On beating Murphy and his Law in the face

By |2011-10-17T21:42:50+00:00Oct 11th, 2011|

Last year, +Scott Wyden Kivowitz and I met up in NYC and spent the day shooting random areas of the city. The shot below was taken at Chelsea Pier. The day started right off with a comedy of errors that ranged from forgotten cables, broken tripod legs, and the general harassment that comes along with being a photographer.

Still, that didn't stop us. And why should it? One critical component of being a successful photographer is how well you can adapt to unforeseen and inclement circumstances. Not everything goes according to plan and despite being a bit tongue-in-cheek, it is really important that you know how to work calmly and productively around calamity.

In general, so many of us focus on learning how to use our gear in happy day scenarios but we don't necessarily conduct our own fire drills. The real way to test your mettle as a photographer is not based on how you perform in perfect situations, but rather on how you perform on the hectic ones.

Not only will you learn just how strong of a photographer you are based on how you perform in these situations, but you'll also get a much clearer picture of your overall character. It's very interesting and should be considered by all of us.

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  1. Joel Meisels October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Where was my visit?? :(

  2. Namratha Kothapalli October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Love your title, and the pic too! :)

  3. Brian Matiash October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    +Joel Meisels Trust me, my friend. I was no picnic to be around. :)

  4. Chrysta Rae October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Great post!

  5. Joel Meisels October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    That's MY call to make, not yours LOL

  6. Francis Gagnon October 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm - Reply


  7. Gary Heller October 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Nice shot, I am surprised the pyles are still there and nothing has been done with the area. I worked near there for years.

  8. michael coffman October 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    What a collection! Thank you.

  9. Alexander Schraufstetter October 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    the + was for the text and the pictures

  10. Scott Wyden Kivowitz October 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    What a fun day and a fantastic shot! Nicely written as well dude!

  11. J Dodson October 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    That is the straight dope. So true. Difficult situations are what separate the mice from the men.

  12. Dipu Surendran October 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    it's amazing.

  13. Aaron Hockley October 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I completely agree. In both my personal and professional photography I find that I need to deal with changing circumstances that aren't always under my control. A good photographer will make a good photo regardless.

  14. Julia Su October 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm - Reply


  15. Chris Frailey October 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Perseverance always pays off. Well done Brian.

  16. Neil Kremer October 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Nice contrast

  17. Greg Sharpe October 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    This series did not dissapoint, very nice compilation of images. Great work!

  18. Julia D'Egidio October 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    very amazing. please check out my photo page! http://www.facebook.com/juliadphotography

  19. Vath. Sok October 12, 2011 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Amazing, I am one of your fans Brian.

  20. dene' miles October 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I would be in heaven with that many pilings. And b&w works brilliantly with this scene!

  21. Brian Furbush October 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Solid shot man – interesting area to photograph, and well done on the B&W conversion.

  22. Dave October 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Nice thoughts and pic Bri.

  23. Chanapai Limsuwankesorn October 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Nice !

  24. Javier Esvall October 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, +Brian Matiash 27 awesome TOP photos published by G+ photographers!

  25. Brian Matiash October 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    +Javier Esvall Thanks for that but what are you referring to, just out of curiosity?

  26. Javier Esvall October 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Good shot, good treatment. Here is your chosen photo. http://www.photoextract.com/plus-extract/2011/10/11

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