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Brian Matiash

Ze Evangelizer of ze photos for ze people.

My name is Brian Matiash. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY but now live in Portland, OR, and am a photographer who has been pursuing and growing my particular brand of imagery since 1996.

By day, I serve as Google's Global Photos Products Evangelist, leveraging my knowledge of the photo industry and working with key influencers, partners, and consumers to bring awareness of the Google+ Photos products and platform.

I am also a published writer and lover of all things social media. Admittedly, I have [not-so] tiny obsessions with long-exposure photography, neutral density filters and tilt shift lenses.

Basically, my passion is helping others help themselves with their pursuits of photography.
All posts and opinions are that of my own and not of Google or my wonderdog, Kodak.








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About 12 weeks ago Spring is in the air

Yesterday after work, +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham and I traveled out to Rowena Crest to photograph the wild flowers and sunset on what was a really mild day. What is funny (to me at least) is that this location marked my first shoot since returning back to Portland and it was also my last shoot before moving away to California a year ago.

I also finally had the opportunity to put my untouched +Formatt-Hitech Lucroit filters to use on my Canon TS-E 17mm lens. They worked like a champ and I can't wait to hit some waterfalls to get even more long exposure action with them. This particular photo is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image that was stylized using Nik Analog Efex Pro and Lightroom 5. All I know is that it feels really good to be shooting and editing again in the Pacific NW!

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





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About 4 weeks ago A Multi-Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/06/a-multi-camera-360-panoramic-timelapse-of-the-stars-by-vincent-brady/

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About 3 weeks ago Happy birthday, Google+!

Those of you who know me well enough know the finer points as to why I have so much love for and dedication to Google+. It has affected my life in such profound ways, personally and professionally, and even after joining Google and the amazing Google+ Photos team a year and a half ago, I still find myself amazed at what my talented team is cooking up for the future of these parts.

I spent this 3rd birthday photographing some of the gorgeous landscapes that Oregon has to offer with two people who I never would have met if it weren't for Google+, +Nicole S. Young and +David Daniels. It was the first time I had the opportunity to let my new Jeep Wrangler get properly muddy as we headed to Lower Butter Creek Falls and Abiqua Falls, pictured here. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend this birthday.

But really, these birthday wishes and thanks go out to you, our users! Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories, photos, and thoughts. Tha
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About 6 weeks ago Once functioning

I've been battling a pretty gnarly flu since getting back from Australia (I wholly blame +Colby Brown, who I sat next to on the flight back from Oz). Despite it, I did end up driving up to photograph the famed Peter Iredale shipwreck in northwestern Oregon at sunset (which is at a crazy late hour this time of year!). I was joined by +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham, +Jeffrey Yen, and +Craig Colvin. We all had a great time and were even surprised to see a little bit of color make its way into the sky from the rather drab sunset. I'm paying for it with my flu today but it was totally worth the trip.

I took this image using my +Sony A7r and Canon 17mm T/S lens, using the awesome Lucriot filter system by +Formatt-Hitech. These are two tone-mapped panels that I stitched vertically (a vertorama) in Photoshop and then edited in Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the +Nik Collection by Google.

Purchase this print: http://goo.gl/HiOu4B





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About 1 week ago Complex order

I’m down in Mountain View visiting Google HQ for the week and in preparation for that, I edited a batch of photos that I’m sharing while I’m down here. You’ve gotta love a streamlined cloud-based photos solution that allows me to have access to every ready-to-share photo from wherever in the world I am, regardless of the device that I’m using. The future is certainly going to be amazing for digital photographers.

I’m going back to Lower Antelope Canyon for today’s image. I can’t explain just how amazing this location is – for those who have already visited here, you’ll undoubtedly agree with me. When we arrived here, we sadly only had about 90 minutes to explore before the area closed, so time was of the essence. It would be a dizzying and futile attempt to describe how intricate the formations are here. Lines, curves, and waves of rock undulating and meandering in every direction, forming such narrow pathways that you often have to pass through sideways. If you happen to f
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About 13 weeks 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 1 week ago Where my mind goes

I've written before about the catharsis I experience whenever I immerse myself in editing photos. There is a certain harmony and peace of mind that comes with simply getting lost in crafting your own photo. As far as I'm concerned, it's as good of an elixir as any medicine.

Today was an especially trying day for me at work, one that certainly took a lot out of me and brought a level of frustration that I can't really recall having before. Thankfully, everything is just fine but I do count myself as fortunate for having my photos, like this sunset over the Grand Canyon, to restore some emotional and mental balance, allowing me to wake up even-keeled and on the right foot.

As for the technical details of the photo, it is a two-exposure manual blend using my +Sony A7. The composite was done with +Adobe Photoshop and the stylization was done in Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the +Nik Collection by Google.





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About 1 week ago Dip in the water

If there is one type of photography that has held my interest longer than any other, it has to be long exposure photography. It really is an interesting irony when you think about it: you’re using a photograph – a snapshot of an instance – to convey something as ethereal and fluid as motion. More than anything else, I find the qualities of moving water to be some of the most beautiful things that I could photography. I could return to the same place over and over and still find different ways to convey it. I suppose it’s a good thing, then, that I’m able to live where I do. :)

I took this photo at Panther Creek Falls in Washington. I used my +Sony A7 and Canon 15mm Funkbuster Fisheye lens to exploit the curving scenery. The long exposure was possible due to my wonderful +Formatt-Hitech ND filters. Stylization was done in Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the +Nik Collection by Google.



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About 10 weeks ago The power of Thor's Well

The other day, I had the pleasure of finally catching high tide at Thor's Well in Cape Perpetua, Oregon with three good buddies and great photographers, +Matt Kloskowski, +Rick LePage and +Hudson Henry. Matt and I made an attempt to photograph Thor's Well a few years ago, which ended up being a big bust. On this second attempt, I thought we were going to repeat our bad luck. After undershooting our parking location, Matt took a pretty gnarly tumble after jumping a chasm (the alternative would have been falling in, which would have been severely worse).

Thankfully, Matt mustered up all of his hobbling strength and we managed to get to Thor's Well with more than enough time and light to experiment with different vantage points and focal lengths. I took this particular photo from the same location that Hudson was at just prior. He was using a 24mm lens so I opted to go as wide as I could with my 17mm T/S lens to try and get some variety with the hope
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About 2 weeks ago Last light

I've been on a photo editing kick over the past few days, going through my backlog because I haven't had much time to shoot new stuff recently. I don't know how it is for all of you but I find that I'm usually able to get through editing three-or-so images before my creative juices start to run low. The concept of batch editing photos really doesn't fit into my workflow, as I'm sure many of you can relate to, and so I try to be extra aware of when I feel like creativity-fatigue begins to set in. That's usually when I hide Lightroom and go downstairs because tomorrow, after all, is another day!

I took this image at the Old Davenport Pier, California back in min-January. Getting to the beach in this area really requires timing things properly as far as the tide goes. When you can time the sunset alongside the tide going out, all it takes is climbing down and walking over. Just make sure you get back before the tide starts coming back in!

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