Early man catches the fish

Early man catches the fish

By |2014-04-01T17:27:19+00:00Apr 1st, 2014|
This morning, the lot of us woke up nice ‘n early and beelined it to Tallow Beach in Byron Bay, NSW to capture what turned out to be quite a beautiful sunrise. Plenty of clouds and some crashing waves added to the overall scene quite nicely. Initially, Lauren Bath and I had our focus on a lovely piece of driftwood that we (well, mostly Lauren) dragged down to the shore.

After spending about 15 minutes with it, I noticed this fisherman and his mate (who I masked out) make his way right out into the water, standing on some rocks that were jutting out. At first, I was bummed that I didn’t have a longer lens (the longest one I have is Nicole S. Young‘s Canon 70-200mm f/4IS mounted on my Sony A7) but ultimately, it ended up working out nicely. I love how diminutive the fisherman looks in the frame, really adding gravitas to the enormity of the surrounding nature.

I edited this photo earlier today during some much needed free time from our excellent itinerary put together by Topdeck Travel.  I did most of the editing in Nik Analog Efex Pro and finished it up in Lightroom.

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  1. Larry Nienkark April 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Capture Brian! Liking the seals eye view.

  2. Rose Rouge April 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Excellente photo

  3. coverman cfy April 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply


  4. Aleksahdr Bud April 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply


  5. Erika Thornes April 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I LOVE this image. 

  6. Sunny Wu April 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Shot! 

  7. Lauren Bath April 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Just chilling on google+. :)

  8. Derek Kind April 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Dude…this is all kinds of awesome. Love it!!!

  9. William Patino April 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Nice mate. "Much needed free time" haha! +Lauren Bath is a handful right :p

  10. Brian Matiash April 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    +William Patino She was. I have since killed her.

  11. William Patino April 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Well played. I'm sure you've made many 'traditional' photographers happy hahahaha

  12. Brian Matiash April 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    +William Patino HA! That is the target audience that I care the most about, right?

    Side note: so we're doing sunrise in Sydney, eh?

  13. Rich McPeek April 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Terrific shot Brian! Love the lone fisherman! Great capture!

  14. lee harris April 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    beautiful photo

  15. Matty C Sands April 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash, welcome to my homelands, I call it God's country in these parts. Are you going to Ballina? I hope you're going to Nimbin too, you can't tour Northern NSW without going there by friend

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  17. Gary Ward April 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Early selfish stupid human exploits, brutalises, abuses and murders sentient creature of the ocean for his own mentally deranged entertainment. That's how I would describe it, and a description that better describes the truth of things.

    In twenty years from now there'll probably be no fish left to abuse anyway:


  18. Gary Ward April 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Brian, Photoshop the animal abuser out of the picture and you'll have a much better photograph.

  19. Matty C Sands April 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    +Gary Ward Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime. I bet you drive an old piece of shit car with a carburetor and no catalytic converter. I also suspect you burn wood to stay warm in winter while a dozen insence candles smoulder needlessly throughout your uninsulated home.

  20. Brian Matiash April 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Fellas, fellas… let's keep it civil. Although, while I did get a good chuckle from +Matty C Sands' response, I don't want to breed any flame wars here. Let's just enjoy the pretty picture, cool?


  21. Crissy Dawson April 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous depth of field on this. So crisp.

  22. Daniel Treadwell April 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash, I didn't realise you were in my neck of the woods.  

    Have you had a chance to take a look out at Fingal?  It's just on the border, we have some great headlands here.

  23. Neil Howard April 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash You can't go wrong at Byron! – Wonderful.

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  25. Mike Doyle April 2, 2014 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Such a cool shot.

  26. Matty C Sands April 2, 2014 at 5:10 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash
    It is an epic shot. You photoshop your work before you shoot it. I just had to pipe up, the region is full of pseudo-conservationist hippies who drive poorly tuned old Combie vans with free-energy symbols (peace signs) painted on them when they're not twirling fire sticks, alight with kerosine, hahaha. Peace.

  27. Sylvain Bui April 2, 2014 at 7:12 am - Reply

    what a strong picture !

  28. Cal Mukumoto April 2, 2014 at 7:48 am - Reply

    This is an awesome picture.  I am also enjoying the combo of the Sony A7 with my Canon lenses.  Also Analog efex pro is also great , that bokeh filter has limited my use of the TSE….  Love the way you used analog here!

  29. Nilesh Solanki April 2, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Nice snap ;)

  30. Sunny Bunny April 2, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

    This should be framed, its really beautiful.

  31. Nate Parker April 2, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply


  32. Brian Bonham April 2, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Awesome shot!

  33. tatlı salatalık April 2, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    omg! super

  34. DeShaun Craddock April 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Sometimes +Brian Matiash, all you need is a little (literally) human presence to flesh out the immense scale of what is being witnessed. That fisherman really helps space out the sea, the cliffs, and the sky. 

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