On Pitching Tents

On Pitching Tents

By |2012-08-14T09:22:00+00:00Aug 14th, 2012|

Get your mind out of the gutter, people. ;)

In all honesty, pretty much all the credit for this shot goes to +Ben Canales, who has, in a sense, created his own trademark style of shooting illuminated tents set against awe-inspiring backdrops of the starry sky. A bunch of us met here to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower and while we were waiting for the spectacle to begin, Ben grabbed a few low-powered lights and tossed them into our tents.

What’s amazing is how sensitive the camera sensor actually is. While standing there, I could barely make out any light coming through the tent walls, but sure enough, the camera picked it up plenty.

I guess the story for today’s post really revolves around taking part in a style that has been refined by a photographer whom I greatly admire. Ben is a stellar dude (get it?) and is giving beyond words in terms of sharing his secrets – something that I am very fond of doing myself.

So there you have it. Three tents and the Milky Way Galaxy. :)

Google Maps Location Info
45°9’33” N 121°53’27” W

In terms of processing
Very little was done here. That blue in the sky was essentially the color that came SOOC. I did add a bit of Deep Forest Glow to soften the image up altogether. I also added some Havana and Tonal Contrast to make the tents pop some more.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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  1. Brad Sloan August 14, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Pitching tents……….
    huh huh huh

  2. Paul Turkowski August 14, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Stunning composition!

  3. Eric Leslie August 14, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    That's sick! I always figured the flash lights had to be subtle or they'd blow out the tents. Awesome shto!

  4. Gatto NineNineNine August 14, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply


  5. tee dee August 14, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    now if I find one can I return it an where

  6. Brian Matiash August 14, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    +Eric Leslie Yeah, I'm not sure what specific lights were used and despite their low intensity, the middle tent still got some hot spots on it. I tried a bunch of different shutter speeds but I couldn't really avoid it – so I just went with it. :)

  7. Anna Lowry August 14, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    How did you know my mind would go straight to the gutter after reading that title +Brian Matiash? Clearly, you are in the gutter as well. 

    This is a fracking awesome shot… that is so far from the gutter. 

  8. Eric Leslie August 14, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I don't think it looks bad at all. I'd be curious to look for some kind cheap dollar store flash lights, maybe even some keychain lights. 

  9. Anna Lowry August 14, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I was reading something the other day about photos like this. Apparently if you keep the flashlight moving around and painting the inside of the tent it helps keep the light more even. So this article said anyway… 

  10. Alex Bass August 14, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Very nice. Love the simplicity of it all :)

  11. Tamer Mohsen August 14, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply


  12. Boris Manic August 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply


  13. Farideh Rezaie August 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    u r a real artist and God is the best…

  14. Lee Walker August 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Very nice! Great effort

  15. Dave Morrow August 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    good one Brian, really nice star shot!

  16. tee dee August 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply


  17. Keith Morgan August 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    great image!

  18. Jason Vesper August 15, 2012 at 12:03 am - Reply

    +Syuzanna Avetisyan while you were sleeping under the Stars; I thought of You :))

  19. Syuzanna Avetisyan August 15, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    +Jason Vesper  Too much beautiful picture … I belive in magics now ! :))

  20. Jim Nix August 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    looks awesome Brian! great meeting you in Portland last week, thanks for the tour along the Esplanade!

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