On How You Present The Dominant Element In Your Scene

On How You Present The Dominant Element In Your Scene

By |2012-07-21T09:49:57+00:00Jul 21st, 2012|

It’s natural to want to fill your frame with as much of your dominant element as possible, right? We all do it. We see something cool and we want to show it off loud and proud. Nothing wrong with that at all. However, I also feel that there is some merit with exploring alternative ways to showcase these elements.

Take the Twin Rocks as an example. I visited this scene with +Nicole S. Young and +Chris Lazzery and had recently shared a shot of these gorgeous formations last week (http://bit.ly/MBaIt7). You can see how I filled a lot of the frame with the rocks, along with placing them front and center. For that particular image, I felt that this was the most effective way to present Twin Rocks to you.

However, as the sun continued to set and the beautiful oranges faded to more serene blues, I attempted an alternative comp. I wanted to give the impression of a massive and wide open expanse. So, I tilted my fisheye lens downward, filling the frame with the ocean water and placing the rocks in the upper right corner. Ultimately, I was happy with my attempt to create an entirely different image that showcases the exact same element and it’s something that we should all consider when we’re out on a shoot.

In terms of processing
The first step taken was to straighten the curved horizon in Photoshop. Because I had my 15mm fisheye lens tilted downward, the horizon curved upward like a frown. It didn’t take long at all to correct that.

As far as processing, there is a minimal amount done here and all in Lightroom 4.1. I just played around with some selective adjustment brushes to bring out the natural colors of the scene.

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  1. brian colon July 21, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

    NICE  :)

  2. Shelly Gunderson July 21, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Very lovely.  Nice take on it and something to think about in your post.  Thanks!

  3. Brian Matiash July 21, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    +Shelly Gunderson Thank you, as always, my dear.

  4. brian colon July 21, 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    i know i like very moch   :)  …

  5. Daniel Voogsgerd July 21, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Just wow, awesome!!!!
    What was the actual distance to the rocks? Looks like quite a distance but that could be de fisheye playing tricks.

  6. Brian Matiash July 21, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

    +Daniel Voogsgerd Hmmmm, that is a really good question. I can't say with any certainty. I know that the previous shot (linked above) makes it look closer but it was actually quite a distance away.

  7. brian colon July 21, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply


  8. Davide Petilli July 21, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    The composition is interesting (just a little "perverse" ;)) and the tones are beautiful. It makes a lovely image, almost abstract. It remids me of Rothko. I like it!

  9. Chris Lazzery July 21, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Gorgeous dude. Nice soft colors; dig the minimal comp.

  10. Amy Heiden July 21, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    This is really nice. Hard to tell it's the same location. You showed great diversity in your compositions Brian.

  11. Brian Matiash July 21, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Thanks so much +Amy Heiden / +Chris Lazzery !

  12. Carlos Urrutia July 21, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love the composition and colors! 

    Question on the post processing side. Why not do the straightening in Lightroom?

  13. Brian Matiash July 21, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

    +Carlos Urrutia You know what – I just checked and I did apply lens correction in LR but then had to refine it more with the warp tool in PS.

  14. Chris Helms July 21, 2012 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I love how the ocean fades to a dark navy in the foreground. It really pushes your eye to the Twin Rocks and the lovely colors of the sky near the horizon

  15. Carlos Urrutia July 21, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Ah. Fortunately I don't have any lenses that I need to correct for…yet :) Still, it looks like it works great when you don't have anything in the foreground that would noticeably show any warps from the straightening.

  16. hasan al nayeem July 21, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    wow….its unbelievable……………. 

  17. Andreas Kaspar July 21, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Awesome shot

  18. Dileep k p July 21, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Nice …….

  19. jewel molla July 21, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply


  20. Nicole S. Young July 21, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I love minimalistic composition! Beautiful (as usual) +Brian Matiash :)

  21. Kent Atwell July 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Elegant composition…you get a wonderful sense of space from this.

  22. Luiis Amaya July 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    beautiful place :o

  23. Kre?imir Tiganj July 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    nice place,nice shot,and nice composition :)

  24. Michel Krämer July 22, 2012 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Negative space is always a powerful element. Very well done, +Brian Matiash!

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