Is it me, or does this bus look like it should be a character in the next Cars series? I’m not the biggest movie buff out there but if there is one thing I love about seeing certain flicks, it’s how the cinematography has an influence on my stylization. Whether it’s subliminal or in your face, a lot of movies that I watch tend to have some sort of visual editing that plays into my own sensibilities.
The key is to truly be able to tap into that. I always try to keep that in the forefront of my mind as soon as I detect certain visually pleasing elements in a movie, TV show, or commercial. It’s not enough to know that you’re piqued by something you just saw – you need to be able to audit that. Ask yourself Why do I find this visually pleasing? It’s in that very answer that you’ll begin to expand on how you stylize your own images.
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In terms of processing
I started off by tone-mapping seven exposures to create this #HDR image.
Next, I sent it to Perfect Effects 3 by. I applied the Havana effect to the sky to give it that bright blue look. I also applied Just Enough Darkness, Return of the King, Tonal Contrast, and Deep Forest Glow to the bus.
I applied a small amount of blur in FocalPoint 2 in order to help separate the bus from the background (you can see it to the right of the bus).
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.