The Story

That’s what I call it when I flex and contort my precious +Really Right Stuff TVC-24 sticks in order to position my camera in certain ways. While my photography bard was a few stories above me photographing the top of the reactor core, I decided to have some fisheye fun. In order to get the shot that I wanted, I needed to balance my camera in such a way that it was leaning over the set of stairs that I was standing on. Only the fisheye lens could give me the specific look that I was going for and because it has just about a 180-degree field of view, I really had to push my tripod into a pretty precarious position.

Thankfully, I was able to walk away with camera, tripod, and images in hand and unscathed. Just another example of doing what ya gotta do to get the shots that your mind’s eye sees.

In terms of processing

Tone-mapping on seven exposures here using Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was a combination of Vecchio masked on the stairs and Cross Process Blue masked on the background. Tonal Contrast was applied globally.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.2.

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