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Metro Station 'Suicide'

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 25 January 2008 in Transportation.

Metro Station Suicide....a Parisian's take on the Metro's seasonal Christmas greeting poster where all the usual metro station names have been changed to happy happy except the unofficial handwritten one.


I've been having problems for ages with my uploaded landscape orientated images looking fuzzy and not as sharp as they should be....well I finally found the answer recently in an answer by Jason Kravitz to a query in the forums .....if you too have been having this problem the answer is to make sure you resize your photos to a maximum horizontal dimension of 800 pixels (vertical size is not limited). Anything greater than 800pixels and AM3 will automatically resize it leading to the reduction in sharpness.

Even after resizing to 800 wide some of you are reporting that you still have problems. A fellow Aminus3 contributor, Momo, left me this additional tip which you could try : "Ian... oh, you know, I complained about Am3 making my images soft and changing color and that was even with my sizing images to 800...then i discovered that all my images were in adobe rgb and not srgb...i change the profile and they're fine now...i forgot that i set my computer to automatically change my F30 images to adobe's rgb profile...i did that for work which is press work...i've gotta change that first thing ..."

Please feel free to copy and paste this advice into your own AM3 blogs as I'm sure there are lots of our fellow AM3ers out there having this same frustrating would be great to sort the problem out for as many of us as possible.


Just a bit of fun, but this is one of my favourite photos with my new DSLR. I've submitted it for publication in JPG magazine. You can vote for it's inclusion here: JPG Magazine


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NIKON D40 1/30 second F/3.5 ISO 280 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

brilliant catch ian. well processed also. nice work.

25 Jan 2008 12:43pm

@Nick Passantino: Thanks Nick.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You do have a photographer's very needed 'eye' and how terribly sad...also too true

25 Jan 2008 2:53pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.

Levine from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I dont really understand this one, about the suicide thing. Sorry but i do not understand what has it got to do with this ? Sorry im lost.

25 Jan 2008 6:14pm

@Levine: Hi Levine....sorry if I haven't made it clear enough what's happening in the photo.

It's a poster showing the route map of the Paris Metro where the normal names of the stations have been changed (this is a big Christmas greetings poster) to words like 'happiness', 'kindness', 'wellbeing', 'family' etc. however in a blank spot (top right on the photo) someone has handwritten the word suicide on the poster.

Many people have feelings like this and the Christmas period can often just make things seem worse for them.....I guess that irony is involved.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

interesting shot, but disturbing.

25 Jan 2008 8:07pm

@danthro: Hi danthro.....yes it is disturbing and sad but I found that it was impossible to just leave it on my hard drive.....I couln't stop thinking about it until I'd done something with it.

tom from Germany

Well spotted. Better don't get out there.

25 Jan 2008 9:09pm

@tom: thanks Tom.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

We forget things like this.

25 Jan 2008 9:34pm

@amy: you're right.....I couln't stop thinking about this photo until I'd done something with it.

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