It’s a matter of perspective

By |2012-12-02T21:07:38+00:00Dec 2nd, 2012|

The Story

The other day, I posted an image taken from the Vista House that sits atop the Columbia River Gorge. This shot was taken within a few minutes of that. I just swiveled to the left a bit when I saw this gorgeous cloud moving over Washington. There was something very amazing about it because from the distance, the cloud looked like it wasn’t much higher above the hilltop. This was accentuated with the compression that my 70-200mm lens provided. And it was in thinking about this that I realized how important perspective is, even down to the choice of lens. The right combination of place, time, hardware, know-how, creativity and luck can come together in some amazing ways.

In terms of processing

This is actually a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image. I used Photomatix Pro for the tone-mapping.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 4 by +onOne Software. I masked Magic Sunset on the sky and Magic Forest on the foreground. I also applied a custom Tone Enhancer and a Rich Glow.

Next, I sent the image to FocalPoint 2.1, where I rendered some of the foreground and the hills beyond the lit one slightly out of focus. This helped me simulate the signature look of a miniature world created with a tilt shift lens.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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132 Comments

  1. Mark Esguerra December 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Oh hell yeah! This is awesome! Great work +Brian Matiash!

  2. steve kephart December 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    beautiful

  3. Swee Oh December 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Wow beautiful shot!

  4. Kevin Steele December 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Uh. Hmm. WOW! More that just wonderful!

  5. Larry Nienkark December 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Awesome! Surreal!

  6. David Wade December 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I'll take your word for it,  what a great shot.

  7. onnie hull December 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    it certainly all came together for this amazing and beautiful shot!! i love everything about it!! ;-)

  8. michel prins December 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    great foto.

  9. Lars Gustafson December 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Man you rocked this! Love the processing and the light.

  10. Kathy Porupski December 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Amazing +Brian Matiash and I just absolutely love it!

  11. Lilies Indayati December 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Wow!
    Amazing shot!

  12. Kalyana Kavuri December 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    wow…just wow…!!!

  13. Henriette Brasseur December 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks +Brian Matiash  for explaining how you created this beautiful image.  I could look at it all day…peaceful.

  14. charlespaul dowell December 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    very Awesome photo.

  15. Moose Peterson December 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    very bloody cool!

  16. Roland Blochberger December 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    It looks like a painting!

  17. Vincent Dale December 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Spectacular

  18. ash kep December 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    fucking hot pics dude

  19. Eric James Leffler December 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    This is straight sick, man. Bravo.

  20. Larry Lato December 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Looks like yo got the cloud to pose for you!!

  21. Brian Matiash December 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    +Larry Lato It's funny you say that because most of the clouds were moving really fast! This one, though, just sat there. Maybe it was posing! :)

  22. Doug Dillon December 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I don't know what to say other than….wow!! Great shot Brian!!

  23. Harshita Naithani December 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    awesome shot……

  24. Drew Northup December 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash  I like that you've put together the "little world" perspective with colors are vibrant without being candy coated.

  25. Steve Bottoms December 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I can almost see a castle where that ranch house is… :)

  26. Tim Alberry December 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    That is absolutely gorgeous. Amazing shot.

  27. Kristal Kraft December 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Very dramatic!

  28. Shawn McClure December 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Wow, that looks almost exactly like the hill in the Shire where Bilbo Baggins lived, or at least like my mind's-eye idea of it… ;-) Gorgeous image, Brian…

  29. RATHA THAN December 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    It look like the paradise in my dream

  30. Lee Daniels December 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Jaw-dropping composition and processing!

  31. Nicole S. Young December 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!!!

  32. Jeffrey Yen December 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Sexy!

  33. Nancy Lurati December 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!

  34. David Clark December 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – Did you have a polarizing filter on in this one? Beautiful shot! I want it hung in my home.

  35. Angita Khunt December 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    looking  like   search  any  one…………….!

  36. Rich Carstensen December 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Wow Brian, you knocked it out of the park with this one!  Excellent work!

  37. Priyesh Bumb December 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Nice

  38. tu nguyen December 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    look so amazing

  39. Jasbir Singh December 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Wow! Fantastic view

  40. Christine Guzman December 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Pretty very

  41. ravi upadhyaya December 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    so beautiful

  42. Monika Pabianek December 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Amazing!

  43. Shaikh Farheen December 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    awsum!!!

  44. Karthikeyan Avanashikutty December 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    SUPERB

  45. Jose González December 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Delicious !

  46. Mary Gerald December 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    there's only 1 problem,
    it can't get any better than this… or can it?
    I will keep my eyes peeled for your next shared photo.
    Bravo!!! ; ) M

  47. 李竹一 December 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    so amazing!

  48. nemesio loteyro December 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    how was it taken

  49. Kulwant Raj December 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Hi nemelsio

  50. hemant thapa December 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    hi kulwant

  51. Kulwant Raj December 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Hi h r u

  52. PURUSHOTHAM TIGER December 3, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

    hi how are you badal

  53. 이창희 December 3, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

    So beautiful…

  54. Nauhli Nuren December 3, 2012 at 12:05 am - Reply

    nice

  55. pradeep mishra December 3, 2012 at 12:08 am - Reply

    he is a very good place

  56. rudra sharma December 3, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    very dangerous clouds but very nice picture of the nature.

  57. David Angeles December 3, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    So You Took Thy Pic
    Than You Touched & ReTouched It Up?

  58. Kevin Guan December 3, 2012 at 12:10 am - Reply

    amazing

  59. Jamal Alias December 3, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Nice drama definitely!

  60. teno raliga December 3, 2012 at 12:23 am - Reply

    nice!!

  61. Tehseen Shaikh December 3, 2012 at 12:25 am - Reply

    kool place:)

  62. Adarsh S December 3, 2012 at 12:30 am - Reply

    i love It

  63. Jane Wanjiku December 3, 2012 at 12:32 am - Reply

    cool

  64. Lafa Claris December 3, 2012 at 12:32 am - Reply

    amazing!

  65. Tazein Mirza Saad December 3, 2012 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Beautiful +Brian Matiash

  66. Alexandru Popescu December 3, 2012 at 12:38 am - Reply

    wow! i'm speechless :)

  67. rio elangcoklat December 3, 2012 at 12:40 am - Reply

    it's amazing

  68. SOBAN KHAN December 3, 2012 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Wow

  69. Sandy Nachayya December 3, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    GOOD 1

  70. sabooh ali December 3, 2012 at 1:00 am - Reply

    nice

  71. Shila Jalilian December 3, 2012 at 1:07 am - Reply

    dreamy

  72. Ryan Mou December 3, 2012 at 1:17 am - Reply

    我的筋斗云~

  73. Ralph Brook December 3, 2012 at 1:19 am - Reply

    it looks like a cloud

  74. Gary Ward December 3, 2012 at 1:20 am - Reply

    One of the better images I have seen on G+. To nit-pick: I think I would prefer slightly less blurring in the foreground, but other than that it's pretty much perfect.

  75. Meeshi Sense Photography December 3, 2012 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Google won't let me +1 but this is beautiful

  76. cj linx December 3, 2012 at 1:35 am - Reply

    What I see is a picture of me living in splendor, in the ever green land, in a house with the setting of an old English building. Imagine …!

  77. Cloud Hong December 3, 2012 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Nice

  78. mani s December 3, 2012 at 1:39 am - Reply

    wonterful

  79. cj linx December 3, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Cloud, what's nice?

  80. cj linx December 3, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Mans, what's wonderful?

  81. Raju majumdar December 3, 2012 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Wonderful Pic

  82. Galiano Mateyi December 3, 2012 at 1:58 am - Reply

    i like it

  83. Gautam Kamboj December 3, 2012 at 2:12 am - Reply

    fantastic

  84. Wilma Agosto December 3, 2012 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  85. SOBAN KHAN December 3, 2012 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Hi

  86. Tammy Evans December 3, 2012 at 2:40 am - Reply

    It has a middle earth feel about it :-)

  87. Brand Stewart December 3, 2012 at 3:25 am - Reply

    nice view……

  88. theivanai srunewasan December 3, 2012 at 3:34 am - Reply

    incredible

  89. Ramon Nuez December 3, 2012 at 4:19 am - Reply

    It's always about perspective.

  90. Wameq Raza December 3, 2012 at 4:21 am - Reply

    great image! we would love it if you shared it with #hqsphdr !

  91. PHOTOGRAPHY December 3, 2012 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing +Brian Matiash

  92. Karamah Khashiun December 3, 2012 at 4:47 am - Reply

    This is beyond beautiful

  93. Ryan Ng December 3, 2012 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  94. H. L. Bodenhamer December 3, 2012 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Got your post from Jim Werfelman's page.  We have worked together and I have greatest respect for Jim.  I used to live in Oregon..but was exiled to Texas.  Miss the beauty of the NW…but not the drama…

  95. Michael Rosenthal December 3, 2012 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Looks like something out of Lord of the Rings or Wizard of Oz.

  96. Tehseen Shaikh December 3, 2012 at 5:31 am - Reply

    belle!!:)

  97. mekai scott December 3, 2012 at 5:46 am - Reply

    that is truly amazing

  98. natasha M. December 3, 2012 at 6:01 am - Reply

    for a moment ………………i tnought it was a painting!!

  99. Deng zhicheng December 3, 2012 at 6:03 am - Reply

    This is like a world in fairy tales.

  100. Thomas Stoddard December 3, 2012 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Looks like a model at first.

  101. Deborah Pankopf December 3, 2012 at 6:18 am - Reply

    The cloud looks like a B-52 bomber emerging from the mists stunning image

  102. Brenda Roach December 3, 2012 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Incredible

  103. Mary Broussard December 3, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Words fail me! Just gorgeous!

  104. Maria John December 3, 2012 at 7:09 am - Reply

    ~The clouds in this are epic!

  105. Andy Bryant December 3, 2012 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Awesome shot, and great processing.

    One geek question about the G+ post – how do you get G+ to linkify a lat & long in a post to post to google maps? I've tried everything I can think of, and tried searching, but I wasn't able to find the answer…

  106. steven frickey December 3, 2012 at 7:43 am - Reply

    And to believe I can see this any moment I chose too! We are very rich indeed, my wife and I, and I have not a nickel!!!!

  107. Bandido Bandit December 3, 2012 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Nice

  108. STA A December 3, 2012 at 7:53 am - Reply

    waoooooooo nothing to write

  109. Oliver Asis December 3, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    That is just a fantastic photograph +Brian Matiash!  Well done!  Thank you for sharing the story and process behind the image!  That's adds more to depth of the photograph.

  110. Michel Nadeau December 3, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    This is simply amazing, would really like to have session on how you processed this shot with Perfect Photo Suite

  111. Nauhli Nuren December 3, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    beautiful

  112. Lesley Unwin December 3, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    wow that sky is wonderful

  113. Samantha Swan December 3, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    thats amazing I'm just so sunned by this photo

  114. Samantha Swan December 3, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    stunned**

  115. Boris Manic December 3, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    beautiful!

  116. Sabina Wilkins December 3, 2012 at 11:49 am - Reply

    O.O pretty

  117. Kiran Martin December 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Just breathtaking

  118. Catherine Vibert December 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Like a fairy tale!

  119. Cameron Shumway December 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

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  120. Rolando Escobedo Grimaldo December 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    ?

  121. Neil foster December 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    that is a beautiful veiw and angle. well done

  122. nasser agamy December 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    fantastic

  123. Michel Krämer December 4, 2012 at 2:04 am - Reply

    This isn't just a photo. It's pure art!

  124. Wameq Raza December 4, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Amazing shot! It would be great if you would consider sharing this image and your future images with #hqsphdr!

  125. Alice Wulffraat December 4, 2012 at 5:08 am - Reply

    GREAT!

  126. Huyền Trịnh Thị December 4, 2012 at 5:39 am - Reply

    đep

  127. Peter Michael December 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Looks like it's getting ready to land and disgorge an alien army, cool.

  128. deedar ujjan December 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    looking very very winsome…!

  129. Gail Martin December 6, 2012 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Great picture

  130. Stefania Origlia December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    magnifica !

  131. Rajbir Sandhu December 11, 2012 at 2:05 am - Reply

    I have been there. Wonderful

  132. Mark Blundell December 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Top job on this one, the image looks like something out of Middle Earth!

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