Sometimes, there isn’t much to say about your shot. Sometimes, the subject matter is so compelling that it can stand on its own. And in this case, the subject is corn. :)

A lot of my inspiration for being pulled to shoot this Nebraska cornfield had been derived directly from Samir Osman and +Amy Osman (for some reason, G+ isn’t letting me tag Samir). I’ve been loving the cornfield shots that they had recently been posting.

A lot of the methodology that went into the stylization here was intentionally heavy handed. I wanted to emote a brooding sensation because I felt it supplemented the shot that was, at face value, rather dull and devoid of drama.

The key here was to find the right focal point, the perfect object to visually call out. So, I walked down the rows of this cornfield until I found one cob dangling down, husk removed. I knew I found what I needed. After some gentle arrangement and removal of distracting leaves, I framed and fired.

Sometimes, it’s just about the corn.

In terms of processing
This is a seven-exposure #HDR  tone-mapped image. I did everything in Photomatix because it has some excellent user-defined ghost reduction control. And, because of the wind, there was plenty of potential ghosting that I was able to mitigate.

For the look itself, I went very grungy using styles from Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. I started with a Deep Forest Glow as my base. Next, I added a small amount of Green Enhancer, using the Multiply blending mode. I added some Havana specifically to the cob to bring out the yellow and help it stand out. Finally, I masked in some Vecchio onto the dirt.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

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