I think cell towers are a great representation of technology. They look so futuristic too. It’s like a tree, but it’s all antennas (antennae? what’s the plural form..?). I previously took a shot of a cell tower sticking out over a hill/ocean and thought it was a great shot of how technology is everywhere, even in nature.
Well, I was out doing long exposures of the freeway and as I was walking up the overpass, I got this view of a cell tower near the freeway.
Hmm is this straight?? I’m getting confused looking at this again. Anyways, had the camera in portrait mode, framed to get the building in the background and a nice silhouette of the tower on the left thirds of the frame. The yellow lights caused the white balance to go off a bit. I corrected it a little, but decided that leaving it somewhat yellow wasn’t that bad. Completely adjusting WB to the lights on the bottom created a really cold, blue looking photo.
Then I also realized I was right next to the freeway so I wanted to see if I could get the freeway light streaks in with the cell tower and buildings on each side of the freeway. Zoomed out on my Panasonic 14-45, kept the tower on the left thirds and moved around until everything got in the shot.
This photo has been pretty popular on instagram/facebook for me, although honestly it’s not my favorite. Again. the yellow on the bottom left ruins it a bit for me. Overall a bit hectic too… it captures everything but maybe a little too much. If I was better at photoshop, I’d kill the bottom left a bit. Also, high exposure times meant slight blurring of tree branches. It was strangely windy that night.
Speaking windy, I need a new tripod. I had a cheap $50 Dolica tripod and it was serving me fine and I didn’t understand why people were dishing out $200~500 for tripods. Then I met a windy day and found my foe. I think the tension/friction in the legs is getting loose too. Now I need to find a nice, sturdy, light tripod that doesn’t kill my wallet. Any suggestions?
Also… I will be pulling the trigger on a Olympus 12mm f/2.0 or Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 very soon. Doing a bit more research on sharpness before I pull the trigger on a lens more expensive than my Pana-Leica 25mm f/1.4. Advice/suggestions welcome!