On The Photographer’s Compromise

On The Photographer’s Compromise

By |2012-07-13T09:10:34+00:00Jul 13th, 2012|

Shortly after moving to Portland, +Nicole S. Young, +Chris Lazzery and I made our first trip to the Oregon coast. We knew where we wanted to spend the day shooting and had our rough plan but grossly underestimated the actual time needed while driving along the coastal roads. We started at Cape Kiwanda and had our minds set on shooting sunset at Cannon Beach. Time, as it so often is the case, had alternative plans.

And thus we have The Photographer’s Compromise. There comes a point in every photographer’s adventures where it becomes so evidently clear that the plans laid out simply will not happen – when Plan A has a 100% certainly of failure. The key is to figure out a Plan B (if one hasn’t been already established) and put it into play as quickly as possible.

Our ad-hoc Plan B was Rockaway Beach and the Twin Rocks. It was a compromise that paid off with dividends. We arrived with just enough time to scout, fire some test frames off, and nab a gorgeous sunset. Had we not made this compromise, I’m certain that we would have squandered the sunset altogether.

In terms of processing
Pretty straight forward here. I applied a Rich Glow and some shadow recovery using Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. I also masked in a Blue filter onto the water for some color contrast.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1

In album Pic Picks Over The Years (1 photo)

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  1. Tamara Pruessner July 13, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    LOVE those colors!  And all of the lines are just fantastic!!

  2. Jason Jakober July 13, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    very nice!

  3. Dru Stefan Stone July 13, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Lovely colors…and not compromise at all, just alternate plans

  4. Jay Patel July 13, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Nice job….Now you are not allowed to go near Cannon Beach until +Varina Patel and I get there. Or else….I am going to complain to +Nicole S. Young 

  5. Chris Lazzery July 13, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Yes! Been waiting on this for months. MONTHS, Brian. Gorgeous.

  6. Javier Esvall July 13, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply


  7. Felipe Anguita July 13, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Nice pic..Where was that! The Spot is beautifull!

  8. Devon Bell July 13, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Beautiful shot and it makes me miss home. Driving the OR coast is the best, until you get stuck behind an RV pulling a trailer or a logging truck.

  9. Brian Matiash July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    +Devon Bell Yeah…. gotta love those single lane roads. We got bitten by a few of those slowwww drivers – hence the need to abandon Cannon Beach in favor of Rockaway Beach. :)

  10. elizabeth hahn July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    This is gorgeous +Brian Matiash .  I totally understand about time.  It took me 22 hours to get home from Portland.  It should have been 11 hours if I didn't stop.  I sure didn't see a sunset like this though :( Just a foggy Punch Bowl.  sigh…  

  11. Brian Matiash July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    +Jay Patel It's a deal! Now to get you and +Varina Patel back out here!!!

  12. Devon Bell July 13, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I would consider that a fortunate bummer that you didn't make it to Cannon – I see pics of Cannon all the time, not nearly as many of Rockaway – and none this gorgeous. Well done!

  13. Ron Wiecki July 13, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    been there: http://flic.kr/p/6QgQTy . it was a different sort of day.
    nice orangey color

  14. Paul Wright July 13, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Superb image , love the warm color and atmosphere it gives

  15. Kelly-Shane Fuller July 13, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I personally think Rockaway is a nicer beach. Nicely shot!

  16. Sandra Parlow July 13, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    oh wow!  the colour in this is so awesome, Brian!  just gorgeous!!

  17. Jason Rykiss July 13, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    The colors are fantastic! Really digging this image.

  18. Steve Eshom July 13, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    It just goes to show that we have to follow the light….

  19. Sylvia Baca July 13, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    przypomina mi w??a morskiego którego widzieli?my na scotish coast

  20. bethany falmer July 13, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Smiles, don't think of it as a waste but the opportunity to see something else in a different way.
    Love the colours and the way the light pours through the rock.
    The fanciful of us can almost see the sea monster there! Nessie ahoy!

  21. Corey Gibson July 13, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Twin Rocks! Our cabin is the little red one right by the creek on the beach there in Rockaway. We can see twin rocks from the porch. Awesome picture.

  22. maroOha elkol yhpoOha July 13, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    how amazing this view is

  23. Aditi Joshi July 13, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    its a fantasy indeed! :) thanks 4 introducing us 2 the realm of dreams

  24. Jyoti Prakash July 13, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    pic….. which last a lifetime

  25. Lízátko Ilu July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply


  26. Bob Gala July 13, 2012 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Truly fantastic photography……

  27. AMBIKA SAHU July 13, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply


  28. Tony Eveling July 13, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Lovely colour, and yes…have a plan b…If you are on assignment though, this can be dangerous!!   But, pure unadulterated spontaneity is a great fixer of problems….

  29. Alan Allum July 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Seriously nice shot Brian… I always love it when a plan compromise comes together.

  30. Kate Hailey July 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Really stunning! I live the west coastal area in Oregon and washington!

  31. Mezar? Müteharrik July 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    This wonderful insight of picture, color suggest its painter's wonder, kind and beauty. Just i am looking at this photograph, i noticed some funny fact which is; we are all enthusing the painter of this picture, that he deserves already, what about the painter and creator of the scene that Mr ramos is inspired of. Since the picture above couldn't exist without Mr Ramos, so too the scene which is more realistic, fantastic, wonderful than the picture shouldn't exist without its planner, engineer, painter, scientist and creator. And the perfection , the beauty, the color beauty of the scene suggest its perfect painter and his beauty of insight.

  32. DaniLew July 14, 2012 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Beautiful image, Brian! You’re right; having a Plan B or C is always a good idea and this one turned out great.

  33. Bob Lussier July 14, 2012 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Great shot, Brian! 

  34. Bodee Boonvanich July 14, 2012 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Perfect moment. Wicked.

  35. Mezar? Müteharrik July 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    If i need this wonderful beauty not to leave me, or if i dont want to leave it forever, what would your suggestions be ?

  36. Daniel Novak July 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Wonderful tones!

  37. Ismail islam July 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    wonderful picture :)

  38. Barry Blanchard July 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    You did this one well, +Brian Matiash

    I'm going to need a MUCH larger bucket. 

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