The Path of Least Resistance, Solitary I

By |2014-08-25T10:10:47+00:00May 12th, 2014|
I’ve been working on a series for about 2 years now called The Path of Least Resistance. The study was born in my head shortly after moving to Portland (the first time) and visiting a bunch of the waterfalls, rivers, and tributaries in the region. While the waterfalls themselves are usually the main draw for visitors, I find myself mesmerized by the characteristics of running water as it flows over, under, and around obstacles like rocks and tree limbs. So for these few years, I’ve been capturing hundreds of these instances and am working on a little project that encapsulates my favorites.

I took this photo yesterday afternoon with Brian Bonham. We were initially a bit discouraged when we arrived at Wahclella Falls because the sun was out in full force, creating some very harsh shadows and mottled light. It was Brian who started double stacking filters, which required extra long shutter speeds and provided some truly ethereal results. I followed suit, realizing that his idea made it easy to salvage the day. With this photo, I stacked a 3-stop IRND filter on top of my 10-stop IRND filter, both made my the fine folks at Formatt-Hitech. This let me drag the shutter of my Sony A7 to 30-seconds… more than enough time to get some fun results. Afterwards, I edited the photo in Nik Analog Efex Pro and Lightroom 5.4.


  1. Eleanor Preger May 12, 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply


  2. Ken Powell May 12, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I too have those feelings when I head to the Gorge. I will have to try that next time. I go up so often that I think that "Oh well, I will try again next week."

    I need to try other things like "The Brian's do". Thanks for the suggestion/reminder.

  3. David Roma May 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Nice work +Brian Matiash , look forward to seeing more.. I recently got a tiffen variable ND, will be interesting to see how it performs :)

  4. O. Sydney May 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Great photo +Brian Matiash ,    +David Roma a variable ND, keen to read your thoughts on it when you've used it

  5. David Roma May 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    No worries +O. Sydney will let you know, so far seems super good over 50mm at 16mm starts to get x ing when near max, but not sure at how many stops yet.

  6. O. Sydney May 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    cool and thanks mate

  7. George Fletcher May 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Love this isolation!

  8. Dave Kennard May 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Great work +Brian Matiash. This angle also abstracts away the scale of the scene – I can't tell whether the rock and fall are large or tiny.

  9. Steve Skinner May 13, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply


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