I think the hardest part about this assignment was picking something to shoot. I started two or three other perspective shots, but then, I had the opportunity to go out and film on a farm during potato harvest. Whenever I wasn’t filming trucks going by hauling spuds, I was snapping photos of a parked John Deer tractor near the cellar. The thing was so massive that it didn’t take long at all before I had 12 shots, and then some!
The main 12 in a collage, or at least the largest variance of shots and angles I was able to get. There was a lot of mud! This is definitely a working tractor!
Combining a grunge texture with the photo, “Tractor Cylinders,” I was able to give the appearance that the wheel was cracked and old. I used a mask, changed the texture opacity to 46%, and used the multiply setting to blend the two together. I also adjusted the levels of the original photo so that the wheel was a little darker.
Wheels and Door – October 11, 2016 – 24mm – F4.5 – 1/40 – Sony a7s
As the sun continued to set, I had to adjust my aperture and shutter speed. I was able to catch a reflection of the sunset in the plexi-glass door of the tractor, but had to crop it off just a little bit because I could see my reflection peeking out over the side. I hadn’t seen that when taking the photo, I was just trying to take them quick before I completely lost the light. I adjusted the contrast and levels slightly in Photoshop.
Tractor Back – October 11, 2016 – 40mm – F3.5 – 1/100 – Sony a7s
This was one of my favorite photos. I actually ended up not changing it too much. All the lighting was natural and came from the sunset. I made another layer and changed some settings on the contrast. I also adjusted some of the levels in Photoshop to lighten up the overall image while not blowing out the sky.
Muddy Steps – October 11, 2016 – 30mm – F3.5 – 1/100 – Sony a7s
This was actually the second shot (not second attempt) while taking photos of the tractor. I tried having the bar in focus, then the mud on the step, playing around with the focus a bit. In Photoshop, I made a new layer and adjusted the levels to brighten up the overall image.
Wheel – October 11, 2016 – 30mm – F3.5 – 1/100 – Sony a7s
I had been taking a lot of photos at this point and was about done when I noticed this shot. I hadn’t really seen this part of a tractor before, and it was very fun to get between the two back wheels and take several photos. I darkened the ground behind the wheel with a mask in Photoshop, increased the contrast, and adjusted the saturation slightly.
Tractor Cylinders – October 11, 2016 – 25mm – F3.5 – 1/100 – Sony a7s
I took the original image into photoshop and added an adjustment layer and masked it to the outside. I lightened up the center gears at the bottom, and made sure the sky was not blown out. On the adjustment layer itself, I adjusted the contrast, making sure to leave the original photoshop layer unchanged.