Lately, I've been playing around with some phrases relating to the kinds of work I want to do and the types of clients I want to work with. I've been thinking a lot about creativity and vision "outside the box" of the traditional, conventional, and the widely accepted. Here is an example of what I'm talking about. More so than ever before, I'm striving to create images that are literally and figuratively "outside the box." For my client, Mom's Landscaping and Design, I shot this residential landscape project in Eagan, MN. A traditional 4x6 ratio scene shot with a 35mm camera would result in a photo something like this:
I wanted to go further. Missing from the above photo is context. What's above the frame of the shot and what's below? Revealing more tells the viewer more about this project and its features. Using a tilt/shift lens, I was able to shift the lens up on its axis to shoot a portion of the enclosed portion above. Going the opposite way, I shot the bed bordering the lower deck area. Here's what the upper and lower photos looked like:
Essentially, I created a vertical panorama. Using a sophisticated application that stitches panoramas together, I joined the upper half and lower half to reveal a much bigger, more highly resolved scene.
But, there's more. The upper half and the lower half were each composed of 6 images processed in two ways: HDR to reveal highlights and shadows (using the HDR Efex application) and focus stacking to bring the foreground and background into equal sharpness and clarity (Helicon Focus application). Finally, the image was cropped to a true 1:1 (square) and "polished" in OnOne's Perfect Efex.