AtopNYC_BrianMatiash

Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of

I love thinking about all of the precarious situations we’re willing to put ourselves and our camera gear in just to get the shot. Standing on the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, I was more than protected from falling to my doom but that didn’t stop me from resting my camera of the very edge of the outer rest just beyond the protective fence to get this sweeping view of midtown and downtown Manhattan. As far as I was concerned, there wasn’t a decision to be made here. I had the ultrawide 15mm Funk Buster Fisheye lens on and in order to maximize the area of the city that I wanted to include, I had to get that camera as far out as possible.

So, fighting back every urge to shiver from the freakishly cold weather, I pressed my shutter button while bracing the camera with my arms fully outstretched through the holes in the fence. Bracketing was a must here – allowing me to retain the beautiful burst of the sun along with the minute details of the city below.

In the distance, you can see the soon-to-be-constructed Freedom Tower (Never Forget) and to the right of it, you can see a little blip that makes up the Statue of Liberty (which, sadly, is closed indefinitely due to damages from Superstorm Sandy). If you look just below the centerline and to the left, you’ll also see the iconic Flatiron building. Man, do I love home.

In terms of processing
This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was done in onOne Software Perfect Effects 4. I combined Moulin Rouge with a soft light blend_, a tiny amount of Magic Sunset to bring out more of the warm tones, and a custom Tone Enhancer to bring out detail in the city.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

  • https://plus.google.com/104507258614141011373 Majeed Badizadegan

    I like where you placed the sun

  • https://plus.google.com/106453531239987697809 Brian Bonham

    Dig it!

  • https://plus.google.com/106020745084647886919 Amy Heiden

    Killer! Love the sunstar and the fish eye perspective. 

    (snickers) Alicia Keys…

  • https://plus.google.com/110949655967512985542 Noah Katz

    Awesome shot +Brian Matiash! I love the sun hovering above the city. Really cool.

  • https://plus.google.com/114204771147893701803 martin haschke

    Very nice!

  • https://plus.google.com/112471890387110967375 Karen Hutton

    GAHHHHHH!!! This is absolutely incredible +Brian Matiash!! Dangling one's junk over the edge in the open air DOES make for some magic. :D Gorrrrrrrrrgeous!!

  • https://plus.google.com/107985065840016326900 Janeth Gonzalez

    Wowww no comments.

  • https://plus.google.com/108705174211639807508 Brian Matiash

    +Karen Hutton You and I are due to hit up NYC together. Now that'd be an event.

  • https://plus.google.com/105769095837206732095 Matias Vicentino

    Woo amazing picture, really wonderfull.

  • https://plus.google.com/110703736510752945639 Bert Kaulaity

    It's alive, concrete growth, and there is no cure!

  • https://plus.google.com/117060447370778888373 Ivan Boden

    +Brian Matiash  I love it!

  • http://scottstarksphotography.com Scott Starks

    Brian, I love the composition. The road stretching into the distance really draws you in. Fantastic capture.

  • https://plus.google.com/105064365891174890579 Lori Parsells

    It was worth it! Spectacular!

  • https://plus.google.com/117060447370778888373 Ivan Boden

    +Karen Hutton I dunno about "dangling one's junk" over the edge, but a camera… that I don't mind doing. hehe! ;-)

  • https://plus.google.com/102989419872729255436 Joseph Fanvu

    Fantastic! I love how you framed the city between the water in this shot.

  • https://plus.google.com/114915192658716180341 Alfredo Mora

    Stunning photo Brian! Amazing perspective. Well done!

  • https://plus.google.com/102494567360898533795 Nora Hoffman Liberty

    Love the fisheye and framing.  :)

  • https://plus.google.com/103536058873211320117 Maria John

    ~Great shot! Absolutely gorgeous view :D

  • https://plus.google.com/114472516293670669097 Scott King

    +Brian Matiash Any chance this or a pic from this set will end up in Perfect Inspiration? I'd love to see the actual stylizing workflow in Perfect Effects.

  • https://plus.google.com/108705174211639807508 Brian Matiash

    +Scott King Good question. I don't think it'd end up on PI only because I am not sure I have a meaningful anecdote to associate it with (other than putting ourselves and our gear in precarious situations – which I don't necessarily want to advocate :) )

    However, I am starting a new series here at onOne that will replace the webinars I used to do with shorter, more targeted recorded screencasts. So, each episode would be the processing of a single image. It'd be like an episode of PI without the text or downloadable content. It'd focus more on the various uses of the Suite. So in that respect, I can certainly see this appearing.

  • https://plus.google.com/106131533046921693069 PJ Ammidon

    That's an epic NYC shot +Brian Matiash !

  • https://plus.google.com/101920446365251607478 Bo Nielsen

    Awesome photo +Brian Matiash

  • https://plus.google.com/112471890387110967375 Karen Hutton

    +Brian Matiash you're ON!! NYC is on my list, it's just a matter of When. You'll be my #1 call!!
    +Ivan Boden .. hahah.

  • https://plus.google.com/114980226917966801727 Anders Palovaara

    Love it !

  • https://plus.google.com/111852736278437238002 elham molaee

    very nice

  • https://plus.google.com/116030333348800505152 Desiree Fernandez

    good shoot

  • https://plus.google.com/108694901442906367165 SD Davis

    THIS is an amazing shot snd ur superb post processing skills

  • https://plus.google.com/118145613037992351419 willy junior yahil contamana

    excellent snapshot

  • https://plus.google.com/102775272515041922828 shazard mohammed

    Amazing

  • https://plus.google.com/115508682846794336841 Michael Johnson

    Amazing

  • https://plus.google.com/118073255997995956789 Angela Roberts

    This world is amazing

  • https://plus.google.com/117384586396465015336 Carolyn Harp

    beautiful….gopro?

  • https://plus.google.com/107701521593093027028 Juan Torture

    Nice"

  • https://plus.google.com/111956101615845226631 eddie finn

    A thing of beauty is a joy forever!!! Great shot

  • https://plus.google.com/117935840387428845554 asaad alzubidi

    رائعة

  • https://plus.google.com/101552931446012891375 Agustinus Songupnuan

    Amazing

  • https://plus.google.com/113343876536731798051 Shey CG

    Is beautiful! I love!

  • https://plus.google.com/117903621909121157102 Jeff Nicholls

    incredible photo +Brian Matiash Now, wouldn't that make an awesome print!

  • http://joeligammari.om Joe Ligammari

    As a Brooklyn….”You Nailed It”

  • https://plus.google.com/110363001197782815712 Marie Agnes Marotte

    Joli

  • https://plus.google.com/106524743375058927893 Laura A

    très belle !

  • https://plus.google.com/116319888016197525030 Jessica Hendelman

    Wow +Brian Matiash that's beautiful!

  • https://plus.google.com/108701368289358032940 Jessica Byrd

    :)

  • https://plus.google.com/110210151283953685497 joshna suganthamalar

    wowwww… :)

  • https://plus.google.com/110717739354220104193 Dharmendra Kumar

    Lovely