Beauty in chaos

By |2013-03-18T13:28:54+00:00Mar 18th, 2013|

So there I was, chatting away with some of Melbourne’s wonderful local photographers when I got a call from Nicole S. Young. She was further ahead on the route for our Melbourne, Australia photowalk. She frantically told me to make my way over to her because she found something that she was sure I’d love.

That gal knows me well. When I made my way to her and saw this beauty of a laneway, I immediately went to town. I had my Canon 24-105 on but I knew that it was time to let the Canon 15mm Fisheye Funk Buster stretch its legs. My fellow walkers were kind beyond words, helping to ensure the scene remained pedestrian-free while I framed and fired my brackets. I have a bunch of shots from these laneways and when I get a bit stale with working on landscapes, all I need to do is give these images some love to get back on track.

What’s even cooler is that Hendrik Ebber managed to get a shot of me nabbing this very image!

In terms of processing
This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image and stylized using Lightroom 4.3’s Develop Module.


  1. Claire Siconolfi March 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    That is stunning, the colours are wonderful.

  2. Nicole S. Young March 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply


  3. Mary Wardell March 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Amazing! You were wise to listen to Nicole.

  4. Brian Matiash March 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    +Mary Wardell Shhh. Don't let her hear that!

  5. Chuck Mitchell March 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    You've done it again!!!  Great shot +Brian Matiash!!! A good man ALWAYS listens to his wife!!!  LOL!!!

  6. kimberton pemberly March 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    i like my self portrait. 
    i look purty as a PinkHead.

  7. kimberton pemberly March 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    i think the moral of the story is::
    always follow +Nicole S. Young everywhere

  8. Basia Schwartz March 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, love this image. You have got to thank that girl for telling you about this.

  9. Scott King March 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Awww the best part of the photo is that +Nicole S. Young was looking out for you +Brian Matiash. It's so cute!

  10. jd silvers March 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    that look sick

  11. Al Christensen March 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    What a brilliant shot!
    I love our laneways, they are a unique and ever changing part of home.
    You can rely on +Hendrik Ebber to capture behind the scenes action beautifully!

  12. Lee Daniels March 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    You guys are having way too much fun!  I'm afraid you'll neve come home…

  13. Tony Adams March 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I love living in Melbourne.  So many incredibly beautidul places to shoot.  What a wonderful set of photos here – well dont to all!

  14. Grace Roberts March 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Even more to love about where I live.  The best city.

  15. Hendrik Ebber March 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    This is where the fisheye really shines, isn't it, +Brian Matiash.
    Melbourne is a beautiful city. A place I love to visit as often as I can. So many places to see and shoot.
    Thank you for the plus mention and the reshare too, Brian. Hope you and Nicole got home without too much fuss..

  16. Sherri Young March 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    that is awesome!!

  17. Sharon March 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Fabulous, Brian…..good thing you found your soulmate…:D

  18. William Z. March 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Super sweet.  I do love urban art.

  19. William Morgan March 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I love how Melbourne'embraces good street art and it's great to see it on G+! I walk past here most days… :)

  20. Gary March 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Remember always, happy wife, happy life!!! Great shot!

  21. Lionel Luu March 19, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Melbourne (politicians) doesn't embrace it. It's the people. I remember taking photos in those alleys as a student. there used to be a lot more…

  22. Chris Robins March 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply


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