About Me - Matthew J Photos

A landscape & wildlife photographer, with an extreme case of wanderlust, who lives for any moment I can get to travel the world or just a drive around town to take photos. The idea of capturing one single frame in time to preserve that moment forever in history, whether to inspire others or make an impact on their life for the better is why I do this. The creative arts have always been a huge part of my life, whether with music since I was a little kid playing piano or in college and now in my professional job, photography work has been along this path.


I could not go on without mentioning the inspiration for all my work and that is the photographer who I look up to for guidance and creativity. Not only is he one of the most talented photographers out there (first photographer shooting HDR to get a photo into The Smithsonian), he is also an amazing and caring person who continuously shares his wealth of knowledge with the photography community. This is, none other, than the world-famous Trey Ratcliff. Please go check out his website (www.stuckincustoms.com), where you can view his amazing work in addition to the wealth of information he shares on his blog, tutorials, eBooks and workshops. Thanks Trey!!


What's in My Camera Bag/Rolling Case??

Canon 1DX MkII

•Canon 5D MkIV/6D MkII (from time-to-time a second camera body from Lensrentals.com, use these guys, they're an awesome company with great prices and service)

Canon 24mm f1.4L II

Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II

Canon Extender EF 2X II

Rokinon RK24M-C 24mm Wide Angle Lens (from time-to-time a second lens to go with the camera body from Lensrentals.com, an amazing little lens, best hands down for shooting astrophotography)

Canon Speedlite 580EX

Canon RS1-80N3 Remote Switch

Lexar CFast Thunderbolt High-Speed Memory Card Reader

Kingston USB3 High-Speed Memory Card Reader (reads compact flash, SDHC/XC, micro SDHC/XC, MS/DUO)

•2 x Lexar Professional 3500x 128GB CFast 2.0

•2 x SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB compact flash cards UDMA7

•1 x SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXCII

•2 x SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB compact flash cards UDMA 6

•2 x Formatt 77mm Circular Polarizers

•1 x Hoya 77mm circular NDF

Alpine Labs Pulse (for quick & easy time lapse)

Alpine Labs Spark (for quick & easy remote triggering)

Elysia Visuals RamperPro (ramping time lapse device, does perfect exposure ramps for sunrises/sunsets, the holy grail of time lapse shots)

•15" Retina MacBook Pro

•1 x 4TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt portable drive (master drive)

•1 x 2TB LaCie Rugged Triple FW800/USB3 drive (extra drive)

•1 x 4TB Western Digital USB3 portable drive (for backup of all photos while traveling)

Anker 2nd Gen Astro Pro2 2000mAh portable external battery charger 9V/12V (not only to power the RamperPro, this little guy is great for charging your phone, for I can get anywhere from 4-5 charges plus have use of it for time lapse shoots)

SteadePod

Zoom H2N Handy Recorder with hot shoe mount adapter (amazing field recorder with five studio-quality Microphones that record in Mid-Side, 90° XY stereo or Surround Sound)

Petzl TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp (great for night & astrophotography shoots)

•Micro Cloth

•Hooded Poncho (you never know when you'll be caught in a torrential downpour, protects your camera)


Other Gear :

Gitzo GIGK1580TQR5 Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod (one of the best investments in my camera gear, there's nothing like having a light, compact but rock-solid tripod)

Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 QR Plate



What I Protect My Gear In:

Think Tank Photo Airport International V3.0 rolling case (I use this for most local travel around town or for domestic flights, best camera bags out there)

SKB iSeries 3 rolling case designed by Think Tank Photo (I use this for most of my international flights, protective plastic hard shell)

Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Hard Drive V2.0 backpack (I use this for domestic/international when I want to travel fast & light on my back & not have to roll around a case)


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