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Brian Matiash

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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About 3 weeks ago Good on ya, Brisbane

I arrived in Brisbane yesterday afternoon to kick off a 10-day trek kicking off here and then heading to Byron Bay, Alice Springs, Uluru, Sydney and points in between. I'm joined with a cadre of other photo influencers from Google+ and Instagram, all really wonderful people. We're working with the great folks at +Topdeck Travel, who arranged this trip and specialize in this sort of adventure tourism around the great Down Under.

Towards the end of the trip, we're going to kick of a fun Google+ Photowalk/Instameet in Sydney. Detail to come!

I took this photo with my +Sony A7 and the Sony FE 24-70mm lens. No filters needed given the night light conditions. Stylization was done using one of +Nicole S. Young's Lightroom presets.

Purchase this print: http://goo.gl/eyD5bj

#Topdecker  









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About 6 weeks ago My #PlusOneCollectionIII  Selection - Fingerlings

I took this photo about 13 months ago and it still is one of my favorite that I've ever taken in my life. Silver Falls State Park in Oregon is an especially magical place and I can think of no better image that I'd want to have representing me in the third volume of the +Plus One Collection than this.

On a more important note, I really want to thank +Ivan Makarov, +Andy Lee and the rest of the team for all of the selfless hours put into bringing a 3rd annual volume of beautiful imagery taken by the very people who make this Google+ community so rich... all while helping to support a truly worthy cause. I'm honored to be a part of this endeavor.



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About 5 weeks ago Tasmania on my mind

By this time tomorrow, I'll hopefully be nearing the end of my flight from San Francisco to Tokyo, Japan. I've got just about everything packed and ready but despite this being my first time to the country, a large amount of my thoughts are on Tasmania, an area I visited last year and is easily my favorite part of Australia (no offense to locals from other regions - all of Australia really is wonderful). I took this photo on a perfectly foggy morning at Curringa Farm (http://www.curringafarm.com.au/) and am already counting the days before I get to visit more of these lovely gum trees.

Fortunately, I'll have a full week working out of Rose Bay as my good mate, +Matt Glastonbury, and his lovely wife, +Mia Glastonbury, have opened their home to me. The week after that, we set off on a crazy 10-day trip around various parts of Australia's Northern Territory. I'll have more details on that as the trip gets closer but for now, enjoy the rest of your wee
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About 1 week ago 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!

#topdecker  





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About 8 weeks ago The long path up

I really should be focusing on packing for my flight to Germany in a few hours but I got the bug to edit and share an image from Antelope Canyon (Lower). I originally hadn't envisioned going with a black and white treatment but when I saw this preview pop up as I hovered across my list of Lightroom presets, it instantly made sense. How many of you do a quick hover across your presets to get a quick jolt of direction and inspiration?

Yesterday, I downloaded my copy of +Trey Ratcliff's new, crazy-in-depth HDR tutorial and was glad to see that he follows a similar process in his editing routine. I have the video downloaded on my laptop and plan on watching it in more depth on my flight to Hamburg via Paris. Trey was nice enough to send me a gratis copy to check out and from what I've already seen, I am certain that it is a freaking awesome update to his prior HDR technique tutorials. You can check out the insane 40-minute preview and grab a copy...


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About 1 week ago 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!

Event details & RSVP: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c8bbooj67h76ohs6s4aknjmcsm4



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About 2 days ago 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 yo
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About 4 weeks ago Google +1 Year

On March 25th, 2013, I kicked off my first day here at Google. I remember sitting in a big conference room with 70 or so other Nooglers, taking in all of the basic information about Google and its culture. I remember feeling my jaw fall open at the influx, deluge really, of new data being presented to me. I remember +Josh Haftel picking me up from orientation like a proud papa would with his kid's first day at school. On Day 2, I remember squatting at +Dave Cohen's desk while he was on vacation and pelting a thousand questions at my two new colleagues, +Vincent Mo and +Aravind Krishnaswamy. I still get a chuckle at the rate of questions that I asked them. Since then, I've made it a point to offer the same patience and guidance to Nooglers who are in the same need of answers. Everything beyond Day 2 has been a blur of whimsy and amazement.

This year has easily been the most eye-opening and productive year of my life. There is nothing that can quite prepare you f
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About 2 weeks ago 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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About 7 weeks ago Auf Wiedersehen, Germany

Alas, my week in Germany is coming to a close as I sit here at the Hamburg airport. While +Nicole S. Young is currently running a +The Giving Lens workshop in Thailand, I've got a furry pooch who I am eagerly waiting to pick up from Doggieville.

I had a few hours to roam around Hamburg in the late afternoon and evening and was so amazed at how easily these historic churches blended in with their surrounding, modernized architecture. I cannot wait to explore more on my subsequent trips out here!