During one of our Let’s Get Lost drives around Nebraska,and I noticed the sky explode with these beautiful crepuscular rays from the sun (aka God Light). It was gorgeous the way these beams filled the sky and shimmered across the plains. The sight demanded we pull off to the side on the country road that we were barreling down on. For this particular image, though, I wanted to make sure that I had as high of a vantage point as possible so that I could get the road curving upward.
Now, in my mind, the main character in this story is the light. Those beams are just amazing. So, I figured that if I aggressively pivot the camera upward and leave only a sliver of the ground visible, I’d add some more drama to the shot. I also intentionally positioned the road on the far right of the frame to counterbalance the angle of the crepuscular rays. I felt that by putting the road in the lower right corner, it gave the image the right weight.
It’s this sort of aggressive framing and composition that I live for and I’m truly stoked to have had the opportunity to witness such a gorgeous scene in the middle of Nebraska.
In terms of processing
This is a seven exposure tone-mapped #HDR image. I used photomatix for the tone-mapping.
For stylization, I selectively applied the Magic Sunset effect onto the sky to give it the contrasty warmth that it has. I added some Vecchio and Green Enhancer to the grass and corn rows and some Thermopylae to the road. All done in Perfect Effects 3 by.
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.