On Taking Cues From The Natural Elements In Your Scene

By |2012-06-21T11:24:12+00:00Jun 20th, 2012|

Had you been standing right beside me when I took this shot at Panther Creek Falls, you would have seen that the first rendition taken was horizontal. For the most part, I’d say that a large majority of my compositions are horizontal in nature. Maybe it’s because that is representative to the way we see as humans – except for those rarities who have one eye on top of the other. :)

However, I think it’s important to point out that, a lot of times, the natural elements of your scene can give you hints in how to optimally compose your image.

After taking this image horizontally, I looked up and noticed that there are far stronger vertical lines than there were horizontal. Sure, by turning the camera 90 degrees, I’d lose some of the overall landscape, but I’d also gain more impact with what I was actually trying to convey in the striated waterfalls. So next time you’re out shooting, take a few moments to consider the best way to maximize impact with what you’re attempting to capture.

In terms of processing
This is a fairly simple one. It’s another two-exposure layer blend (one for the bright water and one for the darker landscape) that I masked together in Perfect Layers 2 by +onOne Software.

Stylization was also basic – the biggest change was the Blue effect that I masked onto the water and rock to help contrast it against the green and grey landscape.

Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1

My submission for #waterfallwednesday , curated by +Eric Leslie


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  1. Krzysztof Trus June 20, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    piekne. poprostu perfekt, i miejsce i zdjecie.

  2. Nicole S. Young June 20, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    LOVE this, Brian!!!

  3. Frances Schermers June 20, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Thank you, +Brian Matiash. It's lovely and I appreciate the helpful tips. 

  4. Eric Leslie June 20, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I love how you framed the falls tight at the top. it's like a bride's veil. 

  5. Jay Taylor June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Beautiful work Brian. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kerry Murphy June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Gorgeous.  Love the bits of green lushness popping out.

  7. Lars Gustafson June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    _light bulb illuminates_ Oh, that's what was bugging me on my shot anchored by that very same rock… nice recognition.

  8. Javier Esvall June 20, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Wonderful picture and excellent work.

  9. Doug Kaye June 20, 2012 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Very interesting points, +Brian Matiash. I just selected some of my own favorites for a hanging. I was surprised that more than half were vertical images.

  10. Paul Howard June 20, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    The greenest green I think I've seen! (Whoa, felt like Dr. Seuss for a moment there!) 
    Gorgeous +Brian Matiash!

  11. Mark Rainer June 20, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Great advice and gorgeous image, well done.

  12. Ryan Wilson June 20, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Beautiful photo +Brian Matiash. I must be one of those rare people with one eye above the other. When it comes to landscapes, I have to remind myself to flip my camera horizontal every once in awhile! I think it has to do with hiding in my comfort-zone.

  13. Brian Bonham June 20, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Excellent shot!

  14. Brad Sloan June 20, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Needs peanut butter.

  15. Brian Matiash June 20, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan Yes. Yes it does.

  16. Rick Diffley June 20, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Great shot and good thinking process of knowing to take multiple shots using different angles.

  17. Lee Walker June 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Very cool exposure! Great work

  18. Jim VonDoom June 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    wow, so cool

  19. Christopher Germano June 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Brian, really like how you composed this, with the vertical lines of water, but I also really like that at the bottom it is suddenly broken up by the horizontal movement of the water with the lone rock covered in moss.

  20. Chris Lazzery June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Love the hell out of this.

  21. Ben Tucker June 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Brillaint shot brian :)

  22. Fran Czemerda Jr June 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Brian…Just noticed in “cursoring up” that if you crop the image just below the brightest part of the upper waterfall, it produces, in my eyes anyway, an even more beautiful image.

  23. Darcy Michaelchuk June 27, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Very Nice!

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