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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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Great presentation Brian 
You have given me some great thoughts as to what lens i should buy when i buy the Sony A7R , the Sony FE 16-mm F4
May i ask your advise on this?
Thankyou
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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/
Don't worry about who is better than you. Worry about being better than the person you were yesterday.
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This is "eternal truths of art and life"
Thank you, Brian. 
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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

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Very nice photos and exotic place. Thank you for sharing.
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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.

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looks otherworldly!  Great shot
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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.

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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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This is just breathtaking! It looks so peaceful and serene, I need a vacation! Love it, please keep sharing photos like this one. I am a person who has been diagnosed with Major depression and when I'm feeling one of my lower days I just log on here and go straight to your page to look at this miracles on earth that God has created that no man has yet to destroy.
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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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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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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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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!

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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.

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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

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CEO of Matiash, Inc | Photographer | Published Author | Social Influencer
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    Social & Content Strategy, 2015 - present
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My name is Brian and I am a professional photographer and published author based in Portland, OR. I specialize in landscape & travel photography and have spent the better part of a decade educating and inspiring photographers all around the world with my tutorials, videos, and stories.

I am a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery program and am the Social & Content Strategist for their Digital Imaging team. I also contribute regularly to a variety of photography publications, both online and in print. You can see a sampling of them in the Features section below.

Admittedly, I have [not-so] tiny obsessions with long-exposure photography, ND filters and fisheye lenses. My passion is helping others help themselves with their pursuits of photography.

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  • Syracuse University
    MS - Information Resources Management, 2000 - 2001
  • Syracuse University
    BS - Information Management & Technology, 1996 - 2000
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