On Being Part Of A Tribe

By |2012-06-07T10:58:23+00:00Jun 7th, 2012|

Just a quick share today. Lots to do before I leave for Tahoe tomorrow, but I did want to get this image out there before then. I took this shot a few weeks ago during the launch of the Rose Festival here in PDX. It was a wonderful time and I was joined by some great, local photographers who I now consider friends – +Lars Gustafson, +Arno Jenkins, +Kelly-Shane Fuller, +Christopher Germano and very reluctantly, +Brian Bonham.

My point here is that, despite being flanked by these guys (along with +Aaron Reed) who were all shooting the exact same thing with just about the exact same vantage point, I couldn’t have asked to have a better time. There was everything from joke-cracking to true collaboration of optimal camera settings and focal lengths. In all truth, we all wanted each other to walk away with killer shots.

It was truly a great experience and the best thing of all was that I walked away with some new friends who I can always count on to go on more photowalks down the road.

In terms of processing
This is actually an exposure blend of four different images. I had my camera locked tightly down on my tripod and collected a small library of images with the exact same foreground. All of the images were at a constant f/9 at ISO 100. Shutter speed ranged between 4 and 5 seconds but YMMV. Then, I cherry-picked the image with the best foreground and started masking in different fireworks bursts at different positions in the sky to give the image more of a brilliant feel. All of the layering and masking was done in Perfect Layers 2 by +onOne Software.

Stylization was minimal here. I applied a Rich Glow to render the sky into total blackness while bringing out a nice richness in the color of the fireworks. Some Tonal Contrast was painted in on the foreground to add texture.

Final touches were applied in Adobe Lightroom 4.1.

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  1. Aidan Kalloo June 7, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    great photo!

  2. Brad Sloan June 7, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply


  3. Shelly Gunderson June 7, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Wonderful shot.  Love fireworks.

  4. Grant Meyer June 7, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Thats cool +Brian Matiash

  5. BJ Denenberg June 7, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Sounds like a lot of work went into that final image, but it was worth it.

  6. Brian Bonham June 7, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Reluctantly?  yah right… do I need to tell them about you begging me to come?

  7. Barry Blanchard June 7, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply



    How long you going to be there, +Brian Matiash?

  8. Brian Matiash June 7, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    +Barry Blanchard Technically, thru Wednesday night but I'm going to Yosemite for work-related stuff on Monday/Tuesday.

  9. Hannah Higdon June 7, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Great shot (:

  10. Kelly-Shane Fuller June 7, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Very nice work Brian! I think every photog needs a tribe of like minded friends. Its good for everybody's art and its a great time to boot… Well, if we keep +Brian Bonham out of bodies of water anyway…

  11. Sairam Sundaresan June 7, 2012 at 10:51 am - Reply

    fantastic shot +Brian Matiash .. Thanks for sharing the details of the shot too :) . Just curious how long did you expose for each of the fireworks? 

  12. Brian Matiash June 7, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    +Sairam Sundaresan Great question – all of the images were at a constant f/9 at ISO 100. Shutter speed ranged between 4 and 5 seconds.

  13. Sairam Sundaresan June 7, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

    thanks +Brian Matiash  for sharing info.. The reason I asked is because it's very tricky to meter these shots.. a lot of times, you end up missing the moments when the fire works flower out. This is some really fantastic work!

  14. Brian Bonham June 7, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    +Kelly-Shane Fuller don't be a hater just because some of us are willing to go the extra mile for a shot.

  15. Brian Matiash June 7, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    +Sairam Sundaresan Totally agreed. I was basically standing there with my remote cable on Bulb and testing various shutter speeds. Ultimately, 4-5 seconds at f/9 gave me the best results.

  16. Kelly-Shane Fuller June 7, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I just don't wanna get peed on in our next shoot… Just sayin.

  17. Chris Smith June 7, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Please keep me posted on future photowalks or shoots. Loved my time with the folks this past weekend!

  18. Brian Matiash June 7, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    +Kelly-Shane Fuller It happened when +Arno Jenkins gave +Brian Bonham a weird, shifty look. All of a sudden, Brian just started peeing on Arno. It was surreal.

    Best just not to make eye contact with BB. Next time, I'll bring the tranq gun.

    Consider it done, +Chris Smith.

  19. José Ramos June 7, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply


  20. Kelly-Shane Fuller June 7, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and if you tune your radio to 88.4 you can actually hear his thoughts… All we know is, he's called +Brian Bonham.

  21. Brian Bonham June 7, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Tune in… I've got some thoughts for you guys.

  22. Amy Heiden June 7, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Have fun in Tahoe! 

  23. Brian Matiash June 7, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    I've heard that +Brian Bonham eats pieces of shit for breakfast.

  24. Brian Bonham June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash cannibalism isn't in my repertoire.

  25. Karen Hutton June 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    LOVE this photo… and you boys' silly manilly ways… +Brian Matiash +Kelly-Shane Fuller +Brian Bonham
    Tahoe is officially ready for you, BM!!!

  26. PK PAUL June 8, 2012 at 3:18 am - Reply

    beautiful pict

  27. Amit Shukla June 8, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – Which Parking Garage did you go to?

  28. Brian Matiash June 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    +Amit Shukla It was pretty much the first one that you see after you cross the Hawthorne Bridge. On the left.

  29. eleisa barbour June 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Very nice. Think I'll try some of your suggestions during the July 4th celebrations…

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