Patterns and things underwater

Mar
23
Sea Urchins

Its been a while since I have had an update on the blog again, but rest assured I have been taking many photos and there will be lots of catch-ups once things slow down again.  Today was one of those days where I could not decide what to do, so I grabbed my Olympus OM-D E-M5, 60mm macro lens, Nauticam underwater housing, and two Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes and decided to go for a dive in the Tweed River.  I knew the high tide was around lunch time and that the visibility would be fairly horrible due to the recent weather, but I really needed to get wet.  The water was quite warm (not 27 de

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I see Mannequins

Feb
09
I See Mannequins

As a street photographer you spend a lot of time walkign the streets and often the same streets many times.  To some these streets often look the same but with a trained eye you soon start to see the differences every day.  You also start to notice the little things that change such as signage in a shop window or the menu of a cafe, but the one thing I have noticed for many years is the changing Mannequins that many shops use to advertise or display a particular product.  Over the last couple of years I have slowly been photographing a large umber of Mannequins - especially those that stan

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A few wet shots with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Voiglander 17.5mm

Dec
01
xmas in the wet in brisbane

Over the last 4 weeks I have been desperately hunting for a mini HDMI to micro HDMI conenctor but they just do not seem to exist in Australia! I decided to find a work around in the city yesterday and even though it was raining, which is great considerign there were 3 months there where we had no rain), I decided to take the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Voigtländer 17.5mm lens. I have loved this combination on my E-M5 so it was befitting that I play with it a little more to see what I coul do on the E-M1 though I didn't bother with focus peaking as that feature is a little lagging in the OM-D E-M5 and I needed quick action so I stuck to my zone focusing which I have mastered with this lens (to a certain degree anyway).

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A few recent random photos from Kuala Lumpur

Nov
27
The chopping block

I often receive many emails from people who say that I must always be visiting exciting places or events to get the many photos that I take.  However, I rarely plan to be on a street during a particular event - It just happens I am on the streeet with a camera. I believe that there is always something happening or something that will capture your eye if you are looking out for it on the streets.  Capturing it is the hard part as street life can often move so quickly or a particular scene can be blended well into "normal" surroundings..

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First play with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Nov
18

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is really turning out to be an awesome dedicated video camera - especially when coupled with some great lenses.  I use a lot of video, animation and still photogrpahy most days and picking up the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera just seems to comfortably fit in your hands.  It looks slim and light but definitely does not have a cheap and plastic feel to it - in fact it is a little heavier then you would expect from its size.

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A few street pics with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Voigtlander 42.5mm lens

Nov
11
A portrait with the Voigtlander 42.5mm lens

Given that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 now has focus peaking it would be safe to assume it would be a great match for the range of high quality manual voigtlander lenses.  Given a hectic workload at present, I haven't had much time to play with either the E-M1 or the Voigtlander 42.5mm lens, so it was time to take an hour out of my day to play a little.  First impressions of the focus peaking are quite good (but not perfect) however, on the street zone focusing still works a treat with these manual lenses.

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A quick stop over in Hong Kong

Nov
10
framed in the window

Hong Kong is always an interesting stop over and a great place to hit the streets with a camera in hand to try and capture some of the essence of every day life.  In Hong Kong it is great to walk many of the smaller side streets and back alleys where you will always find something interesting.  he following photos are from a quick 23hr stop over and are all taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a combination of lenses Voigtlander 17.5mm, Olympus 17mm and 12mm and the Panasonic Leica 25mm.

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Places and faces of Prague

Nov
01
Pargue

**Please be warned that this post is longer then usual and will take a little time to load up the images** Trying to capture the history and people of an amazing european city like Prague can be a difficult challenge - especially when you have limited time and autumn weather that just wants to ensure cloudy skies and rain are a part of your total experience.  When visiting Prague for the first time, you can read a million reviews online and listen to peoples experiences, but being there and seeing it for yourself is a totally different experience.

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Macro at the butterfly garden in Kuala Lumpur

Oct
30
macro manual focus

On saturday after finishing a morning of street shooting and having delicious lunch of Indian food with Robin Wong we couldn't help ourselves but go for a hot, humid session of macro shooting in the KL Butterfly park.   I shot exclusively with the Olympus OM-D EM5 and 20mm macro lens.  All photos were shot with manual settings, though I did occassionally use the auto focus.  I am always impressed at how accurate and quick the autofocus is with this lens (especially when u select the right distances on the the lens itself).

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A short trip to Pulau Ketam

Oct
26
Pulau Ketam - crab island

A couple of days ago I was out near Port Klang and decided that while I was there I would go for a quick boat ride to Pulau Ketam (crab island).  It is located about 30min by boat from Port Klang and Port Klang is about a 1hr train ride from KL Sentral.

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