About Me - Matthew J Photos

About Me

A landscape 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. Vacations are centered around my photography work, with itineraries listed down to the minute of where I need to be at what time to get that amazing sunrise or sunset shot. 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 film & video for my major and now job or photography work scattered along that 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?

•Canon 5D MkIII
•Canon 6D/5D MkIII (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 24-70mm f2.8L
•Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II
•Canon Extender EF 2X II
•Rokinon RK24M-C 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
•Kingston USB3 High-Speed Memory Card Reader (reads compact flash, SDHC/XC, micro SDHC/XC, MS/DUO)
•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 circular NDF
•Dynamic Perception Sapphire Pro (MoCo rig)
•Elysia Visuals RamperPro (ramping time lapse device, does perfect exposure ramps for sunrises/sunsets, the holy grail of time lapse shots)
•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)
•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)

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
•15" Retina MacBook Pro
•1 x 1TB FireWire 800 portable drive
•1 x 320GB FireWire 800 portable drive
•Micro Cloth
•Hooded Poncho (you never know when you'll be caught in a torrential downpour, protects your camera)
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