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By |2013-02-11T10:06:06+00:00Feb 11th, 2013|

I get a chuckle whenever I think about how my face was pressed against the barrier gate of the 86th Floor Observation deck at the Empire State Building. I had to get right up in there in with my camera to have enough room to crane down and frame up this shot. It took several minutes until there were enough yellow cabs to make the shot worth it but I’m glad that it paid off in the end.

The processing method here was very deliberate. It was important to bring out the yellows as much as possible but I didn’t want to go with the opposing color on the color wheel, blue. Rather, I decided to use temperature and luminance as my contrast mediums. Given how freaking cold it was up there that day, I think I’d much rather have the impression of warmth here. :)

In terms of processing
Stylization was achieved using onOne Software Perfect Effects 4. I combined a Soft Light blend of Autumn and Moulin Rouge. I also added some custom Tone and Color Enhancers to bring out texture and warmth in color temperature.

Next, I sent the image to FocalPoint 2.1, where I limited focus to the center portion of the frame. I felt that this helped bring the eye specifically where I wanted it to go along with adding that pleasing miniature world effect that you normally get using Tilt Shift lenses.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

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  1. Joe Frazee February 11, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Very cool +Brian Matiash and thanks for the insight on the processing. Now if only I could find some yellows cabs around here.

  2. Scott King February 11, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

    The thumbnail in my feed almost didn't look real. At first I thought it was a screenshot from a game or something. Then I realized it was one of your posts and was like "oh cool that's legit."

  3. SanD Romair February 11, 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

    tiltshift win!

  4. Nora Hoffman Liberty February 11, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Very cool shot!  Excellent work in processing.  :)

  5. Charles Malenfant February 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Spectacular! Absolutely love this!

  6. Karl Lindsay February 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply


  7. Julie Ware Mark Art Productions February 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Great view from the 86th.

  8. Joe Gallagher Jr. February 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    love it!

  9. Toby Harriman February 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Love it!

  10. Rick Aguirre February 12, 2013 at 3:19 am - Reply

    The selective DOF is arresting

  11. bokeh baby February 13, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Love it, cabs jumb out at the viewer. Worth the wait Brian.

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