Yosemite in the absence of color

By |2014-01-11T10:14:30+00:00Jan 4th, 2014|
I’m about to head out the door to dabble in some astral photography before leaving Yosemite National Park tomorrow and wanted to share this photo taken earlier while strolling around Yosemite Village. The sky was an overall bust today but that didn’t do anything to dampen our resolve as we spent a good chunk of the day focusing on the Merced River and all of its wonderful little waterfalls and channels.

After lunch, I turned my lens up to the massive canyon walls that surrounded us. Knowing that I’d be processing these photos in black and white, I decided to embrace the pure blue sky and work on filling the frame with interesting shapes and flows. I really like the sense of scale that is introduced with the trees that you see growing along the ridge line.

We’ve got one more day tomorrow but all signs point to another day of blue skies which just means more fun time scrambling along the Merced. Not too shabby at all!

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  1. Robert Bussey January 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply


  2. Ray Harris January 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Looks good in B&W!

  3. Róża Gąska January 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    super wyglada

  4. Alex Inglis January 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    This is a profound Black-n white +Brian Matiash. May I ask to what the over all size is going to be? It's a gorgeous shot!

  5. David Hill January 5, 2014 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Nice, was this converted with SilverEfex or Snapseed tools inChrome +Brian Matiash?

  6. Timothy Selvage January 5, 2014 at 3:51 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I've been following you for a while now and can't help but express how original and fresh your work is. When I see your photography on G+ it strikes me as your vision for composition is so engaging.  Thank you for sharing.

  7. Riccardo Gabbana January 5, 2014 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Great black sky +Brian Matiash , I normally get halos around other colours' borders when using Lightroom black&white panel to darken blues… :(

  8. Alex Sage January 5, 2014 at 4:48 am - Reply

    The sky's like cosmic dark matter ^_^

  9. Małgorzata Fic January 5, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply


  10. Vincent McMillen January 5, 2014 at 6:42 am - Reply

    How's the A7 holding up there +Brian Matiash?

  11. Shelly Gunderson January 5, 2014 at 7:49 am - Reply


  12. Brian Matiash January 5, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    +Vincent McMillen it's a freaking champ. Took it out last night for star shooting for the first time and the output files were outstanding. Loving this camera.

  13. Brian Matiash January 5, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    +Timothy Selvage thank you so much – I am very humbled.

  14. Brian Matiash January 5, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    +David Hill The b/w conversion was done exclusively in Silver Efex Pro 2.

  15. Meisch Roger January 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Very good shot

  16. George Fletcher January 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Love the effect of the black sky!

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