1,100 feet over the Great Barrier Reef

1,100 feet over the Great Barrier Reef

By |2014-08-16T12:15:14+00:00Jun 6th, 2014|
After yesterday, I came to the conclusion that there are two ways that one must experience the famed Great Barrier Reef in Australia: 1. Up close and personal via snorkel or scuba and 2. Hover over it in a helicopter. Having the luxury of doing both in one day is something that I will forever be grateful for, especially being someone who is pretty much terrified on marine life. Snorkeling amongst the dizzying array of fish and coral was a huge step for me and my rationale simply was, I’m sitting right above the Great Barrier Reef! Ultimately, I spent a few hours with my face pushed below the surface of the water and actually came to appreciate the tranquility of the teeming life down there. It was an experience that I’m truly glad to have had.

I took this photo out of the front seat window of the helicopter that we were in yesterday. I think it illustrates just how fast and diverse the Great Barrier Reef is. I believe this section is near the Arlington Reef. I used my Sony A7r and Sony FE 24-70 lens with my Formatt-Hitech CPL filter on. The CPL was a huge boon for the heli shoot because it helped cut right through the surface of the ocean, bringing out all of the great detail of the reef. I then transferred the photo to my iPad Air via wifi and editing in a combo of Snapseed and VSCO. Mobile photography at its best. :)


  1. James Troi June 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Hopefully it stays so beautiful, sadly our government is planning on allowing big mining companies to create a port and a shipping lane to said port by dredging straight through the reef. The devastation would be immense. Let's hope it's still there for you to re-experience in the future.

  2. Mary Gaucin June 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash you were brave to push your comfort zone. Picture was so worth it to us! Thanks

  3. Margot Neebe June 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    The reef is truly a wonder of the world.  Glad you got to experience it near and far.

  4. Paul Moody June 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Well done Mr. Mobile Only : )

  5. Neil Howard June 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    +brian matiash you are making me homesick!!!! Great story and I really hope you are enjoying queensland. It is an amazing place mate.

  6. Nathan White June 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Awesome shot mate!

  7. George Fletcher June 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    So blue! Gorgeous!

  8. JB weddingschool June 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    great color!! fantastic

  9. Linda J June 7, 2014 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Great pic!! Lovely color!!

  10. Ajna Suzanne Adams June 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Love this!

  11. Sylvia Matzkowiak June 12, 2014 at 6:49 am - Reply

    i see my Iphone :-)

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