14 February 2012

Green lane envy, misplaced

A recent L.A. Times article on the green tone required for painted bike lanes was off in a world of photographic speculation, I guess. At issue, according to the journalist, is the color of green mandated by federal transportation and that it cannot easily be digitally erased from images. The writer focuses on "the color" itself, without realizing the issue is whether the color is evenly toned. Wheel marks, subtleties of light and shadow, and other factors make digital scrubbing difficult. Not the particular shade of green.

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