On Hitting The Ground Running

On Hitting The Ground Running

By |2012-09-14T15:47:19+00:00Sep 12th, 2012|

It wasn’t the craziest of days at +onOne Software, but I do recall that particular day being somewhat challenging. I was knee deep in early preparations supporting last week’s launch of Perfect Photo Suite 7 and everything surrounding it. I had some credit on Alaska Air that had to be used or else I’d lose it, so I booked a trip down to San Francisco for a long weekend to meet with +Ricardo Lagos and the amazing SF contingent. I decided to fly out in the evening so that I wouldn’t have to burn an entire vacation day.

As soon as I landed and got into Ricardo’s car, we were already hatching plans to shoot. No time to relax. No need to rest. We’ll do both of that stuff when we’re dead. I was in town.


I was in San Francisco. Shooting had to commence tout de suite. We first climbed to the top floor of some hotel in the city but, true to form, the skyline was caked in fog. I love fog but sometimes, I just want to punch fog in the throat. So, our next stop was the Bay Bridge. We hustled over and immediately knew that fun things were afoot.

With the fog being held above sea level, we were treated to a beautiful view of the expansive bridge with its lights playing off of the thick coating of moisture above. Ricardo and I immediately sprung into action, setting up tripods and collaborating on settings. We discussed ideal composition and compared results on the back of our LCDs.

After getting our share of shots, we treated ourselves to some delicious quesadillas in the Mission and only then did we allow ourselves to relax – but not before offloading our CF cards and reviewing our images again. :)

The key here is to never take your time for granted. If you have an opportunity to shoot, take it. Just take it. Even if you walk away with nothing, the experience and motion of grabbing your camera and heading out will benefit you in many ways.

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In terms of processing
Very little was done here. This is a single, long exposure that was softened with an Angel Glow in Perfect Effects 3 by onOne. I also masked in Tonal Contrast onto the little slabs in the water and onto the starbursts.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Urbanity and Architecture (1 photo)

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  1. MD Razaul September 12, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    wow…. marvelous.

  2. Harshita Naithani September 12, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply


  3. Ma?gosia Czy September 12, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    i like it :)

  4. Gail Beerman September 12, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Beautiful glowing image +Brian Matiash –wonderful capture

  5. f. a. fiebig September 12, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

    great reflections! awesome!

  6. Ralph Mendoza September 12, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    beautiful. Need to use +onOne Software more

  7. nestor gabriel montes zamora September 12, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    where is????!!!!

  8. Sandra Parlow September 12, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

    was there any cilantro in your Quesadillas??

    nice shot! ;)

  9. Dominique Dubied September 12, 2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Superb image, Brian!

  10. Joyeeta Mukherjee September 12, 2012 at 8:48 am - Reply

    beatiful copper glow

  11. Tanesha Winkler September 12, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Wow!!! I wanna go here!

  12. Firoz Saman September 12, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    really nice man 

  13. Anh Hoang September 12, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Wow, beutiful

  14. Tirzah Hea Halder September 12, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    what a beauty……………………….

  15. Pawan Joshi September 12, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

    what provision you guys use when photos like this got corrupt

  16. Pini Gold September 12, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Nice photo

  17. Courtney Hollingsworth September 12, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    wow what a great photo! Nice lighting

  18. Nina Marika Finne September 12, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Truly Peaceful Cut <3

  19. William pineros pagotty September 12, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    hermosa fotografía

  20. Doug Landreth September 12, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Great shot and processing Brian. You sir are a Jedi master of the long exposure and HDR, and of the teaching and story telling behind every shot. I'm on my way to San Francisco tomorrow for this weekends Mill Valley Arts Festival so I'll be sure to heed your advice to shoot whenever possible!

  21. Daryl Porter September 12, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Fantastic shot Brian!

  22. Denise Green September 12, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Nice Photo!

  23. Katja Rupp September 12, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply


  24. Ricardo Lagos September 12, 2012 at 9:57 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash — lets do it again.. i have some miles that have been burning a hole in my pocket.

  25. Brian Matiash September 12, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    +Ricardo Lagos Anytime, dude. Just let me know.

  26. Ronnie Boadi September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Love both the picture and the subject!

  27. Boris Manic September 12, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply


  28. Rich Williams September 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    This shot gives me memories of both my trips in 2011. Very nice, +Brian Matiash.

  29. Kimo Klengenberg September 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    where is that

  30. Robert Forrister September 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Wow I guess I will have to save my pennies for Perfect Effects 7. This photograph is wonderful.

  31. Christopher Germano September 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    really like the golden tones in the water and the hint of purple in the sky.

  32. Ankit Panchal September 13, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Really one of the fantastic scene of the world……

  33. Scott Horvath September 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Wow…this is absolutely stunning. I love the reflections and the haze above the bridge in the distance and the large view of the night sky!

  34. Jim (JW) Smith September 30, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    What a nice way to begin my promise to follow your blog. I’m wondering exactly where you were when you shot. We’re you @ the SF Embarcadero or over on the Oakland side. Great shot. Waiting breathlessly for P-Suite 7.

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