On Letting Your Lens Complement Your Scene

By |2012-07-24T17:13:40+00:00Jul 24th, 2012|

As I stood here on this staircase, the first thing that popped into my mind was that I had to get my Canon 15mm Fisheye lens mounted to make this shot fit what I had envisioned. There was no other glass that would fit the bill here. Because the stairs had a natural curve to them, I knew the fisheye lens would embellish that curve in an over-the-top, hyperbolic way. This visual trick also played really nicely in further giving this scene a bit more of a creep factor, given that it was an abandoned mill. By accentuating the curve in the stairs, I feel like the shot takes on more of a foreboding element.

And all of this goes back to the importance of knowing your gear… not just the technical aspects of it but also the creative aspects of it. I see nothing wrong with switching lenses for just one shot if it means that the shot will reflect what you had envisioned more accurately.

Of course, none of these images would be possible without the help and generosity of my very close friend who I miss a ton – +Bob Lussier. Get out here so we can go shoot some falls, dude!

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In terms of processing
This is a nine exposure tone-mapped #HDR  image, processed in Photomatix.

Stylization was achieved by combining the Arkham, Grunge Goddess, and Tonal Contrast effects – all within Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1

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  1. Cheryl Cooper July 24, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Wow this is incredible and so fun to look at~

  2. Dylan Swart July 24, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Distortion put to good use! Awesome.

  3. Jason Jakober July 24, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Yeah, this is cool!

  4. Corinne Ewan July 24, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Fantastic! I love the effect. Reminds me of a carnival funhouse, though creepier.

  5. Brian Matiash July 24, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    +Corinne Ewan Exactly! That is exactly what I was going for.

  6. Rhianna Mann July 24, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Very cool. Like Tim Burton come to real-life!

  7. Zerick Byrd July 24, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    nice picture

  8. Brian Matiash July 24, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    +Rhianna Mann HA! I should have masked in Edward Scissorhands peeking through that door on the left.

  9. Dion V July 24, 2012 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Very cool. On my first quick glance I thought it was two separate images. Then I really looked at it and saw the continuous steps and the curvature. Very nice image.

  10. Brian Matiash July 24, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    +Dion V Yeah, the placement of that column in the center does have a nice byproduct effect. I placed it there because that is where I got maximum distortion with the curve of the staircase.

  11. Kaitlyn Greenwood July 24, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    wow that's really cool. it looks almost like you used a mirror?

  12. Frank van Haalen July 24, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Very cool; one shot – two image composition!

  13. Kyle Robinson July 24, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Very nice – and thanks for the great advice on knowing your gear in a creative way.

  14. J. Rae Chipera July 24, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    this is brilliant +Brian Matiash and thanks for the helpful words as well.

  15. Daniel Peckham July 24, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Great tips, and awesome photo.

  16. Michael Ratcliff July 24, 2012 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Nice shot +Brian Matiash 

  17. Matt Austin July 24, 2012 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Loving this. Great suggested choice between the exit sign or seeing what's up the stairs… if you have the fortitude.

  18. Michael Devaney July 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Great shot.

  19. Robert McMillan July 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Swoopy image! Always a big fan of OnOne. BTW I just installed Magic Lantern – thanks for letting me know about it. Bye Bye promote!

  20. Shelly Gunderson July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Neat shot!  Love the curves.

  21. Jlynn Vallecorsa July 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply


  22. Chrysta Rae July 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    You mean the fisheye can be used for things other then goofy faces shots?! Learn something new every day!


  23. Toby Harriman July 26, 2012 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Very cool, was this with a fisheye?

  24. Brian Matiash July 26, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Yupper, +Toby Harriman. Sure was.

  25. J. Rae Chipera July 26, 2012 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Ok I had to go back and look for this again. This is so inspirational :) I love the thought you had here, and I've never seen anything like it before.

  26. Felice De Falco July 26, 2012 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Nice job, although 9 frames seems overkill….

  27. Daniel Voogsgerd July 27, 2012 at 6:51 am - Reply

    it may be a good idea to link the OnOne University tutorial in which you editted the video ;)

  28. Mathias Csader July 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Sweet one. Could be out of “Alice in Wonderland”.

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