Caution and Prudence

Caution and Prudence

By |2013-02-11T23:12:55+00:00Dec 11th, 2012|

We all want to try and create cool shots. I don’t think any of us strive for mediocrity when we’re with our cameras, right? Maybe?

We try to share images that compel, that engage the imagination, and that create lasting impressions with viewers. These are my goals, at least. In that endeavor, risks do need to be taken. They just do. In order to nab the shot, you sometimes need to ante up and stand within a foot from a massive freight train in motion as was the case the other day. The key, for me, is to temper risk with caution and prudence. That’s just my style. I’ve walked away from shots in the past that required me to exceed my threshold for risk and haven’t regretted it for one second.

The goal here is to not to prevent you from taking risks. Rather, it’s to engage you in thinking about what your thresholds are when you are presented with risks required to get a particular shot. And in thinking about these thresholds, remember that it’s ok to walk away if you’re just not ready to leap.

In terms of processing

A bunch of stuff went on here. First, this is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image that also used ghost reduction to include the solid exposure of the moving train. All done using Photomatix Pro.

Next, I applied Grunge Goddess, Lord of the Rings, a custom Tone Enhancer, Hollywood Glow, and a tiny touch of Cyberpunk to cool it off.

After that, I sent the image to FocalPoint 2 to render the background slightly out of focus and give the image a more 3D feel. Both products are by onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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  1. Dave Morrow December 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I love all of OnOnes glow tools, I use them constantly..

  2. Andrew Kavanagh December 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I can feel the motion!

  3. Ron Clifford December 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Insightful post and great image !

  4. Kay Martin December 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Still need to upgrade my OnOne software to Suite 7.  This is nice, Brian.

  5. Terry Roberts December 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply


  6. snježana Ana December 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    nice :)

  7. Lars Gustafson December 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    prudence, huh? might have to look into getting me some of that one of these days.

  8. Bryan Hudson December 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Thats really cool!

  9. Marvin Perry December 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    This is a great pic, only outdone by the filename! Lol

  10. Роман Юдин December 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Great shot!

  11. Sébastien Beun December 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Wow! Love the combination of the detailed ground and the blurred train in movement :-)

  12. Lucy Shires December 12, 2012 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Love the movement in this +Brian Matiash

  13. Karen Johnson December 12, 2012 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Fantastic shot!

  14. Chouaf Bouhadi December 12, 2012 at 6:40 am - Reply

    une belle prise

  15. Marcel Bauer December 12, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    This is great, inspired me to go out and try this now  :)

  16. Sam Wallace December 12, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply


  17. Aline Dainezzi December 12, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    amazing! beeeeautiful photo!

  18. Alhassan Abdul Ghaffaru December 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply


  19. Harry Mellos December 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply


  20. Mark Watson December 13, 2012 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Awesome work.

  21. Gene Bowker December 13, 2012 at 6:31 am - Reply

    bonus points fo rthe train =) Nice job of capturing the motion and good processing.

  22. Boris Manic December 13, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply


  23. Ron Bearry December 14, 2012 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I love this shot as well. It even motivated me to try a trial version of PPS 7. :)

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