Everyone's Blog in All from May 2015

Double V time - Vietnam with a Veydra 16mm!

May
10
Keeping it simple

Vietnam is one of my most favourite countries to visit and I find photographic opportunities on every street.  If you ever have a couple of days free in Vietnam, I strongly suggest just randomly walking around to see what adventure awaits you.  I had a few hours spare on a recent trip and managed to snap the following selection of photos, with the specific aim of testing my Veydra 16mm lens.  My lens options were deliberately limited to 2 lenses for the whole trip - the Veydra 16mm mounted on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the Leica Nocticron 42.5mm lens mounted on the Panasonic GH4.   My ini

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What does a workers camp, a Kampung, a Kowa, a Veydra and a Nocticron all have in common?

May
09
New and old

I think the answer is – just a really awesome experience for shooting and capturing the moment! The Kowa 8.5mm, Veydra 16mm and Leica Nocticron 42.5mm are all just brilliant native mount micro four thirds (m43) lenses. And, a workers camp and kampung just make for an exciting day out with these lenses. A couple of weeks ago as I was transiting from Malaysia to Vietnam where I caught up with a good friend of mine, Bjorn, for a few hours of shooting before I caught a plane. We swapped lenses and casually explored the local area trying to get the most out of the equipment that we were using and really just wanted to document the local area. I know that it won’t be long before these areas are eventually bulldozed, given their location near Mont Kiara.

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A quick look at shooting wide with a Kowa Prominar 8.5mm lens

May
07
Into the brisbane sun

I often think of my shooting style as being quite varied, but, I do like to shoot with a good quality manual lens.  The Kowa Prominar 8.5mm is a lens that was first introduced to me a couple of weeks ago by a good friend, Bjorn, who is currently living in Kuala Lumpur.  I shot with it for a full shooting session in Kuala Lumpur and the results were brilliant.  Likewise, I also shot with the Veydra 16mm on the same day and again found the results brilliant – but obviously at nearly twice the focal length, the final photos had a very different p

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Today, it rained and rained and rained

May
03

Today it rained and rained and rained in Brisbane. Today, it was really wet, and flooding was quite bad with many people braving the unfavourable weather to get to places. Today some places received over 300mm (12 inches for those who are still in the imperial world) within a few hours. And, today I decided that I needed to grab a camera and lens and capture a few shots on the streets of Brisbane in the rain. This is where it really helps to have a weather sealed camera (and preferably a weather sealed lens to go with that). Sadly, I only had my new cinematic 16mm Veydra lens (see http://www.veydra.com/) with me. This is a brilliant manual focus lens designed specifically for video, however, it is not weather sealed. Nonetheless its a brilliant lens which I have recently been using for still photos on the street, so I grabbed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, mounted the lens (with a snug fitting rubber band around the base of it) and then hit the streets.

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