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Brian Matiash has been at 21 events

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Elia Locardi2,326,159Join @109596219054914376350 and me on November 1st for a PPE Photo Walk in beautiful downtown NYC! The Photo Walk will begin at the Admiral David Farragut Monument in Madison Square Park at 3:00 PM and end around 6:00 PM, with stops along the way at other beautiful and iconic Manhattan locations! All are welcome to attend, including non-photographers. Learn about locations along the way as our knowledgeable guides from Walks of New York lead us through beautiful downtown NYC! Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with the photography community and get some great shots of New York City while having the chance to take home some truly epic prizes (valued at more than $5000) including: *NEW  @101496661132652292774 X-T1 WR kit with XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens * NEW Fujifilm X30 Compact camera * A  @114905632772991411436 G-DOCK EV * A $1,000 USD voucher for @100943160531451419208  * A @111418188450365346768 Ken Kaminesky Signature Edition ‘Master’ Filter Kit * A Formatt-Hitech Elia Locardi Signature Edition ‘Travel’ Filter Kit * Four @105285971776767934946  Vouchers for guided tours in NYC or Italy with Walks of Italy * Two X-Rite i1Display Pros with X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Kits * Five Licenses for @111931223719713971928 Perfect Photo Suite * A special giveaway from onOne Software for all participants Register for the event and be entered in the drawing for prizes at: http: bit.ly/walk-NYC Use the hashtag #walkNYC when posting to Social Media so we can follow along with your photo shares after the event. *An Important Note about Prizes:* You must be registered for the event with your real name as that information will be used to call out the Raffle Prize Winners. Only 1 entry is allowed per registrant and the winners MUST BE PRESENT or the prize will go to the next participant chosen that is present to receive it.NYC Photo Walk2014-11-01 20:00:0043  
Peak Design Team902Join the PD team as we countdown to the very end of our Slide and Clutch Kickstarter campaign (pkdsn.com/ks). Thank you everybody for your support, and we can't wait to get this new gear in your hands!Peak Design Slide/Clutch Kickstarter Countdown2014-08-16 00:50:00129  
Wick Sakit1,177,684Ladies and Gentlemen a year has passed already for this wonderful gathering!  This month @107732282190737721685  will be drinking and clicking at the Oregon Brew Festival ( http://www.oregonbrewfest.com )!  So come one and come all and make sure you have a safe way home!!!  @117044691112725530830, we know how to do it right! Don't forget to add the hashtag #drinkandclickpdx  to your photos :) Psss, it might or might not be @106453531239987697809's birthday so lets make sure its a day he wont remember :) Now for the monthly challenge! ----------------------------- The July Challenge is "Post Processing". The image on this post was taken near sunset in Port Aransas, TX, but the water wasn't yellow, and the sky wasn't green. I enjoyed making it appear that way, however. :-) I used Lightroom to make all the adjustments on this photo; the jumping off point was a Trey Ratcliff preset called "Turkish Blast." I made several adjustments after that, including additional graduated filters and spot brushing to achieve the final effect. Find Trey's V2 LR Presets here: http://goo.gl/bN5Zfd Submit your Post Processed photos from a Drink and Click™ Photowalk and win great prizes! See Details Here: http://goo.gl/tsEvGn Thanks to our great prize sponsors for July: @118357019708110162087  @101321238651335383520,  & @105237212888595777019's @108013589332077559621  * * * * +Drink and Click™ is simple: We meet at a venue to have a drink (alcohol consumption not required), talk about Photography, laugh and have fun together. Then we move to another venue, take pictures in between… and repeat until the night is over! We have photography challenges every month with prizes ranging from camera gear to local area business gift cards. Join us! Is there a Drink and Click™ in your area? www.drinkandclick.com Have questions? Want to lead a Chapter? Host an Event? drinkandclick@gmail.com We have a monthly On Air Show! Circle +The Drink and Click Show for updates and subscribe to Drink and Click™ on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DrinkandClick Join the Drink and Click™ Community on G+: http://goo.gl/R7hTZ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrinkAndClick Follow @DrinkandClick on Twitter: http://twitter.com/drinkandclick #drinkandclick   #photowalk   #photography   #challenge Drink & Click Portland Style2014-07-25 15:00:0026  
Karen Hutton1,805,979*I'm broadcasting LIVE from my very first photography show in Truckee, CA!* Along with hangout mates @112604879662105464702 @108705174211639807508 @109187026428012507334 and @110334215429099763864 we'll be talking about... _Getting your work out there_... _is print dead_... _why do a show_... _bringing your artistic vision to the world_... _what the heck *is* a Coffeebar?_ Who knows what ELSE we'll get into! I'll show you the venue - the photos and bring you to the Sierra Nevada mountains from around the world!  We'll be joined by a couple of surprise guests - and if all goes well, wind it all up with live music from an awesome band called Drop Theory! And if you miss the live 'cast... why, I'll post the recording of course. :DLIVE From Coffeebar in Truckee, California!2014-07-20 02:00:0070  
Wick Sakit1,177,684Join us for a @117044691112725530830  on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 with special guests and Global Nomads @112957708071337353347  and @113589303299711872490  It’s going to be a great night and participants will have a chance to win cool prizes from @114413282497900641316  , @111418188450365346768  Filters, @100266938567862344330  , Mind Shift Gear + and @118357019708110162087  !  The walk will begin at Ristretto Roasters where we’ll draw the winners of the Raffle Prizes. From there, we’ll walk over the Burnside Bridge, heading down towards the Saturday Market, stopping for drinks along the way. We’ll continue along the waterfront crossing back over the river via the Hawthorne bridge to shoot sunset. After the sunset shoot we’ll head to Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. for more drinks! Join us for a night of fun, photography and good company! This event will be going around Portland's Memorial Day celebration and we should have some fantastic long exposure opportunities for sunset from the Eastbank Esplanade!   Please remember to add the hashtag #drinkandclickpdx  to all photos you post :) Welcome to the #21 @107732282190737721685  ™ May's Chapter Wide Photography Challenge NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION To be eligible for this month's Drink and Click ™ challenge attendees need do the following:  We love our sponsors. This month we got @118357019708110162087  , @108059254813258363499  and @108013589332077559621  All you need to do to be eligible is to like their Facebook page and circle them here in Google+.          Google+                                                Facebook +SmugMug                                       http://goo.gl/QYHsrp +Lumoidit                                          http://goo.gl/xhavod              +Stuck In Customs                         http://goo.gl/06JM56 We would also love some of your internet love, so Circle Drink and Click's Google + Page at http://goo.gl/AmgV6and like our FB page at  http://goo.gl/2lsCE and if you have time join our Drink and Click community here in Google+ http://tinyurl.com/bjhpq27 This month's chapter wide challenge is "Long Exposure" Long-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. The paths of moving light sources become clearly visible. Some awesome examples of long exposure here: http://digital-photography-school.com/long-exposure-photography/ This month prizes brought to you by our awesome sponsors: 1st Place +SmugMug One year account 2nd Place +Lumoidit $30 gift card (Only valid for U.S) We can find alternative prize for worldwide members 3rd Place  +Stuck In Customs $20 off pre-sets or tutorials Challenge Rules: -Images must be taken on a Drink and Click ™ event during the month of May -Three images per person max -The images must be submitted into this event page -No WATERMARKS (This is mainly to remain anonymous during judging). We will seleDrink & Click Portland with special guests and Global Nomads Elia and Naomi Locardi!2014-05-24 19:30:0043  
Frederick Van Johnson617,455This week on TWiP... - Big changes at Google+ - Imagenomic releases Portraiture plug-in for video - Curating automated photography w/ @113803788626868279965 and @117032662305771778720 TWiP 359: Google+ Subtracts2014-05-06 02:46:0119  
Matt Glastonbury1,298,212Meet us on the steps.. we'll meander our way around to the botanical gardens after officially starting at 3pm. Proudly supported by @100041258117533917464 and @100511974001439225600Sydney Photowalk with Brian Matiash2014-04-12 14:30:0021  
Kelly DeLay1,330,821Join Photographers +Kelly DeLay, +Lotus Carroll, +Brian Matiash, +Amy Heiden and +James Brandon tonight at 9pm CT / 7pm PT as we discuss "Inspiration"  What or Who inspires you? How do you get yourself  How do trends influence your work? ... and more.What Inspires You?2013-11-21 04:00:005  
Google+10,604,567The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033845  
The F-Stops Here Podcast53Come join the wild and wacky F-Stops Here Podcast crew as they talk about all things photography! We will be joined by a very special guest this week- @108705174211639807508  from @108972862430615180924! They'll be taking questions (specifically around photo editing software: tips, tricks, favs, etc) and talking about the latest things happening in the photo world!The F Stops Here, Episode 342013-10-16 03:00:0022  
Thomas Hawk7,790,278One of our favorite San Francisco photographers is very shortly to become one of our favorite London photographers.  Yes, Chris Chabot has joined the flock at Twitter and is moving to LONDON! To send Chris off in style, we will be having one last epic Chris Chabot photowalk -- and what better place for a photowalk with Chris than the annual Burning Man Decompression event. If you have never shot Decom before, you are in for a treat.  It's a visual smorgasbord of pure delight. We will meet at the *second* entrance, near the corner of 20th and Minnesota Streets at 2:30 pm sharp.  Bring your Canon or Nikon or iPhone or Android... or better yet, be like Chris and bring a Leica!   Whatever you shoot, come and hang out with some great SF photographers and help send Chris off in style.  All skill levels welcome. It's $15 to enter Decom.  More details on the event here:  http://goo.gl/XkJlgnIt's the Chris Chabot Farewell Decompression Photowalk!!!!2013-10-13 23:30:00125  
The Weather Channel3,023,111*Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!* Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe. We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. *Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19.* You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday. A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page. Note: *Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be considered* We hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below. *HANGOUT SCHEDULE* 1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist). *Guests will include:* Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa  *HOA video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001298  
Nicole S. Young2,231,963I'm one of the featured artists at the RAW art show "En Masse" in San Jose on August 15! It's my first time displaying work at a show, so I'm pretty excited. *PLEASE NOTE*: To come to the show, you'll need to buy a *$10 ticket* ahead of time (online) so you can get on the list. Here's the link to get your ticket: http://www.rawartists.org/sanjose/enmasse/?artist=138629 There are some more details over on my blog post here: http://nicolesyblog.com/?p=14844RAW Art Show: En Masse2013-08-15 20:00:0025  
Trey Ratcliff8,450,051*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001374  
Trey Ratcliff8,450,051We have a great crew in to talk about all this stuff.  We'll get started with the fun news about the free Google Glass giveaway - cool!  Also, we'll be sharing new photos,  Google+ Discoveries, and more!   And even better, we have LIVE CHAT that is embedded on http://www.StuckInCustoms.com during the live broadcast.  The chatroom maxes out fast, so be sure to get in when the show starts! Join us -- the fun crew will include +Thomas Hawk +Brian Matiash +Frederick Van Johnson +Sara Byrne +Nicole S. Young +Mike Wiacek +Dylan Howell  !   Glass Giveaway Announcement during the big show tonight. Plus, the main topic: "Business & Marketing for Photographers!" with Thomas Hawk, Frederick Van Johnson, Brian Matiash+++ (Monday 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-05-07 04:00:00572  
Chris Chabot142,698Dave Powell from shoottokyo.com is in town and organizing a photowalk Sunday the 14th. Next to being an awesome person, and fantastic photographer he's also something of an expert at photowalks after having organized ones in Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong and Boston. *When:* Sunday April 14th, 2013 *Time:* 2PM *Where:*  Marina Green.  We will meet on the corner of Scott and Marina Boulevard.  We will shoot in and around Marina Green or wherever the road takes us.   After we lose light we will find a place to grab a bite and a few drinks. *Gear:* Pack whatever you are comfortable shooting with.  Remember, the more gear you carry the less photographs you actually take. We will be walking so don’t pack too heavy. *Who:* Photowalks are fun for everyone, and for all skill levels. From camera phones to  professional systems. It's all about the fun and about exploring and sharing with people with similar interests, so join us! For more information see: http://shoottokyo.com/2013/04/07/san-francisco-photowalk-2/San Francisco Photowalk with Shoottokyo's Dave Powell2013-04-14 23:00:0055  
Lisa Donchak16,152Hi all, First #SouthBayShooters  photowalk! This is free and open to the public, and for all levels of photographers. Bring yo iPhones, DSLRs, and friends! We'll meet Wednsday, April 10th, at 6pm at the Oval on Stanford Campus. We'll wander around for a little bit and take pictures, then head downtown for a quick drink afterwards. This is where we'll meet: http://goo.gl/maps/ez1NR Tag photos with #SouthBayShooters hashtag! Afterwards (around 8p) meet up at Antonio's Nuthouse: 321 South California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650) 321-2550 antoniosnuthouse.com‎South Bay Shooters - Stanford Photowalk!2013-04-11 18:00:0027  
Trey Ratcliff8,450,051This'll be a wild show with all kinds of peeps.  First we have the +Kate Russell from the BBC.  She has a new book out called +WorkingTheCloud that we can talk about.  Kate and I have a long history -- she ran a special on the BBC about StuckInCustoms.com about FIVE years ago, and that got us a huge following from the UK and other commonwealth countries!  So I owe her a big one!  Also joining us are +Brian Matiash who just joined Google and runs the Photos Community.  We'll talk about that and what he is working on... and pepper him with ideas!  +Thomas Hawk and +Gino Barasa will help out with that... and we'll see what they're up to.  And last is "That Amazing Snowflake Guy" +Don Komarechka !   We'll be seeing a bunch of his photos too... As always, you can ask questions live and interact via Google Moderator that we will run live on http://www.StuckInCustoms.com See you LIVE Monday Night at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET ! :)Show #72! BBC's Kate Russell, Google's new Brian Matiash, snowflake-man Don Komarechka, and more! (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-02 04:00:00265  
Drink And Click™ SF537Wow, you know you are having an awesome month of special guests when you need not one, but TWO Drink and Clicks to fit them all in! I have just received word that +Elia Locardi and his wife  +Naomi Locardi  from http://www.blamethemonkey.com/, AND +Brian Matiash  will BOTH be in town this week! Now this is a trifecta of awesomeness! So to celebrate, we will be taking them out in one of the most fun and diverse sections of San Francisco...North Beach! Chinatown, Portsmouth Square Plaza, Washington Square, St. Peter's and Pauls Church....the shooting possibilities are endless. It also doesn't hurt that this neighborhood has plenty of great bars and cafes to socialize in. I will work on a updated itinerary this weekend. But this much I know. We are meeting at Vesuvio Cafe at  255 Columbus at 5:00PM. PLEASE BRING CASH IF YOU ARE GOING TO ORDER A DRINK! We will be there until a little after 6:15, when we will take off and walk the streets to get the great light. Afterwards, who knows...more drinking and of course more clicking!  So come on SF Bay Area Photogs. Let's welcome +Brian Matiash +Elia Locardi and +Naomi Locardi to SF! (BTW, this is the FIRST time the Locardis have been to SF, so let's get a great big turnout and show them how we do it.) Thanks +Chris Chabot for the awesome cover photo!  Event Organized By +Robyn Chau +Tony Eckersley and +Michael Bonocore  #DrinkAndClickSF   #Photography  Drink And Click SF - Blame The Monkey And #BMash Edition2013-03-27 17:00:0068  
Nicole S. Young2,231,963Join me and +Brian Matiash, along with Melbourne photographer +Will Watt on a photowalk Friday, March 8! (Final route and details are TBD.) We look forward to meeting up with G-plussers and photographers in the beautiful country of Australia and hope to see you in a few weeks :)Melbourne Photowalk with Nicole S. Young & Brian Matiash2013-03-08 18:00:00147  
Brian Matiash1,492,061I recently announced that my brand new +SmugMug portfolio site went live (http://portfolio.brianmatiash.com) and that prints are now available for sale! We had so much fun with the announce that I wanted to continue the good times today. With Valentine's Day in full swing, what better way is there to show yourself how much you love YOU than by winning a 1 YEAR Membership with SmugMug? :) Before we get to the contest details, I want to share a crazy deal that any _new customer_ can take advantage of - SmugMug has been extremely generous and is letting me offer a *25% discount* off of *any* of their four tiered membership packages. To get in on this deal, just use the coupon code *BMASH* when you set up your new account. That is a ridiculously good deal and like all good deals, it expires on _Feb 23, 2013 at the stroke of 11:59PM Pacific/US._ Now onto the contest details - which are very straightforward. I want to you to share your *one, single* image that you think would benefit most from having its own SmugMug Gallery. Just share your image right here in this event and tag it with #SmugMash . *Now, creativity and strength of vision count here!* If you want to share a little ditty about what makes this image so important to you and why you'd want to share it on your own SmugMug gallery, be sure to include that. The contest will run for one week, ending next *Thursday, February 21st at 11:59AM Pacific/US time*. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. The first place winner will receive a complimentary 1 year SmugMug *Business* membership. The second place winner will receive a complimentary 1 year SmugMug *Portfolio* membership. Finally, the third place winner will receive a complimentary 1 year SmugMug *Power* membership. If you're already an existing SmugMug member (good for you!) and you win, you will be upgraded to the respective tier that you placed in or if you placed in the tier that you are currently a member of, SmugMug will extend your account by 1 year. Please tag your comments and/or posts with #SmugMash  to make aggregating the entries easier! So who will be judging this contest? Aside from me, I am so excited to have three amazing SmugMug friends helping out. First, we have _the_ go-to person for all of SmugMug's friends, the lovely and insanely sweet +Katherine Cheng. Next up is SmugMug's social butterfly, loyal father of Rocky the Dog, and the harvester of  #Bonocorns far and wide, +Michael Bonocore. Finally, the co-founder of SmugMug, crazy lover of hanging gigantic prints of jaw-dropping images, and the generally huggable +Chris MacAskill.  One more thing - if you're a new customer who takes advantage of the 25% discount code ( *BMASH* ) today AND ends up winning one of the prizes, SmugMug will automatically tack on another year to your new account. Pretty, pretty, pretty sweet if you ask me. So that's that. I hope you all have fun with this contest. We can't wait to see the amazing work that you guys 'n gals posWin some LOVE! Well… some SmugMug LOVE!2013-02-15 00:00:00131  

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (143 comments, 149 reshares, 1618 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (143 comments, 149 reshares, 1618 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (143 comments, 149 reshares, 1618 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

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2015-07-24 23:57:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

What's in my bag #4 - Off to Nicaragua!

This episode of WimB covers the gear that I'm packing for my trip to Nicaragua with The Giving Lens. This trip will be quite different than my normal ones in that I'll be focusing heavily on street and candid portrait photography instead of the usual landscape scenes.

Leave any questions in the comments section!

What's in my bag #4 - Off to Nicaragua!

This episode of WimB covers the gear that I'm packing for my trip to Nicaragua with The Giving Lens. This trip will be quite different than my normal ones in that I'll be focusing heavily on street and candid portrait photography instead of the usual landscape scenes.

Leave any questions in the comments section!___

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2015-07-16 16:52:26 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

Photo Tip: Go Against The Grain

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 jawd... more »

Photo Tip: Go Against The Grain

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.___

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2015-07-09 15:57:06 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Better than.

This the first in a series of rather deeply personal articles that focus on my experiences and interpretations of the photography industry, one that I have been a part of professionally for a long time now. It was inspired by a recent post made by one of my favorite photographers and authors, David duChemin.

I hope you take the time to read this piece and would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you and enjoy!

https://brianmatiash.com/2015/07/09/better-than/

Better than.

This the first in a series of rather deeply personal articles that focus on my experiences and interpretations of the photography industry, one that I have been a part of professionally for a long time now. It was inspired by a recent post made by one of my favorite photographers and authors, David duChemin.

I hope you take the time to read this piece and would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you and enjoy!

https://brianmatiash.com/2015/07/09/better-than/___

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2015-07-02 15:35:04 (20 comments, 30 reshares, 402 +1s)Open 

Finding Inspiration in the Abandoned

I’m still in the early stages of winding down from a two week overload of beautiful landscape and nature scenes. Iceland and Norway can do that to you. On top of that, I live 30 minutes away from one of the epicenters of waterfalls in the world. In other words, it would seem that I have no shortage of environments where my creative muse can flourish. However, lately, I’ve been finding myself bogged down as I browse through photos of these wonderful locations. Can there be such a thing as an overload of beautiful landscape photos? Back when I worked at Google, we’d call this sort of thing a champagne problem, the best sort of problem you can ask for.

I still wanted to edit a photo or two but every time I flipped through the ones I’d recently taken, I couldn’t muster up the will to take my Wacom pen to them. That’s when I triedturning bac... more »

Finding Inspiration in the Abandoned

I’m still in the early stages of winding down from a two week overload of beautiful landscape and nature scenes. Iceland and Norway can do that to you. On top of that, I live 30 minutes away from one of the epicenters of waterfalls in the world. In other words, it would seem that I have no shortage of environments where my creative muse can flourish. However, lately, I’ve been finding myself bogged down as I browse through photos of these wonderful locations. Can there be such a thing as an overload of beautiful landscape photos? Back when I worked at Google, we’d call this sort of thing a champagne problem, the best sort of problem you can ask for.

I still wanted to edit a photo or two but every time I flipped through the ones I’d recently taken, I couldn’t muster up the will to take my Wacom pen to them. That’s when I tried turning back to my other favorite type of photography: UrbEx. I fell back onto the photos I took when I visited Detroit last December. Almost immediately, I felt that wonderful pang of inspiration kick in and I was off to the races. It had been a very long time since I had tone-mapped an HDR photo but Lightroom 6 allowed me to make short work of that. I started playing around with different stylization techniques, ones that I normally wouldn’t consider for a landscape photo. I ended up applying a custom preset from my Splitsville preset pack and then added a slight faux tilt shift blur in Photoshop.

This lesson is one that is worth keeping in the forefront of your mind, especially if you’re experiencing fatigue in the inspiration department. Whenever you feel it starting to creep up, do something drastic to change your routine. Try a different lens. Try using different software. Try going to a totally different place, or a place that you haven’t been to in a long time. Whatever you do, just try.___

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2015-06-16 20:19:38 (12 comments, 32 reshares, 354 +1s)Open 

Rain in Reine

While the weather in Reine has been as fickle as I've ever experienced, I can't deny the amazing light quality that it produces. Fortunately, I'm properly equipped with some fantastic outdoor gear from Arc'teryx, making photographing in the rain a dry and comfy experience.
More photos from this location can be found on my blog

http://brians.photos/reineintherain

#SonyAlpha   #Zeiss   #Batis  

Rain in Reine

While the weather in Reine has been as fickle as I've ever experienced, I can't deny the amazing light quality that it produces. Fortunately, I'm properly equipped with some fantastic outdoor gear from Arc'teryx, making photographing in the rain a dry and comfy experience.
More photos from this location can be found on my blog

http://brians.photos/reineintherain

#SonyAlpha   #Zeiss   #Batis  ___

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2015-06-13 00:50:51 (17 comments, 16 reshares, 362 +1s)Open 

Iceland on my mind

I'm sitting on this +Icelandair flight, all giddy about this 2 week trip that starts in Reine, Norway and ends with a Kukucampers van for eight days as we chase light around Iceland.

http://brians.photos/icelandonmymind

I shared some thoughts on my last trip here with more photos over on ye ol' blog. Enjoy!

#MyStopover  

Iceland on my mind

I'm sitting on this +Icelandair flight, all giddy about this 2 week trip that starts in Reine, Norway and ends with a Kukucampers van for eight days as we chase light around Iceland.

http://brians.photos/icelandonmymind

I shared some thoughts on my last trip here with more photos over on ye ol' blog. Enjoy!

#MyStopover  ___

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2015-06-10 13:28:01 (26 comments, 33 reshares, 440 +1s)Open 

Prelude to the Palouse

You wouldn’t think that photographing the rolling hills of the Palouse would be challenging. Well, at least I didn’t. However, I quickly learned just how complex a 360-degree panoramic view of small rolling hills can be to make sense of. I’ve got a longer form post that will showcase more of the photos from this trip but it’s high time that I break the hiatus of posting and share this photo.

Experiencing these views of the Palouse are pretty straightforward. Your central point is the winding hill at Steptoe Butte State Park, located about 15 miles outside of Colfax, WA. It took me about 5 hours to drive there from my home in Portland. Your best bet to get that golden glowing sunlight on these hills are the bookend hours of sunrise and sunset. The low angle of the sunlight creates these beautiful, long shadows that easily define each hill. The timeof year... more »

Prelude to the Palouse

You wouldn’t think that photographing the rolling hills of the Palouse would be challenging. Well, at least I didn’t. However, I quickly learned just how complex a 360-degree panoramic view of small rolling hills can be to make sense of. I’ve got a longer form post that will showcase more of the photos from this trip but it’s high time that I break the hiatus of posting and share this photo.

Experiencing these views of the Palouse are pretty straightforward. Your central point is the winding hill at Steptoe Butte State Park, located about 15 miles outside of Colfax, WA. It took me about 5 hours to drive there from my home in Portland. Your best bet to get that golden glowing sunlight on these hills are the bookend hours of sunrise and sunset. The low angle of the sunlight creates these beautiful, long shadows that easily define each hill. The time of year is important, as well. You don’t want to get there before the crops have matured or after they’ve been harvested. I believe that late May thru early June should yield good results.

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-06-08 20:14:07 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Zeiss Lenses Batis and Touit are en route!

I'm excited and nervous about the challenge I've issued myself for this week's trip to Norway and Iceland. I want to see what it would be like if I only brought prime lenses to capture the beauty of both countries during the midnight sun season.

Thankfully, my friends at Zeiss are more than happy to enable this challenge and are providing me with both the 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 Batis lenses for the Sony a7 system along with 12mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/2.8 Macro. While the Touit lenses are rated for cropped sensor bodies, I'll still get an 18mm focal length on the full frame a7, which is more than sufficient for my needs.

Now... as with any good challenge, there is a cheat involved. Because Zeiss lenses for Sony cameras only go to 85mm, I am going to bring the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II with me, because... more »

Zeiss Lenses Batis and Touit are en route!

I'm excited and nervous about the challenge I've issued myself for this week's trip to Norway and Iceland. I want to see what it would be like if I only brought prime lenses to capture the beauty of both countries during the midnight sun season.

Thankfully, my friends at Zeiss are more than happy to enable this challenge and are providing me with both the 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 Batis lenses for the Sony a7 system along with 12mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/2.8 Macro. While the Touit lenses are rated for cropped sensor bodies, I'll still get an 18mm focal length on the full frame a7, which is more than sufficient for my needs.

Now... as with any good challenge, there is a cheat involved. Because Zeiss lenses for Sony cameras only go to 85mm, I am going to bring the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II with me, because we're expected to visit areas with puffins and I don't want to disturb them by getting too close. But, for all intents and purposes, I'll be sticking to these four prime lenses.

As +Larry Page often says, I'm uncomfortably excited! Let me know if you've got any questions about the lenses. I'll be putting together a mini review as soon as I get a chance to use them.

#SonyAlpha   #Zeiss   #Batis  ___

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2015-05-25 15:20:33 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 194 +1s)Open 

Memorial Day

Today, we memorialize the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, putting the protection and safety of their country before themselves and their families. Americans can enjoy the day off today largely because of these courageous people.

To those who serve and those who have served, thank you.

#MemorialDay

Memorial Day

Today, we memorialize the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, putting the protection and safety of their country before themselves and their families. Americans can enjoy the day off today largely because of these courageous people.

To those who serve and those who have served, thank you.

#MemorialDay___

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2015-05-22 18:37:47 (21 comments, 19 reshares, 310 +1s)Open 

Falls Creek Falls in full profile

Yesterday, I shared a tighter horizontal comp of Falls Creek Falls to whet the palette. Today, I'll go all in and share the falls in full regality. She really is a beautiful one to stand by. It's a poke to get to (right, +Brian Bonham?) but it's totally worth it.

More photos: http://brians.photos/fallscreekfalls

#SonyAlpha  

Falls Creek Falls in full profile

Yesterday, I shared a tighter horizontal comp of Falls Creek Falls to whet the palette. Today, I'll go all in and share the falls in full regality. She really is a beautiful one to stand by. It's a poke to get to (right, +Brian Bonham?) but it's totally worth it.

More photos: http://brians.photos/fallscreekfalls

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-05-21 17:05:29 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Getting to Falls Creek Falls

Last weekend, I made my second trip to Falls Creek Falls in Washington and had a blast. While the light was challenging to deal with, I was glad to walk away with a handful of photos that I'm pleased with. You can check out more of the photos and details of the hike on my blog: http://brians.photos/fallscreekfalls

Getting to Falls Creek Falls

Last weekend, I made my second trip to Falls Creek Falls in Washington and had a blast. While the light was challenging to deal with, I was glad to walk away with a handful of photos that I'm pleased with. You can check out more of the photos and details of the hike on my blog: http://brians.photos/fallscreekfalls___

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2015-05-18 16:48:14 (16 comments, 23 reshares, 251 +1s)Open 

Visually preparing for the shoot

Yesterday's plan was to take +Colby Brown to photograph Falls Creek Falls followed Panther Creek Falls in Washington. To help prepare myself for the shoot, I put together a new blog post talking about how I prepare for a shoot at a location that I've already visited before.

Enjoy: http://brians.photos/pantherprep

Visually preparing for the shoot

Yesterday's plan was to take +Colby Brown to photograph Falls Creek Falls followed Panther Creek Falls in Washington. To help prepare myself for the shoot, I put together a new blog post talking about how I prepare for a shoot at a location that I've already visited before.

Enjoy: http://brians.photos/pantherprep___

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2015-05-12 01:23:47 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Finding Inspiration Within The Obvious

This past Saturday, I was battling a major funk. None of my synapsis were firing in the creativity department and it really began to eat at me. I ended up writing about this experience and how I dealt with it in my latest blog post: http://brians.photos/obviousinspiration

Coincidentally, I just rolled out a major redesign of my entire website. That's partly the reason why there haven't been any new blog posts for the past few weeks. Despite wanting to hire a designer to build the site for me, I ended up just building the entire thing out myself. There are a few little things left for me to do but I'm nearing the finish line. I hope you enjoy it!

Finding Inspiration Within The Obvious

This past Saturday, I was battling a major funk. None of my synapsis were firing in the creativity department and it really began to eat at me. I ended up writing about this experience and how I dealt with it in my latest blog post: http://brians.photos/obviousinspiration

Coincidentally, I just rolled out a major redesign of my entire website. That's partly the reason why there haven't been any new blog posts for the past few weeks. Despite wanting to hire a designer to build the site for me, I ended up just building the entire thing out myself. There are a few little things left for me to do but I'm nearing the finish line. I hope you enjoy it!___

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2015-05-10 18:54:28 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

A big thanks to my friends at +500px for giving me the opportunity to share a thought that encapsulates the importance my mother had on my life.

To all the moms and dads pulling mom-duties out there, Happy Mothers Day!

#500pxMotherlode   #MothersDay  

"My mom instills the best in me. Care, loyalty, and unbreakable ethics. I'd be half the person I am today without her." - Brian Matiash​. See more photos: https://goo.gl/ttCv9p‪

#500pxMotherlode #MothersDay  ___A big thanks to my friends at +500px for giving me the opportunity to share a thought that encapsulates the importance my mother had on my life.

To all the moms and dads pulling mom-duties out there, Happy Mothers Day!

#500pxMotherlode   #MothersDay  

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2015-05-08 15:31:02 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 189 +1s)Open 

White Pocket on the Brain

My bud, +Aaron Reed, made a post yesterday asking about what it takes to get to White Pocket, which is situated within the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona. Admittedly, most of my free time lately has been consumed with writing my upcoming book and rebuilding my website from scratch, but seeing Aaron's post got me hankering to fire up the ol' Lightroom and do some editing from my visit there last month.
White Pocket is an amazing place to say the least. The word "otherworldly" seems to have been created solely for places like this one. All around you are miles of meandering and undulating mounds of brain rock and stone seemingly formed under the duress of time and nature.

Pound for pound, though, I find that the best time to photograph this area is about 30 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon. It's in this small pocket... more »

White Pocket on the Brain

My bud, +Aaron Reed, made a post yesterday asking about what it takes to get to White Pocket, which is situated within the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona. Admittedly, most of my free time lately has been consumed with writing my upcoming book and rebuilding my website from scratch, but seeing Aaron's post got me hankering to fire up the ol' Lightroom and do some editing from my visit there last month.
White Pocket is an amazing place to say the least. The word "otherworldly" seems to have been created solely for places like this one. All around you are miles of meandering and undulating mounds of brain rock and stone seemingly formed under the duress of time and nature.

Pound for pound, though, I find that the best time to photograph this area is about 30 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon. It's in this small pocket of time that the colors of these rocks truly explode and play beautifully off of the blue sky. You have to work very quickly, though, because that glow disappears quite fast!

I hope you do get a chance to make it out there, Aaron, because I'm looking forward to the shots you get!

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-04-29 15:59:58 (12 comments, 38 reshares, 583 +1s)Open 

3 Tips For Photographing Lower Antelope Canyon

http://brians.photos/PFLowerAntelope

Despite the relatively short distance that you can roam around Lower Antelope Canyon, there are TONS of unique photographic opportunities if you give yourself the chance to find them. In my latest +Photofocus® article, I share some tips on making the most of your trip into this beautiful slot canyon. Enjoy!

‪#‎SonyAlpha‬

3 Tips For Photographing Lower Antelope Canyon

http://brians.photos/PFLowerAntelope

Despite the relatively short distance that you can roam around Lower Antelope Canyon, there are TONS of unique photographic opportunities if you give yourself the chance to find them. In my latest +Photofocus® article, I share some tips on making the most of your trip into this beautiful slot canyon. Enjoy!

‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-04-28 17:56:53 (27 comments, 52 reshares, 655 +1s)Open 

Emerald Falls

I think this has been the longest since I've gone without photographing waterfalls, so when the opportunity came to visit Gorton Creek and Emerald Falls again, I wasted no time. The weather was quite perfect for this type of photography. Hardly any direct sunlight and plenty of ambient light made for ideal conditions to use my +Formatt-Hitech 6-stop ultraslim ND filter stacked on a Firecrest Circular Polarizer.

I'm going to put together a video of my filter kit that outlines the importance of each one so stay tuned!

#SonyAlpha  

Emerald Falls

I think this has been the longest since I've gone without photographing waterfalls, so when the opportunity came to visit Gorton Creek and Emerald Falls again, I wasted no time. The weather was quite perfect for this type of photography. Hardly any direct sunlight and plenty of ambient light made for ideal conditions to use my +Formatt-Hitech 6-stop ultraslim ND filter stacked on a Firecrest Circular Polarizer.

I'm going to put together a video of my filter kit that outlines the importance of each one so stay tuned!

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-04-24 21:03:18 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

A Closer Look: +Sony's new Touchless Shutter app

There has been a lot of positive press and some questions around Sony's newest addition to the PlayMemories app store called Touchless Shutter, which allows you to trigger an exposure by simply waving your hand in front of the electronic viewfinder. To help understand how it works, I put together this quick walkthrough video. Enjoy!

#SonyAlpha  

A Closer Look: +Sony's new Touchless Shutter app

There has been a lot of positive press and some questions around Sony's newest addition to the PlayMemories app store called Touchless Shutter, which allows you to trigger an exposure by simply waving your hand in front of the electronic viewfinder. To help understand how it works, I put together this quick walkthrough video. Enjoy!

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-04-23 01:58:13 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

A closer look at Adobe Lightroom CC - Editing Tutorial Video

Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 yesterday much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the Auto Pano stitching, brush tools with the Graduated Filter, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked.

If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know!

A closer look at Adobe Lightroom CC - Editing Tutorial Video

Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 yesterday much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the Auto Pano stitching, brush tools with the Graduated Filter, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked.

If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know!___

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2015-04-22 16:02:36 (21 comments, 31 reshares, 439 +1s)Open 

Sand Waterfall

While the typical photo one would expect to see from North Antelope Canyon would be of light shafts beaming down, I thought it'd be fun to change things up and share a waterfall... made of sand. The guides who led our group did a really great job of running interference, blocking other people from walking into this particular chamber. They also tossed small buckets of sand onto this ledge, forming an elegant "sandfall".

Have you visited this area before? Did you have a good experience?

Sand Waterfall

While the typical photo one would expect to see from North Antelope Canyon would be of light shafts beaming down, I thought it'd be fun to change things up and share a waterfall... made of sand. The guides who led our group did a really great job of running interference, blocking other people from walking into this particular chamber. They also tossed small buckets of sand onto this ledge, forming an elegant "sandfall".

Have you visited this area before? Did you have a good experience?___

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2015-04-12 15:55:32 (24 comments, 11 reshares, 311 +1s)Open 

The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet
http://brians.photos/GrandCanyon6Ft

Whether it's your first time or your fiftieth time standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, it's very easy to get overwhelmed by its enormity. To help overcome that, I decided to challenge myself to capture its subtlety and nuances within a span of six feet from where I stood. You can read about that story here at the above link.

The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet
http://brians.photos/GrandCanyon6Ft

Whether it's your first time or your fiftieth time standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, it's very easy to get overwhelmed by its enormity. To help overcome that, I decided to challenge myself to capture its subtlety and nuances within a span of six feet from where I stood. You can read about that story here at the above link.___

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2015-04-11 16:52:48 (12 comments, 9 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

A change of pace

I've been evaluating my blog and photo sharing practices a lot lately and have been trading practices with +Colby Brown as we roam around the southwest US.

To that end, I'm trying out a new strategy of posting less frequent (1-2x/week), long-form articles containing more images and more in-depth stories. There's more to it than that but you get the gist.

So, I'd like to share my first long form story called "The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet". I hope you enjoy it and welcome your thoughts!

A change of pace

I've been evaluating my blog and photo sharing practices a lot lately and have been trading practices with +Colby Brown as we roam around the southwest US.

To that end, I'm trying out a new strategy of posting less frequent (1-2x/week), long-form articles containing more images and more in-depth stories. There's more to it than that but you get the gist.

So, I'd like to share my first long form story called "The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet". I hope you enjoy it and welcome your thoughts!___

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2015-04-09 17:30:45 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

The new Snapseed is now out for your mobile photo editing pleasure!

It's so nice to see the covers of the new Snapseed finally pulled off! This app has been in the works for a long time and has gone through a lot of thoughtful and methodical upgrades. The end result of all the countless meetings and testing was always to deliver an update that was worthy of retaining the name, Snapseed (which was selected as App of the Year by Apple in 2012).

I'm really proud of the guys 'n gals in the LBC & MTV offices for the attention to detail on display here. It has come a long way since the early Alpha builds that I helped test.

The link to the iOS and Android builds can be found in +Nils Kokemohr 's post below. Enjoy and don't forget to leave your glowing reviews! ;)

Perfect your photos in a snap with the new Snapseed

With billions of images being uploaded and shared on a daily basis, we want to make it fast and easy for people to perfect their photos. What once required a desktop computer, costly software and hours of editing work, can now be accomplished quickly in a powerful app --  +Snapseed  

The new #Snapseed app gives you the precision and control of professional photo editing software on your phone or tablet. We’ve updated the app in many ways while staying true to our mission of helping everyone easily create extraordinary images. Here are the highlights:

New tools including Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast, intelligent perspective Transform, and Spot Healing

Selectively apply filters and effects to parts of the image using the Brush tool

Non-destructive editing via Stacks allows you to re-edit or undo any change. You can also copy edits from one image to another

Snapseed works with your phone camera shots as well as images from DSLRs, compact cameras, and more.

Get it today as it rolls out on the Play Store http://goo.gl/sQSfLM and the App Store http://goo.gl/irPbd4___The new Snapseed is now out for your mobile photo editing pleasure!

It's so nice to see the covers of the new Snapseed finally pulled off! This app has been in the works for a long time and has gone through a lot of thoughtful and methodical upgrades. The end result of all the countless meetings and testing was always to deliver an update that was worthy of retaining the name, Snapseed (which was selected as App of the Year by Apple in 2012).

I'm really proud of the guys 'n gals in the LBC & MTV offices for the attention to detail on display here. It has come a long way since the early Alpha builds that I helped test.

The link to the iOS and Android builds can be found in +Nils Kokemohr 's post below. Enjoy and don't forget to leave your glowing reviews! ;)

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2015-04-06 17:15:15 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Just be there and get the shot

In addition to sharing content here and on my blog, I also am an author at +Photofocus®. My latest article was published this morning and I strongly recommend you take a few minutes to check out my one simple tip for all photographers.

I suspect that more than a handful of us could use this reminder.

Just be there and get the shot

In addition to sharing content here and on my blog, I also am an author at +Photofocus®. My latest article was published this morning and I strongly recommend you take a few minutes to check out my one simple tip for all photographers.

I suspect that more than a handful of us could use this reminder.___

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2015-04-04 16:21:57 (52 comments, 91 reshares, 1186 +1s)Open 

The Call of the Aurora

It doesn't matter if you got up at 4AM to catch a flight to Oslo. It still doesn't matter if you have a multi-hour layover with a delay to catch your connecting flight from Oslo to Harstad. It even doesn't matter if you have a 3.5 hour drive in a totally unfamiliar place in the pitch black of darkness.

None of this matters when the call of the aurora sounds. If you're lucky enough to be in a location to hear it, and even luckier to see it, you'd better be ready to capture it. If you're truly a photographer, then it's your job to do so.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 16-36mm f/4
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha  

The Call of the Aurora

It doesn't matter if you got up at 4AM to catch a flight to Oslo. It still doesn't matter if you have a multi-hour layover with a delay to catch your connecting flight from Oslo to Harstad. It even doesn't matter if you have a 3.5 hour drive in a totally unfamiliar place in the pitch black of darkness.

None of this matters when the call of the aurora sounds. If you're lucky enough to be in a location to hear it, and even luckier to see it, you'd better be ready to capture it. If you're truly a photographer, then it's your job to do so.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 16-36mm f/4
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-03-31 23:07:15 (24 comments, 23 reshares, 281 +1s)Open 

As I live and breathe.... here be ye FE 90mm Macro lens

I'll tell you... it's moments like this that make me damn excited to be a +Sony shooter. In my hands is one of the worlds first and only samples of the MUCH anticipated Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lenses. I have it paired on my beloved a7II and have been going gangbusters with testing it out.

Unfortunately, I will not be sharing images or video taken with the lens because... I can't. I value my job at Sony too much and want to maintain my access to this sort of stuff. smile emoticon

Initial impression - this is an amazing lens. Being able to focus so tightly and quickly on objects with the crazy image stabilization is a joy. My initial tests shots are very promising. More thoughts on this to come!

As I live and breathe.... here be ye FE 90mm Macro lens

I'll tell you... it's moments like this that make me damn excited to be a +Sony shooter. In my hands is one of the worlds first and only samples of the MUCH anticipated Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lenses. I have it paired on my beloved a7II and have been going gangbusters with testing it out.

Unfortunately, I will not be sharing images or video taken with the lens because... I can't. I value my job at Sony too much and want to maintain my access to this sort of stuff. smile emoticon

Initial impression - this is an amazing lens. Being able to focus so tightly and quickly on objects with the crazy image stabilization is a joy. My initial tests shots are very promising. More thoughts on this to come!___

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2015-03-31 16:57:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Just a reminder - my Live Q&A with +500px is kicking off in about 10 minutes!

Head on over here to chat it up and for a chance to win a new +Sony a6000 kit! Good times!

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Just a reminder - my Live Q&A with +500px is kicking off in about 10 minutes!

Head on over here to chat it up and for a chance to win a new +Sony a6000 kit! Good times!

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2015-03-29 16:21:53 (26 comments, 11 reshares, 407 +1s)Open 

Focus and clarity

So something that is very personal about me is that for several years now, I've really let myself go in terms of my physique and athleticism. I am very aware that I have no one to blame for myself and my lack of will power. You see, when you have near limitless access to a cornucopia of free, delicious, and gourmet foods as I had when I worked at Google, it is very easy to get carried away. Of course, Google also provides a billion ways to stay active and keep in shape... but I must have missed all of those memos.

The long story short is that I ended up gaining almost 45lbs in the two years that I worked there. It's inexcusable and about 6 weeks ago, I started down a road to fix that. I've had some amazing support from my wife, Nicole, my friends, and also have been so lucky to have genuine guidance by my friend, Sandy Foster, of Yoga Bliss... more »

Focus and clarity

So something that is very personal about me is that for several years now, I've really let myself go in terms of my physique and athleticism. I am very aware that I have no one to blame for myself and my lack of will power. You see, when you have near limitless access to a cornucopia of free, delicious, and gourmet foods as I had when I worked at Google, it is very easy to get carried away. Of course, Google also provides a billion ways to stay active and keep in shape... but I must have missed all of those memos.

The long story short is that I ended up gaining almost 45lbs in the two years that I worked there. It's inexcusable and about 6 weeks ago, I started down a road to fix that. I've had some amazing support from my wife, Nicole, my friends, and also have been so lucky to have genuine guidance by my friend, Sandy Foster, of Yoga Bliss Photo.

But the point of this story actually stems from my personal trainer, Melanie. Melanie is maybe 5'1" or 5'2" but she could probably snap me in half if she sneezed the wrong way. In any case, I was in the middle of a session with her when she had me try a new form of squat which required me to balance myself on one foot while entering into a squat form and holding an 18lb kettle bell. This proved to be more difficult for me than any other preceding exercise because my equilibrium wasn't tuned to keep that sort of balance and because I lacked focus.

So, Melanie instructed me to focus on a little label a few feet in front of me. Amongst all the chaos of everything going on in the gym at that moment, the only thing in the world that counted to me was that label. I turned all of my attention to it and you know what? It did the trick! It helped quiet my mind and all of a sudden, I was able to do two or three consecutive one-legged squats before having to reset myself!

I'm sharing this drawn out, personal story because I strongly feel that there are many common threads between my workout and photography in general. It's easy to get distracted by the static building up everywhere around you when you've got your camera. This is especially true for me when I'm standing in the middle of a gorgeous creek or waterfall. I know that I need to quiet my mind and look for that one thing that causes me to stop and say, "ok, there's my photo."

One of my favorite ways to do this is to focus on little rocks and boulders in the middle of a stream. There is a certain peace that comes with just watching the water effortlessly skirt around and over anything in front of it. No friction, no drama. Just the path of least resistance. This usually is all it takes for me to find my happy place and start shooting.

Oh, and as for my weight loss? Since Feb 15th, I've lost 14lbs and about 5% body fat. I also dropped a size down with my jeans. :) I'm targeting about 25lbs to lose before reaching my goal.

Camera: +Sony a7 with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 10-stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LongExposur   #WeightLoss  ___

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2015-03-27 16:46:51 (40 comments, 65 reshares, 716 +1s)Open 

Pushing the boundaries

I have an acute memory as to when I first realized just how terrified I was of heights and, surprisingly, it's a fear that I didn't realize I had until well into my 20s. It was back in 2004, on my first trip to the Grand Canyon. Alas, if you ever need a place to serve as a barometer to gauge your fear of heights, the Grand Canyon is possibly the best.

Now, while I still haven't fully shaken this fear, I will say that I've gotten MUCH better at coping with it. I don't think I am quite ready to hike down the Bright Angel trail (yet) but I am finding myself more comfortable with standing along sheer ledges, like the one I was standing on here at Dead Horse Point State Park, near Mesa Arch (located in Canyonlands National Park).

The rationale that comes into play is simply one of necessity. It is necessary for me to get the best... more »

Pushing the boundaries

I have an acute memory as to when I first realized just how terrified I was of heights and, surprisingly, it's a fear that I didn't realize I had until well into my 20s. It was back in 2004, on my first trip to the Grand Canyon. Alas, if you ever need a place to serve as a barometer to gauge your fear of heights, the Grand Canyon is possibly the best.

Now, while I still haven't fully shaken this fear, I will say that I've gotten MUCH better at coping with it. I don't think I am quite ready to hike down the Bright Angel trail (yet) but I am finding myself more comfortable with standing along sheer ledges, like the one I was standing on here at Dead Horse Point State Park, near Mesa Arch (located in Canyonlands National Park).

The rationale that comes into play is simply one of necessity. It is necessary for me to get the best possible photo that I can and in order for me to do this, I need to get as close to the edge as possible. I've incorporated a few mental tricks to help me feel 'grounded' and after a few minutes, I begin feeling at ease.

Now, I just need to make my way back to the Grand Canyon. :)

Camera: +Sony  a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop Soft Grad ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Sunrise  ___

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2015-03-24 15:59:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Join my LIVE Q&A with +500px for a chance to win a +Sony  a6000 + lens kit!

Event link: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

I'm thrilled to be a part of 500px's next LIVE Q&A series and I'd be honored if all of you could participate! The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST.

To ask a question, simply post a comment in the discussion thread accessible here: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

Thanks so much for your participation and support! See you there!

Join my LIVE Q&A with +500px for a chance to win a +Sony  a6000 + lens kit!

Event link: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

I'm thrilled to be a part of 500px's next LIVE Q&A series and I'd be honored if all of you could participate! The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST.

To ask a question, simply post a comment in the discussion thread accessible here: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

Thanks so much for your participation and support! See you there!___

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2015-03-24 02:21:43 (34 comments, 27 reshares, 562 +1s)Open 

Icebergs!

At some point before or very early on in my recent Iceland/Norway trip, +Colby Brown warned me about being extra mindful of the waves at the black sand beach near Jökulsárlón. He told me stories of many workshop students getting gear totally saturated by saltwater from rogue waves that came out of nowhere. He also told me about how Varina Patel, of Visual Wilderness, caught the business end of some of the beached icebergs that you see here.

At first, I brushed it off as Colby being melodramatic. I thought, "this isn't my first rodeo... I'll be fine." Well let me tell you something. If you're planning on shooting these beautiful, heavy, sharp, and gigantic slabs of frozen ice, you'd better have fourteen eyeballs on your head. I can't recall ever seeing such ferocious waves appear literally out of nowhere. Usually, I can gauge whether awav... more »

Icebergs!

At some point before or very early on in my recent Iceland/Norway trip, +Colby Brown warned me about being extra mindful of the waves at the black sand beach near Jökulsárlón. He told me stories of many workshop students getting gear totally saturated by saltwater from rogue waves that came out of nowhere. He also told me about how Varina Patel, of Visual Wilderness, caught the business end of some of the beached icebergs that you see here.

At first, I brushed it off as Colby being melodramatic. I thought, "this isn't my first rodeo... I'll be fine." Well let me tell you something. If you're planning on shooting these beautiful, heavy, sharp, and gigantic slabs of frozen ice, you'd better have fourteen eyeballs on your head. I can't recall ever seeing such ferocious waves appear literally out of nowhere. Usually, I can gauge whether a wave is going to be a big one from a distance but these waves would spawn up just a few feet away from you. And guess what happens when a strong wave collides with a gigantic piece of ice that is situated a few feet in front of you? Explosions of sea water? Check. Icebergs being launched in your general direction? You got it. Basically, a big recipe for person injury and gear destruction.

Granted, there is a touch of hyperbole mixed in here but the reality is that spending time hovering around these giant pieces of ice certainly does warrant care and respect. I almost learned that the hard way more than a few times during the two shoots we had there. smile emoticon

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LongExposure   #Iceland  ___

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2015-03-23 01:38:50 (21 comments, 17 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

Fighting Thru The Blerch

I first became aware of The Blerch thru the wonderful and hilarious comic series by The Oatmeal. The more I learned about The Blerch, the more I hated it. In +Matthew Inman's (The Oatmeal's creator) own words, The Blerch is "...a wretched, lazy beast. He tells me to slow down, to walk, to quit." I suspect that more than a few of you have seen The Blerch conjured up in your own lives, too.

It reared its gross head at me yesterday. Plans were in motion to visit Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, OR, because the forecasts were looking very favorable for a great sunset. I would be joined by my two good buds, +Brian Bonham and +William Woodward. But alas, The Blerch showed up and told me that I should just kick back at home and log a few solid hours in with Dying Light on the PS4. It made a really good case and it almost won.
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Fighting Thru The Blerch

I first became aware of The Blerch thru the wonderful and hilarious comic series by The Oatmeal. The more I learned about The Blerch, the more I hated it. In +Matthew Inman's (The Oatmeal's creator) own words, The Blerch is "...a wretched, lazy beast. He tells me to slow down, to walk, to quit." I suspect that more than a few of you have seen The Blerch conjured up in your own lives, too.

It reared its gross head at me yesterday. Plans were in motion to visit Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, OR, because the forecasts were looking very favorable for a great sunset. I would be joined by my two good buds, +Brian Bonham and +William Woodward. But alas, The Blerch showed up and told me that I should just kick back at home and log a few solid hours in with Dying Light on the PS4. It made a really good case and it almost won.

Fortunately, I have a good support system of friends who proceeded to motivate me by calling me any number of emasculating names and questioning my manhood in one form or another. But in all seriousness, they were right in a weird way. Sure, it's a 2-3 hour drive to get to that area of the coast but on the other hand, it's ONLY a 2-3 hour drive to get to that area of the coast! And what a coast it is! It's that sort of mindset that allowed me to swiftly roundhouse kick The Blerch, knocking him out for the day. I did end up going with Brian and William and we had a blast. We also walked away with some real keepers, which is always a bonus. There was that hairy moment when William and I almost got knocked over by a gigantic rogue wave but we'll save that story for another post.

I'm sure that the stupid Blerch will rear its ugly head sooner or later but I just need to remember that it has a weak spot to the left of its gut where a well-placed roundhouse kick will put it down for the day.

Camera: +Sony a7II with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +VSCO and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Oregon   #LongExposure___

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2015-03-19 15:48:47 (26 comments, 28 reshares, 413 +1s)Open 

‎Norway‬ and its sense of scale

If there was one concept that crept into my mind the instant I landed in Norway, it was the importance of conveying a sense of scale. In most of our cases, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I were totally surrounded by gigantic mountains with beautiful peaks but in order to truly provide an idea of their grandeur, it would be important to find juxtaposing elements that showcase the contrast in size.

One day, as we were driving back to our cabin from a sunrise shoot, the three of us spotted a fjord that wasn't frozen over, which meant that there could be some beautiful reflection action going on. What was even better was that there were these little cabins dotting the area, which served as perfect elements to provide the sense of scale that I was seeking. Unfortunately, the winds were blowing strongly enough that we couldn't get a perfectrefle... more »

‎Norway‬ and its sense of scale

If there was one concept that crept into my mind the instant I landed in Norway, it was the importance of conveying a sense of scale. In most of our cases, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I were totally surrounded by gigantic mountains with beautiful peaks but in order to truly provide an idea of their grandeur, it would be important to find juxtaposing elements that showcase the contrast in size.

One day, as we were driving back to our cabin from a sunrise shoot, the three of us spotted a fjord that wasn't frozen over, which meant that there could be some beautiful reflection action going on. What was even better was that there were these little cabins dotting the area, which served as perfect elements to provide the sense of scale that I was seeking. Unfortunately, the winds were blowing strongly enough that we couldn't get a perfect reflection but the long exposure still created a pleasing effect on the surface of the water and I was able to provide that sense of scale that I had been seeking, so all is well!

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer, ProIRND 3-stop ND and ProIRND 6-Stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Norway   #LongExposure  ___

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2015-03-17 15:50:54 (25 comments, 55 reshares, 717 +1s)Open 

Changing tides

Ahhhh, Haukland Beach. +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I shot sunrise and sunset here... a lot. At first, that may sound tedious or monotonous, and in a way, you'd be right. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate this rocky shore because while the physical environment around us was static, the weather was anything but. Want to photograph a beach in a hail storm? Cool, wait 10 minutes. Want to shoot it with gigantic waves blasting the rocks due to the gale force winds? No problem, give it 5 more minutes? Oh, were you hoping for a break in the clouds to let the sun pour though? Gotcha covered... 7 more minutes.

All of this is to make a point that you're never actually "done" with a scene like this one. There are far too many variables to consider and it's your job as a photographer to figure out how to exploit thosev... more »

Changing tides

Ahhhh, Haukland Beach. +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I shot sunrise and sunset here... a lot. At first, that may sound tedious or monotonous, and in a way, you'd be right. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate this rocky shore because while the physical environment around us was static, the weather was anything but. Want to photograph a beach in a hail storm? Cool, wait 10 minutes. Want to shoot it with gigantic waves blasting the rocks due to the gale force winds? No problem, give it 5 more minutes? Oh, were you hoping for a break in the clouds to let the sun pour though? Gotcha covered... 7 more minutes.

All of this is to make a point that you're never actually "done" with a scene like this one. There are far too many variables to consider and it's your job as a photographer to figure out how to exploit those variables and convey the drastic changes that they produce. I'm already looking forward to seeing this area again in June under the glow of the midnight sun.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer, ProIRND 3-stop ND and ProIRND 6-Stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LongExposure   #Sunset  ___

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2015-03-16 01:58:19 (35 comments, 53 reshares, 628 +1s)Open 

The vastness of Kawa'a, Hawaii

I think it's as good of a time as any to shift from the frigid temps of the arctic circle to the tropical climate of Hawaii. One of my favorite places to get a great representation of what sort of terrain Hawaii offers is at Kawa'a. The path to get to this particular beach is not well-marked and it's so rugged that you absolutely want to have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.

While the big draw of this area is actually directly behind me, I am exceptionally fond of this particular view. Here, you have a sprawling vista lined with all sorts of lava rock covered in bright green vegetation. The view keeps unraveling as you travel further through the frame, with the rolling hills and mountains that the Big Island is famous for. There is no doubt that the southern part of this island will always have a special place in my heart.... more »

The vastness of Kawa'a, Hawaii

I think it's as good of a time as any to shift from the frigid temps of the arctic circle to the tropical climate of Hawaii. One of my favorite places to get a great representation of what sort of terrain Hawaii offers is at Kawa'a. The path to get to this particular beach is not well-marked and it's so rugged that you absolutely want to have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.

While the big draw of this area is actually directly behind me, I am exceptionally fond of this particular view. Here, you have a sprawling vista lined with all sorts of lava rock covered in bright green vegetation. The view keeps unraveling as you travel further through the frame, with the rolling hills and mountains that the Big Island is famous for. There is no doubt that the southern part of this island will always have a special place in my heart.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LetHawaiiHappen   #TheBigIsland   #Hawaii  ___

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2015-03-15 02:05:16 (39 comments, 54 reshares, 871 +1s)Open 

The Boulder Beach at Unstad, Norway

Navigating the loose boulders that make up the shore of Unstad Beach in Norway was tricky to say the least. That statement is doubly true as you get closer to the water line because you're not only contending with an onslaught of waves (and the spray that comes along with them) but you're also tasked with finding solid footing on oblong boulders that are exceptionally slick.

Fortunately, once you're able to find a large enough rock and get your feet planted on it, things quickly begin falling into place. This was about as close to the water's edge that I felt comfortable with. The next row or two of rocks next to me were getting totally pummeled by the waves from the advancing tide and I really didn't want to press my luck much further.

I ended up liking this vertical comp the most because it help illustrated... more »

The Boulder Beach at Unstad, Norway

Navigating the loose boulders that make up the shore of Unstad Beach in Norway was tricky to say the least. That statement is doubly true as you get closer to the water line because you're not only contending with an onslaught of waves (and the spray that comes along with them) but you're also tasked with finding solid footing on oblong boulders that are exceptionally slick.

Fortunately, once you're able to find a large enough rock and get your feet planted on it, things quickly begin falling into place. This was about as close to the water's edge that I felt comfortable with. The next row or two of rocks next to me were getting totally pummeled by the waves from the advancing tide and I really didn't want to press my luck much further.

I ended up liking this vertical comp the most because it help illustrated just how far these boulders reached up and down the beach. I felt that it was the best way to really convey what standing on this particular beach feels like. And for an even more immersive idea, Chris Burkard, in collaboration with +SmugMug, also got some fantastic winter surfing footage that you can see on his wonderful video, Arctic Swell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBJyo0tgLnw 

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects & Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha #Norway #Sunset #LongExposure___

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2015-03-06 17:30:14 (36 comments, 41 reshares, 539 +1s)Open 

Day 2 in Reine, Norway

The weather on our second day in Reine was a bit different than on our first. As Colby Brown Photography describes it, it was "stormy with intermittent sunshine," but that didn't keep us from zipping around to different parts of the Lofoten Islands. It's so cool to see how intricately and thoughtfully the Norwegian people have linked each of these islands. It really is a marvel of civil and structural engineering. Drive just a few minutes and you'll likely jump onto a different island with its own charm and personality.

The three of us spent the day chasing down waypoints of notable areas. One of which was an easy-to-climb hill that provided a perfect panoramic view of the sleepy village of Olenilsøya. Colby, Joe Azure Photography, and I found our own little plot of hilltop and went to task. While the somber weather would likely turn... more »

Day 2 in Reine, Norway

The weather on our second day in Reine was a bit different than on our first. As Colby Brown Photography describes it, it was "stormy with intermittent sunshine," but that didn't keep us from zipping around to different parts of the Lofoten Islands. It's so cool to see how intricately and thoughtfully the Norwegian people have linked each of these islands. It really is a marvel of civil and structural engineering. Drive just a few minutes and you'll likely jump onto a different island with its own charm and personality.

The three of us spent the day chasing down waypoints of notable areas. One of which was an easy-to-climb hill that provided a perfect panoramic view of the sleepy village of Olenilsøya. Colby, Joe Azure Photography, and I found our own little plot of hilltop and went to task. While the somber weather would likely turn off some photographers, we reveled in it and used it to further tell the story of this amazing area. Now if only we can clear the sky a bit and ratchet up the solar storms to 11 for an aurora light show, things would be aces.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 6-Stop ND and Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects & Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#Norway   #Reine   #Lofoten   #SonyAlpha   #LongExposure  ___

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2015-03-05 18:44:33 (22 comments, 48 reshares, 410 +1s)Open 

Day 1 in Reine, Norway

Yesterday was my first full day in Norway. After landing in Oslo, the day prior, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I drove three hours north to the storybook town of Reine, nestled within the Lofoten Islands. Because it was very dark when we first arrived, being able to see this place as the sun rose was very special. Fortunately, the weather was exceptionally agreeable throughout the day and we certainly made the most of it. Colby was good enough to secure a number of locations for us to scout, including a lake that was so calm and still, you'd have a hard time determining which side was above water and which was being reflected. I'll share images from that location down the road.

For now, here is a photo of some cabins in Reine taken during sunrise. The coolest part is that the three of us are actually staying in one of those cabins whilewe... more »

Day 1 in Reine, Norway

Yesterday was my first full day in Norway. After landing in Oslo, the day prior, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I drove three hours north to the storybook town of Reine, nestled within the Lofoten Islands. Because it was very dark when we first arrived, being able to see this place as the sun rose was very special. Fortunately, the weather was exceptionally agreeable throughout the day and we certainly made the most of it. Colby was good enough to secure a number of locations for us to scout, including a lake that was so calm and still, you'd have a hard time determining which side was above water and which was being reflected. I'll share images from that location down the road.

For now, here is a photo of some cabins in Reine taken during sunrise. The coolest part is that the three of us are actually staying in one of those cabins while we're here! So, the walk from our front door to the bridge offering this view takes about 3 minutes. I'm all far working to get the shot but I've gotta say, being able to literally stumble out of your front door to this view ain't too shabby either!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-Stop ND, 3-stop Soft Grad ND, Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Norway   #Reine   #Sunrise   #LongExposure  ___

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2015-03-04 10:43:07 (82 comments, 38 reshares, 880 +1s)Open 

Day 5 in Iceland - Goodbye... for now.

Five days is barely enough time just to scratch the surface of all that #Iceland has to offer. Years ago, if you asked this Brooklyn boy whether he'd so eagerly enjoy getting up at an ungodly hour to photograph gigantic landscapes in below freezing temps, he'd probably laugh so hard that milk would come out of his nose. But that's what it takes to experience the grandeur of this marvelous country during its winter season.

Our last full day in Iceland brought us to several of its better known waterfalls and ended with a beautiful sunset at the blue lagoons in Grindavík. However, in between that, Colby, Joe, and I managed to sneak in an hour photographing a herd of Icelandic horses as they grazed, napped and played around. Several even tried to take a few chomps out of my Really Right Stuff tripod!

Photographing... more »

Day 5 in Iceland - Goodbye... for now.

Five days is barely enough time just to scratch the surface of all that #Iceland has to offer. Years ago, if you asked this Brooklyn boy whether he'd so eagerly enjoy getting up at an ungodly hour to photograph gigantic landscapes in below freezing temps, he'd probably laugh so hard that milk would come out of his nose. But that's what it takes to experience the grandeur of this marvelous country during its winter season.

Our last full day in Iceland brought us to several of its better known waterfalls and ended with a beautiful sunset at the blue lagoons in Grindavík. However, in between that, Colby, Joe, and I managed to sneak in an hour photographing a herd of Icelandic horses as they grazed, napped and played around. Several even tried to take a few chomps out of my Really Right Stuff tripod!

Photographing wildlife is about as foreign to me as photographing a wedding but in spite of that, I find the former to be much more calming and appealing than the latter. :) These horses were so friendly and approachable, making it that much easier to move around them to compose a photo. All in all, it was a wonderful time.

Technically, Day 6 was our travel day where we departed Iceland for Oslo, Norway and then caught a domestic flight north to Evenes. From there, we drove for about 3 hours to our destination: Reines, part of the Lofoten Islands. I'll save Day 1 of Norway for tomorrow but let's just say that within 15 minutes of checking into our cabin, we were created with a night sky full of brilliant aurora. Norway has welcomed us quite warmly.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony A-Mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Horses  ___

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2015-03-04 06:52:44 (21 comments, 11 reshares, 308 +1s)Open 

Sunrise over Reine, Norway

Very little Internet out here but I wanted to share an iPhone pano of my view happening right now. We're even staying in one of those cabins in the foreground!

Good times with +Colby Brown and +Joe Azure!

Sunrise over Reine, Norway

Very little Internet out here but I wanted to share an iPhone pano of my view happening right now. We're even staying in one of those cabins in the foreground!

Good times with +Colby Brown and +Joe Azure!___

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2015-03-02 22:11:42 (40 comments, 76 reshares, 1168 +1s)Open 

Day 4 in Iceland

Our fourth day in Iceland had us saying goodbye to the Jökulsárlón region and brought us to our stopover in the quaint town of Vik. The day started off with us breaking out of bed at 5AM to photograph even more brilliant aurora and was then followed by a third shoot in an ice cave. After that, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to Skaftafell National Park and laboriously hiked to Svartifoss, a waterfall with notable vertical basalt formations that instantly reminded me of Latourell and Abiqua Falls in Oregon. Naturally, I felt right at home. smile emoticon

When we wrapped up the waterfall shoot, we jumped in the car for a two hour ride to Vik. What we didn't expect was the massive snow storm that was waiting for us about 20 miles outside of the town. Fortunately, +Colby Brown managed to get to our hotel without calamity.

Uponche... more »

Day 4 in Iceland

Our fourth day in Iceland had us saying goodbye to the Jökulsárlón region and brought us to our stopover in the quaint town of Vik. The day started off with us breaking out of bed at 5AM to photograph even more brilliant aurora and was then followed by a third shoot in an ice cave. After that, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to Skaftafell National Park and laboriously hiked to Svartifoss, a waterfall with notable vertical basalt formations that instantly reminded me of Latourell and Abiqua Falls in Oregon. Naturally, I felt right at home. smile emoticon

When we wrapped up the waterfall shoot, we jumped in the car for a two hour ride to Vik. What we didn't expect was the massive snow storm that was waiting for us about 20 miles outside of the town. Fortunately, +Colby Brown managed to get to our hotel without calamity.

Upon checking in, all three of us had just assumed that any sort of shooting would be out of the question given the absolute white out conditions from the snow storm. However, a few minutes later, we looked out our windows and saw the makings of a rather beautiful sunset. Don't get me wrong—it was howling wind and bitterly cold but we still jumped in 'Beast Mode' and hustled to the beach across the street. Our goal was to catch the iconic and legendary Reynisdrangar, a series of spires jutting out of the ocean. Fortunately, the clouds gave us a break and parted a bit, letting the beautiful sun pour through. All in all, it was a wonderful day!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony A-Mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#‎Iceland‬ ‪#‎Sunset‬ ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-03-01 20:56:31 (76 comments, 60 reshares, 862 +1s)Open 

Day 3 in Iceland - Aurora Edition!

My third day in Iceland was certainly a busy one. We started off by shooting a new ice cave at sunrise, which was great except for when my leg broke through the surface of a frozen river. The ice caves themselves have proven to be one of the most challenging things that I've ever photographed but I'll save that for a future post. Later in the day, we visited a black sand beach that was riddled with frozen burgs all along the shore. After getting more than my share of ocean water in my boots the evening before, I played it a bit safer and stayed further back for my shots. After dinner that evening, we collected our gear from the hotel room and headed to our vehicle. And that's when +Joe Azure told me to look up at the sky.

Don't take me lightly when I say that I was totally stopped in my tracks. Seeing an aurora is one of those... more »

Day 3 in Iceland - Aurora Edition!

My third day in Iceland was certainly a busy one. We started off by shooting a new ice cave at sunrise, which was great except for when my leg broke through the surface of a frozen river. The ice caves themselves have proven to be one of the most challenging things that I've ever photographed but I'll save that for a future post. Later in the day, we visited a black sand beach that was riddled with frozen burgs all along the shore. After getting more than my share of ocean water in my boots the evening before, I played it a bit safer and stayed further back for my shots. After dinner that evening, we collected our gear from the hotel room and headed to our vehicle. And that's when +Joe Azure told me to look up at the sky.

Don't take me lightly when I say that I was totally stopped in my tracks. Seeing an aurora is one of those things that has been so high on my bucket list. I've seen countless photos and videos of them but none were really special to me because I hadn't taken the photos or, more importantly, experienced them for myself. Thankfully, that came to an end yesterday.

Above me was an apparition of light. It was glowing silk and it danced along the night sky to its own tune. I looked from left to right and saw this beautiful and delicate ribbon come and go from a dim form to a brilliant swirl. I finally checked this one off the bucket list. Once the gobsmacking subsided, the three of us sprang into action and hustled to find a location that would offer a decent foreground and a picturesque background. Fortunately, +Colby Brown chose the perfect spot to pull off the road. The aurora was still going strong in front of and behind us and we had a few frozen puddles and plenty of mountains to frame with. Shooting the aurora took a bit of practice in terms of getting the right exposure and focus but once those were locked in, it really became impossible to get a bad photo. I have never in my life been so enamored with a natural phenomenon like this one.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

‪#‎SonyAlpha‬ ‪#‎Iceland‬ ‪#‎Aurora‬ ‪#‎NorthernLights‬___

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2015-02-28 15:24:49 (112 comments, 89 reshares, 1140 +1s)Open 

Day 2 in Iceland

My second day in Iceland was filled with all sorts of new experiences even beyond those that I had on my first day. I got to experience a beautiful sunrise from within a beautiful ice cave and shoot sunset on a black sand beach riddled with giant icebergs.

In between both of these experiences, we were lucky to catch Jökulsárlón when there was minimal wind blowing. Despite the little wind, it was a bit of a challenge to get 2" exposure when the bergs themselves weren't moving. It is pretty trippy to see these gigantic pieces of ice float right on by you. Fortunately, I was able to get one sharp photo that I really like.

Fingers crossed for this evening. Forecasts are reporting crazy Level 5 Auroras for tonight. Being able to see that for the first time would really round out my stay in Iceland so far!

Camera: +Sony a7Rwit... more »

Day 2 in Iceland

My second day in Iceland was filled with all sorts of new experiences even beyond those that I had on my first day. I got to experience a beautiful sunrise from within a beautiful ice cave and shoot sunset on a black sand beach riddled with giant icebergs.

In between both of these experiences, we were lucky to catch Jökulsárlón when there was minimal wind blowing. Despite the little wind, it was a bit of a challenge to get 2" exposure when the bergs themselves weren't moving. It is pretty trippy to see these gigantic pieces of ice float right on by you. Fortunately, I was able to get one sharp photo that I really like.

Fingers crossed for this evening. Forecasts are reporting crazy Level 5 Auroras for tonight. Being able to see that for the first time would really round out my stay in Iceland so far!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 6-Stop ND Filter + 3-Stop Soft Grad ND + 105mm Firecrest CPL
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

‪#SonyAlpha ‪#Iceland‬ ‪#Winter #LongExpoure___

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2015-02-27 15:27:12 (46 comments, 62 reshares, 763 +1s)Open 

Day 1 in Iceland

It hardly takes any time at all to understand why so many landscape and nature photographers flock to Iceland. It's one of those places that absolutely lives up to the hype surrounding it. After landing here yesterday around 7am, we drove for about seven hours to our little hotel. Along the way, we stopped to photograph the glacier lagoon in Jökulsárlón as the sun began to set.

Thus far, Iceland's diverse landscapes have proven to be a wonderful challenge for me. I'd never seen glaciers or icebergs like these before and it certainly is a departure from the sort of landscapes that I'm used to. Still, I am so thankful to have this opportunity, and another opportunity in June, to experience Iceland's beauty.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ​ProIRND 3-Stop ND FilterT... more »

Day 1 in Iceland

It hardly takes any time at all to understand why so many landscape and nature photographers flock to Iceland. It's one of those places that absolutely lives up to the hype surrounding it. After landing here yesterday around 7am, we drove for about seven hours to our little hotel. Along the way, we stopped to photograph the glacier lagoon in Jökulsárlón as the sun began to set.

Thus far, Iceland's diverse landscapes have proven to be a wonderful challenge for me. I'd never seen glaciers or icebergs like these before and it certainly is a departure from the sort of landscapes that I'm used to. Still, I am so thankful to have this opportunity, and another opportunity in June, to experience Iceland's beauty.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ​ProIRND 3-Stop ND Filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7___

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2015-02-24 16:06:02 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Settings and exceeding goal

Goals are great. They really are. Well, unless you don't have drive, ambition or motivation... then goals may be not so great. I'm sure you've read that you should always set goals that are attainable and I think that's a really wise statement. A while back, both Nicole and I set a goal for ourselves to help ensure that we're growing as people and as photographers. Our goal is quite simple really. Each year, we must both visit a new country. It doesn't matter where on the planet the country is but as soon as a new calendar year begins, the goal is reset. Last year, I was lucky enough to double my goal by visiting Germany and Japan. The year prior were Cambodia and Australia.

Tomorrow, I kick off a journey that will double my goal again by visiting both Iceland and Norway. I'm hoping to triple the goal later in the year with... more »

Settings and exceeding goal

Goals are great. They really are. Well, unless you don't have drive, ambition or motivation... then goals may be not so great. I'm sure you've read that you should always set goals that are attainable and I think that's a really wise statement. A while back, both Nicole and I set a goal for ourselves to help ensure that we're growing as people and as photographers. Our goal is quite simple really. Each year, we must both visit a new country. It doesn't matter where on the planet the country is but as soon as a new calendar year begins, the goal is reset. Last year, I was lucky enough to double my goal by visiting Germany and Japan. The year prior were Cambodia and Australia.

Tomorrow, I kick off a journey that will double my goal again by visiting both Iceland and Norway. I'm hoping to triple the goal later in the year with Croatia but those plans are still simmering in the pot. Still, it's little goals like these that I feel bring tangible and enduring results along with real satisfaction when met. It doesn't necessarily have to do with travel per se, but setting a clear path and knowing what your checkmarks are for growth can make a huge difference.
I'd be interested to know what goals you've set for yourselves as you pursue photography... or any other aspect of life.

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1BlNgsX

‪#‎Goals‬, ‪#‎Iceland‬, ‪#‎Norway‬, ‪#‎Travel‬___

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2015-02-22 18:30:25 (20 comments, 24 reshares, 346 +1s)Open 

Photo tip: Turn around!

I suspect that a lot of us photographers can relate to being the moth drawn to the flame when it comes to partaking in a beautiful sunset. We get transfixed on looking forward and rifling off frame after frame because that golden light just keeps getting better. That happened to me several weeks back as I was watching the sunset (http://brians.photos/1HPLjbh) at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was so enamored with the scene that I almost missed the equally beautiful one developing right behind me.

That's when having your head on a swivel makes a lot of sense. Of course, it's important to be cognizant of what's happening in front of you but it's also your obligation to be equally aware of what is building up behind you, as well. This particular instance really drove the point home to me and I kept it at the forefront of my mind... more »

Photo tip: Turn around!

I suspect that a lot of us photographers can relate to being the moth drawn to the flame when it comes to partaking in a beautiful sunset. We get transfixed on looking forward and rifling off frame after frame because that golden light just keeps getting better. That happened to me several weeks back as I was watching the sunset (http://brians.photos/1HPLjbh) at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was so enamored with the scene that I almost missed the equally beautiful one developing right behind me.

That's when having your head on a swivel makes a lot of sense. Of course, it's important to be cognizant of what's happening in front of you but it's also your obligation to be equally aware of what is building up behind you, as well. This particular instance really drove the point home to me and I kept it at the forefront of my mind for the rest of the trip. This rather basic photo tip has served me very well and I thought it'd be worth sharing with all of you.

Be sure to share your thoughts and photos as it pertains to this photo tip!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ​Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/17JsxBF

#Bigisland, #Hawaii, #LetHawaiiHappen, #SonyAlpha, #Sunset___

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2015-02-19 05:53:05 (91 comments, 103 reshares, 1288 +1s)Open 

Photo Tip: Use quadrants to improve composition

When you're standing in freezing cold water that starts coming up to your lower calves, timing is a bit of a precious commodity. After the momentary rush that wakes every part of you up passes, it can get pretty uncomfortable and even dangerous to linger for too long... unless you're wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes. But, I digress (shocker). My point is that if you only have a short amount of time before your toes start to go numb, it's important to have a game plan when you approach a new composition. This brings me to today's little photo tip. I really enjoy breaking up the scene in front of me into quadrants. Typically, I'm picturing a tic tac toe board so that the scene is broken up into nine evenly distributed quadrants.

To make this process even easier, I always have a "Rule of Thirds"... more »

Photo Tip: Use quadrants to improve composition

When you're standing in freezing cold water that starts coming up to your lower calves, timing is a bit of a precious commodity. After the momentary rush that wakes every part of you up passes, it can get pretty uncomfortable and even dangerous to linger for too long... unless you're wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes. But, I digress (shocker). My point is that if you only have a short amount of time before your toes start to go numb, it's important to have a game plan when you approach a new composition. This brings me to today's little photo tip. I really enjoy breaking up the scene in front of me into quadrants. Typically, I'm picturing a tic tac toe board so that the scene is broken up into nine evenly distributed quadrants.

To make this process even easier, I always have a "Rule of Thirds" grid overlaid on each of my Sony camera displays. This way, when I begin figuring out how to place my camera and adjust my focal length, I can instantly see where everything falls. This photo conveys my process quite clearly. I knew that this big boulder would be my primary foreground element and I also knew that the stream was coming at me and curving to the right. To help illustrate this motion, it made sense that I "place" the boulder in the lower left quadrant and go from there. Once I had a good focal length and was satisfied with the height of my camera relative to the ground, I fine tuned the composition and fired. It's one of those practices that I've really come to abide by quite religiously and thought it'd be worth sharing with all of you.

Camera: +Sony a7II with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1AI76hL

‪#‎Longexposure‬, ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬, ‪#‎VSCOCam‬, ‪#‎Nature‬, ‪#‎Oregon‬___

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (143 comments, 149 reshares, 1618 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere that was built for us, right? You share the comings and goings of your day. I share a photo and a story. We all pitch in by sharing content of varying degrees of interest, candidness, and relevance. When I share a photo, I have every intention of sharing all of it with you. This includes the experience of taking the photo, any lessons learned, and, when applicable, the coordinates of where it was taken. Of course, there are times when I don't have the coordinates because I didn't log them and was too lazy to retroactively add them in, but it is never the case of intentionally hiding them from anyone for fear that they may gasp want to enjoy the location, too. If someone was ever interested in where a photo of mine was taken and the geodata wasn't embedded, all they'd need to do is ask. Now, I understand that, in some situations, it is actually necessary to withhold location info. Often times, when photographing in abandoned structures, it simply isn't prudent to share that information. I can get behind that.

However, when it comes to this notion that a certain location in nature and on public grounds needs to be protected to maintain exclusivity, I am simply at a loss. You may say that the photographer has every right to withhold that info because he/she put the energy and time to research where it is and how to get there. Even that doesn't fit in my book of reasons to prevent others from enjoying it. You know what it does show me? It shows me that this photographer has a lack of confidence. Here you have a photographer who is intentionally withholding basic location information. Actually, he wouldn't even tell me the name of the falls! But he's withholding this information because he doesn't want others to easily find it. On what planet does this make sense? Do you have such little confidence in your own abilities as a photographer that you would intentionally keep others from taking a crack?

If you boil it down, there are so many variables that would dictate how I would get my photo and how that would, more than likely, result in you getting something entirely different. Let's put hardware and photography experience aside. You've got to contend with variables such as the time of day, the time of year, the weather conditions, the conditions of the surrounding area, and all sorts of other factors that can make your experience utterly different than mine. And then you get to layer on differences in hardware (your telephoto vs my fisheye) and overall photography experience.

The way that I see it, if there is a particularly picturesque location in nature, and especially if it's on public land, then everyone who is interested in experiencing it should have that opportunity. Not only will I not stand in your way, but I'll tell you the exact coordinates of the location and be more than happy to share any notable things to look out for or avoid. Sharing can be such a cathartic and rewarding act when it's done with selflessly and with good intention. Don't prove your worth as a photographer by holding others back. Prove it by consistently sharing great content.

For the record, I took this at Upper Ruckel Creek Falls, just off I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge. The actual geodata is embedded within the image.

Now, if you've made it this far, then I congratulate you. But, I also would like to know if you agree or disagree here. If you stumbled onto a beautiful new waterfall and I asked about it later on, would you share the details? Why or why not?

Camera: +Sony a7II with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1Ej0XpI___

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2015-02-15 17:27:47 (20 comments, 21 reshares, 286 +1s)Open 

Morning routines... rituals, really.

For me, these pre-caffeinated actions are usually executed in a fugue-like state and they unfold as something like: simulated sun light alarm begins waking me up about 30 minutes before my actual wake up time (7:30AM), disconnect phone from charger, wade through mostly junk mail that made it through Google's spam filters, and then begin the exhausting and exhaustive process of catching up on the flotsam of social media.

I'm certain this is not a good recipe for me. I say this with such confidence because, as I get older, I am making a more concerted to get to know myself in the way of what really gets me motivated and, conversely, what deflates me. And please don't take this as me not wanting to keep up with the happenings of my actual friends and family or ranting about any topic in particular. Rather, it's all the other... more »

Morning routines... rituals, really.

For me, these pre-caffeinated actions are usually executed in a fugue-like state and they unfold as something like: simulated sun light alarm begins waking me up about 30 minutes before my actual wake up time (7:30AM), disconnect phone from charger, wade through mostly junk mail that made it through Google's spam filters, and then begin the exhausting and exhaustive process of catching up on the flotsam of social media.

I'm certain this is not a good recipe for me. I say this with such confidence because, as I get older, I am making a more concerted to get to know myself in the way of what really gets me motivated and, conversely, what deflates me. And please don't take this as me not wanting to keep up with the happenings of my actual friends and family or ranting about any topic in particular. Rather, it's all the other collective baggage that comes along with operating and putting yourself clearly out here in this space. There is always someone with an opinion. Someone waiting on deck to criticize someone or something else, often times built upon utterly ill-conceived or ill-informed logic. Someone who is right there, ready to tell me how I should live or build my brand or compose my photo.

And let's not ignore that the pot is very much calling the kettle black. I'm not going to skate by without admitting that, for better or worse, I've been that person too. I'd like to think that I approach those instances on a more productive and well-intentioned foot than your neighborhood troll, but I've definitely been that guy.

But back to morning routines. I'll admit that I'm not quite sure what will work for me. I do suspect that exposing myself to this type of stimulus as the first one of the day may have an adverse affect on how the rest of it plays out. So, I'm going to do what most any person living in our modern time would do when they're uncertain of how to make a significant change to their lifestyle: I'm crowdsourcing! :)

I'd love to know what your morning routines are. What routines work for you and what utterly sucks? I'm genuinely curious so please share away!

Now... where is that first cuppa?

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND Filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects & Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1Ji8z2h

‪#‎GoodMorning‬, ‪#‎Rituals‬, ‪#‎Routine‬ ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-02-11 16:31:28 (33 comments, 35 reshares, 527 +1s)Open 

Quick Photo Tip: Embrace those big skies

Photographing the historic barns on Mormon Row at Grand Tetons National Park can be challenging, especially at sunrise. Weather conditions aside, its popularity is easily illustrated based on the number of people who show up... and rightfully so. It's a very picturesque location to watch the sun rise. It's doubly picturesque if you have sky full of clouds that are lighting up with color, which we did. My initial composition had me using a longer lens and tightening up on the actual barn, which also had the benefit of adding compression and bringing the Tetons maintain range more into focus. However, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get a comp that I liked and I really had very little time because of how quickly that beautiful sunrise glow turns into junk.

And that's where my photo tip comes in. I knew that I wanted to... more »

Quick Photo Tip: Embrace those big skies

Photographing the historic barns on Mormon Row at Grand Tetons National Park can be challenging, especially at sunrise. Weather conditions aside, its popularity is easily illustrated based on the number of people who show up... and rightfully so. It's a very picturesque location to watch the sun rise. It's doubly picturesque if you have sky full of clouds that are lighting up with color, which we did. My initial composition had me using a longer lens and tightening up on the actual barn, which also had the benefit of adding compression and bringing the Tetons maintain range more into focus. However, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get a comp that I liked and I really had very little time because of how quickly that beautiful sunrise glow turns into junk.

And that's where my photo tip comes in. I knew that I wanted to capture the beautiful color in the clouds which pretty much meant that I'd have to use an ultra wide angle lens. This also meant that my foreground would likely seem more diminutive, reducing the sense of scale. All of this was fine, again, because the sky was utterly beautiful, however it can get very easy to lose control and forfeit too much of your foreground in favor of capturing the sky. The importance here is to judge how much of the foreground you're willing to sacrifice while still being able to faithfully convey the overall scene. There is a delicate point at which cutting off too much of the foreground can result in an awkwardly composed photo and it really falls on you to make sure that you are cognizant of that, especially when you're greeted with such a beautiful sky.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1AmxWKA

‪#‎GrandTetons‬, ‪#‎MormonRow‬, ‪#‎NationalPark‬, ‪#‎Sunrise‬, ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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