As any self-respecting New Year resolution-maker knows, it’s not a real resolution unless it’s broken by mid-January. Well, I already broke one of my resolutions: adding more posts during the week for all of you to read. But, now that it’s been broken, it’s time to repair that mistake so here we go.
What would a “behind the scenes” blog post series by yours truly be without a HDR image? I took this photo during an urban landscape photowalk last year. When you’ve been a photographer in the Peoria area, you will find that the same locations become the standard for public photowalks. This is especially true for the Peoria riverfront and warehouse district areas.
Don’t get me wrong; this is by no means a bad thing, but simply an observation. This is probably true in most of the cities throughout the world; we all get stuck into ruts as photographers in a particular area, but as any good photographer will tell you, there’s a great photograph within 10 feet of you no matter where you are standing.
So, with that in mind, I always take it upon myself to explore new angles and views of locations that I’ve been to time and again; if you push or challenge yourself, you can start to see things that weren’t there before or that you might have missed along the way.
Anyway, during this one particular urban landscape photowalk with the Peoria Flickr group, my good friend, Stacy Hanna, and I decided to explore new alleys and city blocks that we hadn’t yet been to. We were lucky as we discovered a whole load of new things to photograph and new locations for possible portrait sessions later. One of the lucky finds was the truck you see in this photograph. When I saw it, I knew a HDR image was definitely in order – there’s no better way I know of to capture the colors and textures that a rusted vehicle has.
In addition to being a HDR, I also knew I wanted to use my ultra-wide lens to really accentuate the length and height of the truck. As you can see, it really forces the perspective to “stretch” out the front of the truck. I think it also helps to distort the moving clouds near the top and the wheels near the bottom of the image.
What do you think? What works in this photograph? What doesn’t? Share your thoughts in the comments below!