On Taking It Easy Sometimes

By |2012-01-03T06:23:32+00:00Jan 2nd, 2012|

I woke up this morning in a world of pain. Ok. A bit melodramatic but I did wake up feeling like I slept on a rock. Most of the past week has been spent with me walking around NYC with my camera bag and tripod slung on my shoulders. I’d have it no other way but I figured that taking a day off from carrying all of that weight wouldn’t be a terrible thing.

I had a few hours to myself today and decided to head back to South Beach, Staten Island to get some more long exposures except this time, I opted to go extra light. I had my #Fuji #X100, a Lee Big Stopper w/Foundation Kit, and a remote shutter cable. I also used a small travel tripod instead of my RRS sticks.

The exposure took 50 seconds on Bulb mode at f/16. I did this to glass out the water and pronounce the shadows of the support beams. I also like how it captured the motion of the slow-moving clouds. I also decided to shoot the scene at an angle instead of head-on to exploit the natural curve of the overhead pier.

In terms of processing, I went a bit heavy on the contrast and texture to bring out the mood of the scene. I like the aged effect that it gave the concrete surface.

I have a number of other shots from this area that I’m really excited to share over the coming weeks. I have expressed my love of the Fuji X100 before but I have to say it again – the Fuji X100 constantly surprises me with its handling and ability to record beautiful, high quality images.

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  1. Cynthia Pyun January 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    It's that curve that caught my eye. Great decisions and great comp +Brian Matiash!

  2. Patricio Briceño January 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Earlier posted the begining of this work.. Finally.. A lovely and really full of peace Picture.. Thanks for sharing your Work +Brian Matiash

  3. Jacob Lucas January 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Mate this is a really strong image. I love the mood you opted to accentuate and the detail in the underside of the pier. Of the images I've seen you post recently, this is one of my favourites, possibly the favourite. Great stuff.

  4. Christian Steiauf January 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply


  5. Sharon Strandskov January 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous. I am glad you took some time to take it easy, and what great results to show!

  6. Tatiana Parmeeva January 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Nice to hear these words about Fuji X100! I have this camera now during my vacation on St Martin, and this is my first test of this buddy )) Will see what I got in a day on home desktop))

  7. Gunther D January 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    You shot this with a FinePix X100!!!! Why am I spending so much on lenses and 1D rent!!!!???

    Wow shot!

  8. Paul O' Hanlon January 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Absolutely wonderful picture! The light is just beautiful :)

  9. Stuart Williams January 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Super results with the lines and curves here. Good eye.

  10. Ben T January 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    BlackRapid Sport + bean bag help me through those stiff neck or shoulder days. Nice composition and seeing/making an image

  11. Brian Matiash January 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, everyone!

  12. Shelly Gunderson January 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Really nice photo, love the water. Hope you are feeling better!

  13. Richard Clark January 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Great shot

  14. Edwin January 3, 2012 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Love the curve and great tones.

  15. Jim Denham January 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    I like it! Good stuff from that little camera!

  16. andy gimino January 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Great composition brian!

  17. ledimo zacharia January 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    nice pic, also shows ur mood on that day..

  18. Bobby Drake January 5, 2012 at 1:10 am - Reply

    nice capture..the skies are great to look at..

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