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Brian Matiash
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I freaking love #AutoAwesome  Movies

Recently, a whole bunch of us on the Google+ team moved to a new part of campus here at Google HQ. One of the cool new things about our location is that we now have our own batting cage! It's a perfect way to blow off some steam that, you know, can come with the job. :)

In any case, I was joined by my fellow Google Photos and Events colleagues, +Dave Cohen, +Tim St. Clair and +Michele Winsky. All I did was take a few video clips and stills with my Nexus 5.

That's basically it.

I mean, honestly. A little bit later, I got a notification from Google+ that I had a new Auto Awesome Movie ready. Cool! I had almost forgotten that I had taken those clips. Now, when I tell you this, you really have to trust me - the video that Google delivered to me was about 90% ready to go. The theme, the pacing, and the soundtrack were all picked for me based on the content that I recorded and captured. Are you kidding me?? All I ended up doing was remove 2 photos that it had included (too superfluous) and extended the clip of Tim giving his macho head nod. Other than that, all of the transitions were implemented automatically to follow the pace of the videos and images.

And now I can share some truly fun memories with all of you in a way that I'd never consider doing in the first place. We didn't call it  #AutoAwesome  by accident. It really is awesome! Kudos to the ENG and PM teams for constantly thinking up of new ways to make me smile with all of these special, personal moments.
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I need to work at Google - ha!!
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*Let's celebrate Earth Day tomorrow!

To celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22, +Google+  and +TIME are teaming up with you to celebrate our beautiful Earth.

Share photos that show natural beauty near you with the hashtag #MyBeautifulEarth . Your photos can appear on the #MyBeautifulEarth  photo mosaic at, and +TIME will feature some of their favorite photos on their Earth Day website.
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These last few days

Well, we're in a full-on packing frenzy, trying to make sure that we take what we need and donate what we don't. This time next week, I should be settling into my new home back in Portland, OR. I'm really thankful to be able to continue on with Google and work out of the downtown PDX office while also returning back to MTV on a monthly basis. All in all, it is working out quite nicely.

I'm just really excited to be heading back to the city that I fell in love with and came to call home

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+David Cutting That's true! The spirit of the 90s certainly is alive in Portland.
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Forward movement

Day 2 since returning from 4 weeks of crazy travel - things are slowly starting to fall back into place. It has been great to reconnect with my colleagues here in the office and the jetlag will hopefully dissipate by the weekend. All in all, life is nice. I hope the same can be said for you guys!

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Join me for a Google+ Sydney Photowalk this Saturday!

I'm in Sydney for a few more days and am putting together a photowalk with +Matt Glastonbury, +Lauren Bath and a bunch of friends!. We're meeting up tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th at 2:30PM on the stairs of the Sydney Opera House. The walk will kick off at 3PM and we'll shove off from there. I hope to see you there!

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Achievement Unlocked: Have your photo displayed on the Nasdaq Billboard in Times Square for Earth Day!

Sorry for the self-indulgent post, everyone - this is just so cool for me, I had to share.

I received this image this morning from a friend on our Google+ Partners team, letting me know that a selection of my photos that were used by Google+ and +TIME to celebrate #MyBeautifulEarth  are being displayed on the gigantic and famous Nasdaq billboard in Times Square, New York City! This is profoundly sentimental for me on several fronts. It's really an honor for me to have some of my photos selected by Time editors to be displayed in this fashion, in the very heart of the city where I was born and raised in... it is extremely sentimental. I am a devout reader of +TIME Magazine and their Lightbox section easily showcases some of the best and most moving photos ever captured in our world and I'll be a New Yorker until the day I die.

I was also told that two more of my photos will be displayed on the Nasdaq billboard during today's Closing Bell segment from 4:25PM - 4:40PM Eastern/US. If anyone is around the area and can snap a few more shots, I'd be extremely grateful!

Here's a direct link to the image displayed on the billboard:
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Holy cow that's awesome Brian!
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The traffic goes Vrroooom!

My initial reaction to finding out that I'd be climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge in +Australia was that of pure delight. It was quickly followed by the wrath of a thousand hot flames when I was told that cameras were pretty much strictly forbidden. And then a calm wave of happy happy joy joy swathed over me like a favorite blanket when I was told that we had media passes secured, allowing each of us in our +Topdeck Travel group to bring any one camera body and lens. For safety's sake, there were always at least two points of contact between the camera and the photographer and there was more than enough slack in the lines for a full range of motion.

Finding a cool, compelling angle wasn't too difficult given the awesome view that you have this high above traffic. If any of you ever played Half Life 2 (probably the greatest game series on the planet), just think back to that level when you have to navigate across that giant bridge and you'll know exactly what this felt like.

Keeping the camera steady enough to capture the motion of the traffic was another thing altogether. I was really thankful to have the foresight to attach my +Formatt-Hitech 105mm circular polarizer on my lens on my +Sony A7, which gave me about 2-stops of light loss. That, coupled with a really small aperture, gave me the shutter speed I needed to get motion in the traffic. This single exposure image was edited with a harmonious blend of Nik Analog Efex Pro and the sadly discontinued FocalPoint 2 by +onOne Software.

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Celebrate Earth Day with #MyBeautifulEarth !

Next Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day and Google+ has partnered with the fine folks over at +TIME to celebrate our marvelous planet and we want everyone to get in on the celebration. Just share your favorite photo(s) from your corner of the world here on Google+, tagged with #MyBeautifulEarth .

Now thru Earth Day, the editors over at Time will be picking their favorite photos to feature on April 22nd and, trust me, it's going to be very awesome! So get on with your sharing and tagging!
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Hooroo, Australia!

Well, today marks four weeks since I had left the Bay Area for a whirlwind trip to Tokyo and all around Australia. During that time, I was able to meet up with some great old friends and take on some fantastic new ones. I even got to give a big hug to +Gretchen Chappelle, a wonderful and artistic soul who I've known for a few years here on Google+ and was finally able to HIRL. I had the fortune of visiting some remarkable locations and even got to witness some of them under extremely rare circumstances. In all, it truly has been a memorable month and I sincerely want to thank +Lauren Bath, +Matt Glastonbury and the wonderful folks at +Topdeck Travel for putting on such a great time. But now, I'm ready to kick off the 14 hour flight back home and see my family, get reconnected with my colleagues, and prep for the move back to Portland.

I hope you guys enjoyed the photos that were shared along the way. I promise there are plenty more to come! Now bring on the faster bandwidth - papa needs some fast intarweb speedz!

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Uluru's 1%

In the wake of the unprecedented amount of rainfall we experienced in Uuru and Yulara over the past few days, it turns out that this +Topdeck Travel crew managed to experience an occurrence that less than 1% of all visitors ever get to see: a flowing waterfall at the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Coincidentally, the local news station here covered this rare occurrence, which is where my stat is sourced from. While it may not compare to the gushing waterfalls of the US's Pacific Northwest, it was truly wonderful to witness this for myself. Thanks to the Uluru National Parks ranger who kindly kept a swarm of other tour groups at bay, minimizing any vibrations from the metal grated floor!

Sadly, today marks the last day of our epic Australian adventure, although a small group of us are staying back in Sydney through Sunday for extended play!

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Global Photos Product Evangelist, Google+ & Nik
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San Francisco, CA - Portland, OR - Boston, MA - Brooklyn, NY - Chicago, IL - Syracuse, NY
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Ze Evangelizer of ze Photos for ze people.
A guy with some cameras, a few lenses, and an itchy trigger finger. I am also the lead Photos Evangelist for Google+ & Nik. I take photos. You take photos. Let's share them with the world and inspire each other!

All posts and opinions are that of my own and not of Google or my wonderdog, Kodak.
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    MS - Information Resources Management, 2000 - 2001
  • Syracuse University
    BS - Information Management & Technology, 1996 - 2000
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