See the picture, and then make it.

July 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A few months back, I was talking with a friend at work (let’s call her Jacque). She mentioned to me that she was getting a light bar with driving lights installed on top of her FJ Cruiser. As we discussed it, an image sort of popped into my brain – of her FJ, with all the lights blazing, and her standing in front of it, not all smiley, but sort of badass looking. I mentioned this to her and she was enthusiastic about the idea. We agreed that, someday, “when it got nicer out”, we would do the picture. Then she took another job in a big city far away and told me she was having the light bar removed because of low parking garages etc. where she was moving. So – it was now or never!

The next day we pulled her FJ in front of an old brick horse stable and made some shots. Jacque is a certified “ham” and a natural model, so she made her part seem easy. Using small apertures, slow shutter, fill flash and bracketing, I tried to make the best ingredients for the image I had envisioned. Then I “cooked” it using layers, compositing and extreme HDR, I came up with a final image that very much fulfilled my original vision. Oh, then I threw in the ground fog, just for giggles.


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