Won’t you come and save me…

The name of this post means more than meets the eye, at first, at least to me.  While I was initially captured by this scene because it reminded me of one of my all time favorite movies, Cool Hand Luke, it was one particular scene in the movie that screamed “shoot this scene now”!  Yep, you guessed it: the scene in which the warden discusses the various infractions that would cause a prisoner to have to “spend the night in the box”.  And, of course, once you’re in the box, you can’t forget Alice in Chains’ ‘Man in the Box”.  While all of that song’s lyrics are perfect for what it might be like to get locked in this particular box for a night or two, it is one line in particular that spoke to me as I processed this image tonight: “Won’t you come and save me…”

So now all of you are scratching your heads, “what in tarnation is fotofreq talking about, ‘won’t you come and save me…’, anyways?”  Would you believe I am talking about HDR photography (both capture and processing)?  Well, I am.  I’m talking about saving a photograph from relative obscurity.  Sure, many of us can shoot an image of a scene and call it a day.  But the work is not done until you have “saved” or “rescued” that image from being boring.  And how do we do that?  First, you start with a vision:  what do you “see” and what it is you want your intended audience to “see”.  You the frame (or compose, if you prefer) your shot in such a way that the elements you “feel” are most important are included in the shot and are “placed” in such a way that they will grab the viewer’s eye.  Then, you shoot your brackets (I usually prefer 9 exposures, each 1EV apart from the other to cover a wide dynamic range and to keep noise levels at a minimum).  Next, you run those shots through your HDR software of choice, and tone-map.  Now comes the fun part, ’cause you’re not done!  You take what the HDR software gives you and you pull it into Photoshop to make the image what it was you “saw” when you were first captured by the scene.  BTW, listening to some cool tunes to put you in the mood helps, a lot, at least it does me.  For this particular image, I listened to the aforementioned ‘Man in the Box’ while running the brackets through my HDR software of choice, but I switched to Bassnectar’s Timestretch to finish it off and to write this blog post.  Once I was done with Photoshop, you should end up with an image that ROCKS your world!  And, if it rocks for you, it will probably rock for at least one other person out there! Thanks, mom, for digging my work!

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You never stop brightening my dad with your shots. Well done my friend!

What can I say that hasn’t been said. In lieu of a comment, I’m blasting Man In The Box in your honor.

LOL! You guys crack me up! I’m super glad you both dig this, Scott and Brian! And the fact that you’re blasting ‘Man in the Box’ is too cool. And Happy Birthday, again bracket blaster Brian!!

I don’t know the Alice in Chains song, but now I can’t get Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Rescue” out of my head.

I happen to be an Alice in Chains fan and love the song. Seems to match up pretty good with the image. Well done!

incredible shot and very appropriate song!

Your mom has GREAT taste!

Mark, “Rescue” now has me thinking or Aretha Franklin’s “Rescue Me.” But somehow the lyrics :
“Rescue me | Oh take me in your arms | Rescue me | I want your tender charms”
Don’t quite fit the image.

Well … maybe in Jacque’s twisted world they do …

Great description of the process of creating an image. Wonderful image to go along with it!

Hey Mark. Thanks. By the way, Echo and the Bunnymen also rule! I need to come up with some work for some of their tunes, now that you brought them up.