What should be included with a lens purchase

Oct
10
random ramblings

I know the topic of what should be included with the purchase of a lens has been raised in the forums around the web time after time and up until about 12mths ago I really never paid too much attention because as an olympus user in the *old* four thirds system all the lenses that I purchased just seemed to include what i needed.  Today I had a new lens from Panasonic and a new lens from Olympus made for the micro four thirds system and I was getting set up to do a little video and a few still photographs with my students.

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A couple of random photos while out playing

Oct
03
Confidence and style on the streets

Its easy to have excuses for not getting out there and shooting with your camera - especially the things that you enjoy shooting.  Photography, like most things takes practice to master and while I have not posted here for a couple of weeks I always ensure that I spend a little time shooting and continuing to learn.  With a new camera, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 it takes a lot of time to master and fully understand it before using it for professional work and then you often just choose fairly simple assignments to shoot.

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Queensland Unions Rally in Brisbane with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 75mm lens (part 2)

Sep
13
Qld Unions Rally

This is the second part of the story (or photos) from the Queensland Unions Rally in Brisbane. While the photos try to capture the essence of the rally it must also be noted that I was also having a little fun playing with the 75mm lens and if I had focused just on the rally I would have perhaps shot a number of the photos quite differently.  You will also notice more general street photos at the end of this post.

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Queensland Unions Rally in Brisbane with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 75mm lens (part 1)

Sep
13
Qld Unions Rally in Brisbane

Today’s street photography shoot was a little different to the usual shutter therapy session due to the Queensland Unions rally taking place at close to the same time I was heading out for a few photos with the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens.  As a street photographer, this is the perfect opportunity to truthfully portray what is happening on the street and let your photos tell the story.  The photos below depict what I saw during the rally and a few photos  near the city markets after the rally.  I have divided this post in to two parts due to the unusually large n

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Playing with an Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens on the streets and beyond

Sep
05
Shooting the streets of Brisbane

I unexpectedly received my Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens this morning and couldn’t wait to find something to shoot with it.  I had ordered this quite some time ago, however this lens has been quite difficult to come across (especially in Australia).  I had briefly shot with this lens back in June while shooting on the streets in Malaysia with Robin Wong (see his reviews at http://robinwong.blogspot.com) and was super impressed with it at this time.

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Zone focussing with the 17.5mm voigtlander on the streets of Brisbane

Aug
27
yellow and pink

More recently, with so many different types of cameras and lenses to choose from, it can be quite confusing for any street photographer (or in fact any photographer) to choose the right camera and lens combination that works for them.  I believe that each person develops their own style of shooting and this includes finding a camera and lens combination that feels comfortable as well as performs to their expectations.  All working cameras can take a photograph, but it takes practice, skill, expertise and a little patience to capture a particular moment or memory.

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Fresh crayfish soup - thai style

Aug
22
Crayfish soup - thai style

Finally a post about food and in this case awesome fresh seafood!  Having a background in hospitality (many years ago) the one thing I have an appreciation for is good food and this is where my interest in food photography started many years ago.  One of the things I enjoyed teaching the most to my students was food styling and all the tricks involved with getting a great looking food photo.

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Freediving the Gold Coast with a camera

Aug
11
Fish near the service

The last 3 weeks have been very hectic with little to no time to edit and process the photos that I have been working on or even post to this blog.  However, earlier this week I took a couple of hours out of a busy schedule and decided to make the most of the near perfect weather conditions and head out for a quick freedive with my camera.  To me - there is just nothing more relaxing then being able to combine my two greatest passions of photography and freediving.

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A theme of commonality

Jul
18
is that a phone I see

I had to walk through Brisbane city today so decided to pack my camera and take a few photos on the street.  I didn't get more than about 100m from the bus stop when I realised that there was something common about all the people around me.  It seemed as though so many of the people on the street today were actively using their mobile phones as they went about their business - in fact I hadn't really noticed how consumed so many of us have become with mobile technology.

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Random Brisbane Street Photography

Jul
18
Its all about the flowers

I have had a few emails over the last few weeks asking if I actually shot on the streets of Brisbane and if I had any photos to share.  Now I have no excuse for the lack of posts about my street shoots in Brisbane.  I could blame it on a re-design of the site but for some reason I find it easier to post images and write stories when I am mega busy and traveling.  While at home I seem to find excuses not to post as often.  I promise to make a little more effort to post some local street pics considering I live in Brisbane and usually head out for a little shutter

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