Advantages of a Polariser

I went down to the lake the other day. It was a beautiful sunny summer’s day. I took a few snaps, nothing record breaking, but I did find a good example of why a polariser is a must for any photographer.

Most people tell you that a polariser is used to remove reflections and darken skies. That’s true enough, but the reason I use a polariser is for the added colour boost you get.

Here is an example.


This photo is taken with no polariser.


And this photo is taken with a polariser.


Quite a difference huh…. and its no shabby lens, this was with the Canon 135mm 2.0L lens. You can notice much improved colour, and less bokeh highlights.

I use two brands of polariser myself. In the above example I used a B+W XS-Pro KSM C-POL MRC nano filter. I highly recommend the B+W filters. I have two, and they are excellent. I recommend going for the KSM nano coated ones, even if they are a bit more expensive. The other brand I would recommend is the Breakthrough Photography X4 CPL filter. I supported Breakthrough via a Kickstarter campaign, and I was one of the first to get one in Australia. It’s a great filter which also uses Schott glass and has even better saturation than the B+W filters. Both these filters have a slim brass construction. I plan to do a short review of the Breakthrough filter soon.

For more information about the filters I use, see here:

B+W Filter:

Breakthrough Photography X4:

If you are in the market for a polariser, get the best polariser you can afford! You will regret buying a cheapy as soon as you realise it doesn’t do anything except make your images soft.

Happy Shooting!

New lens review!

Been working on the Samyang 12mm 2.8 Fisheye review for some time, and finally got a chance to finish it! Pretty cool little lens, and a lot of fun to use. It doesn’t break the bank either. As ever you won’t find any brick walls or 100% crops in this review. I’ve had this lens for about 6months, and its time to share my field findings. Hope you enjoy, and please share any feedback!


Samyang 12mm 2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens


Melbourne, 12mm 2.8 @ f5.6

Lens sees all!

Click here to read the review!

First Japan Trip

I have not posted anything in a while! We have been busy re-establishing ourselves in Bavaria, Germany. New job, home, car and lifestyle! There has been so much to do, and all my CF cards have been busting. But now I finally got my main computer back, and I’ve been busy processing my photos from the last 3 months. I hope to be more active on my blog now. Lots to do!

Japan gallery is finally up!

I have always wanted to visit Japan. I finally got my chance this year in April, when we planned to visit during the cherry blossom. We just got the last of the beautiful flowering trees. Japan is a favorite for photographers, and now that I’ve seen it, its easy to see why. Such great culture, people and tradition. So many sights, colour, and unique styles. Cannot wait for my next trip back!



Fushimi Inari-taisha in the rain!

Click here for the full gallery!

Big changes!!

Hey everyone! I must apologise for not posting any new material in a while! Luckily I have a good excuse, we are in the process of moving to Bavaria! Much of my equipment is being shipped here as I write this. We are frantically looking for a new place to live – not fun. The good news is that this is a wonderful and beautiful part of the world! Watch this space!

Portrait Gallery

For me, portrait photography is certainly to hardest form of photography. There are so many emotions, and other factors to consider. Its all about catching moments, moments that only hang around for a second! Still, you must face your fears! Below are some of my favorite portraits. Hope you enjoy them!

Product Gallery

Product Photography is the art of photographing items or products for business use or just for fun. Special lighting and sharp close focusing lenses is used to bring the best out of the product. Good product photography is essential for marketing and sales. Nobody wants to buy a product with a photo which looks as though it was taken on a phone!

Macro Gallery

Although I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like, I’m a big fan of close up photography. It is great fun to see the details of small insects, and their tiny world up close.

Landscape Gallery

Nothing like being in a beautiful part of the world, with nice light and a camera! Getting up early and going out with your gear to watch the sunrise is certainly always rewarding.



Added Portrait Page!

I have added a portrait page to my blog. Portrait photography is challenging for me, but I hope you like them!

Click on the image below to see the gallery!

Sunday photo shoot in Melbourne

Sunday photo shoot in Melbourne

Another great trip to Vietnam!

We had another fantasitc trip to central Vietnam this year! I want to share some of the photos I captured from our trip. Most are from magical Hoi An where we stayed for a week. Click on th image below to see the entire album. Most of the images are taken with Sigma’s fanastic Art primes. Hope you enjoy!!

Kids selling lanterns, Hoi An. 5D3 | 24mm 1.4A | f1.4 | iso1250

Kids selling lanterns, Hoi An. 5D3 | 24mm 1.4A | f1.4 | iso1250