When in doubt, shoot what’s in front of you

When in doubt, shoot what’s in front of you

By |2013-12-29T17:46:49+00:00Nov 30th, 2013|
Earlier today, +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham, +Jeffrey Yen and I went on a trip to Washington in search of a particular waterfall that looked very promising. Despite following the directions that the PacNW Waterfalls website provided, we were totally clueless as to whether we were getting closer or nowhere near our destination. After a bit, we decided to just forget looking for the bloody waterfall and opted to pay focus to the other cool scenes that we took stock of while driving down the forest road. In most cases, the best laid plans just don’t pan out, but I’ll be damned if that’s a reason not to find something beautiful to photograph.

This photo was edited with Nik Analog Efex Pro. I applied the Bokeh filter so that the lower third of the frame was kept sharp while the trees and sky were rendered just slightly out of focus. I also really dig this particular processing effect that one of the camera presets provided (with some refinement).


  1. Tim Buckner November 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I love shooting water!

  2. Valerij Karpinchik November 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Awesome LE on the water! and a nice overall processing. I wish you did not use that bokeh filter though ;)

  3. Dave Bell November 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Good advice… I also follow the 180 degree rule… you might be surprised after shooting something cool what you might find if you just turn around!

  4. Amy Heiden November 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I dig this processing. Analog Efex makes my heart smile.

  5. Mohammad Salim November 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Brian Matiash your so good

  6. Steve Martin December 1, 2013 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Shoot what is behind you too!

  7. Linda Erwin-Gallagher December 1, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply


  8. Kayla Kolmer December 1, 2013 at 10:39 am - Reply

    That's pretty

  9. Sunny Wu December 1, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Great shot!!!

  10. Pieter Pretorius December 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Great shot +Brian Matiash

  11. George Fletcher December 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Sorry you didn't find the waterfall:(

  12. Kayla Kolmer December 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply


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