On Never Underestimating The Virtue of Being Kind

By |2012-05-19T09:27:15+00:00May 10th, 2012|

Simply put, this shot wouldn’t have happened had it not been for the smooth Australian stylings of top mate, +Jacob Lucas. A small group of us photographers, including +James Brandon and +Nicole S. Young, came to Seattle for a weekend of mayhem and shooting. To kick things off, Jacob wanted to get us access to what turned out to be one of the most beautiful views of the city. He can be a nice guy when he puts effort in it.

The problem is that getting to this view is strictly prohibited and access is seemingly non-existent. Still, not to be deterred by such meager technicalities, we decided to roll the dice and take our chances. True to form, we were quickly approached by a security guard who was clearly prepping to have us leave the premises.

And that’s when Jacob went to work. Like a champ, Jacob laid on the Australian accent and verbiage nice and thick. A lot of Please, Thank you, and G’Day! words spewed out of Jacob’s mouth. I think he may have even batted his eyes a few times. The guard was no match. The Aussie prevailed. We toasted with huge cans of Fosters (Australian for beer).

Despite my jest in telling the story, there is a lot of truth in what happened and why we did eventually get access to this amazing view. We only had about 20 minutes to get our shots, and we all used those minutes with precision – each walking away with images that we’re truly proud of and all because of a little composure and a lot of kindness.

You can check out the renditions of this skyline view taken by my cohorts here:

+Nicole S. Younghttps://plus.google.com/113097851206100618060/posts/fUdDzWW6hGr

+Jacob Lucashttps://plus.google.com/111204757488124368395/posts/UbkTRMTm8XL

+James Brandonhttps://plus.google.com/111349868439224262161/posts/44ajjmrwhZR

In terms of processing
Given that all four of us were photographing the exact same scene, standing only a few feet apart from each other, I wanted to see how I could set myself apart. I think that is an integral concept to always keep in the forefront of your mind, especially when shooting around other photographers.

To that end, I shot six single exposure images with my Canon 70-200mm lens – panning from left to right and then stitching them together using Autopano Giga (http://bit.ly/J0vH7n).

I then stylized in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software, including the Havana and Moulin Rougeeffects to give the skyline a more sinister feel. Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1RC.

In album Pic Picks Over The Years (1 photo)

Stitched Panorama

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  1. Amporn Sawaengsai May 10, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    So beautiful.

  2. Brad Sloan May 10, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Never underestimate Aussie charm. That stuff even turns dudes into jello.

  3. John De Bord May 10, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    killer shot Brian, one for the walls!

  4. Paul Howard May 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Wowzers! And everyone got terrific shots. Love 'em!
    * practising my Aussie accent now…..*

  5. Shane Srogi May 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Amazing and unique shots all. And a great lesson for photographers it how to shoot a location.

  6. Jacob Lucas May 10, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    "The guard was no match. The Aussie prevailed." <— ha! Big G+ group hugz for all the aussie love going around today +James Brandon +Brian Matiash. You blokes are alright. Except for that whole Foster's thing. :P

  7. David Tan May 10, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Nice panorama +Brian Matiash Do you process each frame to hdr first and then stitch them, or the other way around?

  8. Bob Lussier May 10, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Great great great!

  9. Brian Matiash May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    +David Tan These were single exposure panels – no tone-mapping done at all.

    With that said, when I do work on HDR panos, I tone-map each panel first and then stitch them together. This gives me a good view as to whether the panels will blend well together.

  10. Tamara Pruessner May 10, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

    That is AWESOME that you all were able to capture this view! It is incredible! And now… I am off to check out the other ones!

  11. Gunnar Kristian Kopperud May 10, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Great story and great editing +Brian Matiash :)

  12. Ryan Fonkert May 10, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Very nice. I love how you got access, too. Sounds like I need to develop an Australian accent… :)

  13. Katya Belilovsky May 10, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    the big photographers luck is to get the access to the shooting spot, the biggest is to get it when almost stopped hoping ))…been there ).Great shot!

  14. Shane Srogi May 10, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I am curious about stitching the pano together in a long exposure. Any problems with movement in the clouds?

  15. Brian Matiash May 10, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    +Shane Srogi Not really – on the contrary, I tend to have more issues with blending when the clouds are slow moving and defined in shape.

  16. Michelle Hedstrom May 10, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I'm a HUGE fan of the "being nice" philosophy. I'm nice to the security guards at concerts, other photographers, and even random people that I meet. I love the story though. He neglected to say that he lives in Seattle, didn't he…

  17. Shane Srogi May 10, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash good to know I ten to shoot panos fast to avoid movement….which makes me sad :) because I miss long exposures.

  18. Jacob Lucas May 10, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Great pano dude… nicely stitched & processed.

  19. Kim Kristakov May 10, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

    That's a great photo +Brian Matiash . Probably one of your best.

  20. Chris Paulk May 10, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    From the VA Hospital? To far south to be Harborview .

  21. Tyann Marcink May 10, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Love it!

  22. Jimmy Lozowsky May 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash +Shane Srogi Thanks for those comments, very helpful!

  23. Michael Riffle May 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Sweet pano of an incredible view. Love your choice in treatment–looks great.

  24. Gillian Brodie May 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    awesome shot & a great story too ! :)

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