How To Take An Ordinary Spot and Make It An Extraordinary Shot
I love the quote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” because it really is true. All people have differing perspectives and no matter where you are, you can make an ordinary spot into an extraordinary shot–with photography. Roberto Valenzuela and Alex Brown are the masters at this. Check out their work!
For this perspective project I wanted to incorporate something that I’m very passionate about and a simple thing that most people would probably overlook. So, I decided to go out and do some light painting on some grain silos outside of Rexburg, Idaho.
In my original image I exposed the image as I would normally for astrophotography. I set my lens to infinity to capture the night sky and other ambient light spilling onto the grain silos. It was dark, dingy, and really lack luster, and I wanted to use the light painting and astrophotography skills I’ve learned into my extraordinary shot.
To make my photo into an extraordinary shot I did some light painting camera left onto the silos. In post, I clone stamped the power poles out and other distracting elements. With the crop tool, I cropped in on the right and with the content aware box checked, I extended the left side of the photo so the grain silos could be centered and the focal point of the photo. My last few editing adjustments were to the night sky and overall hue and saturation of the colors on the silos and the sky.
With any setting or place you can truly turn an ordinary spot into something extraordinary.