On Aggressive Framing

On Aggressive Framing

By |2012-08-16T09:22:05+00:00Aug 15th, 2012|

Ahh yes – the Corn Patrol. Always a crowd pleaser. :)

If there is one thing that causes me to stop in my tracks as I’m flipping through images on the Internet, it is aggressive framing. It’s taking something or someone and presenting them in such a drastically unorthodox way that your attention is immediately grabbed. It is something that I try to achieve with every. single. image. Period. Aggressive [read: unique] framing rates right up there as one of the most tools in a photographer’s utility belt.

One of the ways that I find myself getting these sorts of comps is by turning on my camera’s Live View mode, holding the tripod out in front of me, and walking around the area that I want to shoot. I live and die by my camera’s Live View. Sure, it chews up batteries exponentially faster but it’s worth its weight in gold.

I also find that using ultra-wide angle lenses does wonders in achieving these types of aggressive comps – but in all fairness, YMMV. Some shots work better with longer lenses. It’s up to you, fair photographer, to determine what the ideal pairing is. For this shot, I knew that my Canon 14mm prime lens was the right glass for the job. After +Nicole S. Young finished getting her frames, I swooped in to get mine and we volleyed off of each other until every angle of this car was captured. :)

So next time you’re out with your camera, give yourself a few extra moments to think about what you’re about to shoot and, more importantly, how you’re about to shoot it.

Google Maps Location Info
41°24’6″ N 97°3’55” W

In terms of processing
This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image processed Photomatix Pro.

Stylization consisted of masking in Blue Dawn  and Tonal Contrast onto the hood of the car, along with Cyberpunk onto the front grill. I painted in Golden Hour Enhancer onto the headlamps and Green Enhancer on the surrounding grass. I finished things off with Rich Glow to add punchy contrast. All done in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album UrbEx and RuralEx (1 photo)

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  1. rana usman August 15, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    nice car nd background

  2. Nidhi D. August 15, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Awesome! So corny! :D

  3. Matt Widmann August 15, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    This is rad!

  4. Ivan Kovacevic August 15, 2012 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Fantastic shot!

  5. John E Adams August 15, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Love this +Brian Matiash some great tips to ponder as well!  I just picked up Perfect Effects 3 and love it so far.  Will definitely take how you used it hear on-board looking for an layering the smaller parts of a scene.   

  6. Mark Gaw August 15, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash that car looks like it could eat up a lot of corn fields.

  7. Richard Swayze August 15, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Definitely and eye-catching composition! And…are those stuffed animals in the car? That's…odd.

  8. Don Denesiuk August 15, 2012 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I seem to always have the problem of finding a cool subject but with a bad background like a cool muscle car in a parking lot full of Toyatas and Mazdas etc. ;) The plants, trees and clouds above are very nice though. 

  9. Erich Ludwig Fischer August 15, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply


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  13. Mohamed Saadi August 15, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    AWESOME shot great detail perfect HDR

  14. Chris Chabot August 15, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Only slightly scary looking … love the shot Brian!

  15. Peter Lawton August 15, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Love this one +Brian Matiash !

  16. Ted Vieira August 15, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply


  17. Nicole S. Young August 15, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    My title suggestion … "The Muppets Take Nebraska". :) Love this, Brian. Great processing!

  18. Guillaume Desachy August 15, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Love the framing, it's really really nice Brian!

  19. Erich Ludwig Fischer August 15, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    jepeeije……USA…is BURNIG.

  20. Geoff Dobbs August 15, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Just stunning HDR at its best

  21. kimberly pemberton August 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    why do i have a sudden urge to listen to the Beastie Boys?
    some photos just NEED a soundtrack. 
    this.. this . is . amazing.

  22. Bob Lussier August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    This looks delightfully menacing!

  23. Didit Mehta Pariadi August 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Exactly a unique and eye catching picture. Learn alot from +Brian Matiash inspiration episodes. Thank you for sharing the stylization…

  24. Toby Harriman August 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    This is so sick! 

  25. Kiran Kumar August 16, 2012 at 12:22 am - Reply


  26. Dan dannyboy Ragsdale August 16, 2012 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Love that shot

  27. searay1md August 16, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Very cool. Great post.

  28. Barry Blanchard August 17, 2012 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Hell yes Corn Patrol!!

  29. Carrie Mung August 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    What the hell is Corn Patrol? Do they literally patrol the corn fields?

  30. Toni Vaughan August 19, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Brian- i love what the wide angle does for this car, it looks like it has a tiny cab and a huge front end, awesome! Well done… Love it!

  31. Olaf_Pixel Point August 20, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Great shot, great car, great captured, geat tonemapping, great HDR. Thats all!

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