The Light At The End Of A Long Day

The Light At The End Of A Long Day

By |2013-01-16T17:18:05+00:00Jan 14th, 2013|

After getting up around 4AM last Thursday to catch a flight to Vegas, meeting up with Matt Kloskowski, spending an inordinate amount of money at REI to stock up on cold weather clothing, and then driving out to Death Valley, all of our hustle and bustle was rewarded with a gorgeous sunset at Zabriskie Point, near Furnace Creek, inside of Death Valley National Park. The combination of cloud coverage and hazy, warm sunlight made this a hard sunset to beat. It also set the stage for what turned out to be four days of immense fun and photography with some of my very favorite people here on Google+.

I’ve got a slew of images that I am excited to share in the coming weeks but for now, I’m just glad to be home with my family. I suspect I’ll be returning here again after PSW Vegas in September, though.

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro. You really needed to tone-map here if you had any chance of bringing out the details in the foreground mountains while also retaining the splendor of the sun and sky.

In onOne Software Perfect Effects 4, I applied Angel Glow and a custom Tone Enhancer that was applied solely to the foreground using a masking bug.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

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  1. onnie hull January 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    what a gift to be able to share this experience and all that goes with it with good friends making forever memories!! this is gorgeous +Brian Matiash … glad you made it home safe and sound!!

  2. Amy Heiden January 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    This is awesome. Love the sky. Wish we had made it in time to shoot this with you guys.

  3. Ben T January 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    can your camera bracket for 7 shots or do you use another way of calculating exposure intervals

  4. Brian Bonham January 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply


  5. Robert Ottinger January 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    What a great photo  – looks like a frame from Game of Thrones.

  6. Brian Matiash January 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    +Ben T The Canon 5D Mark III is capable of automatically shooting seven brackets in-camera.

  7. Ron Paulk January 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Brain shoots with a 5dMkIII which will auto bracket 7 frames.

  8. Swee Oh January 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply


  9. Robert Ottinger January 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I have that camera too – it is an amazing thing but you really know how to use it and it shows.

  10. Charlie B johnson January 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    wow it looks superb..

  11. Wick Sakit January 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    +Ben T  for Canon shooters whom don't have the Mark lll
    there is a program called Magic Lantern that can allow you more bracketing
     and +Brian Matiash that is a truly fantastic photo!

  12. Joseph Fanvu January 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! What a moment!

  13. joel cleare January 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Can't wait to see you series on Death Valley ! Especially the GPS coordinates

  14. Ravishankar L January 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Very nice

  15. LuDwiKa GarCia MaRQueZ January 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply


  16. Paul Alderete January 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Very LOTR… awesome

  17. Jina Shah January 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply


  18. Susan LaDuke January 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    A truly stunning sunset photo it is!

  19. Andor Lakatos January 15, 2013 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Man its amazing……

  20. Marie Agnes Marotte January 15, 2013 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Very beautifull

  21. Bhavishya Mehra January 15, 2013 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Amazing.. :)

  22. Diana Trejo January 15, 2013 at 4:19 am - Reply


  23. Scott King January 15, 2013 at 5:41 am - Reply

    What's it like when a group of real photographers go to shoot a location together? Does everyone end up side by side shooting the same thing? Do you end up really separated cause you're off doing your own thing or what?

  24. Barb Cochran January 15, 2013 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Hey +Brian Matiash , did you know you have been nominated for Best Architectural Photographer at  I voted.  Way to go!

  25. Mike Schroepfer January 15, 2013 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I can get from my house to Stove Pipe Wells on one tank of gas.  All these photos of Death Valley makes me want to load up my truck and brave the cold.

  26. Chris Lazzery January 15, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Aww yeah. Ultra dramatic. Nice spin on this spot.

  27. Ric Hugo January 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Nice shot

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