The Wooden Snake

By | 2012-11-27T21:06:01+00:00 Nov 24th, 2012|

The Story

Sometimes, a little elbow grease needs to be applied to create a shot. In this case, that piece of driftwood was way back up the beach. I knew it had tons of character with its serpentine undulations so I dragged it to the shore. The key here was to find a place where the waves wouldn’t disturb the wood during the long exposure. After a few failed attempts, I finally struck gold.

In terms of processing

Not much here. Some Tonal Contrast masked onto the wood and some Hollywood Glow with a Soft Light blend. All done in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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39 Comments

  1. Jay Patel November 24, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Awesome image!!!

  2. Yvonne S November 24, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Lovely

  3. Alice DaU November 24, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    awesome!  Does one need +onOne Software to use +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ?

  4. El Imagenero November 24, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Wow.  This is remarkably beautiful.

  5. Jessica rodriguez November 24, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

    ooooooohhhhh!

  6. Cindy Vriend November 24, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Beautiful!!

  7. Brian Matiash November 24, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Thank you, everyone!

    +Alice DaU Not at all. Both are mutually exclusive but you can send your images from Lightroom to the onOne Perfect Photo Suite to do more advanced editing.

  8. crystal turnbough November 24, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    very beautiful

  9. Dennis Rivera November 24, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Very cool.

  10. Victor Bezrukov November 24, 2012 at 11:42 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash  loch ness monster !

  11. Alan Shapiro November 24, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    It's the Loch Ness Inchworm…oh gawd, Brian…run. RUN FAST. Save yourself. When it's all purdy and dramatic like that they get ornery.

  12. Chris Newham November 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Cracking shot, +Brian Matiash your correct some times a little "gardening" is required to make the shot. I guess its the opposite to post processing.

    Certainly more than once I have turned around to find one of my buddies dragging a tree into a better more aesthetically pleasing position at which I always grab a BTS shot just in case evidence is needed later LOL.

  13. Claudine Gossard November 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Who pretty :-)

  14. Luis November 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Great result! Love your landscape work very much.

  15. Christopher Guillou November 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    nice picture Brian! Quick question about the hash tag at the end of your post : I suppose it's to post to your blog, what service do you use? ITTT? Thanks :-)

  16. Shelly Gunderson November 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Very lovely.  Does remind of a snake.

  17. Bill Gassett November 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Looks very real!

  18. Shona Black November 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Amazing photo. Love your snake ;)

  19. Deborah Pankopf November 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Great shot

  20. kathleen kirkpatrick November 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    cool pic

  21. Julia Machadonunes November 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Bem conseguida esta imagem…linda.

  22. Wilma Agosto November 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Nice image

  23. Era Iris November 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Beautiful sight

  24. Terri Kern November 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Nice work!

  25. Aalia Khan Yousafzai November 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Brilliant!

  26. srivishnu reddy November 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    simply amazing …

  27. Scott Horvath November 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Wonderful work…without the wood it just be another landscape photo (although still a nice one)…but the foreground object adds that extra kick to really give the photo depth.

  28. mar-mar ong November 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    that is a HORRIBLE prank
    film that will you

  29. Tracy Hufschmid November 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Beautiful

  30. Kimberly Groh November 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I agree Tracy Beautiful!

  31. Rayniesha Turner November 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I agree to so beautiful

  32. Azmi Ahmad November 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    nice & cool

  33. Cila Slaimany November 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Grate..

  34. Basia Schwartz November 25, 2012 at 12:16 am - Reply

    just beautiful

  35. Marzena Hryń November 25, 2012 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Bardzo piękny, romantyczny widok.

  36. Joelle De Jesus November 25, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh! So cool

  37. Olivier Jules November 25, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    amazing capture!

  38. Marja Van den Bergh November 26, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Mooi

  39. Athena Carey December 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Love it! :)

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