On The Fast Draw

By | 2012-09-10T11:34:28+00:00 Sep 10th, 2012|

It was pretty clear that there would be no sunset to speak of as we stood by the Zion Lodge, nestled deep within the namesake National Park. Most of the canyon walls were already covered in shade. I wasn’t quite sure how all of that happened so quickly. It seemed as if we had just gotten to the park. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t really plan all that well, huh? :)

But I give +Brian Bonham the utmost kudos for essentially saving the day for me… and for +Jason Stone, +Jacob Lucas, and +Christopher Germano. If it wasn’t for Brian’s quick thinking in soliciting advice as to where we could shoot sunset from some locals, we would have surely missed out entirely.

As it turned out, there was a local dirt road a few miles outside of the park that brought us to this gorgeous view. It is the sort of view that makes the Southwest so amazing. Despite the aridity and heat, this desert is simply stunning and ripe with elements to photograph. We made it to this location with about 15 minutes to spare. We all lept out of our cars (big thank to Jason for risking his ride to drive up that rather treacherous road) and began rifling off our shots.

This is the first of several images I got from that evening’s sunset and I’m looking forward to sharing all of them with you soon. Again, none of this would even be possible had Brian not taken the reigns in a kitchen filled with cooks who weren’t really doing much of anything in terms of forming a plan – a pitfall of shooting in a large-ish group. Brian reminded me about how important it is to have initiative and to be ok with making decisions on behalf of others in the name of getting the best possible images. He also reminded me about just how much I love shooting by myself or with 1-2 other people.

Google Maps Location Info
37°8’10” N 113°3’39” W

In terms of processing
Let it be known far and wide that this image would not have been possible without #HDR  tone-mapping. Pure and simple. I was able to get all of the glorious details from the highlights through the shadows because of it. Thanks, in part, to Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was done in the all-new Perfect Effects 4, part of +onOne Software‘s newly announced Perfect Photo Suite 7. I applied a small amount of Magic Desert (how appropriate), along with some Blue to the sky and added a touch of Deep Forest Glow.

Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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38 Comments

  1. Heidi Anne Morris September 10, 2012 at 10:24 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash beautiful picture :) ? and this line "It was pretty clear that there would be no sunset to speak of as we stood by the Zion Lodge, nestled deep within the namesake National Park." would be a great intro to a novel Brian x 

  2. Brian Matiash September 10, 2012 at 10:24 am - Reply

    +Heidi Anne Morris The next great pulp American novel? :) Thank you for the kind words!

  3. Brian Bonham September 10, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    blushes

    Dude, great shot!  Love the colors.

  4. Heidi Anne Morris September 10, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash yes I loved it :)) I started to wonder what would happen next as soon as I started to read …. 

  5. Brian Matiash September 10, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    +Heidi Anne Morris Ahhh, it involved some coyote and a bloody end to one of the photographers in the pack.

  6. Damien Jemison September 10, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    And I miss out again. Whomp whomp. I was talking to Colby Friday about how I really need to take a few extra days to enjoy the area after Photoshop World is over. I'd like to go out to Zion or maybe visit the Hoover Dam, both places I've been, before I knew how to use a camera. 

  7. Rich Williams September 10, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Wow, +Brian Matiash. Just wow.

  8. Heidi Anne Morris September 10, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash :O)) what happened to the breadcrumb trail of suspense lol … i'll fill in the blanks with my own crazy imagination .. hee hee x 

  9. Michael Muraz September 10, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Stuning +Brian Matiash. Great processing here!

  10. Brian Bonham September 10, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    +Heidi Anne Morris he's avoiding any talk about the love triangle to spare the innocent.

  11. Jake Easley September 10, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Love the picture and story!

    takes note to keep look out for love triangle memoires

  12. Kimberly Chambers September 10, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    beautiful

  13. Brian Matiash September 10, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    You see, +Heidi Anne Morris, +Brian Bonham can't quit me.

  14. akash kumar sahu September 10, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    niceeeeeeee

  15. Mary Broussard September 10, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

  16. Johannes Dünzl September 10, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    wonderful capture

  17. Dave Veffer September 10, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Fantastic color!

  18. Valentine Burda September 10, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Wow!

  19. Eshan Sharma September 10, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

    So Beautiful !!!!

  20. Douglas Sandquist September 10, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Wow.. Outstanding!

  21. Joe Dolister September 10, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Sigh! Can't wait to go back. Really sorry the stars did not line up for +Karen Hutton and I to join this time. 
    Great Image!

  22. Caleb Lawrence September 10, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Nice job!

  23. David Larsen September 10, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    When will on1 add a tone mapping module?

  24. Karen Hutton September 10, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    GAH!!! One day – we will conquer this scene together! Bummed I missed it – but will hold you to that promise!

  25. Boris Hardouin-Deleuze September 10, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I have almost the same shot from the same spot. However, your processing is much much better.
    Great job.

  26. Jason Stone September 10, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Hit the breaks, put it in park, grab the gear, jump out the car Only 5 minutes before we lose the light!!!

  27. David Larsen September 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Even Ansel had those moments. His most famous photo of the crosses in twilight was the same way.

  28. Pat O'Brien September 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Great shot. I did the same trip in February and was able to get to The Watchman before sunset. So far that remains one of my favorite images I've taken yet.

  29. Nick Nieto September 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    This is really beautiful.  Love the depth.

  30. Shelly Gunderson September 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Wonderful color!  Beautiful!

  31. fuk u September 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    please beware of tony king…the man is wanted by various law enforcement for fraud..among other things

  32. Amy Heiden September 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Fantastic Brian. Love the clouds and colors. (Oh and nice work Bonham.)

  33. Majeed Badizadegan September 10, 2012 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Hey nice to find you through my Oregon photographer circle. Look forward to seeing more posts! 

  34. Thierry Juille September 11, 2012 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Hello i love these colors. What camera and lense what do you use for this photo ?

  35. Brian Matiash September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    +Thierry Juille Thank you! This was taken with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens.

  36. Alfredo Mora September 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot Brian!  Rich colors.  I can't wait for v7.

  37. Laurent Coppée September 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Glorious landscape and processing!

  38. Scott Frederick September 13, 2012 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Stunning landscape image +Brian Matiash!

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