Monthly Archives: June 2012

New vs Old

I love getting prints back from the lab

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Today I received 6 prints back from the lab… I just love it when I get them, there is something cool about seeing my photo’s come to life from a professional lab, all of these have been sent to me to be framed with a couple of them already sold, the others will be available when I get them done, unless of course, you see something you like and you want to reserve it for yourself! (click on the pic to the right to get a closer look)

the daily pic – New vs Old

Here are two photo’s of roughly the same composition, one was shot with my Hasselblad Xpan on Fuji Velvia 50 slide film and the other with my Nikon D800… enjoy

Shot with my Hasselblad Xpan

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Beam me up Scotty

The Three Sisters panoramic print for just $66!

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If you liked my photo of the Three Sisters from yesterday’s blog post, you can order a 12.5″ x 30″ panoramic print from my website for just $66 plus postage. This is the largest you will be bale to have framed with a matt board around it, if you want bigger I would suggest shooting me a message about a canvas and I will quote you. I have had a few people ask me for pricing and want to remind you that you can find prices on my portfolio website.

the daily pic – Beam me up Scotty

Sadly, the Vivid Sydney festival is over for another year. I didn’t take as many photo’s as I thought I would… next year I will be more prepared!

Sydney Vivid will be back in 2013!

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The Three Sisters

Panoramic

I love a good panoramic image, if you look at some of our more successful photographers, they are masters at capturing a panoramic image… the digital age has made it easier for us to be able to do the same, I have even got an app on my iPhone that creates panoramic images for me, and I got to say, it does a pretty good job!

the daily pic – The Three Sisters

When I was standing at the lookout in the howling cold wind, I had no idea what a great image I had captured… I could hardly feel my fingers and my face they were so cold, and it really affected my concentration, in fact, I think I was rushing… there is something to be said  for knowing my camera, and being able to shoot in these conditions. This is a panoramic image made from 6 photo’s that were then joined together using software. Of course I did a little bit of work to get them right, about 3 hours worth to be exact! I think it was worth it… enjoy!

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one more Zig Zag

Sad to see the Zig Zag railway closed for now…

I found out about 2 weeks ago that the Zig Zag railway was closing due to the fact that they could no longer fund the operation. The Steam Train hasn’t operated for some time and now the whole railway was gong to stop. According to Yesterdays paper, the government has agreed to provide some funding to keep it going. So who knows how long it will be before we hear the clickety clack at Clarence railway station… hopefully the government won’t have it out of action for too long.

the daily pic – one more Zig Zag

Yesterday afternoon I headed to Clarence for the 3pm train out, so I could witness the final departure…

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First Xpan film Exposed

Film Scanning

It is kind of cool, I went to the lab to pick up my first roll of developed Fuji Velvia 50, and when I got the the lab, Dali (the guy that developed my film) was there to greet me, he placed my film on the light table and gave me a loupe to look through, and I was amazed at the level of detail, contrast and colour caught by this film. It was a fun way to see my images, I had shot on film in the past but never knew what I was doing, so it is nice to try it all over again.

What I did find out was the Xpan had a tendency to under expose in this particular situation, that is, light blue sky and 50% of the frame filled with it. Luckily I bracketed my shots as the Fuji Velvia certainly does not like to be under exposed. Trying to get detail out of the underexposed shots is like pulling teeth… I think I will need to use my DSLR or get a light meter to get more accurate light readings.

I then went on to make the mistake of finding a cheap local guy to scan my film, it was terrible, full of dust particles and I think he even scratched my slide film in the process… lucky it is only La Perouse and I can go back and shoot it, and not some once in a lifetime photographic opportunity. After all, this is a test film and I am learning fast!

the daily pic – La Perouse by Xpan

Here is my first attempt out of my Hasselblad Xpan film camera. It is a Panoramic Film camera and this first film was really a bit of a test film so I could see what the camera does. These days, I get instant feedback from my Digital Camera so I can see what adjustments I have to make to get the right exposure etc. With a film camera, I have to wait for the film to come back from the lab. I need to find someone that can scan them at at high resolution for me, but you get the idea… this is straight from the Fuji Velvia 50 slide scan… enjoy!

My first Xpan attempt… Bare Island at La Perouse – Click on it for a closer look!

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Golden Jetty

My D700 is SOLD

wow… I put my D700 on eBay and couldn’t believe how many people were interested in it, obviously it is still a very sought after full frame camera! It is going to sound kind of sad, but I found it hard to put it on eBay and  deep down was hoping no one would want it… then I would have to keep it! It was my first full frame camera and now that I have upgraded to the D800 the bank needed some cash in… too much cash out is a problem!

The buyer of the D700 is getting  a solid camera with a low shutter count, if you’re in the market for a well looked after DSLR my D300 is also on eBay. It has a lower shutter count of 9500 and has been looked after by me! I bought it from Harvey Norman for nearly $3k! So it is a bargain for the lucky buyer…

the daily pic – Golden Jetty

Living on the east coast of Australia means that sun sets over water are harder to come by than sun rising over the horizon in the mornings… Long Jetty is a well photographed location for this reason, as it faces the west and has, as the name implies, a very long jetty! On this particular day the colours kept changing and I took a lot of shots, this is one of my favourites… enjoy!

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Sunset Jetty

Boo to the HDR haters!

I was reading Trey Ratcliff’s blog today and I am surprised to see some of the messages he gets about his images. He is an inspiring photographer and artist. It would seem there are some photographers that believe post processing images is no good, and that it is ruining photography… what do you think?

you can check out Trey’s blog post HERE

the daily pic – the Sunset Jetty

I have posted a few pics from this location, and it would have to be one of my favourite series so far. I love the perspective in this image, it almost looks like the jetty is a bridge, it just goes on and on and on… luckily for me, the sunset was lengthy too!

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Lunch Rocks and a quick D800 review

A quick D800 review

I don’t consider myself a ‘gear reviewer’… I am however, a keen photographer I can hopefully give you my impressions and that may help you decide whether or not this is the camera for you. I have only had the D800 for 2 weeks and in that time only taken about 200 shots, so this is very early in the piece and I will create a more in depth review later down the track for my gear page.

However, although my experience is limited to the 2 weeks, I can say that I am very happy I made the decision to upgrade from my D700. I have already utilized the time lapse feature and really like the results I got from this feature. It was dead easy to set up and use and that in my books get’s brownie points (use this link to see the time lapse video). I haven’t really used the HD video function yet, and didn’t really buy the D800 for that purpose, however, I am sure at some stage I will end up using it.

As for the extra megapixels, I love it! I can see in post production that I am able to make finer adjustments in Photoshop, I can crop without too much concern for image size and my iMac seems to be fairly happy to process these large files. I can see a benefit in higher resolution and when a print is made the quality will speak for itself.

I don’t know what has changed but I find the autofocus to be better and quieter and the images are tack sharp.

Why would you get a D800? Only if you plan on shooting and then selling prints larger than 18×12″ would I suggest you bother. I have printed larger than that from the D700 and had pleasing results. If you’re after a great full frame camera and you don’t need the video or time lapse feature, the D700 will fit your needs. If you want to shoot sports or fast moving subjects, then the D4 would probably be best, the D700 with a battery grip will still give you a decent frame rate, the D800 will struggle to keep up with the action!

I feel the D800 will begreat for creating a one shot Panoramic image. I cropped a 36mp image to 1:3 and upscaled it to 120cm x 40cm @ 300ppi in photoshop and could not see any loss in quality. I will print a few and see how they look!

Keep an eye out on my blog and I will write a more in depth review once I have more to tell…

the daily pic – Lunch Rocks

I enjoy my food and to be able to eat it with this view makes it even better. I took this image when I was out on the water, we moored in Smiths Creek and dined on fresh seafood and drank fine wine and beer…

Smiths Creek for Lunch

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A Rocky Start

First Xpan film is on it’s way to the lab!

Wow! The excitement of sending off film is hard to explain… I sent off my first roll today, I thought I had better see what results I get before running any more film through the Xpan, unlike digital, each time I press the shutter button it costs money!

the daily pic – A Rocky Start

‘A Rocky Start’ – I took this from one of my favourite northern beaches locations… the more I shoot on the Northern Beaches of Sydney the more I fall in love with the area (except all the parking meters!) – It was a wet and overcast morning and the sun was having a rocky start to the day… enjoy!

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Barrenjoey Headland

Time to replace my Manfrotto 55xProB Tripod

I am on the hunt for a new tripod, not that there is a lot wrong with the one I have, But it does have a couple of flaws… There was a time I didn’t even think a tripod was necessary, now I never leave home without it. If you look at other people photo’s and think to yourself “man that is SHARP!” you’re probably looking at a pic that was taken on a tripod, not to say you cannot get a sharp image hand held, but even with image stabilisation built into lenses and the likes, I still get a sharper image when I mount my camera on a tripod. I have had my Manfrotto for a few years now, and it has served me well, although the mechanisms that clamp the legs in position are getting a little stiff (too many close encounters with the sea I think). So why am I looking at upgrading…. well, for starters, the Manfrotto I own is made from some sort of alloy, and it is quite heavy, these days Carbon Fibre tripods are very affordable and they weigh less than the old alloy ones, and they’re more stable to boot! The other issue with an alloy tripod is it gets very cold to handle in the winter. I also have an issue with my ball head drooping in the portrait position, so even if I keep the legs, the head needs to be changed… so I am looking an the Induro range of tripods… they look the goods! Let me know if you have any ideas of a good replacement for me.

the daily pic – Barrenjoey Headland

I decided to head to Barrenjoey to hike up to the Lighthouse, The weather wasn’t great but it was a spectacular view and certainly worth it.

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