PDX, I love ya

PDX, I love ya

By |2013-01-16T21:36:56+00:00Jan 16th, 2013|

After spending the better part of a week hustling around Death Valley, slinging my camera every which way, I have to say that touching down in PDX was a very sweet moment. I know I’ve expressed my love of Portland but as they say about absence and its impact of the fondness of hearts.

So, while I am enjoying the wonderful work that my compatriots are posting from our Death Valley trip, I figured I’d share this little staple of the Portland skyline. During the holiday season, the reindeer is adorned with a cute, red light on its nose. :)

In terms of processing
So yeah… the original sky in this image was oh so boring. So, I used +onOne Software Perfect Mask 5.2 to mask it out and replaced it with a different sky. I also used the radial blur filter in Photoshop CS6 to give it this sense of motion that you see. Then, I converted to black and white using Perfect B&W. Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

[map w=”745″ h=”185″ lat=”45.523573″ lon=”-122.670485″ marker=”yes” z=”17″ maptype=”SATELLITE” 852 /]



  1. Sathya Murthy January 16, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply


  2. Angie Smith January 16, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Home is a good place.  Especially when it's Portland.

  3. Michael Stenhjem January 16, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Love the mood and composition Great photo!

  4. Kat Tehranchik January 16, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

    We aren't just grey – we are layers of grey!

  5. Klaus Heeskens January 16, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash Really stunning work. +++++

  6. Jeffrey Zahnow January 16, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

    good capture.

  7. Andrew Keippela January 16, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

    damn, I love this!

  8. lindsey hammond January 16, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    grey like my soul

  9. Jeff Oates January 16, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Love Portland!  My wife is from Portland!

  10. Joe Frazee January 16, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Love the b&w processing. Very cool!

  11. Ricardo Lagos January 16, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    you trickster…

  12. Frank Arbuckle January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    This I love. I love old signs and against this sky…truly beautiful.

  13. Darren Odden January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Sometimes it is about the love of our home town that really comes through

  14. Manuela Azevedo January 16, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply


  15. Michael Riffle January 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Portland has an airport? Figured you'd have to drive down from Seattle.

  16. Joseph Linaschke January 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Sorry we missed you on this trip +Brian Matiash, hopefully next time!

  17. Justin Settle January 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Down the Eastbank, across the Steel Bridge, down Tom McCall park, across the Hawthorne, repeat.  One of my favorite things to do when I'm in town.  Or stand at the top of the Aerial Tram humming the theme to Simcity.

  18. Jonathan Wilbur January 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Very cool shot!

  19. Michael Clemens January 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    My little girl just looked at this image and said "Woah!"

    My sentiments exactly.

  20. Brian Matiash January 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    +Michael Clemens That's so awesome to hear! :)

  21. Nelson Jones Kimambo January 17, 2013 at 2:54 am - Reply


  22. Boris Manic January 17, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    nice shot!

  23. Paul van der Heyde January 18, 2013 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Great picture, thanks for the detailed info on processing!

  24. Magdalene CL January 19, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply


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