Five cities of Japan in seven days

Dec
09
water cups

Its been a crazy few weeks on the road travelling again and I am just settling into Hong Kong for a few days after having finished travelling through 5 cities in Japan over 7 days.  Looking back on my photos I realised that I have managed to see a little bit of Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka.  I can't say I saw a lot of each of these cities, but I really did take a lot of photos while I was there.  This time I was travelling with the trusty old Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic GH4.  I find that these cameras are both grat cameras to carry around and I love having the 4k video c

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Brisbane, fun and lots of colour!

Oct
28
Festival of colours

With the upcoming G20 not too far away for Brisbane, there are a lot of cultural celebrations on offer around Brisbane.  The current hash tag for the celebrations is #g20cultural and a quick search of social media should find the events.  One of the celebrations on offer over the weekend (26/10/2014) was the Spring Flare - the festival of colours where there was some great live music and plenty of colour to through at people.  See http://springflare.com/ for more details about the festival.  I took the opportunity to get out for a little bit of fun and

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Micro Four Thirds vs Medium Format

Oct
17
Seeing the photo

As most people know - I shoot nearly exclusively with micro four thirds (m43) cameras for both stills and video. The Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5 and the Panasonic GH4 are nearly always with me on a shoot (video or stills), however, that does not mean that I do not own or shoot with other cameras.  I get a lot of "flack" from other users and I try to avoid the whole debate about cropped sensor versus full frame.  I rarely hear anyone arguing about cropped sensor versus medium format.

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Time to slow down and take a short nap!

Sep
01
at rest

I have spent quite a bit of time in South East Asia over the last few years and the one thing that I notice, is how tired you become around the middle of the day - especially in the warmer months.  As a result, many of the locals will often take a longer lunch break or just have a nap (or siesta) from time to time.  If I am working, this is sometimes the only time I can find a chance to grab a camera and go for a walk to take a few photos on the streets.  This series of photos are manly from a recent trip through Malaysia and Vietnam, though there is one photo dating back to 2006 (see belo

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The faces and places of Hanoi in summer 2014

Aug
10
Early morning market in Hanoi

Hanoi, in the northern part of Vietnam, is an amazing, colourful and vibrant city where there is always something happening on every corner and ever street.  It is perhaps one of the most enjoyable cities for capturing the everyday life of people and the city itself.  While some visitors to the city can be overwhelmed at first -  it is important to just stop and watch what is going on around you.  The following images depict some of the everyday life in Hanoi and tries to capture the beauty of this great city.  The images were all shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasoinc GH4 using sev

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Underwater with the Olympus 60mm Macro lens and a Nauticam Super Macro Convertor

Aug
08
Nudi Branch at Pulau Redang

Macro Photography can be both challenging and rewarding, however shooting underwater can often be even more challenging then shooting on land.  I was on Pulau Redang for a couple of days recently and decided to test a super macro convertor manufactured by Nauticam.  This convertor is quite recent and at the website page (http://www.nauticam.com/product.asp?id=287) its claims are quite impressive when you read them.  I must admit after shooting this with the Olympus 60mm lens I was quite impressed.  This trip was about testing this co

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Faces and places of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Aug
03
Climbing out the window

Its been a while since I last managed to update this blog, so I have a long list of articles that I need to write.  I have been extremely busy recently playing with some awesome gear and having some interesting adventures.  Recently I was in Nha Trang, Vietnam with the Olympus OM-D EM-1, Panasonic GH4 and a few prime lenses including the amazing Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm lens.  While it was a very quick 2 day stop over, I still managed to grab a few photos on the street and catch up with a fellow photographer by the name of Mai Loc - check out some of his amazing work at

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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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