During our stay on the Big Island of Hawaii last December, the innkeepers of the B&B that we stayed at played an important role in helping us find off-the-beaten-path and lesser-touristed areas to photograph. One such location was an abandoned mill that was mostly empty save for a cool, rusted out desk (that photo will come out in a few days) and this tire swing. The juxtaposition of something so seemingly safe and friendly set in such an opposite location was too good to pass up.

Processing was pretty straight forward. I masked in an exposure for the window on top of the exposure for the rest of the scene in Photoshop. That took no time as it was pretty straight forward. Next, I stylized the image with a custom preset that I built in Nik Photography Analog Efex Pro to give it the look that you see. Finally, to give the tire a 3D feel, as if it’s popping off of the background, I used onOne Software FocalPoint 2.1. While other products, including those by onOne, have tilt-shift effects, none come close to FocalPoint. It’s a shame it was discontinued.

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