It’s what we do

It’s what we do

By |2013-02-12T21:15:51+00:00Feb 12th, 2013|

There’s something very special about the nature and landscape photographer. When writing off our own bodies and well-being to keep our tripods stable just to get. the. shot. is commonplace, you know that something’s up. We climb, crawl, slide, jump, and dig to get the shot. We have no problems getting soaked with saltwater, baked in the desert sun, or get scraped up against a mountain… just as long as our camera stays dry, still and keeps exposing.

It’s just what we do.

I was really happy to capture a moment that encapsulates my point. Here is Matt Kloskowski taking refuge on an ocean rock as the tide came sweeping in. Now, I’ve seen Matt stand at the edge of much taller cliffs overlooking the ocean. I’ve also seen him subsequently get drenched from waves crashing and exploding against those cliffs. But he always comes back for more. It’s just what he does and I’m glad that I have an opportunity to share it with all of you.

In terms of processing
I applied a graduated filter in onOne Software Perfect Effects 4. The top part of the filter warmed the image while the bottom part cooled off the water. I masked the cooling effect off of Matt. I also applied Magic Ocean and a custom Tone Enhancer that was masked onto Matt and the rocks.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

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  1. Shell Karecki February 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Cool photo shot!!   Looks like your on another planet!!  *))

  2. Timothy Owen February 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Looks like mountain peaks above the clouds

  3. Guy Parkes February 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    great story to go with a great photo, you captured the essence of seascape photography in both

  4. Brian Matiash February 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    +Guy Parkes Cheers!

  5. Michael Quinn February 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Well said +Brian Matiash!, Well said!

  6. Christy Niña Ruiz February 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    nice view

  7. onnie hull February 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    he looks like he's riding on the back of a whale … or is it really late at night and i'm a crazy old lady??? either way, wonderful shot and narrative about 'getting the shot' !!!

  8. Graham Knights February 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Great words, +Brian Matiash !  Love the mood in this shot.

  9. Mungyu KIM February 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply


  10. Steve Martin February 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    we swim with the fishies! +1 for effort!

  11. Donna Boerners February 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    true :)

  12. Kevin La Rue February 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    How awesome a shot is that +Brian Matiash and +Matt Kloskowski Matt, you are one committed sonuvagun! ;-)

  13. veang naran February 13, 2013 at 12:21 am - Reply


  14. Mahilal Peiris February 13, 2013 at 12:38 am - Reply

    no words (y)

  15. Arshad Ali February 13, 2013 at 1:18 am - Reply


  16. Steve Darke February 13, 2013 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Marooned by natures forces, yet transfixed by the beauty of a calming light.

  17. Vivian Gonzalez February 13, 2013 at 3:49 am - Reply


  18. Laura Beltrán Arias February 13, 2013 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I envy you!!! it's amazing!!!! :D

  19. shafiq ullah February 13, 2013 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Very Serene!

  20. Kathy Porupski February 13, 2013 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Very cool shot +Brian Matiash! :-)

  21. Steve Kalman February 13, 2013 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Yes we do, but not without risk. I drenched/ruined a camera and lens (and took a very cold bath) at the base of a waterfall last fall. 

    Of course, that won't stop me from taking the risk again….

  22. Jordyn Todd February 13, 2013 at 6:39 am - Reply

    this is amazing i wish to be able to do this one day go anywhere and take pictures

  23. derek roe February 13, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Now… does he get back to dry land with all his gear dry (including himself)?

  24. 郭嘉龙 February 13, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply


  25. Shawn Woods February 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply


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