On Seizing Opportunity Like It’s The Holy Grail

On Seizing Opportunity Like It’s The Holy Grail

By |2011-10-19T11:25:12+00:00Oct 19th, 2011|

This is another shot from the recent 2011 +Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk in Port Townsend, WA. There was some festival going on by the beachfront and it had gathered what had to be most every resident in town. I can’t remember the name of the event but it involved people riding homemade contraptions into the water and sailing them around.

Normally, I’d be all over wanting to see this event but I noticed that the dock on the far end of the area was totally deserted. There really wasn’t any choice here, you see. Earlier, I had noticed that the dock was swarmed with people – as it should be seeing as how picturesque it is.

So, I packed up my gear and hustled over. I had the place to myself for a while, giving me ample time to experiment with different frames. This was clutch because each frame lasted about a minute or so, some longer.

As photographers, our goal is to get the shot. Period. End of story. We convey our stories, our emotions, and our words with our images. If you have the opportunity, you are just about obligated to take it.

Just. Get. The. Shot.

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  1. Brian Furbush October 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Great shot, and a good backstory.

  2. Kurt Harvey October 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Excellent photo and narrative Brian.

  3. Brian Matiash October 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    +Kurt Harvey Thank you, Kurt.

  4. peter paul müller October 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm - Reply


  5. Eric Narvaez October 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Totally Awesome!

  6. Lynne Goodwin October 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply


  7. Scott Wyden Kivowitz October 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    So smooth and such a great tone. Sort of eerie feel to it. Lovin in.

  8. David Yu October 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Very impressive long exposure shot!

  9. Brian Arsenault October 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Just loving these monochromatic long exposures, +Brian Matiash.

  10. Chris Lazzery October 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Nice! Love the comp. Solid long exposure dude.

  11. Jess Sturgeon October 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm - Reply


  12. Phing Phing October 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm - Reply


  13. Yatesh Singh October 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I've felt frustrated lately trying to capture some good shots lately. This post definitely has me reinspired to get out there and shoot again soon.

  14. Andrii Kobzaruk October 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    my favorite style of monotoning photo ! Like this!

  15. Russ Scullen October 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply


  16. Ivan Boden October 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Did you use an ND filter? If so, which one?

  17. Brian Matiash October 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    +Ivan Boden I stacked my Lee 10-stop ND filter with my Lee 3-stop soft grad ND.

  18. Mohammad Asif ul Haq October 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful post and awesome shot +Brian Matiash .

  19. Samer K October 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Nice shot Brian.

  20. Jim Denham October 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Excellent effort and result Brian!

  21. Damien Jemison October 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Big Stopper?

  22. Larry Schultz October 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Very nice!

  23. Richard Daugherty October 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks, +Brian Matiash, for the excellent and inspiring photo, and for the much-needed kick in the keester. I still struggle with not spending enough time working a subject. Bravo on yet another success! :o)

  24. Brian Matiash October 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    +Damien Jemison Yezzir – stacked with a Lee 3-stop soft grand ND.

    Thank you, everyone!

  25. Bob Lussier October 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm - Reply


  26. Teresa Stover October 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I love your pep talks! I need them desperately. I've been going through a bit of a slump here lately with my landscape photography.. At times feeling as if I should give it up. Then you post this.. Thank you, for that. ~ Phenomenal image, as well.

  27. Mark Gvazdinskas October 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    BRILLIANT, Brian!! This has become my ABSOLUTE favorite type of photography. Thanks for continuing to be such an inspiration!

  28. dene' miles October 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Dang +Brian Matiash you got some serious gems that day!!

  29. Brian Matiash October 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    +dene' miles thanks! Such a great weekend. Less than two weeks!

  30. dene' miles October 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    You must be excited!!! We all have to plan a photo outing asap once you arrive :)

  31. Richard Williams October 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Good stuff, B-Money. I'm feelin' it.

  32. Chris Robins October 20, 2011 at 1:17 am - Reply

    you. got. the. shot.

  33. John Paquette October 20, 2011 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Really excellent photo. By the way thank you for your OnOne software job as an educator for us. You share your talent and by your thoughtful questions with your guests bring out more in your live webinars. Thanks….

  34. Chris DeAngelis October 20, 2011 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Awesome LE shot! Loving the sky here.

  35. Mark Blundell October 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Lovely shot – both still and moving well composed and processed.

  36. Jonathan Cooley October 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Very cool perspective!

  37. Billy Wilson October 22, 2011 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Wow that looks so awesome!

  38. Toad Hollow Photography October 25, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Wow, Brian, this is incredible. LOVE the picture and the accompanying words really punctuate the message you are sharing. Great stuff here.

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