The All Spark

What kid doesn’t dig giant mechanical beings facing off on the field of battle, guns and rockets blazing, deciding the fate of a world in the never-ending battle between good and evil?  I remember playing a really cool series of computer games many years back, all part of the MechWarrior franchise; man those were cool!  And speaking of franchises, how ’bout ‘Transformers’, and the fact that the third installment, ‘Transformers 3’ is out this summer (yeah, I know the second one was not that good, but we can hope, no?)!  It’s only fitting that I post-processed this shot from Sunday’s shoot at the abandoned paper mill, since this room reminded me of one ‘Transformers’; you know, robots in disguise.  This machine was one of the most difficult subjects to shoot that day, because the space I had to work in to get this perspective and composition/framing was REALLY tight; there was just not a lot of room for me to maneuver to position my camera and tripod, even with my lens set to 14mm.  No way would I have been able to accomplish this without using the LiveView mode (framing the scene at 100 percent using the screen on the back of the camera to compose/frame the shot live) on my trusty Nikon D700.  Since I had to get, quite literally, down and dirty to get this low perspective, it was a good thing I wasn’t wearing my Sunday best!  By the way, I listened to the score from the first ‘Transformers’ movie while post-processing and writing this blog entry, for those keeping track.

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May 18, 2011 - 13:37

Chris Nitz Yup, this is pretty friggin cool and brings back plenty of memories of watching Transformers on Saturday mornings. Great framing and processing!

May 18, 2011 - 14:32

Jacques Hey guys. Thanks a heap. It was definitely a cool place to shoot, and only an hour and a half away from Berlin. So many cool machines, stairs and other treats in there.

May 18, 2011 - 13:38

Jim Denham Fantastic angle, processing and light. I like it a lot!

May 18, 2011 - 13:48

Jan Winther I can see the Transformer in there 🙂 Before I read you story, I was thinking that looked like one of the machine from SkyNet or Terminator.

May 18, 2011 - 14:10

Scott Wyden Kivowitz Looks dangerous 🙂

May 18, 2011 - 14:17

Rob Hanson Nicely done! It was definitely worth getting crammed in the corner.

May 18, 2011 - 16:45

Chris Wray Wow! Very “Transformer-ish” Great POV and processing.

May 18, 2011 - 17:17

Chris Frailey Great comp and the lighting is spot on.

May 18, 2011 - 17:32

Jim Nix very cool! great details and excellent comp!

May 18, 2011 - 18:27

Hector Garza I really like the way you made everything look sepia and black & white except for the motor and the guard.
Awesome post work!

May 18, 2011 - 18:45

Toad Hollow Photography This is so very cool Jacques! LOVE your processing and composition on this one my friend, top drawer!!!

May 18, 2011 - 19:41

chrisdmrf Awesome shot

May 18, 2011 - 21:22

Heath O’Fee Great comp, Jacques. The wide angle distortion works really well here, and the pop of yellow in those stripes is fantastic.

May 18, 2011 - 21:28

Wayne Frost Great angle, and post processing, as usual. It was worth getting dirty for this.

May 18, 2011 - 21:54

Chris DeAngelis Great shot! Love the POV and how you framed the doorway at the end of the room!

May 19, 2011 - 03:44

Curt Fleenor Love the perspective you were able to get here and great processing!

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