street photography

The taming of Brunhilda on the streets of Istanbul

Nov
03
Time out in Istanbul

This is going to be a long post - please take the time for it to load for all the images.  The title of this post may also sound a little weird for several reasons and its all because my 10 year old daughter decided to name my new Sony A7R II. The name she gave it was "Brunhilda". I'm not quite sure what she meant by giving it the name of Brunhilda, but it has become a bit of a joke around the house (even when I was booking flights).

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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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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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Highlights of Brisbane City in 2014

Jan
31
One Brisbane street photographyt photo

Its time to sort a few photos and archive some of my 2014 collection of random photos taken on the streets. During this process, I managed to select just 15 photos from the many random days I have had on the streets of Brisbane taking photos. I often get asked what I see or how I find something interesting in such a small country city, however, with a little patience you will always find something to photograph. Whether you like what you photograph is a whole different question. Many times I will arrive back home to look at photos and not like a single photo that I have taken and then other times when I don't think I have any photos worth displaying to others a surprise photo jumps out at me on the large screen.

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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 ca

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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 below

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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 seve

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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 stand

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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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