Proceed with Caution

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Proceed with Caution

I’ve been trying to get out from behind my computer and look for photos rather than relying on travel or accidentally stumbling on something that looks like it would make a great photo. I’ve also been trying to shoot at times I don’t normally shoot. What’s great about the winter is that you don’t have to get up at 5 AM to get dramatic shots.

This shot is taken on one of my favorite streets heading into Salt Lake City; Beck Street. A ton of texture and industry that stands in stark contrast to the neighborhoods the street turns into about a half mile from where this shot was taken.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about why I tweak my photos so hard. I decided that it gets down to this: the digital machines that capture images do so with a clinical, passionless precision. So I’m trying to inject some human into the image by jacking it all to hell. I also think this is why Instagram and Hipstamatic are so popular. The filters, at least as far as I’m concerned, are not about being hip, but about injecting a sense of human back into the images. Add to that the sharing of these images with other people and yeah. Done.

This image was tweaked in Lightroom pretty heavily and then pulled into Photoshop for some careful layer blending. It then made me cinnamon toast.