ZabriskiePointSunrise_BrianMatiash

The Rocks Awaken

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Zabriskie Point at sunset and sunrise (as pictured here). I would go far to say that this particular area is an ideal place for any budding landscape shooter to cut their teeth on. It offers so much in terms of studies in shape, shadow, contours, color… you get it.

On this particular morning, I was joined by my bard of merry and frozen over friends, Brian Bonham, Matt Kloskowski, Amy Heiden, and the Burro, Ricardo Lagos. We got to the site about 40 minutes before color started to show. Our early efforts paid off with us having our choice of position – which was a huge boon, especially after being joined by about 15 other photographers.

I love this shot, in particular, because of the varying plays on undulation. You’ve got waving planes, waving striations, and waving shadows. All of that coupled with the gorgeous, warm glow of the rising sun and you’ve got a beautiful depiction of nature.

In terms of processing
Very little needed to be done here. I used Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software to warm up the image and add some texture using custom Color and Tone Enhancers. I also brought out deeper shadows to accentuate the light/shadow play.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

  • https://plus.google.com/108058675047399135236 Vincenzo D C

    Beautiful shot. I really like how you worked the contrast here!

  • https://plus.google.com/112906930600694614415 Yeesha Paintshop

    Amazing! This is just beautiful! Great light and contrast +Brian Matiash

  • https://plus.google.com/111189191413904586130 Kim Troutman

    Great tones and shadows. Thank you for the info on how you processed it too.

  • https://plus.google.com/104731413562920608148 Chris Lazzery

    Sickness. Awesome layers and shadows.

  • https://plus.google.com/108417120160571178647 Dominique Dubied

    Awesome light +Brian Matiash ! It renders the curves of the rocks so well.

  • https://plus.google.com/107475588812092055487 Jens Ceder

    Yup!

  • http://blog.patriciadavidsonphotography.com Patricia Davidson

    Awesome image! Love all the shadows and curves. I hope to see this one day!

  • https://plus.google.com/106040199602138540991 Steve Dormer

    Great lighting and form

  • https://plus.google.com/100377493270775536948 Mark Esguerra

    Dang, one of the best shots of Zabriskie I've seen! Great shot!

  • https://plus.google.com/111204757488124368395 Jacob Lucas

    Cool landscape

  • https://plus.google.com/115314441236219970718 Sherri Young

    beautiful

  • https://plus.google.com/111453882560949523956 Janine Fugere

    What a truly spectacular image!!!

  • https://plus.google.com/105276834835666828102 Mark Watson

    Nice image.

  • https://plus.google.com/114860393629170534951 Dave Wilson

    The lighting in this image is quite superb, Brian. I've only been to Zabriskie Point once and it was also the only time I've had to use a rain cover on my SLR! The weather cleared up later, thank goodness.

  • https://plus.google.com/104789870302915500915 Boris Manic

    beautiful!

  • https://plus.google.com/114146891954237329747 Juana Reascos

    amazing

  • https://plus.google.com/107606220224160243985 faizal baig

    Nice click