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. Afterfinished 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.
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.
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