I took this shot a lil’ while back when I was still living in Boston. This is Storrow Drive, a major artery along the Charles River. I took my top mate,, to shoot here and had to do some creative masking to remove him from the frame but the shot still lived on.
In any case, often times when I’m standing at a location getting ready to shoot it, I’ll look at what is given to me in terms of the natural elements within. For example, I saw all of these curving lines – the curve of the bridge above, the curve of all the support beams below, the curve of Storrow Drive, and the curve of the pedestrian walkway. All of these lines were speaking to me.
The responsibility of the photographer is to listen and decide how to best respond. Response is dictated by how you execute the shot. From the angle of the camera, to the height of your tripod (if you’re using one), and the lens you decide to slap on. All of these factors directly correlate to what you heard from your scene.
For this shot, I decided that the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens would work best. Most of the lines in the scene were radial in nature and the Fisheye lens does a perfect job of accentuating them via distortion. Next, it was a matter of figuring out the best placement of the camera and getting the exposures.
You listen. You respond. Money in the bank.
In terms of processing
This is a tone-mapped HDR image taken across nine exposures. I found the best single exposure that had good motion trails with the traffic and masked that in using Perfect Layers 2 by .
Next up was stylization. That was all fielded by Perfect Effects 3. I applied some Fashion Passion and two custom Tone Enhancer and Glow effects to get the overall look locked down. After that, I decided to grunge up the shot by overlaying a stock texture file using the Hard Light blending mode in Perfect Layers.
Add the final touches in the Develop Module of Adobe Lightroom 3. Reduce heat to medium. Bring to a boil. Season to taste. Serve hot.
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