Photo Tip: Go Against The Grain

Photo Tip: Go Against The Grain

By |2015-07-16T09:29:07+00:00Jul 16th, 2015|

Several years ago, I visited the charming town of Port Townsend in Washington state for the first time. I fell in love immediately with how quaint the area was. It was apparent the second I drove my vehicle off of the ferry that shuttled us over. However, despite its small town charm, the area was really packed with people, especially when we got to the shore and docks. That was something I hadn’t expected. The adjacent beach was teeming with people, which seemed odd to me because the weather was not exactly pleasant and that usually acts as a deterrent for most folks. I quickly realized that the reason for the crowds was a homemade boat launch race that was about to happen. Everyone had congregated to see the floating contraptions that were being raced into the water.

After a few minutes of watching the event, I turned around and my jaw dropped. Behind me was the entire dock free of anyone else. Had I not turned around to look where everyone else was not, I would have missed this golden opportunity. So, I made my way past the crowd and enjoyed about an hour of unfettered, uninterrupted shooting time here, ultimately walking away with some photos that I truly cherish. And it serves as a worthwhile photo tip that it can pay to go against the grain every now and then.


  1. Brian Matiash Photography July 16, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Thank you, Roberto! :)

  2. Chris Stern July 16, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

    A lot of times you go shooting and always look forward but never turn around. I have done that a lot so this is a great reminder. Thank you for sharing.

  3. lee kivi July 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Good point! Just recently I’ve learned (and remembered) to kind of do a 360 look around before and after I shoot.

  4. Samaira Khan July 22, 2015 at 6:40 am - Reply
  5. NiagaraTim August 11, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    did you ever get the chance to shoot any of the boats in the race? there would have been some cool looking boats that may have raced by…

    • Brian Matiash August 11, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

      I shot a few of them briefly but quickly realized that I wasn’t into it… not nearly as much as I was with the emptiness of the pier.

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