Sky High Over PDX

Leave it to Brian Bonham to have a blue moon idea. Brian, Lars Gustafson, his sister, Erin Gustafson, and I romped around Portland in the frigid cold with no real agenda on Jan 1st. With a boring sky and nothing really piquing our interests, we retired to a Stumptown Coffee to warm up and get all caffeinated. It wasn’t until Nicole S. Young texted me to let me know about the amazing sky that we all bolted out to try and catch it.

This is where Brian came out to shine. He saw a tall parking garage nearby and hatched a plan to make it to the top floor. It was from here that we were treated to some sweet vantage points of our home. It was a great time… until we got kicked out by a security guard. :)

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro. I stylized by blending Kryptonite, Golden Hour Enhancer, and Blue Dawn in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.


  • https://plus.google.com/109833374118865667426 Tawni Henlin

    Nice vantage point, and nice shot! Boo security guard.

  • https://plus.google.com/116959474721947022598 Adrian McHarg

    Awesome shot!

  • https://plus.google.com/103172972090662659693 Nebraska Lucas

    Are those people related to a Hannah Gustafson?

  • https://plus.google.com/101749903133386393966 Sanjay Sharma

    nice place

  • https://plus.google.com/105778545754472808548 Rich Williams

    This right here is my kind of shot! Killer use of the fish, B-Money.

  • https://plus.google.com/102962267818624367518 Eric Bass

    Great Fisheye view:)  I need to scamper up one of these "garages" sometime!

  • https://plus.google.com/105778545754472808548 Rich Williams

    Just read about the security guard. Bummer, dude.

  • https://plus.google.com/108705174211639807508 Brian Matiash

    +Rich Williams Yeah man. These things do happen but they're much nicer about it here than back east – that much is for certain. Thanks for the kind words, too!

  • https://plus.google.com/116916850928450831253 Angie Smith

    What?  A security guard at a parking structure?  Not that I park in them very often, but the only security I've seen in a parking structure downtown is the attendent in the booth.  I'm digging this shot a lot more than that other Brian's chuck shot from the same local.

  • https://plus.google.com/102361078944455275911 Wick Sakit

    +Brian Matiash You can get an excellent shot from the top floor of The Nines Restaurant as well :)

  • https://plus.google.com/102054673421433073340 Lars Gustafson

    Nice shot, dude. I like the distortion.

    & those people, +Nebraska Lucas? Those people?!? Why I never.  _harumph_

    Oh, and I don't know who (or what) that is, so… I don't think we are (?). shrug

  • https://plus.google.com/106502362930514330974 Karen Herrera

    Very Creative and Original! U Truely R talented. Absolutely awesome shot here my friend.

  • https://plus.google.com/110745311686653416378 Damien Jemison

    I always come up with great ideas when I've had a few Blue Moon's too… oh, wait. Nevermind :

  • https://plus.google.com/109710145857378706181 Kevin La Rue

    Nice shot Brian – for once a very interesting fisheye image which I usually shy away from. Glad the sky worked out and the processing is unquestionably killer.  ;-)

  • https://plus.google.com/109152492270979390290 Alize Marlow

    Love the angle

  • https://plus.google.com/106453531239987697809 Brian Bonham

    Geez Bri, I always have fantastic ideas, you're just too busy blabberin' to hear them.  And I'm surprised my red chucks don't show hanging in this sweet shot.

  • https://plus.google.com/108705174211639807508 Brian Matiash

    Thanks much, +Kevin La Rue . One day, you and I will be at the same place long enough to go out on a shoot together. I hope your 2013 is starting off well!

  • https://plus.google.com/116552956451564610592 Ram Pratap

    welll nice its shot prove your own fantastic ideas

  • https://plus.google.com/116688360931877387839 Jasbir Singh


  • https://plus.google.com/102198166653137572272 Mona Sorte

    i guess was shot by using fish eye lens???guys m i right??

  • https://plus.google.com/104789870302915500915 Boris Manic


  • https://plus.google.com/100222110700808819579 Nicole Halsey

    Looks cool! :D

  • https://plus.google.com/105720179724732586006 sujith manjummel

    cool ..

  • http://luisdossantos.net Luis

    great colours in this image Brian. What a pity that the security guard didn’t let you stay there longer for you to make even more great images.

  • https://plus.google.com/111407241663032951300 Erin Gustafson

    Very cool shot!