Sculptures By The Sea, November 2016

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 | No Comments

It was that time of year again when they bring together a bunch of sculptures and place them along the walk between Bondi and Coogee. I only managed one outing this year and a few images. Most of my images turned out to be around the cliff top and the colours of the setting sun. Better to share than not.

The Nikon D700 did the hard work.

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Chasing Water, Belmore and Bombo

Posted by on May 30, 2015 | No Comments

Over the last two weekends I have been able to get out and about with the camera. Partly because I have needed to relax, and partly to get back into the groove with taking photos as I have been feeling out of practice lately. However, the theme for the last fortnight has been chasing water:

Belmore Falls

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Bombo – I was also testing the Tiffen ApeX IR blocking 10-stop ND

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As always, click through to see larger and to explore more photos.

Nelson Bay – 2014

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 | No Comments

It is almost becoming tradition for me to head up to Nelson bay at the end of August with another trip having just been completed. Unlike last year I did not take my Nikon kit, in fact I did not bring a single Nikon camera with me. This trip was not a photography focused as last year, but I still took a few photographic options with me. What does one take when they are planning to go away for an extended weekend with their significant other in order to rest, recharge and let off some steam? In my case, this year the kit consisted of:

  • Hasselblad 503 CX + Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8
  • Olympus Mju II
  • Fujifilm Natura Classica
  • Fujifilm Instax Wide 210
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7) + Sony LA-EA4 + Novovflex NEX/LEM
  • Leica Summicron 50mm f/2.8
  • Tamron SP 17mm f/3.5 Adaptall 2
  • Tamron 24mm f/2.5 Adaptall 2
  • Sony SAM30M28
  • Minolta Maxxum 50mm f/1.7
  • Pentax Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5
  • Tamron SP 500mm f/8
  • Sirui T-2205x + K10x
  • Manfrotto 055XPROB + RRS BH40-LR
  • Cokin GND filters

It is quite the kit and most of it got used at some point. Thankfully, travelling by car means we can afford to carry this amount of gear. This proved to be the first real test of my Sony A7 and it did trip me up on a few occasions. You will note that I have not listed any native E-mount lenses in the above kit and I was relying on adapters (Sony LA-EA4 and Novoflex NEX/LEM) to mount my lenses which may have been using adapters in order to mate with the A-mount (Tamron Maxxum Adaptall2 mount and M42/A-mount). Whilst I managed to pack lighter during the days I was there I did get tripped up by the manual focus contingent.

Here are the images from the Sony A7, film images will be posted later when the film is developed, scanned and cleaned up (this may take awhile). Click through for the whole collection.

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New Additions and Heading South

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

It has been another week, and it is time for another update. I guess it is only fair to officially introduce you all to a some new additions to the kit bag. First up was the acquisition of another system (yes another) introducing the polarising Pentax K-01 (Kay Zero One) with its DA 40mm f/2.8 XS. This camera joined the arsenal at beginning of the month and so far it has been impressive.

Here are the usual product style shots:

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Followed by some images captured with the new additions, taken on an evening stroll with the guys from Canon Australia (sorry guys).

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Then, even more recently was my eagerly awaited package from KEH.com, a pair of M42 Super Takumar lenses (the 28mm f/3.5 and the 135mm f/3.5) to go with the Pentax K to M42 adapter and the K-01. There was also a Minolta Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 to keep the Sony Alpha A65 company.

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Finally, to round out this post are some images taken on a road trip south to the little town of Berry. Most of these were taken on the Pacific Drive as we were heading South.

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Film: Kodak Ektar 100 and Konica Centuria Super 1600…2013

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 | No Comments

Film has been few rolls and far between, so this is a treat. These two rolls of film were fired off in the second half of 2013, and have arrived back from developing and I have only just been able to get around to doing some editing. As always click through to explore and to view larger

First up is a roll of Konica Centuria Super 1600, the one that I was given as part of an “endangered film” pack a few Christmas’s ago. This is the last roll and it has been quite the privilege to be able to use these rolls of film. Being a fast film (albeit expired) I have tried to save it for moments where it would be put to good use, sadly this has meant that I have not been able to keep as many images from it. Loaded up into the Fuji Natura Classica, this film was pushed to the 1600 that it is sold as.

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There is something about Ektar that keeps me going back to it. It is one of the few colour negative films that I actually enjoy using. This roll was taken in my Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic), which unfortunately has a light leak or internal reflection. The majority of these images are from last November’s trip to Perth and Fremantle, and the last of the film was expended locally in Sydney.

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New Toys….Premium Sound and Premium Time

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 | No Comments

Another quiet week, and unfortunately no opportunities to finish that film in my cameras. However I did receive some new toys this week, and despite the lack of time I managed to break out the macro lenses and the flashes to indulge in some product photography.

First up we have a Creative Sound Blaster USB X-Fi Digital Music Premium HD (aka X-Fi HD).

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Then I also managed to take some pictures of my new Cobb & Co Black Maple watch.

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