This past weekend I went out-and-about to seek backgrounds for my HDR and composite projects I’m getting into. I traveled to this abandoned warehouse in Coolidge, AZ where I have shot before. But now I wanted to perfect my bracketing process as well as my exposures for those bracketed shots.
For those who don’t know, I am starting to shoot my backgrounds separately from my subjects/clients. I know, it sounds odd to most people. But until you see the detail and what you can uncover in a composite image as well as the freedom to create, not only shoot, you’re inclined to think it’s more work than need be. I promise you it’s not. The process is extreme, and technical, and tiring, and…..you get the picture. But what it is most of all is a challenge. And I love to be challenged.
Anyways, after I obtained what I was looking for from the warehouse, I decided to snoop around the train bridge a few hundred yards from there. I have always wanted to take some shots of the bridge, but could never get up the nerve to. One because it is way up on a steep incline, openly exposed (the law), and the tracks are still operational. But something told me that the day was here. Just get your butt up there, don’t worry about the police catching you and get the shots you want. So I did. And man am I stoked with what I walked away with! After tedious editing and post-processing to get the image to where I wanted, to the point where I had seen it in my head, below is what I present; IRON TRAIL.
I posted the image on an international photography website to basically get an outside point of view from others in the field. After 24 hours of being public, the image rose to #3 worldwide with a rating of 95.4% in its respected category of Transportation images! That’s huge! I don’t get paid for it. I don’t win an award. But, it gave me a feeling of accomplishment. The feeling of belonging with my peers in the photography business. I gained energy and confidence in what I do and why I do it.
So take a look below and leave comments and tell me your thoughts! I appreciate the support from everyone!