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The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet

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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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.
Recently, I saw a collection of April Fools posts on Facebook by photographers who tried baking in some irony by sharing photos from a oft-photographed US National Park that they dubbed as their mo...
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en vérité pas encore eu le temps de voir ! merci a vous
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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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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
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Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

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

Event link:

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:

Thanks so much for your participation and support! See you there!
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+RICARDO MARTINEZ My pleasure! Thanks, as always, for your comments. :)
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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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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!
Suffice it to say that the Grand Canyon is very... grand and overwhelming. However, by standing in one place and focusing around you, it can all make sense.
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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 and the App Store
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Hi hello brian how are you now? And wer are now? Its ok give me ur mobile number.thank you
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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
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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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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

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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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    Social & Content Strategy, 2015 - present
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    Owner/Photographer, 2015 - present
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    Global Photos Product Evangelist, Google+ & Nik, 2013 - 2015
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My name is Brian Matiash. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY but now live in Portland, OR, and am a photographer who has been pursuing and growing my particular brand of imagery since 1996. I'm also proud to be a member of Sony's Artisans of Imagery program.

I am a published author and lover of all things social media. Admittedly, I have [not-so] tiny obsessions with long-exposure photography, neutral density filters and fisheye lenses.

Basically, my passion is helping others help themselves with their pursuits of photography.

All posts and opinions are that of my own and not of Google or my wonderdog, Kodak.
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