On Shooting Until The Very Last Second

By |2012-09-14T15:46:35+00:00Sep 13th, 2012|

I probably wasn’t at the top of the list for most of the people on the tour group I was with during the trip to this vineyard in Sicily back in 2010. I was in Italy for two weeks on a photo assignment and one of the items on the agenda was to do a food shoot at this vineyard (regrettably, I don’t recall the name of it). Our small crew of four piggybacked onto a tour group who was spending the day here. We just needed some b-roll and supporting images for the production.

After the hours flew by, the tour leader began herding everyone back onto the coach bus. As I made my way there, I noticed that one of the proprietors had opened the door to one of their wine cellars, revealing a gigantic room with massive barrels of wine. Mmmmm… nectar.

I had to shoot it. I mean, really?

So, I ran towards the room and had one of those fun, silly moments where I gesticulated with the owner – pointing to my camera and then into the room. She quickly realized what I had been trying to ask for and let me in. I knew that I was going to be the last one but it’s during moments like this one when the urge to get the shots becomes supreme and takes precedent over most anything else.

I ended up getting some rushed brackets and then had the tour leader telling me in a polite, but annoyed, tone that we had to go now. But still, this was a situation where I’d much rather seek forgiveness with the shots in hand. Ya just gotta get the shot, right? ;)

In terms of processing
This is a tough one since it was processed years ago in PhotoTools 2.6 by +onOne Software. I don’t even want to hazard guessing which effects were applied because I just don’t know. Maybe I’ll go back and reprocess it but for now, what I do know is that it was tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro and stylized in PhotoTools. If i had to guess, I’d say that Moulin Rouge and a tiny bit of Blue Dawn Leonidaswere used.

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  1. Maria Elvira Correa September 13, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply


  2. ???? September 13, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply


  3. Jesselyn Katestedt September 13, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    That is a painting, not a photo

  4. Shelly Gunderson September 13, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Wonderful image!  Love the color.

  5. eva blum September 13, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply


  6. Peter Grew September 13, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Excellent image, decay of another kind…

  7. JuLiEt Ramos September 13, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply


  8. Brigitte Giunta September 13, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    love the old world atmosphere

  9. Bjorn Moerman September 13, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    No words for it Brian…

  10. sreekumar menon September 13, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply


  11. Vaughn Ledford September 13, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Love how the HDR brings out the texture.

  12. Bob Lussier September 13, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Love this image. 

  13. Adriana Radulescu September 13, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    It's for all?

  14. Ghennadii Taran September 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply


  15. Embry Vincent September 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Wow, it looks like a painting.

  16. Jake Johnson September 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    This is Killer +Brian Matiash 

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

    Well done!

  18. Tien Si Truong September 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Nice to meet you

  19. onnie hull September 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    stopped me in my tracks mid-stream … love the shot and love the processing!! ;-)

  20. Michelle Hedstrom September 14, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Oh, so you're one of those people? :). I get what you're saying though. You got to see something others didn't because you were paying closer attention and lingering a bit.

  21. Kathy Porupski September 14, 2012 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful capture +Brian Matiash and can see why the visual of it would catch your attention and compel you to photograph it… even if it meant being the last one on. Sort of like me out in Valley Of Fire with you guys and having to shoot that last shot of the red rocks in contrast with Blue Hour that was just starting to creep into the sky… knowing you all where waiting in the car I just couldn't help myself as the scene spoke to me as this one did to you! Loving your work.    

  22. Marcia Silva September 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm - Reply


  23. James T. Randall September 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I remember when you first published these and the methods used. onOne has sure come a long way since then. Maybe it would be nice to re-process these, but don't abandon the originals – comparison is always worth a great deal. I believe you are right about the Blue Dawn Leonidas as it was part of my introduction to HDR. Some of my best shots are the ones I noticed in the last few moments of shooting – long after you'd think you should've noticed things like this. I'm always worried about rushing and messing up the focus at such times.

  24. xinyao zhong September 15, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply


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