On Being Inspired In Even Simple Ways

By |2012-09-20T19:33:15+00:00Sep 18th, 2012|

Yesterday, I had some offline conversations with photographer, +Joel Tjintjelaar. Suffice it to say that Joel’s work has been the source of so much inspiration for me… and countless others, I’m sure. In any case, after having our email volley, I decided to browse through some of Joel’s collection of images. It was enough to get me to work on a simple image I took a few months back while strolling along Portland. A lot of the images that I’ve been taking recently were with the intention of developing more of my own black and white style, as it were. I’m not sure where this road leads but I love having a new side of photography to dive into now. :) Thanks, as always, for the inspiration, Joel.

In terms of processing
The black and white stylization was done exclusively in Perfect B&W by +onOne Software. I started with the Bogart effect and then tweaked some of the tone sliders to taste.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.

In album Urbanity and Architecture (1 photo)

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  1. Kayleen Murray September 18, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply


  2. Sierra Hollan September 18, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Thats outstanding.  reminds me of spiderman for some odd reason….

  3. sofi adusei September 18, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    slightly possible

  4. Jared Bollman September 18, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I love the contrasting linear aspects.  No matter how you turn the photo you never seem to be looking at it quite the right way.  Great work

  5. sofi adusei September 18, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    thanks  considered

  6. Lars Gustafson September 18, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    diggin' the b&w.

  7. Joel Tjintjelaar September 18, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out +Brian Matiash – I love what you did here with this photo. The B&W looks great! :)

  8. sofi adusei September 18, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    yes for good moment

  9. sofi adusei September 18, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    great for time

  10. Matt Gordon September 18, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I love that this is your humble and inspired attempt and yet it is so great.  :)  There are a few things that I just love about this. 

    First off, B&W and the contrast were excellent choices for this image. Plus, you can never really go wrong with B&W with regard to architecture. 

    Secondly, the long exposure to convey the movement of the sky gives the photo such a feeling of long-lasting, or solidarity.  Just a lovely effect. 

    Finally, and the leading lines on this photo are stunning.  There is sort of this clockwise path for your eyes as one building leads you up to the sky, which in turn (thanks to the motion) brings you to the right of the photo where this lovely diagonal leads you back to the main building.

    I really and truly mean this when I say that I am instantly reminded of the Cartier-Bresson "Bicycle" photo vis-à-vis those leading lines. Here's a link to Cartier-Bresson's photo if anyone hasn't seen it. 


    Anyway, a wonderful photo. Just had to share. 

  11. Boris Manic September 18, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply


  12. Mike Ingold September 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm - Reply


  13. Baldur McQueen September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Stunning image and processing, Brian.

    And to add to that… what I really wanted to say…. is thank you so much for your advise on feedback (The Candid Frame 19.08.12).  Something I have struggled with, and your words just hit home.  An eye opener….. I basically felt "free" after listening.  So thank you ;-)

  14. rosidi rosi September 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    sorry coy..

  15. Boris Manic September 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply


  16. sofi adusei September 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm - Reply


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