On Finding The Right Balance

On Finding The Right Balance

By |2012-07-25T09:29:57+00:00Jul 25th, 2012|

Oh yeah, baby! It’s #waterfallwednesday , curated by +Eric Leslie.

I remember standing a few feet to the left of +Brian Bonham, as we hunted for smaller areas of Fall Creek Falls to photograph. At the time, the whole area was checkered in bright patches of sunlight mixed with very harsh shadows. This made it very difficult to get even exposures of the entire area. So, we resigned ourselves to picking off smaller sections of the falls that were more uniform in exposure.

At the base of the falls, we both found a unique vantage point that gave us an upward cross section view of the top. It was also a really nice coincidence that the rock wall behind the blue falls happened to have such a vibrant yellow/green luster. It played off really nicely and gave me everything I needed to find good balance between color and form.

Google Maps Location Info
43.59238, -122.1383

In terms of processing
Not too much done here. I blended two exposures, one metering for the rockface and other for the water, using Perfect Layers 2 by +onOne Software.

I applied some Havana onto the green/yellow parts of the rockface so that they could pop a bit more. Grunge and Tonal Contrast were also applied in very small amounts.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

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  1. Jason Jakober July 25, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    This is some good stuff dude!

    I wanna go hunt water falls with you and +Brian Bonham again soon!

  2. Denise McNeil July 25, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply


  3. Brian Matiash July 25, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    +Jason Jakober Come on down, dude. Anytime!

  4. Richard Ball July 25, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Really nice result +Brian Matiash !

    Does onOne have examples/tutorials of the type of blending you did in Perfect Layers? This is a question I see come up a number of times in my circles and I'd love to be able to point the person to a specific resource (professionally prepared) as opposed to my haphazard comments/suggestions. :)

  5. Brian Matiash July 25, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    +Richard Ball Hey Richard, we have a slew of videos at our onOne University – http://www.ononesoftware.com/university along with http://www.ononesoftware.com/inspiration

    I hope that helps.

  6. Peter Lawton July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Great post +Brian Matiash OnOne Rocks!!

  7. Dimitar Minkov July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Hi Brian,
    I have sent you email about one of your photograph. I am not sure that you have received it. Send me please your answer this is very important for me. Thanks!

  8. julieth rincon July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply


  9. Richard Ball July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Thanks Brian. I found this one that seems like a good starting point for folks.


  10. Eric Leslie July 25, 2012 at 10:12 am - Reply

    That's really intriguing with all the textures and and layers. Great shto!

  11. Elvy Rinberg July 25, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Hurrsnyggt som helst!!!!

  12. Mathilde Lockert July 25, 2012 at 10:33 am - Reply

    jjjjjjj hhh

  13. Chad Copenhagen July 25, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    what i if told you

    You read the first line wrong

  14. Shelly Gunderson July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Turned out very pretty!

  15. Er. NITESH PRASHAR July 25, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply


  16. Elvy Rinberg July 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Det är hur tjusigt som helst

  17. Jay Taylor July 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Awesome work Brian!

  18. Trevor Leslie July 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    i wish i was there

  19. Nina Cervantes July 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply


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  22. Juuli Kivimäki July 26, 2012 at 12:57 am - Reply


  23. Dinkar Bind August 1, 2012 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Very Beautiful

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