On shooting the abstract

By | 2012-05-01T10:34:58+00:00 May 1st, 2012|

Abstract Photography.

Trying to define it seems almost as fruitless as going on a shoot with the intention of only photographing it. The way I have always approached abstract photography, when I am shooting or viewing it is by following a very simple and personal edict:

You’ll know it when you see it

For the most part, I feel that abstract photography is a very personal thing, both for the photographer and the viewer. I cannot impose on you what I saw when I shot this image… nor do I want to. I just know that when I shot this little part of Panther Creek Falls on Saturday, it wasn’t just a piece to a larger puzzle, but rather it was something in and of itself. And to me, that fits inline with thinking in abstracts.

This is also the first in a series of five or so images from this location that I shot in such a fashion. I am very much looking forward to processing, printing, and hanging them. I want to give a huge shout out to the fantastic company that I had with me in +Varina Patel, +Jay Patel, +Patricia Davidson, +Michael Riffle, and +Nicole S. Young. It was one of the best days of shooting in a group that I can ever remember. I’m also sure that it was just the first of many to come.

In terms of processing
This was a two exposure blend using principles I learned through discussions with Jay. One exposure was for the very bright, flowing water and the other was for the far-dimmer rocks. I added a slight Green Enhancer on the moss, along with a tiny bit of a Blue Filter on the water to help provide some cooler color contrast. Deep Forest Glow was selectively applied to water to accentuate its softness. All applied in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1RC.

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24 Comments

  1. Karen Hutton May 1, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I don't get it. It's too abstract.
    BWAhahahahahhaaaa!!! Kiddinnnnng.
    LOVE this +Brian Matiash!! And you too!!

  2. Kerry Murphy May 1, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Oh I love this, +Brian Matiash!

  3. Sebastian Alexandru May 1, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    really stunning picture ! very great job mr. +Brian Matiash

  4. Jay Patel May 1, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Awesome shot and the processing and details are superb!! I have similar shot…but with only one rock.

    We are looking forward to shooting with you again!!

  5. Sunshine Love May 1, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Just like a PARADISE

  6. benoit jansen-reynaud May 1, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Very nice +Brian Matiash

  7. Shelly Gunderson May 1, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Neat shot! Looks like they are in the clouds!

  8. Michael Riffle May 1, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Love the details, highlights, and the color you achieved, I bet this looks awesome big. Also looking forward to shooting with you again, cheers.

  9. Chris Pugh May 1, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for explaining your post process, er, process… I guess I should look at picking up OnOne at some point soon.

  10. Dave Veffer May 1, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Love this one. Very unique and perfectly processed.

  11. Brian Matiash May 1, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Thank you, everyone! I can't wait to see what my fellow photogs took when they start sharing their renditions.

  12. Christopher Harnish May 1, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Nice. Looking forward to seeing more stuff like this!

  13. Patricia Davidson May 1, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I love your framing and processing on this +Brian Matiash! Beautiful. It was such a lovely day and I'm excited about finding time to see all the goodies I have from the day! I'm looking forward to shooting with you again!

  14. Scott Wyden Kivowitz May 1, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful shot dude!

  15. Peter Broadbent May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Great shot, also really enjoying your BTS on the perfect inspiration site, really adds to the already excellent webinars.

  16. Brian Matiash May 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    +Peter Broadbent Thank you! I really appreciate the kind words re: Perfect Inspiration. I am about to head into the studio to record episode 06!

  17. Varina Patel May 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I love the simplicity of the shot – and the beautiful flow lines in the water. Gorgeous!

  18. Varina Patel May 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I love the simplicity of the shot – and the beautiful flow lines in the water. Gorgeous!

  19. Richard May 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  20. John E Adams May 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    This is a beautiful image +Brian Matiash no matter the style -;0)

  21. Brian Matiash May 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    +John E Adams Cheers!

  22. Alan Shapiro May 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    The POV here really makes this image for me. Sorta wanna hop down from rock to rock and then jump in hoping the beautiful mermaids underneath will keep me safe

  23. Paul van de Loo May 4, 2012 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Love the contrast between the details on the rock and the soft, flowing water!

  24. Paul van de Loo May 4, 2012 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Love the contrast between the details on the rock and the soft, flowing water!

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