Stills V3

June 5, 2009

Heading West #2 (05820016)

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 13:20

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  1. There is very good control of dynamic range in the sky here allowing the delicacy of the sun’s rays to be seen clearly.

    It only goes to show what one is fed over the years as the image of a country that this doesn’t seem located specifically in America. This could be a motorway in the UK. The single car is well placed though and meets the title’s remit.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 6, 2009 @ 06:52

  2. Yes, nothing very location specific about this view.

    I like the way that the picture is heavier on the left than on the right, but *doesn’t* suffer from that. There is no sense of falling away or emptiness.

    Comment by Colin — June 7, 2009 @ 08:48

  3. The powerful diagonal in the clouds pushing me down to the earth has a real punch. That combined with the boldness of the straight-ahead right to the center lines of the highway leading me off the edge of the planet create a strong experience for me.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 8, 2009 @ 18:35

  4. Driving west into a setting sun, danger!

    Comment by Rex — June 8, 2009 @ 20:30

  5. I don’t get the sense of either side being particularly heavy and if there is any falling away it is over the horizon. I obviously get a great sense of height though which slows down the speed I should be going along that road visually. Combine this with the sun rays pushing down and I’m left looking through the hedgerows for interest and not coming back with much. Not that that’s too much of a problem. The illusionary effects of this, much like Christina’s Tampa bridge, are quite intoxicating in themselves.

    Comment by akikana — June 9, 2009 @ 06:39

  6. John, this film, TMY2, has a pile of dynamic range. The challenge during post was to figure out how to put it to use.

    I’m afraid the diagonals of the sunbeams didn’t come out quite as much as I wanted. This one might be worth reworking to print.

    The comments about the location being generic at first took me by surprise. Although the landscape is fairly generic, that sky, or rather the one I see in my head when I look at this, is unique to the plains. Or perhaps it isn’t.

    Comment by matt — June 11, 2009 @ 12:56

  7. I’d agree with matt that this seems to speak of wide open plains rather than a generic location. I like the subtle rays. Not sure whether the weather is coming or going.

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2009 @ 13:28

  8. A country where they drive on the wrong side of the road :o) Keep Left

    Plenty of sky detail but the detail in the ground and foliage is lost. Working on the rays and lifting the road into a lighter shade would help this picture for my viewing.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — June 16, 2009 @ 07:59


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