Chuga Chuga Choo Choo!

By |2013-02-11T23:16:57+00:00Dec 9th, 2012|

My friend, Cameron, from F-Stop Gear flew into Portland today to film a short feature of me photographing in my element. The episode is set to air on F-Stop’s website in a few months alongside other photographer partners. Cameron asked if I could take him to areas around Portland where I can shoot in my natural element. I smiled and thought, well, that’s easy.

If there is one thing I am thankful for, it’s living give minutes away from the Southeast industrial area of the city. On Sundays, pretty much the entire area is baron. Empty streets and sidewalks for as long as the eye can see. Couple that with the gentle Portland rain and you’ve got an amazing recipe for wonderful atmosphere and reflections.

As soon as I heard the incoming train approach, I ran to this intersection and grabbed my brackets. I love that feeling you get when you look at the back of your camera and just smile upon reviewing the images knowing that you’re just as excited to get home and process as you are to continue shooting.

In terms of processing

This is an eight exposure tone-mapped HDR image. The eighth bracket was action the one that contained the moving train. The first seven were of the scene without the train present. By using the wonderful ghost reduction utility built into Photomatix, I was able to seamlessly include the moving train without having to worry about complex masking.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I applied Havana, Deep Forest Glow, a custom Tone Enhancer, and Just Enough Darkness.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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  1. Eric Bass December 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I love the train streak you caught +Brian Matiash :)

  2. NIX kapas December 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Nice shot!

  3. John Hopkin December 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Nice photo. It's especially interesting what you say about the ghost reduction in Photomatix – I had no idea it was capable of something like that.

  4. Dylan Harrington December 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Great shot!

  5. Karthik Nagaraj December 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Wow, lovely shot.

  6. Adriane Reins December 10, 2012 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I really like this shot. It's very unusual

  7. Doug Dillon December 10, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Great shot Brian! I like the speeding train. That overhang would have probably been black without HDR. Nice job!

  8. Boris Manic December 10, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply


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