On Incorporating Foreground Elements

By | 2012-05-07T08:59:37+00:00 May 7th, 2012|

Saturday was just one of those days where everything just came together without any need to force it. I spent the day with my good friend, great photographer, and onOne colleague, +Rick LePage, shuttling up and down the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River Gorge. The weather was superb and we were able to clear our minds of the burdens of schedules and expectations by resigning ourselves to not bother with shooting the #Supermoon . If it came out and we had a good vantage point, then that’d be nice but our focus was the Gorge.

This was one of the last shots I took on Saturday. The sun was making its final hurrah for the day and we were left to enjoy the nautical twilight. My original frame of this scene didn’t incorporate any sort of foreground element. If you could, imagine the bottom of the frame beginning just above this rocky overlook. While reviewing the image on my LCD, I realized that it was sorely lacking. There wasn’t nearly as much depth as I had hoped for and I knew that I needed to address that if I had any hope of making this shot more compelling.

So, I backed up a bit and framed the shot so that I had a nice little chunk of this overlook protruding from the bottom right corner of my frame. It gave me the exact amount of balance and depth that I was hoping to achieve here and I got the added bonus of including some nice color contrast between the green grass and the predominantly blue scene.

In terms of processing
This was a single 30″ exposure at f/22 taken with the stunningly gorgeous Zeiss 35mm prime lens that Rick was kind enough to let me use for the day (I still have it…). I used a gentle amount of Green Enhancer and Hollywood Glow on this shot. Both found within Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1RC2.

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19 Comments

  1. Allison Pluda May 7, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I love the rich deep colors of this! I definitely like the addition of a little green earth in the lower left — really does give it a nice balance!

  2. Ernesto Del Aguila III May 7, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    That chunk of earth definitely adds to the composition and dig the motion of the water, draws you into the scene further

  3. Milena Ilieva May 7, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Fantastic work!

  4. Kerry Murphy May 7, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    That blue slays me. Gorgeous.

  5. Sandra Parlow May 7, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    What?? This would have looked SO much better with a Super Moon in it!! ;P

  6. Brian Matiash May 7, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    +Sandra Parlow I'll Photoshop one in for ya! :P

  7. Sandra Parlow May 7, 2012 at 9:29 am - Reply

    lol!! awesome!! can't wait!!!!!

  8. Justin Balog May 7, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Looked awesome in IG…but this is a real gem. Fantastic work Brian thanks for sharing this gem!

  9. Gino Barasa May 7, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Hey Matty – is there a way when using OnOne Focus to insert more than 1 of those little control points into the same image? Sometimes I want to selectively blur out a certain section separate from the main holistic blur spot applied to the majority of the image. Does that make sense?
    My last post has an image of a tree up on a hill over looking a bridge. I couldn't figure out how to blur the parts in the distance that were right behind the tree without blurring out the tree.

    Any thoughts mystro?

  10. Brian Matiash May 7, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    +Gino Barasa you can add up to six focus bugs. Just click on the '+' at the bottom of the Focus Bug pane.

  11. Andreas Kaspar May 7, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Wow,great shot.

  12. Gino Barasa May 7, 2012 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Thanks Big B. I'm no good at reading instructions, but I'm hell on wheels once pointed in the right direction.

  13. Brian Matiash May 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I got you covered, +Gino Barasa :)

  14. Justin Kern May 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Very nice Brian – the green/blue pairing couldn’t be more perfect. Seems like a wonderful evening!

  15. Paul Ciura May 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Nice touch with the foreground object. Love the colors on this one.

  16. Richard May 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Seriously stunning shot!

  17. sherri May 8, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    i’ve always wanted to see the Oregon coast. my dad took a trip and drove that coast about 6 months before he died. it was on his bucket list. breath-taking image.

  18. Justin Van Leeuwen May 9, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    So blue. (Da boo dee da boo dai)

  19. Sean May 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Fantastic image Brian !!

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