On Drawing The Eye Like A Moth To The Flame

By | 2012-02-16T17:30:34+00:00 Feb 15th, 2012|

A few days ago, I posted a shot of the Longfellow Bridge and Storrow Drive in Boston, MA. This shot was taken a few minutes earlier, actually. It wasn’t until I was standing here under the bridge that I decided to throw on my Canon 15mm Fisheye lens to get this shot. I knew that the radial distortion created by the lens would be perfect.

Now, it is critical for me that I do my best to offer viewers a starting point that gives you a logical place for your eyes to begin exploring from. I try to do this as often as I can. And this shot serves as a good example of that. I felt that by framing my shot so that the street light was anchored in the upper third and center of the frame, the eyes could branch out to the left and right, exploring the texture and curving nature of the bridge. The road with the moving traffic is a secondary thought – offering a complementary curving element whose shape contrasts nicely against the curve of the bridge.

In terms of processing
This is a 9-exposure HDR tone-mapped image. I used Photomatix for the tone-mapping. Stylization was fairly straight forward. The majority of the look for this scene was achieved by applying the effect called Moulin Rouge and the street light color was altered slightly with Urban Sickness. A custom Tone Enhancer was masked onto the bridge and road to boost local contrast and texture. All effects were rendered in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software.

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12 Comments

  1. Jay Patel February 15, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Nice sunflare.

  2. Dustin Meyer February 15, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    wow. :)

  3. Brian Matiash February 15, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Cheers, +Jay Patel, +Dustin Meyer, et al.!

  4. Joe Ercoli February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Nice perspective!

  5. Joe Ercoli February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Nice perspective!

  6. Anne McKinnell February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Love the effect of the fisheye and the blue tones are beautiful.

  7. Anne McKinnell February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Love the effect of the fisheye and the blue tones are beautiful.

  8. Brad Sloan February 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    9 exposures……respect +Brian Matiash

  9. Nate Parker February 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Of course I dig this first for the location, second for the distortion craziness, and third for the crazy color play- wicked good one bub.

  10. Shelly Gunderson February 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Great photo! Thanks again for sharing how it was done!

  11. Shelly Gunderson February 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Great photo! Thanks again for sharing how it was done!

  12. Karen Hutton February 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Fisheyyeeee!! I loves my fisheye – and I LOVE this shot +Brian Matiash!!

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