Contributor Profile: Matthew Nocas
Matthew Nocas became a site contributor in February 2019 starting with his travel vlog material from Morocco. He explains his own journey below:
I am an adventure sport enthusiast and have 40 years of experience in more than 50 countries with NGO’s. I love providing relief and development solutions on the executive level and the ground level - whatever it takes to meet the needs of those in dire need and in crisis.
In the 1980s, when the first mountain bikes were produced, I began modifying them for trans- continental trips, like up the Al-Can highway. Simultaneously, my love for photography began with a Cannon AE-1. With that camera and a little luck, I won a runner’s up prize in a national photo contest. Sadly, I put down my camera for many years and it was not until 2 years ago in 2016, that I finally picked it up again at the encouragement of my sons.
In the Summer of 2020, I am leading a trans-Asia motorcycle trip with four men and two women starting in Vladivostok, Russia and going west--9,000 miles across 12 nations. Most of the trip will be on the Silk road and in the most remote parts of the world. My desire is to make a travel show out of it. So, for the last two years I have been on a steep learning curve of photography and videography.
I currently use a Sony A7 III mounted with Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens. For action shots, I use a GoPro Hero 7 Black that is helmet mounted, as well as a SENA 10C Pro helmet mounted video and audio cam. And last but not least I use the handy dandy iphone 8 for its reliable 24/7 availability. Last year, I was in Morocco testing out all the electronic and mechanical platforms and learning a lot about riding and shooting in harsh environments. This April (2019) I will be in Algeria and Tunisia riding my motorcycle across both countries and filming the entire things start to finish. My hope is to capture the faces of people in places that are “off the beaten path.”