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Matt Payne
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Attended University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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Spring is turning out to be one of my favorite times of the year here in the Pacific Northwest. There is an abundance of wildflowers and colors that fill the landscapes here.

Let me paint this scene for you. Rain sputters off and on in the pre-dawn moments of a sleepy and crisp Sunday morning. Birds are chirping in the distance and bees are beginning their daily chores of collecting pollen on the ubiquitous flowers before you. The air is still but filled with floral and mountain scents that suspend the moment just a bit longer. You are taking in the rolling clouds above Mount Hood and enjoying the cushioned comfort of the soft, wet ground at your feet. The purple lupine flowers dance in the light breeze and you get lost in the wonder and beauty of nature's lull.

I'm also getting REALLY excited to head out for four days to shoot with one of the world's best landscape photographers +Kane Engelbert :-)

#pacificnorthwest   #mthood  
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You have to love waking up at 4 AM to go shoot wildflowers - +Michael Bollino & I were hoping for some great sunrise conditions; however, what we found was a more moody and atmospheric scene. It rained on and off pretty much all morning. I found a few clusters of this wildflower, called Phlox Hoodii, or Hood Phlox - there white varieties and pink varieties. Hope you have a great week! Cheers!

This was my first time out with the Sony A7 II - I am kind of wishing I had the A7R, but wow - the camera is so easy to use and light as hell. Can't go wrong there! Nice work +Sony on a great camera system!

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Sony A7 II, Sony Zeiss 16-35 @16mm, f/16, .6s, ISO 100 - a blend of three shots for maximum depth of field. Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop CC.

#wildflowers   #spring   #Washington   #landscapephotography   #SonyA7  
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As a photographer, I'm always learning. I want to advance my skills in the field and on the computer to maximize my vision and achieve the best possible results with my images. I think in any profession or hobby, you can never master it fully, you will always have something you can improve upon or something you can learn that takes your work to the next level.

Today I finally sat down and learned how to use luminosity masks. In a nut-shell, this allows the photographer to fine-tune brights, mid-tones, and darks in such a way as to make a scene look more natural without blown highlights or lost shadows, without losing important details in each. It also overcomes some of the nasty side-effects of HDR software that often plague images today. The result is (hopefully) a much more soft transition between darks and brights that brings out the best of both.

Surely, I have much more to learn in the way of using luminosity masks; however, I am super pleased with my work today.

A little about this photograph:
The moment that I saw the light develop on the summit of Milwaukee Peak, Broken Hand Peak and Crestone Needle above lower South Colony Lake and Upper South Colony Lake, I knew that it would be a winning scene. This valley holds such a special place in my heart - having formerly served on the board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Field Institute, the organization responsible for all of the trail and campsite work in this amazing area. Crestone Needle was obscured in the clouds like this all weekend and even the following day when we climbed it. Such a great weekend commemorated by a fantastic image. 

It had rained all the whole night before and all day up until this point where we were able to take in the awesome beauty of the South Colony Basin, one of my favorite places on earth.
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Mount Hood and a nearly full moon panorama taken from Rocky Butte Park in Portland Oregon.

It's raining like crazy here in Portland today, so I thought I'd go back and edit a shot I took last April of Mount Hood with the moon rising behind it. I'm looking forward to getting back out and shooting more shots like this in the coming months.

This photo prints great in the 2x1 format (aka 20x10 or 40x20). 

f/8, ISO 100, 300mm, 1/400s - Nikon D7000, Nikon 300 f/4 lens.

#Rocky Butte Park #Landscape #Moon #MountHood #Oregon #Oregon. #Pacific Northwest #Panorama #Panoramic #Portland #Portland Oregon #fullmoon #mountain #snow #snow-capped #telephoto #volcano
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I visited Hug Point State Park near Cannon Beach, Oregon yesterday with my family. Despite being there with a ton of other people, I was able to capture this scene of the sun rising above the rocks and illuminating the water shooting down the waterfall, which drains into the ocean. I can't wait to revisit this location for some night photography opportunities. Bigger version over on 500px: http://goo.gl/5ZxUPX

#Oregon   #Coast   #Waterfall   #Sunflare   #Beach   #PacificNorthwest
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I get asked on a fairly regular basis for recommendations on Nikon equipment for night photography - so I finally broke-down and wrote a blog post about it. Would love to hear your thoughts on my choices. Thanks! 
A complete guide for selecting Nikon photography equipment for all budgets, including bodies, lenses and accessories for the pursuit of night photography.
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"Unparalleled Dawn"

To view a really cool virtual tour of this panorama, check out this interface (please ignore the poor job I did stitching the edges of the panorama together):

http://round.me/tour/2420/view

After a 20+ mile backpack into Colorado's Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness Area, my climbing partner and I got an early start at 3 AM to ascend North Eolus Peak's 14,000 ft. summit before sunrise. We were joined by mountain goats on the summit (one is in the photo, but hard to see) and enjoyed one of the most memorable sunrises in my lifetime. Directly east of us below the sun was the formidable 14,000 ft. peaks Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak (which we climbed later that day and the day after). To the right (south) towered Eolus Peak and to the left getting hit by intense light were Turret Peak and Pigeon Peak, two of the more rugged peaks in the area. Also visble in this photograph are my favorite peaks in Colorado - Vestal Peak and Arrow Peak (left of middle, sticking up like a sore thumb), Jagged Mountain, Jupiter Peak, and more. You can even make out Uncompahgre Peak and Wetterhorn Peak on the horizon as well as Rio Grand Pyramid. If you can't tell, I'm a total Colorado mountain geek. Hope you like the photo. I can't wait to print this one HUGE.

#Colorado   #14ers   #13ers   #sunrise   #Panorama   #panorama360  
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Let's all celebrate Spring by enjoying the great outdoors and taking in all that nature serves up. 

I'm hopeful to get out and shoot some more this weekend, maybe to do some astrophotography. In the meantime, here's a shot I took last weekend.

What you're all seeing here is the amazing Balsamroot and Lupine that adorn this rolling hillside in the Columbia Hills near The Dalles on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

A few details about this composition - Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8; a blend of four photos - three for the foreground and one for the sky. I had to under-expose the sky to bring out all of the awesome color and details going on there. I focus-stacked the three foreground photos, which were all shot at ISO 800 due to wind, and then combined the sky section to that set. It is a composition of two areas stitched as a panorama - about 1/2 for sky/mid-ground and 1/2 for the foreground, both shot in landscape orientation. I then processed it in PS CC using various layers of level adjustments and curve adjustments.
Feel free to share, and please do comment. Have an amazing weekend! I'm off to enjoy some beer.

For #floralfriday , created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson and +Eustace James

#pacificnorthwest   #spring   #wildflowers   #Washington  
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Let's talk about vision.

When in the field, I envision an end product before setting up my tripod and camera. I think about which elements I want in the photo and which elements I don't want in the photo. I try to incorporate elements that compliment each other, accentuate the scene in an impactful way, or impart some sort of emotional state, or that tells a story.

I also try to think about how the elements in a scene can provide some contrast between each other, for example, an impressive and rugged mountain with delicate spring flowers. For this scene, I had to think quite a bit about technical execution and how I might process my photographs in a way that achieves the vision I was going for - in this case, presenting Mount Hood in all of its early morning glory while showcasing the amazing wildflowers on display at Dalles Mountain Ranch.

In order to combine both exciting and beautiful elements in the frame, I chose to blend various focus points and exposures in order to get everything I was seeing in one frame. Unfortunately, I was a little rushed and missed one of the shots, causing a slight amount of blur in the mid-ground scene; however, I think the end product worked out pretty well and my vision was successfully realized.

"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art." - Ansel Adams

This photo is a blend of 5 exposures, one for the sky/mountain, one for the midground, and 3 for the foreground using focus stacking. 

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I decided to do something creative this week and work on this panoramic photograph of the Milky Way arching over to Mount Hood above Government Camp. I created a spiral over the mountain to give the effect of a black hole pulling in matter at the edge of our galaxy. I'm sure it would look totally different in real life (and it won't happen in any of our lifetimes), but I figured I'd give it a shot! I look forward to playing more with similar techniques in the future. 

I used the awesome script from +Sathya R  to make the vortex and then blended it back into a version of my original panoramic photo. 

For more on that script check out his great website: 
http://liketheocean.com/night-photography/scripts-to-make-your-star-trails-awesome/
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Haha =D thanks again for writing the script, it has made my night photo work so much easier.
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Why I love photographs of mountains. Why do you?

#mountains   #mountainphotography   #Colorado   #Oregon  
An exploration into the reasons behind why some people are drawn to photographs of mountains... and why some are not.
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"The Towering Elowah Falls"
I returned to my favorite waterfall today with my parents in tow. I visited a different perspective of the waterfall, showcasing the height of this beauty. The footbridge is shown to add scale, and my mom is shown just above the bridge to give even more of a sense of scale. I love how the lichen almost glows with the swordferns in the foreground adding some interest as well. To achieve this shot, I used my Nikon 14-24 in landscape orientation using the fotodiox circular polarizer and created a three-photo panorama going top, middle, bottom and then cropping it to a square format. Hope you dig it!
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  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Clinical Psychology, 2001 - 2003
  • Mesa State College
    Counseling Psychology, 1997 - 2001
  • Coronado High School
    1993 - 1997
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Photographer, Mountaineer, webmaster of 100summits.com - Colorado native.
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  • I'm a native to Colorado and Colorado Springs. I recently moved to Portland, Oregon.
  • In my spare time I enjoy updating my mountaineering website, which is dedicated to Colorado mountaineering and photography.
  • I am actively working on my photography pursuits and business - here is a link to that website.
  • I love photography, hiking, mountaineering, gardening, football, social media, politics and leadership development
  • I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology - for my master's thesis I developed and validated an anxiety detection measure for elderly adults - this measure is currently being tested further for clinical use (Geriatric Anxiety Scale)
  • I love to learn and share that knowledge with others that are enthusiastic learners
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Webmaster of http://www.100summits.com - I've climbed 83 of the highest 100 mountains in Colorado
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Healthcare Management; Professional Photographer
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  • Oregon Primary Care Association
    Director of Operations, 2014 - present
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    Owner, 2010 - present
  • Peak Vista Community Health Centers
    Director of Clinical Support Services, 2011 - 2014
  • Peak Vista Community Health Centers
    Business Development Manager, 2007 - 2011
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    MST Therapist, 2006 - 2007
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    Counselor, 2005 - 2006
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    Public Benefits Specialist, 2003 - 2005
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