Who is Faunagraphic?
Welcome to Faunagraphic. My name is Matt and I'm a 30 something human based on the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland, Australia.
I have always had a genuine interest in animals. From a young age my grandmother taught me to draw and animals were always my subject matter when pencil hit paper. I have fond memories of spending time at her place on weekends and watching National Geographic documentaries and episodes of the Crocodile Hunter starring Steve Irwin.
As I got older, I purchased my very first entry level DSLR, a Canon 300D with standard lens kit. I thought I was the bee's knees. I visited my local aquarium and wildlife parks regularly taking photos to show my friends. I didn't really know how to photograph and was more of a point and shoot person. I shot in auto mode and did this for the best part of 5 years.
My work and personal life took control for a few years after this and it wasn't until I travelled to South Africa in 2014 that I reunited myself with some better camera gear and enjoyed one of the best places in the world to see "iconic" animals. After returning from South Africa, I sat down and thought to myself. I need to do more, I need to keep busy and stay happy.
So what did I do? I saved up and purchased the best camera equipment I could afford and started teaching myself how to become a better photographer. I live in Australia! We have some great animals to see and learn about! What better way to see them and share them with friends and family than through the camera lens.
That wasn't the end of it, I signed up to become a Wildlife Rehabilitator. I attended many courses to give me the ammunition I needed to tackle injured and misplaced wildlife. I have a soft spot for Raptors (birds of prey), so have been certified to handle, rescue, rehabilitate and release these beautiful birds. Unfortunately my living arrangements do not allow me to have facilities to keep them long term, so generally I am limited to rescuing and releasing.
I love what I do in my spare time, it keeps me busy and I am now running Faunagraphic as a part time business running photographic tours around Queensland (my home) and slowly branching out to other parts of Australia and the world!
I hope you enjoy my images, my blog and hope to see you out in the field, my facebook, instagram or even here commenting.
Equipment used for photography:
Canon 5D mark IV
Canon 800mm f5.6 IS L
Canon 100-400 5.6-6.3 IS L II
Canon 16-35 f4 IS L
Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro
Canon Speedlite 600
Canon Extenders 1.4x and 2x
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.