Return to Oz

By |2014-08-16T12:16:42+00:00Jun 2nd, 2014|
Later this evening, I’m kicking off about 20+ hours of flying back to the wondrous land of Australia, specifically Cairns, and I thought it’d be fitting to share a photo taken on my last trip there a few months ago. This was taken at a natural bridge found within Springbrook National Park on the McPherson Range in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland, south of Brisbane. I truly was a sight to see.

As for the specific reason for returning to Australia – I was selected to be one of seven international photographers who will be photographing the 2014 Cairns Airport Adventure Festival – most notably the IRONMAN Cairns, a grueling triathlon that features a 2.36 mile (3.8km) swim, a 112 mile (180km) bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 26.2 mile (42.2km) run that includes the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.

I’m approaching this trip quite differently as far as gear goes. Recently, I’d sold off most of my Canon gear and have moved almost exclusively to Sony. I’ll be taking my Sony A7r and A7, along with the Sony 55/1.4, 24-70/4, and 70-200/4. The only Canon lens that I’ll be taking is my 14mm/2.8 because Sony has not yet released an ultra-wide lens (but that will change once their 16-35/4 hits the market). Additionally, I’m not bringing my laptop with me. Rather, I’m solely going to work off of my Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and bluetooth keyboard for all of my image review, editing and sharing (along with the daily email, browsing, messaging tasks). It should make for interesting times! :)


  1. William Johnston June 2, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply


  2. Patrick Sheeran June 2, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

    It will  be interesting to see what your sports/action shots turn out like with the new gear.

  3. Arne Lepla June 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Picture…YES…Water…Light…Torrent…Atmosphere…) + COMPOSITION…

  4. Laís Singame June 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm - Reply


  5. Andreas Christodoulou June 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm - Reply


  6. Bren mckenzie June 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Know it well,great photo..

  7. Bren mckenzie June 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Go Sony…

  8. David Roma June 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Welcome back +Brian Matiash .. Enjoy the lighter load of your new gear. I spend my weekend at vivid and the blue mountains carrying around all my gear in a backpack with a massive manfrotto tripod strapped to the back.. 

  9. Paul Gunther June 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    arrg, welcome back down under matey +Brian Matiash 

  10. Glen Anderson June 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    safe travels and welcome back

  11. William Patino June 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    All the best bro. I am keen to know how the Sony 70-200 is. Its next on my list. Do a detour and come shoot with me in Wollongong lol take care mate.

  12. Brian Matiash June 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Dang +William Patino, we definitely need to get some proper shooting time slated. Maybe +Lauren Bath can work some more magic. :)

  13. George Fletcher June 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful! Love the hints of blue!

  14. Ian southall June 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Hope to catch up with you when you get to sunny Cairns.

  15. Michelle Gattuso June 3, 2014 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Congrats on being selected to photograph the event… Well deserved!

  16. Swati Malik June 4, 2014 at 1:07 am - Reply


  17. Galina Andronic June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Очень шикарно , красивый водопад .

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