The pedestrians of Face Rock

By |2013-03-16T14:34:53+00:00Mar 16th, 2013|

I took this shot when I visited Bandon, OR with +Matt Kloskowski about two months ago. There was a large grouping of these seagulls and I remember hustling to get into position so that I had Face Rock on the right and the setting sun on the left. The key was to get into position without scaring the birds. Thankfully, most of them stood relatively still during the long exposure but I’m also glad that some moved, giving that ghosting look.

In terms of processing
The actual stylization was done in Lightroom 4.3. Mostly just exposure and color correction. I then sent the image to onOne Software FocalPoint 2 to render the background slightly out of focus.

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  1. Ron Hozeman March 16, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I like the effect that there are some faded birds, it kinda gives a feeling of bird activity.

  2. maksola bitad March 16, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Your shot is really nice but your correction makes it un natural so keep having such photos but don't correct it coz you can not correct nature rather you take it as it is.

  3. William Johnston March 16, 2013 at 10:24 am - Reply

    It is hard to get a long exposure with animals in the picture

  4. meg lee March 16, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    +maksola bitad  I find it hard to believe you are some sort of authority on nature photos.  Photography is an Art; which means the creation of it, and enjoyment of it are both subjective and true in agency and to he who beholds it.   If the artist needs to adjust the photo to represent what they see in their mind's eye, then that's what they have to do.  It is within your realm as the observer to "not like it" and say so, but an unsolicited opinion telling him how to take photos is insulting.

  5. Cameron Siguenza March 16, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    A modern camera is an engineered product made of metal and glass with microprocessors – I want to see art as the photographer sees it, not something a camera simply produces and deposits. Nice work Brian :)

  6. Kim Troutman March 16, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful

  7. Darren Neupert March 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    "morning commute"

  8. Ashley Bieber March 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    That is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Paul Davies March 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply


  10. Eileen O'Sullivan March 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    This a stunning photo. I am looking at it. It's so serial. Like your there. It's wonderful work.

  11. Yassine Wah March 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Nice :)

  12. Farzad Ghasemzadeh March 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply


  13. Thomas Eriksson March 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Wow as always +Brian Matiash I love the colors in this one. And thank you for all your work on the perfect inspiration series, it has helped me tremendously!

  14. Julia Peterson March 17, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    puuurrrdy +Brian Matiash

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