I decided to reprocess an oldie but goodie from 2010 and change things up with a grungy UrbEx scene. I nabbed this shot on my first visit to this mill with my friend back east, Bob Lussier. I do miss my outings with him very much.

The important lesson about this point is that it’s ok to interact with your environment to make your shot. Originally, this image was framed without the bucket. As I looked through the viewfinder, I liked the overall composition but it was missing a focal point. I needed and anchor for your eye to start and end at. I saw a bucket behind me, arranged it as you see it, and took the shot. In my opinion, the bucket is what makes the shot mine.

I know photographers who have this odd code where they won’t allow themselves to interact with their environment. Outside of photojournalism, I’m not sure why that invisible deterrent should be placed on oneself. It’s akin to photographers who feel that the only worthy photo is the one that is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). The bottom line is that you’re the photographer creating your photo. If you’re not journaling an event or being paid by someone else for that particular image, do whatever you want to make it yours.

In terms of processing
This is a mildly tone-mapped HDR image using nine brackets and Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I combined a Soft Light blend of Blue Dawn and a touch of Urban Sickness to give it that blue/green cross processed look. I also masked in some Tonal Contrast on the floor.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.