Loving the good, the bad, and the ugly

By |2012-10-29T15:07:18+00:00Oct 26th, 2012|

The story

As seen on Episode 31 of +onOne Software‘s Perfect Inspiration – http://www.ononesoftware.com/inspiration/episode31/

People always give me a weird look when I extoll my love of rain and fog. And by people, I am mostly referring to non-photographers. Where as they likely seek out clear blue skies and hot, humid weather to lounge in, I sit in anticipation for my next shoot in the Columbia River Gorge during the autumn and winter months. All of that inclement weather just adds up to a fiesta of atmospheric and moody conditions. Sure, your camera will get wet (so will you!) and you’ll constantly be clearing the front element of your lens from raindrops (invest in lots of good microfiber clothes). These are obstacles – like any other kind – that provide the fodder for most people to create excuses as to why they shouldn’t go shooting in the rain. I say, RUBBISH!

As far as I’m concerned, some of the best ways to portray the beauty and grandeur of nature is when the weather sucks. A clear blue sky is nice and all but I’ll take blankets of fog dancing through tree lines so only their tops are showing any day of the week. It’s why I am so thankful to be living in Portland, OR. We’re just starting our rainy season. The average temperature dropped about 20 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a week and I couldn’t be happier.

Ultimately, I consider myself fortunate mostly because I found the type of photography that I love and the conditions that I love shooting in. Portland meets those needs in every single way (it doesn’t hurt that it’s also the beer mecca of the planet). What you, as the individual photographer, need to do is figure out what it is that drives you. But here’s the catch – if whatever that is proves to require working in less-than-ideal conditions, don’t let it restrain or prevent you. Remember – more than anything else, photography is a labor of love. It’s not easy and it’s not cheap. You are here because you have an instinctive drive to become the best photographer that you can be. Step 1 is figuring out what your drive is. Step 2 is relentlessly working towards those 10,000 hours….

In terms of processing

You can view the entire workflow video for this image by visiting Episode 31 of Perfect Inspiration – http://www.ononesoftware.com/inspiration/episode31/

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  1. Dominique Dubied October 26, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Just wonderful +Brian Matiash ! So well captured!

  2. Brad Sloan October 26, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    This is amaze-balls +Brian Matiash

  3. Lynne Goodwin October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Agree. And, this is stunning.

  4. Brad Sloan October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Also, if you can't shoot in the rain, Get the Hell out of Oregon. Embrace it.

  5. Dana Hayes October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I love it. This is an awesome pic.

  6. Arpita Markande October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    She's a beauty…..

  7. Maureen Frost October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I'm with you on this one, I enjoy seeing scenes shrouded in mist, rain and emerging from the fog. They seem surreal, almost mystical. This is a beautiful photo.

  8. Chris Chabot October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Beaauuuutiful man

  9. Brian Bonham October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Love the rain!

  10. fróði Brinks October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    love the mood!

  11. Tamara Pruessner October 26, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Bah… cold and wet… NOT for this girl!  Even though it makes fantastic images…

  12. Brian Matiash October 26, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan Couldn't have said it better.

  13. Cameron Siguenza October 26, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Killer shot – I expect the camera to pan in and show us the hero looking for the secret entrance to a long forgotten cave system. Super atmospheric.

  14. Brian Matiash October 26, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    +Cameron Siguenza The super hero asked me to content aware fill the entrance. He was a selfish dude. :)

  15. Prasanna Raman October 26, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Dafuq? awesome

  16. murphyz October 26, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Lovely image Brian, I look forward to checking out the workflow video over the weekend. I’m a fairweather photographer – but I suppose I really must change that!

  17. Nicole S. Young October 26, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Love this, Brian! (HMD!)

  18. Lars Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply


  19. Cameron Siguenza October 26, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I can appreciate that +Brian Matiash Selfish, but tourists can ruin everything :)

  20. Sandra Parlow October 26, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    gorgeous and I love your sentiments!  I've been waiting for a foggy night to go to the cemetery, but it hasn't happened yet :(

  21. Brian Matiash October 26, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    +Cameron Siguenza So sad, so true.

  22. Brian Matiash October 26, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    +Sandra Parlow Swing down here – I live across the street from a gorgeous cemetery and we've got plenty o' fog.

  23. Shelly Gunderson October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Very beautiful!  I agree, fog can really make an image.

  24. Maira Juarez October 26, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Great work!

  25. Sandra Parlow October 26, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    dang!  why aren't you shooting it +Brian Matiash ??!!

  26. jenna jenkins October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    that is so beautiful

  27. Niloofar Riahi October 26, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    so nice

  28. Dave Veffer October 26, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Oh man!  I LOVE this photo!

  29. Robert Spanjaard October 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I'm going to ask Google for a +5 option. +1 is not enough! :-D

  30. Jose Delgado October 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    You would love some Costa Rica shots. Lots of rain and fog

  31. Karen Hutton October 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I love all your episodes.. but I'm CRAZY about this one!! Fabulosity, +Brian Matiash!!

  32. Brian Matiash October 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    +Karen Hutton Thanks, mah girl!

  33. Caleb Barr October 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    It looks so nice

  34. Joe Vallee October 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    o camera ?
    o batteries charged  ?
    o clear memory cards  ?
    o rain gear ?
    o GPS for the mountains ?
    o car gassed up ?
    o rain…… oh crap, guess I have to scratch that idea ;-/

    Great episode +Brian Matiash loved it!

  35. Brian Matiash October 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    +Joe Vallee Cheers, my friend!! Shoot nonstop!

  36. Randy Jensen October 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Camera,extra film,extra lens,rain gear,food,gps some where

  37. Randy Jensen October 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    that is a cool shot

  38. Aalia Khan Yousafzai October 27, 2012 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Perfect inspiration you are, deary!

  39. SANJAY KUMAR SHARMA October 27, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Hello krishna

  40. Eric James Leffler October 27, 2012 at 6:25 am - Reply

    sigh I miss Portland already. Rain and beer, two of my favorite things. Wicked shot, my man!

  41. Toby Harriman November 5, 2012 at 1:37 am - Reply

    This is awesome +Brian Matiash!

  42. Randy Jensen November 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm - Reply


  43. Randy Jensen November 6, 2012 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Some day I'll be able to do that,maybe

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