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

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.

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

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.

Looks dangerous 🙂

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

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

Great comp and the lighting is spot on.

very cool! great details and excellent comp!

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

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

Awesome shot

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

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

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

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