Warped

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Last month about 20 of us got together for a little downtown Phoenix photowalk and it was simply a blast. Especially when we all stopped to eat at Five Guys…holy moley that place is good.

I owe this shot to one of the other photographers with us that night. I wish I could remember her name, but I suck. I saw her standing by a fence looking into this place, so I wandered over to see what was up. What an amazing spot. The first thing I thought of was that I wanted a bride and groom standing in the middle of these warped tiles with that fantastic old windowed-wall behind them.

Of course, that wasn’t going to happen on such short notice, not to mention the chain link fence surrounding this wide open area. So I tossed that idea away and concentrated on getting something sans models.

The 50mm was perfect for shooting through this fence, so I got low to the ground and tried to pull in the amazing shadows going on from some off-camera street lights.

Now I gotta send some love to my boy Brian Matiash. He *hearts* a filter called “Cyberpunk” in Phototools. He uses it a lot, it’s kind of his signature style. It doesn’t always work for me with my landscape/stormy subject matter anyways, but I tend to stay away from it because…well…I don’t like stealing someone else’s mojo.

Of course, when I do, I like to give credit. I loved this image when I was processing it, but it just lacked something special. For some reason I thought “Cyberpunk” and splashed that dude on there and bam, it was right. I masked out a bit of it around the tiles, but wow I loved what it did to the pavement and background building.

Two final things on this beautiful Friday with me heading home early from Vegas:

1. If you get inspired by someone or borrow heavily from stuff they do…be a man (or woMAN) and give some friggin’ credit. There is nothing worse than passing off something as your own when you deep down inside know you saw it on some guy’s website, or a webinar, or whatever. Make your momma proud.

2. It’s Follow Friday on Twitter, so in the spirit of that, you guys should follow Sarah Fisch because…holy crap I LOVE her landscape work.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, iso 400, f/2.5)

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  1. Steve Beal
    Steve Beal says:

    Just followed Sarah and looked at her site… WOW. As for your image and Cyberpunk, It adds great warm/cool contrast… the Punk works really well up against the cobblestones. I use a hint of Cyberpunk sometimes in a drab sky or water but once you get past 5% it gets heavy very quick. Really nice use and credit here :)

  2. Chris DeAngelis
    Chris DeAngelis says:

    That’s funny, because when I saw this shot I instantly thought it was a little ‘bluer’ than usual for your work! The Cyberpunk was a perfect addition to this shot! Love how it contrasts with the warmer tiles! Really nice job (as usual)!

  3. murphyz
    murphyz says:

    Love the processing on this shot Mike. Glad to see credit being given where it’s due, I just hope I don’t fall into a trap of subconsciously copying someone after seeing them do something cool and not realising it’s a huge influence.

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