I took this shot of tractor tracks in a field of barley looking across a valley in the Marlborough Downs of Wiltshire, England. The tight crop of the frame is from my use of a 400mm lens to capture this image. Most landscapes are shot with wide angle lenses but I encourage everyone to experiment with what you have and don’t rely on conventions. It looks almost like an aerial shot but that’s just because this crop was growing up the far side of the valley rather than on level ground.
I don’t know if the tractor diver was particularly skilled or if he was aided by some technology – either low tech like markers on the fence or high tech like a GPS but he’d done a great job of staying parallel with his prior passes and he’s hit the turn at right spot on every time.
In learning to use Photoshop over the years, every instructor has encouraged me to ‘play with the sliders’ to get to know what they do. For the series below I decided to play with the Hue slider to dramatically alter the appearance of the image.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II (B&H)
Battery Grip: Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip (B&H)
Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Processing: Lightroom 4.0
Processing: Photomatix 4.02
Processing: Photoshop CS5
Processing: Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 (Nik Software)