McDormand deservedly won the Academy Award in the category Best Actress in a Leading Role.

“Variations on a Billboard” is the title of the 22nd episode of my “Instant Inspirations”, my series for you if you feel you suffer from “Photographer’s Block”  or simply want to shoot something that you have never tried. Or at least not recently (you can find all previous episodes in my  Learning Center“).

I saw this huge advertisement on the side of high-rise building in downtown Portland. It caught my eye in more than one aspect. Even though it is obvious, I honestly saw it only when I processed the photographs on my computer. They eye wants to see what the eye expects to see.

Then, I started to work the scene trying to capture more variants of this big billboard advertisement. My other favorites and links to previous episodes of “Instant Inspirations” you can find after the jump….

Billboard Variations

Billboard Variations

Billboard Variations
Billboard Variations | Portland | 2018

All photos were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100 F/4 Pro Zoom. RAW conversion and post-processing in Lightroom CC Classic.

So next time you want to do something against your photographers block or just want to try something new, take your camera  (or smartphone), go out and capture variations of a billboard. You are invited to show your results by posting a link in the comment section. Go out and have fun! Be creative!

Make sure to regularly check out my free Learning Center for all of my tips and inspirations around photography.

Have a great Wednesday!


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16 thoughts on “Instant Inspiration (22) – Variations on a Billboard

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  1. I feel the US is a great place for billboard shooting. we hardly have that kind of variety or colours out here

      1. That’s something every western traveler notices Which locals (like me) don’t. Maybe we are used to and it’s normal for us. 😃

  2. Well done, Marcus. I’ll have to keep this mind. I’ve got an addition to this challenge from a friend Rawls. Think of your camera as being a film camera and you have 36 shots. You must use all 36 shot on the same billboard but from different perspectives. To tell the truth I’ve not done this but….

  3. Great take on the variations Marcus! It was my second look at the first photo before I realized the “impossible” component to it. It looks like an interesting billboard…across the board. lol. It took me a bit to figure out how you accomplished 2 & 3. Great perspective. 🙂

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