On Filling The Frame With Colors

By |2012-07-17T09:40:40+00:00Jul 17th, 2012|

A few months ago, I had the distinct pleasure to spend the day with +Varina Patel and +Jay Patel – two staggeringly good photographers who I am lucky to call friends. While shooting around the waterfalls lining the Columbia River Gorge, Jay shared a straightforward and very effective tip that has since been affixed in the forefront of my mind.

At the time, I was framing up a wide shot of Horsetail Falls when Jay asked me to show him my comp. After seeing what I had summed up on my Live View display, he pointed out just how much dead space appeared in my frame. I instantly knew what he was referring to. Because so much of the scene contained bare rock, dark and brown in color, it sucked away all of the attention from the scene. His recommendation was to zoom in to a tighter frame and fill it with as much color as possible. Use the bright greens of the moss and foliage to my advantage.

I took this tip to heart when +Brian Bonham and I visited Fall Creek Falls this weekend as we headed down to Crater Lake. Sure, the entire waterfall was beautiful to look at, but it was surrounded by so much dead space. So, summoning my inner Jay, I zoomed in tighter and found a framing that containing a good amount of the waterfall and its tendrils along with a good amount of the green moss. Ultimately, I walked away with a shot that I was much more excited about editing and sharing.

So thank you, Jay, for the tip – it resonated a lot with me and I hope to pay it forward with all of you! :)

In terms of processing
Surprisingly, not much was done here. The water had a beautiful, shimmering blue quality to it. Normally I apply a slight amount of a Blue filter to flowing water, but that wasn’t done here. I did apply some Just Enough Darkness and Green Enhancer, along with my favorite Deep Forest Glow.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

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  1. Brian Bonham July 17, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Excellent shot!  I love the transition left to right from water to moss to rock.

  2. Arno Jenkins July 17, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Nice tip +Jay Patel. Thanks for sharing +Brian Matiash.

  3. Craig Szymanski July 17, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Nice! Thanks for sharing that excellent tip.

  4. Himitsu Animo July 17, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Cool! Thanks for tip!

  5. E L Frederick July 17, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Great Shot!

  6. Matt Austin July 17, 2012 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Great shot, love how the green just pops in contrast to the blue on the left.

  7. Eric Roberts July 17, 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Wonderful photograph !! Would Make a great background for an aquarium .

  8. Alexis Coram July 17, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    This is a real beauty!

  9. Brian Matiash July 17, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Thank you, everyone! +Jay Patel and +Varina Patel have had a large influence on my landscape work, especially since moving to Portland. I owe them a lot.

  10. Huda Kayed July 17, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Amazing !

  11. Eustace James July 17, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Great tip.  I think I have to look at my landscape shots again with that in mind.

  12. Mandy Sloan July 17, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Ooo I like this one +Brian Matiash

  13. Eric Roberts July 17, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Wonderful photograph !

  14. Varina Patel July 17, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Wow! Thanks for the kind words, +Brian Matiash! :) You big sweetie! We really need to get back to Oregon soon.

  15. Brian Matiash July 17, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    +Varina Patel I can't wait for you guys to return… and move here!

  16. Jay Patel July 17, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Stop saying nice things like "Inner Jay" – +Varina Patel is going tell you that I dont need a bigger ego than the one I already have. ;)))

  17. Brian Matiash July 17, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    +Jay Patel HA! I should change it to my Inner +Varina Patel, then. I've never heard someone explain hyperfocal distance in a more succinct way. She is the macro goddess, after all.

  18. Amor Y NADA MÀS July 17, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    ooh very beautifull, pleace follow me  , thanks you very much

  19. Andy Loughman July 17, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Very similar to one of the stock wallpapers that came on my (international) HTC One X.  Now I know where that photo was taken.

  20. Jerry Denham July 17, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Gorgeous shot Brian. Thanks for sharing a wonderful tip.

  21. Varina Patel July 17, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    It's true, +Brian Matiash! Please keep your praise down to dull roar. We're going to have to build an addition to our home so +Jay Patel has somewhere to keep his ego! ;)

  22. Michael Prochi July 17, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply


  23. Fatma AL-Sheheemi July 17, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    nice very very nice

  24. bethany falmer July 17, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Smiles, a beautiful image.
    Thank you for sharing the image and the story. Will try the tip too.

  25. Fede Camus July 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply


  26. Layba Zaman July 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply


  27. Esther Cortes July 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Endless Marvel at the wonders of nature….let us continue to preserve that which perserves us.. Ty for sharing,

  28. Amari malcom July 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    beautiful wish we had shit like that in middletown

  29. DRIZZLING LIGHT July 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    its beautiful MASHALLAH!!!

  30. Swapnil Rathore July 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    nice …

  31. MacKenzie Reynolds July 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    in awe at the moment

  32. amal azzouni July 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    looks like lightning

  33. Wilma Agosto July 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Beautiful picture

  34. rhonda hz July 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    i love this picture

  35. Stacy Butera July 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Wonderful photo. The transition between the blues and greens pop.

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