Breaking Formation

After successfully installing a new doggy door for Kodak earlier today, Brian Bonham and I rewarded ourselves with a very leisurely drive out to the Gorge. Our original destination was the Women’s Forum. With the pretty and complex cloud formations, we thought it’d offer a really nice, elevated vantage point. The only problem was that it was a one shot wonder. So, after scrapping that idea, we decided to return to an always fun place, Dalton Point.

The shoot itself was nice in so far as it was very relaxing. I also had an opportunity to break in my new Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod system and all I can say is wow! It performed beyond expectations. Look for a review on that from me soon.

Brian and I shot these pylons for about 30 minutes, up until a menacing bank of clouds completely eradicated any warm light we had in the distance (you can barely make it out though those clouds). Instead, we turned our attention to the other side of the boat launch, where the sun offered up a bit more warm light. All in all, it was a wonderful and relaxing evening.

In terms of processing
This is a 66 second exposure using my Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter on my 5D Mark II and 70-200 lens. All of the editing and stylization was done in Lightroom. I wanted to keep the processing to a minimum here as I really think the image stands on its own.

  • Gujjari Venu

    wow very peace, nice

  • Daniel Koellmann
  • Mike McCune

    sick shot dude, well done

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  • Tawni Henlin

    LOL Wendy Chase and I were out there this morning. Love your shot and the processing, the blues are wonderful. We couldn't figure out how to get down to a good vantage point there. Was it just a matter of hiking down through the brush???

  • Shaden Mohamed

    eerilly beautiful

  • Brian Bonham

    +Tawni Henlin you gotta get out the machete and push through the rough ;)

    Love how this shot turned out +Brian Matiash.

  • Tawni Henlin

    Or find some nice gentleman or two that will cut a path for us +Brian Bonham. ;)

  • Dominique Dubied

    Wonderful long exposure, was worth the wait!

  • Chris DaSilva



    Cool pic

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  • Davide Baù

    What a great shot, +Brian Matiash ! A very relaxing atmosphere, at least while watching away from the clouds :-)

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  • Adrián Cantarone

    Una fotografia tranquila i al vespre, bastant relaxant.

  • Mandy Jones

    beautiful image, very relaxing to look at as well!

  • Fatima H

    Paysage triste mais très beau, j'ai adorée cette photo.

  • rex penamante

    Thanks for sharing. Beginners like me learn a lot from people like you who are unselfish in sharing their knowledge.

  • Laura A

    C'est beau et calme !

  • Karen Gugel

    wow, can't get enough of pictures like this, so much in such a simple subject.

  • Shelly Gunderson

    Lovely image!

  • Ashleigh Earley

    nice work :)

  • Karen Hutton

    Beeeeyouuuuuutiful!! You should do photography for a living +Brian Matiash.

  • gregory matasio

    That was awsome bruh, you can do it again with me being included

  • Brian Matiash

    +Karen Hutton Only if you're there alongside with me!

  • Juana Reascos

    This  is really wonderful

  • Karen Hutton

    OK!! :D