This was a challenging image to process. Every time I stare at it, I start getting dizzy and feel like I’m going to fall out of my chair. :) That’s the funny thing about visual perspectives – effectively exploiting them can induce certain reactions to your equilibrium while still sitting in the comfort of your own chair.
Now, the potency of the effect will surely vary based on the individual but it’s definitely hitting home for me. I took this shot near Rockefeller Center in NYC in early January using my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L Prime with the intent of getting this sort of reaction and I’m glad I was able to succeed with it. I’m sure that tilting the shot helped increase the effect, too.
In terms of processing:
I tone-mapped this image in Photomatix because there was too much tonal range to capture in one shot. I did end up masking back the original sky from one of the brackets because I wasn’t happy with what the tone-mapping did to ghost the moving clouds. Stylization occurred in Perfect Effects 3, byand I added some final touches using the Develop Module in Adobe Lightroom 3.
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