We all graze

By |2012-11-23T12:04:19+00:00Nov 23rd, 2012|

The Story

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by planners. It borders on tragically comical at how little I actually plan when going on a shoot. Part of it has to do with wanting that spontaneity of creativity when arriving somewhere with fresh eyes. But mostly, it has to do with getting preoccupied with any number of other things [read: I have a paper thin attention span]. So, when I end up going somewhere with others and those others happen to be planners, the virtue of their work is almost always immediately apparent. From knowing the ideal time to shoot a location to ensuring we don’t get lost getting there, planners make predictability enjoyable.

Such was the case when I recently found myself in Cambodia. The group of us intended on leaving Phnom Penh to head out to Battambang. The drive usually takes approximately four hours when accounting for the miserable road conditions, from the gigantic pot holes in dirt roads to the chaos of their traffic system. Ultimately, the trip took us almost eight hours and it wasn’t due to any sort of road conditions.

Rather, we had a plan to take things slowly. We intentionally left the latter end of the day empty so that we wouldn’t have any reason to rush to Battambang. Beyond having to check into our hotel, we were free to take our time on the road and that plan paid off with dividends. When we saw a pack of water buffalo grazing in a beautifully vibrant rice paddy field, we had no problem asking our driver to pull over so that we could shoot them. We ended up killing about 30 minutes here whereas if we had an agenda requiring us to speed along, we’d totally blow by these beautiful creatures.

It’s something to consider when you travel and plan for shooting. The destination is often great but if there is one thing that I learned on this trip, it is that the journey is often as good… if not better.

In terms of processing

You can watch the entire workflow video of how I stylized this image here:


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  1. George Fletcher November 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Brings back lots of memories. I grew up with these cool creatures:)

  2. Kevin Blood November 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Great image.

  3. antonio luis pedro mcista November 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I like much.

  4. Ken Irvin November 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Very nice, I love it!

  5. Joe Ramírez R. November 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    que buena foto

  6. eduardo motta cotos November 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    okay nice animals

  7. allendy fernadez November 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    i love that comment about the spontaneity

  8. Bo Nielsen November 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Just watch the video +Brian Matiash  thanx for the great tutorial (and Lightroom shortcuts) I have a question for you, what's the shortcut for changing the brush size in Perfect effect?

  9. Jim Denham November 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop every once in while, you might miss it. Some famous dude said that – great advise and very cool pic!

  10. John Manuel November 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks Brian.  LIke my wife and I say – the journey is the goal.  :)

  11. myrtle miller November 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    almost like taking the scenic route…..

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  13. eduardo motta cotos November 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    these animals have a tremendous horn

  14. Boris Manic November 24, 2012 at 3:07 am - Reply

    very nice!

  15. Andres Hernández Garcia November 27, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply


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