The lakes
Advocate

Matthew Gilligan

Image: Matthew Gilligan, a7R II Digital E-Mount Camera with Back-Illuminated Full Frame Sensor (Body only) The lakes

My name is Matthew Gilligan and I am a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate from Port Macquarie on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW. I’m proud to say that Sony has been there with me from the start of my career and I’m rapt that they continue with me on my photographic journey. Whether it’s shooting wildlife and landscapes on the Isle of Sky, food in High Street eateries or secret ‘locals only’ back street eateries, the road less travelled, surfing with my mates - wherever you’ll find me, I’ll have my α7R II checking out the light and my surroundings.

As photographers we look at the world differently and I love that even within the confines of the same scene, different photographers can capture vastly different images – the possibilities are endless. I love travelling and meeting new people, whether it’s running workshops, talking to camera associations or shooting with other professionals I love the passion, insight and sense of community unique to photography.

What is in your camera bag?

My go-to lenses are my 70-200 f/4 or 16-35 f/4. These lenses deliver superb optics but keep my bags light enough to do my job with the versatility I need.

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

Sony α7R II with my trusty 70~200 f/4 is my go to combination. It might seem odd given what I shoot but this set up lets me cut out extraneous elements and frame the essentials. This lens is rugged but light and produces beautiful images in all conditions. Thanks to Sony’s ongoing commitment to producing innovative and dependable technology then supporting it with meaningful firmware upgrades, the body just keeps punching above its weight.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

There have been a lot.

One that is still fresh in my mind is one of the images featured in my profile of a lighthouse under a stormy night.

There where several photographers out and about shooting the lightning strikes and I felt I wanted to get something unique.

I waited until the storm was just over head and fired a few shots. It was such a incredible night surrounded by thunder and lightning.