On Those Creative Angles

By | 2012-09-24T23:13:08+00:00 Sep 24th, 2012|

Despite taking this image on Jan 1st, 2010, I distinctly remember it as if it was last night. I remember it because of how long it took me to find this one particular angle to shoot from. I loved the glowing zodiac sign and the word Psychic etched into the glass. Everything about it rocked. But for about 10 minutes or so, I struggled to find an angle that I liked.

I was thankful that Boston was pretty much desolate that evening and no one witnessed me hunching over and lying on my stomach, trying to get that good angle. In any case, let this post serve as a reminder that persistence is key. Just because you found a cool location or element to photograph doesn’t entitle you to getting the best angle. Keep at it and never settle.

Google Maps Location Info
42.350798, -71.056483

In terms of processing
Oh man, I don’t think I remember what I did here in terms of stylization. I know that I used PhotoTools 2.6 by +onOne Software and that it’s a tone-mapped HDR image. Beyond that, though, my memory is foggy on this one.

#HDR

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27 Comments

  1. Dave Veffer September 24, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Awesome!  Looks like something out of a video game

  2. Dave Veffer September 24, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Awesome!  Looks like something out of a video game

  3. Brad Sloan September 24, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Do you do parties?

  4. Brad Sloan September 24, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Do you do parties?

  5. Tressa Crozier September 24, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    This is awesome, +Brian Matiash!

  6. Tressa Crozier September 24, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    This is awesome, +Brian Matiash!

  7. santhru tharsan September 24, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    simply superrb…

  8. santhru tharsan September 24, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    simply superrb…

  9. sofi adusei September 24, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Great expression

  10. sofi adusei September 24, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Great expression

  11. Jenny Goldman September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    purpulicious ?

  12. Mark Highton Ridley September 24, 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Feet and knees – the greatest aid to composition… I think you used them plenty in those 10 mins ;)

  13. Mark Highton Ridley September 24, 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Feet and knees – the greatest aid to composition… I think you used them plenty in those 10 mins ;)

  14. Brian Matiash September 24, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan I do but I charge by the head…

    Gross.

  15. Brian Matiash September 24, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan I do but I charge by the head…

    Gross.

  16. DEEPAK RAJ H September 24, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Cool, I can't believe it is a real one:) 
    looks like a 3D model for me… still its great :)

  17. DEEPAK RAJ H September 24, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Cool, I can't believe it is a real one:) 
    looks like a 3D model for me… still its great :)

  18. Stephen VanHerpen September 24, 2012 at 11:53 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash  – At last, someone else admits that they see something, then spend significant amounts of time and effort to "find the shot."  At PSW I wanted a shot of the little lights across from the "Boobie Wall" at the Mandalay.  I spent at least 45 minutes in three trips to get what a I wanted – a shot that made the viewers start to turn their heads in various configurations to figure out what it was they were looking at. 

  19. Stephen VanHerpen September 24, 2012 at 11:53 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash  – At last, someone else admits that they see something, then spend significant amounts of time and effort to "find the shot."  At PSW I wanted a shot of the little lights across from the "Boobie Wall" at the Mandalay.  I spent at least 45 minutes in three trips to get what a I wanted – a shot that made the viewers start to turn their heads in various configurations to figure out what it was they were looking at. 

  20. Brian Matiash September 24, 2012 at 11:56 am - Reply

    +Stephen VanHerpen Ahhh yes… the boobie wall. I know it well. :)

  21. Brian Matiash September 24, 2012 at 11:56 am - Reply

    +Stephen VanHerpen Ahhh yes… the boobie wall. I know it well. :)

  22. Stephen VanHerpen September 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    A great place to watch variations on human behavior!      

  23. Stephen VanHerpen September 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    A great place to watch variations on human behavior!      

  24. Shelly Gunderson September 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Nice image, great color!

  25. Shelly Gunderson September 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Nice image, great color!

  26. sofi adusei September 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    thanks

  27. sofi adusei September 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    thanks

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