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An interesting assignment, full of possibilities — take any random photo from The Big Picture and add typographical text elements in a way that changes the message, in the spirit of The Big Caption.

It took me a little while to decide which assignment I’d choose for this week, I must admit.  I spent some time working on “What the Font?”, where you are supposed to bring typographical elements to life, but after spending a healthy amount of time on it, my vision was nowhere. So, scrapping the idea, I decided to follow through on “The Big Caption” assignment, an assignment I had thought about doing in the first place.

After browsing through The Big Picture and The Big Caption, I ran across three different images I wanted to edit for this assignment.  The first image is actually a screen shot of a simple HTML file I created with the original image at the center (i hate trying to center things in photo editors, and in the end I think this was much easier to do in HTML), and the last two images were done using Picnik via Flickr.

If you would like to view a larger version of the image, just click on the thumbnail.

This image is taken from the 2011 edition of the Dakar Rally, a 9,500 km (5,900 mi) race held in 13 stages across spectacular and varied terrain in both Argentina and Chile. This particular image is of BMW car driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-paul Cottret, both from France, competing during the 9th stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally in Copiapo, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The original can be found here.


This image is taken from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and is of England’s goalkeeper Robert Green reacting after he allowed a goal by the U.S. during a 2010 World Cup Group C soccer match at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 12, 2010. (REUTERS/Darren Staples)

The original can be found here.

This image is taken from a collection of photographs intended to show signs of Spring, 2010. In this photo, Avery Smith, 23, of White River Junction, Vt., makes her first attempt at pond skimming during the the fourth annual end of season Junk Show at Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Valley News, Jason Johns)

The original image can be found here.

The Big Picture definitely is an interesting source for photography, and I was really amazed at some of the images they had on the site.  I don’t know how these images stack up to The Big Caption, but I had fun doing the assignment.

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