Breaking Formation

By |2013-01-26T21:09:52+00:00Jan 26th, 2013|

After successfully installing a new doggy door for Kodak earlier today, Brian Bonham and I rewarded ourselves with a very leisurely drive out to the Gorge. Our original destination was the Women’s Forum. With the pretty and complex cloud formations, we thought it’d offer a really nice, elevated vantage point. The only problem was that it was a one shot wonder. So, after scrapping that idea, we decided to return to an always fun place, Dalton Point.

The shoot itself was nice in so far as it was very relaxing. I also had an opportunity to break in my new Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod system and all I can say is wow! It performed beyond expectations. Look for a review on that from me soon.

Brian and I shot these pylons for about 30 minutes, up until a menacing bank of clouds completely eradicated any warm light we had in the distance (you can barely make it out though those clouds). Instead, we turned our attention to the other side of the boat launch, where the sun offered up a bit more warm light. All in all, it was a wonderful and relaxing evening.

In terms of processing
This is a 66 second exposure using my Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter on my 5D Mark II and 70-200 lens. All of the editing and stylization was done in Lightroom. I wanted to keep the processing to a minimum here as I really think the image stands on its own.

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  1. Gujjari Venu January 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    wow very peace, nice

  2. Daniel Koellmann January 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash EPIC!

  3. Mike McCune January 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    sick shot dude, well done

  4. A Kan January 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply


  5. Ricardo Richardson January 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply
  6. Tawni Henlin January 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    LOL Wendy Chase and I were out there this morning. Love your shot and the processing, the blues are wonderful. We couldn't figure out how to get down to a good vantage point there. Was it just a matter of hiking down through the brush???

  7. Shaden Mohamed January 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    eerilly beautiful

  8. Brian Bonham January 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    +Tawni Henlin you gotta get out the machete and push through the rough ;)

    Love how this shot turned out +Brian Matiash.

  9. Tawni Henlin January 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Or find some nice gentleman or two that will cut a path for us +Brian Bonham. ;)

  10. Dominique Dubied January 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Wonderful long exposure, was worth the wait!

  11. Chris DaSilva January 27, 2013 at 12:24 am - Reply


  12. G.RAMAKRISHNA Krishna January 27, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Cool pic

  13. seus kudueramae January 27, 2013 at 1:33 am - Reply


  14. joisy joy January 27, 2013 at 1:57 am - Reply


  15. Davide Baù January 27, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

    What a great shot, +Brian Matiash ! A very relaxing atmosphere, at least while watching away from the clouds :-)

  16. Boris Manic January 27, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply


  17. Adrián Cantarone January 27, 2013 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Una fotografia tranquila i al vespre, bastant relaxant.

  18. Mandy Jones January 27, 2013 at 5:13 am - Reply

    beautiful image, very relaxing to look at as well!

  19. Fatima H January 27, 2013 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Paysage triste mais très beau, j'ai adorée cette photo.

  20. rex penamante January 27, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Beginners like me learn a lot from people like you who are unselfish in sharing their knowledge.

  21. Laura A January 27, 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    C'est beau et calme !

  22. Karen Gugel January 27, 2013 at 6:19 am - Reply

    wow, can't get enough of pictures like this, so much in such a simple subject.

  23. Shelly Gunderson January 27, 2013 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Lovely image!

  24. Ashleigh Earley January 27, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

    nice work :)

  25. Karen Hutton January 28, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Beeeeyouuuuuutiful!! You should do photography for a living +Brian Matiash.

  26. gregory matasio January 28, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    That was awsome bruh, you can do it again with me being included

  27. Brian Matiash January 28, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    +Karen Hutton Only if you're there alongside with me!

  28. Juana Reascos January 28, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

    This  is really wonderful

  29. Karen Hutton January 28, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

    OK!! :D

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