A return to something familiar

By |2012-11-27T21:05:41+00:00Nov 25th, 2012|

The Story

Ahhhh, the gorgeous landscape and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. Today was the first time since returning from Cambodia that I had a chance to get out and shoot the falls that I’d missed so much. Of all the places and things that I’ve shot in my life, nothing brings me more joy than the scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Nothing.

So, when I whimsically reached out to Brian Bonham and asked if he wanted to shoot a few falls with me just to dust the cobwebs off, he was game to join and a plan was formed. We didn’t have much of an agenda. I knew that Latourell Falls was open again after being closed for several months due to reconstructions so getting reacquainted with the place was in order. Before before that, we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls – a waterfall that I had never been to despite my numerous trips into the Gorge. Both places were splendid and perfectly devoid of people.

Now, anyone who has shot at this particular spot at Latourell Falls undoubtedly knows how easily the front of the lens gets saturated with water being cast off the falls, so a diligent routine has to be put in place. First, wipe the lens. Next, compose, focus and get your exposure settings. Wipe again. Turn on the two second delay while keeping the lens covered with a cloth. Press the shutter button. Count. One. Two. Remove the cloth and let the camera do its business.

It’s a frustrating process but when it works, you get to walk away with some pretty beautiful shots. No one said that landscape photography is easy. :)

In terms of processing

First off, getting the correct white balance was key here. I had my 105mm Sigma Circular Polarizer filter on to help cut the reflection but it also adds a slight blue cast to the image.

Next, I stylized in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I created my own custom Green Enhancer and masked it onto the appropriate areas. I also masked in a touch of Blue onto the water. Next, I applied Magic Ocean and a custom Tonal Contrast effect.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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81 Comments

  1. Michael Riffle November 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Awesome. Shot.

  2. Jess Newcomb November 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Lovely shot would love to have experienced it in person. Thank you for the post

  3. Jason Jakober November 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Dude!

  4. Rob Mcilroy November 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    This is wall hanging worthy.

  5. Alice DaU November 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Nice! Thanks for sharing the process with us. A beautiful place to go to refresh! Gorgeous shot.

  6. Rich Williams November 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Just…wow.

  7. Mahesh Kumar Swami November 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    nice palash n nici ur think

  8. Natalie Simpson November 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    WOW!!!!!!!!

  9. Tazein Mirza Saad November 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful place +Brian Matiash

  10. Nirav Shah November 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Love it. Especially the sunlight descending in the background giving it a very spiritual and serene effect.

  11. Arnav Mukherjee November 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Superb! Love the subtle color and superb composition.

  12. Kathy Porupski November 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Nice +Brian Matiash its beautiful!

  13. Tauseef Ahmed November 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Sir that's so nice splendid or pleasure giving and thanks for the glance

  14. SENTHIL KUMAR November 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Sir, Very nice to see such rare photos. Thanks

  15. MosAiK Usa November 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    absolutely beautiful, thank you for the share! =) Dawna~

  16. Imdad Mirza November 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    wow

  17. isaac paulin November 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    awesome chur

  18. Bradley Quillen November 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Awesome!!!

  19. amit swami November 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    very nice……….

  20. Chris Newham November 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Very nice indeed loads of energy in the water and a fantastic misty bg with all that spray. Pp spot on as usual, great work.

  21. Russell Kedian November 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Epic man m/

  22. Mampho Seqoana November 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    this is a nyc land scape where is this place

  23. Oki Okta Wiriandi November 26, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Hey Bung Add my Circle please

  24. Srivishwa T November 26, 2012 at 12:11 am - Reply

    what camera? filters used? shutter speed?

  25. john khoza November 26, 2012 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I love adventure

  26. Vedhapriya Achari November 26, 2012 at 12:29 am - Reply

    it's lovable

  27. Marshall Clouse moyo November 26, 2012 at 12:32 am - Reply

    wonderful

  28. miftaniyah fh November 26, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

    so waw

  29. Devika Ganguly November 26, 2012 at 12:42 am - Reply

    is this thing real?

  30. pretty darshini November 26, 2012 at 12:43 am - Reply

    g8

  31. shelia cooper November 26, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

    “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

  32. pretty darshini November 26, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply

    ya tat true

  33. Terry Watts November 26, 2012 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Stunning

  34. Gudavalli Anji November 26, 2012 at 1:05 am - Reply

    hi pretty

  35. Ghett Bentt November 26, 2012 at 1:10 am - Reply

    wish you has posted as PNG.

    jpeg is heinous: it makes pixels weep

  36. Ghett Bentt November 26, 2012 at 1:12 am - Reply

    as you're a lightroom enthusiast I would delight in your Dark Table usage feedback

    especially as I cannot justify the LR expense (my photos aren't a product)

    :)

  37. Limbus Sikkim November 26, 2012 at 1:42 am - Reply

    A heavenly bliss.does places like this really exist?

  38. AADHITHYA SUJITH November 26, 2012 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Does this place really exist…

  39. Golden Hinde November 26, 2012 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Amazing

  40. neketa grey November 26, 2012 at 2:13 am - Reply

    omg cool

  41. luciano josephine November 26, 2012 at 2:19 am - Reply

    wow,so beautiful!!!

  42. ravi upadhyaya November 26, 2012 at 2:26 am - Reply

    really nice

  43. Yogesh Khakale November 26, 2012 at 2:51 am - Reply

    so sweets

  44. Dixie Stilwell November 26, 2012 at 2:52 am - Reply

    beautiful!

  45. reshma k a November 26, 2012 at 3:02 am - Reply

    nice

  46. Bintou Dereck November 26, 2012 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Very nice

  47. Vidit Parab November 26, 2012 at 3:53 am - Reply

    what is the aperature used while snapping this image

  48. nicki candra November 26, 2012 at 3:54 am - Reply

    nice place

  49. dmitri mustonen November 26, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Excelent done!  Greetings, Dmitri

  50. rubi ahsan November 26, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

     The Devil's Conference # http://bit.ly/QmEsfb

  51. Prachi Mishra November 26, 2012 at 4:18 am - Reply

    wow its so wonderful

  52. Afraz Awan November 26, 2012 at 4:19 am - Reply

    cute

  53. Quentin CAUDRON November 26, 2012 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Glad you took one for the team in your wipe-compose-wipe-shoot-repeat system! The result was worth it. I'd be worried about my lens… Also, how do you ensure you don't leave any residue on the lens? Thanks!

  54. Pavithra Vaishnavi November 26, 2012 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Wow nice…. Superb picture

  55. Gazzaroonii T. November 26, 2012 at 4:56 am - Reply

    You rock, great image and always with the process share, thanks +Brian Matiash

  56. Delgermaa Bayarmaa November 26, 2012 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Brian Matiash is this picture just the way it is? or there are some photoshop magic, I 've always wondered if these kind of pics are real

  57. Harshita Naithani November 26, 2012 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Amazing…….

  58. Ben Timmers November 26, 2012 at 5:36 am - Reply

    great shot!

  59. Mary Broussard November 26, 2012 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Lovely!

  60. Ryan Meyers November 26, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Fantastic shot Brian

  61. shravan armoor November 26, 2012 at 5:54 am - Reply

    i like it alot…!

  62. amina bouzidi November 26, 2012 at 5:59 am - Reply

    waw

  63. Ryan Ng November 26, 2012 at 6:15 am - Reply

    cool

  64. Brizhai Black November 26, 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I would love to look at this all day

  65. Simos Xenakis November 26, 2012 at 7:14 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – quick question about water on the lens. What kind of cloth do you use? Every time I wipe my lens, I'm afraid that I'll scratch it. I've tried with microfiber cloths to be on the safe side but they don't seem to soak up water that well. Shooting in the rain is always a problem for me.

  66. Dhuha Musa November 26, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    سبحان الله WOOOOOOW

  67. Salina Robinson November 26, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    It looks like it's on the edge of reality. I like it:)

  68. Sandra Perez November 26, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Wow these is a beautiful place?!

  69. Anastasia Ortiz November 26, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    real but not real cool

  70. joel cleare November 26, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Yet another location I will visit next year when I visit family. Thank Brian for sharing. Post like this are very motivating.

  71. Boris Manic November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    great!

  72. Mampho Seqoana November 27, 2012 at 1:49 am - Reply

    wow all i can say

  73. Magna Fe Bascug November 27, 2012 at 7:36 am - Reply

    it's amazing!

  74. Boris Manic November 27, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    BEAUTIFUL!

  75. raveendra kombin November 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Its amazing

  76. raveendra kombin November 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Its amazing

  77. raveendra kombin November 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Its amazing

  78. Harriet Grogan November 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    pretty spectacular

  79. 王愛咪 December 3, 2012 at 12:36 am - Reply

    很美喔!!借分享:)

  80. Nyambura Wacera December 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    God sually took his tym; i juz luv it.

  81. Joseph Engberson December 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Super nice

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