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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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When lightning greets Uluru

I think it has rained non-stop since we arrived in +Australia's Northern Territory. Normally, this would be a reason to be bummed but along with the rain can come some pretty epic storm clouds. Thankfully, that was the case on our last evening visiting Uluru. When we arrived here for sunset, we were greeted with one of the most menacing arrays of clouds that I've ever seen.

As they approached us, several bolts of lightning flashing, causing all of the +Topdeck Travel photographers to shift their attention from the giant rock to capturing the crack of lighting bolts. As the storm passed over our heads, I noticed the lightning start striking closer and closer to Uluru, whereas a few minutes prior, it was literally 180-degrees behind us.

I had my Canon 15mm Fisheye Funkbuster lens on and didn't have the time to switch to anything longer (partly because of how fast the storm was moving and because of the heavy rain that began to fall) so I had to rely on a rather significant crop, making me even more thankful for shooting with a high-megapixel FF camera. Of all my attempts, this was the best result depicting lightning striking in the vicinity of Uluru, which apparently is super rare. Editing was pretty straightforward just using Lightroom.

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Ahh this is the shot you were talking about +Brian Matiash, sweet... Shame you didn't have the longer lens on, did well to get this with so much light around :-) 
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In the shadow of Uluru

Yesterday afternoon, the we landed at Connellan Airport near Yulara. We’re spending the next few days out in the bush, exploring Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), Alice Springs, and other points within Australia’s vast Northern Territory outback. After getting settled into our rooms, we made our way to a particular lookout that is supposed to provide a great vantage point for sunset. Because the people who run the national park that Uluru is in have such stringent restrictions around where we can and can’t photograph, or even what we can or can’t photograph, we were limited to a relatively small swath of land to set up. By the time sunset rolled around, the entire place was teeming with other visitors, all clamoring to stake a place in the ground from where to nab their own photographic memories.

As you can see in this photo, there wasn’t much of a sunset to speak of. We did have some very impressive clouds roll through. One particular cloud even hugged the top of Uluru (as you can see), which was a welcome addition.

The goal for today is to get on the bus at 5AM with hopes of being the very first vehicles at the park gate when it opens. This will give us the best chance of finding primo spots for sunrise. Not much sleep lately, but thankfully there are photos that all make up for it!

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Fantastic! Maybe one day I'll get out there:)
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So many +1s for +Honey Maid

Wonderful, tasteful and important reply to an attack on a social value that should absolutely be inalienable. Thanks to +Richard Gingras s for the h/t.

Honey Maid just made me a customer for life. Seriously. This is their amazing response to those who attacked the company's ads depicting gay couples with their children. Powerful. Emotional. Brilliant.
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how dare those gays show affection in public to the person they care about haha im sure thats what he meant by lewd behavior gotta love those bible bangers
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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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Uluru and the elements

We really did have the best of intentions this morning. The alarm went off at 4:30AM, managed to get a quick shower in, and headed off to meet the rest of the +Topdeck Travel photographers on our shuttle. The goal was to be the first ones at the gate of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in +Australia's Northern Territory (a mission that we accomplished). Being the first ones there ensured we'd get primo spots for sunrise at the designated viewing area, however the elements had their own agenda.

While there was no real sunrise to speak of, we were able to reap the benefits of this inclement weather by capturing a swath of fog rolling across the top of Uluru. Apparently, this is fairly rare to capture, so despite the steady rain that we're having, I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to experience this phenomenon.

I used my +Formatt-Hitech 10-Stop IRND filter to drag the shutter of my +Sony A7 and Sony FE 24-70mm lens. All stylization was done in Nik Analog Efex Pro.

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Through the fog

While on our +Topdeck Travel shuttle coach yesterday, as we were en route to Sydney, we drove through a wooded area that was dense with fog. Everyone on the shuttle immediately began clamoring to pull the shuttle over so that we could capture the atmospheric beauty on either side of the road. Thankfully, our wonderful drive, Lee, obliged us with 20 minutes of frantic run all through the road photography time.

This was one of my favorite photos from the mini shoot. I spied this path from the bus and knew that it would be the first place I would run to. I love how much impact something as fleeting as fog can have on an image. It's nature's layer maker.

In any case, I was really glad to meet +William Patino in person over breakfast. He's a really killer photographer who I certainly recommend circling. Other than that, we're now off to a crazy zoo visit, a climb up the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and a sunset shoot at Bondi Beach today. Hope you're all enjoying your Fridays or Saturdays!

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First light over Crescent Head

Oh, how I love the Photographer's Hustle. You know what I'm talking about, I'm sure. It's that half run/half gallop that you start on when you pull up to your destination and realize that you should have been here 30 minutes earlier. That's what our group of +Topdeck Travel photographers busted into when we arrived at the parking lot of this location.

As is quickly becoming the norm, I'm realizing, Australia has some of the most beautiful weather and landscapes. And when you combine the two, especially at sunrise and sunset, you're almost always guaranteed to be left standing there, jaw agape, and in awe.

Today, we're off to a the Hunter Valley Resort for some wine tasting and grape stomping before making our way further south to Sydney. Tomorrow is goiang to be an intense day with special access to Taronga Zoo and media passes allowing us to bring our cameras up as we climb up the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Wooha!

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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!

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