Bathing in crepuscular rays

By |2014-12-22T09:19:48+00:00Dec 22nd, 2014|

I don’t recall ever seeing a display of crepuscular rays quite as intense as the ones on this drive through a Washington forest road this past February. I was en route to Panther Creek Falls and as I approached the bend seen here, the sun belted out this wonderful sight. The foggy atmospheric conditions and low angle of the sun contributed a lot to it and, sure enough, within a few minutes, the rays were gone. It’s another example of why it’s so important to seize a photographic opportunity when it presents itself to you.

I took this photo with my Sony a7 and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens. The exposure was 1/60th of a second so a tripod wasn’t necessary. The key was getting the right amount of light and shadow play to accentuate the rays. Initially, I applied a more aggressive crop to reduce the dead space on the right of the frame but ended up leaving some of it there, as it added something to the image. Stylization was done in Lightroom.

6 Comments

  1. Matt Kloskowski December 22, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Dude, do you have a word-of-the-day calendar next to your desk? Crepuscular? :-) Great shot!

    • Brian Matiash Photography December 22, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

      I like to talk pretty sometimes. Mostly for you.

    • Bill Araujo December 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      As a former docent, crepuscular is one of my favorite words! Most people don’t have a clue but this photograph says it perfectly! Wonderful photo!

  2. Brian Bonham December 22, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

    This was one of my favorite moments this year. That light was amazing.

  3. […] Brian Matiash I don’t recall ever seeing a display of crepuscular rays quite as intense as the ones on this […]

  4. Bob Adams December 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    HOW DO YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS. WENT THERE ONCE AND COULD NOT FIND A WAY DOWN SAFELY.

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