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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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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