In Your Face

Interesting foreground elements and leading lines can turn a ho-hum scene into something more compelling. Although there were a number of great individual elements in this abandoned warehouse to shoot, creating an interesting composition that included a large chunk of them required a bit of thinking. Nobody wants to look at a pile of discarded junk without any sort of focal point or direction, so finding that key element that leads the viewer through the frame is key.

When I saw this overturned table and rusted piping, I knew how I wanted to frame this shot. Getting close to the end of the pipe with my wide angle lens allowed me to make the opening of the pipe the focal point, and the distortion provided by this same lens really leads the eye through the frame.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 12mm, F 11, ISO 100

Jim Denham - February 1, 2011 - 8:01 am

Incredible work Heath! Love the effect of focusing close up on the end of the pipe and your processing is spot on! Well done!

Tobias George - February 1, 2011 - 8:03 am

Wow, great image Heath! Pipe as the focal point gives a 3D feel

Mike Olbinski - February 1, 2011 - 8:12 am

WOW!

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Chris Kenison - February 1, 2011 - 8:48 am

Great shot, Heath! Composition, perspective, processing are all spot on!

Jesse Pafundi - February 1, 2011 - 8:49 am

This is awesome. Looks like it’s 3D!

Chris Wray - February 1, 2011 - 9:00 am

Incredible foreshortening and 3D effect. That pipe really feels like it’s literally “in my face.” Nice composition and framing.

James Brandon - February 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

Sweet comp Heath! Very creative 🙂

John Sotiriou - February 1, 2011 - 11:10 am

Great perspective, Heath!

Servalpe - February 1, 2011 - 1:25 pm

I love the POV and rusty details !

Rob Hanson - February 2, 2011 - 5:32 am

Very nice! It does give that ‘in your face’ feel.

Mark Blundell - February 2, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Great clarity and processing – really well to spot this, you really had yourr ‘togs hat on when you captured this one!

murphyz - February 3, 2011 - 11:31 am

Super shot Heath! A great focal point; I love how you have turned something which I would walk by, or curse for being in my view, and made it the star of the image. Nice work.

Scott Frederick - February 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

I love the way the pole looks as if it’s jumping out of the shot! Awesome!