Cambodia album is up!

Hey everyone!

I have added an album from Cambodia! Great place for photography, so much history and culture. Click below to see the full album!

Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Young sales woman gives demonstration

 

FULL ALBUM

Anzac Day 2015 in Melbourne

At dawn yesterday, the 25th of April 2015, it was exactly 100 years ago, that the allies made the assault up the cliffs at Gallipoli. Anzac Day is remembered by Australia and New Zealand every year, as the first significant battle the two nations endured major losses in.

Ultimately, the campaign at Gallipoli was a military disaster, failing to knock out the Ottoman Empire from World War I. The troops suffered fierce resistance for 8 months, and finally were evacuated.

This year’s ceremony was nearly a wash out. It rained all day, my camera was drenched. It was a real disadvantage to be shooting with prime lenses, as I was reluctant to change lenses in the pouring rain.

Still, I managed to get a few shots from the morning. I used my new 24mm 1.4 Art lens, as I was keen to try it out. Hope you enjoy;

 

 

New Lens! Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art

Hey everyone!

Look what I found!

Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art

Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art

 

Its the 24mm f1.4 Art lens! A highly awaited lens, and so far I’m one of the lucky few to get one. Sigma is struggling to keep up with demand, and many shops run out as soon as they arrive. I got this from Digidirect in Melbourne, they only had two left, and had sold six in two days.

This lens is great for my style of photography, and I look forward to testing it more! A great lens for travel photography.

I hope to complete a full review of the lens soon, once I test it thoroughly. For now though, it feels much like the other Art lenses, which Sigma have released. So far the AF seems pretty good at default settings.

Anyways, more to come.

 

Here are a few quick snaps from yesterday, all wide open at f1.4:

Wilsons Promontory Hiking Trip

Hey Guys!!

Over the Easter break my partner and I went hiking in the famous Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. We went for 4 days, camping along the way. The map below details the route we took.

Wilsons Promontory Hiking route. 4 days.

Wilsons Promontory Hiking route. 4 days.

Of course, I had to bring my DSLR and photograph the beautiful landscapes. But when carrying your home with you on your back though, this isn’t so easy. You really have to limit the gear you take on hikes. We had about 35km to cover, and taking all my photography equipment wasn’t an option.

Weather conditions can also be unpredictable, and you must ensure you take steps to protect your camera equipment. For this trip I wanted to keep it simple. I took along the following gear;

  • Canon 5D Mark III body with grip and L-bracket.
  • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L II lens
  • Hoya UV filter (helps with weather sealing on the 16-35L lens)
  • B+W Kasemann MRC CPL filter
  • Lee 100mm filter holder
  • Lee Little Stopper (6 stop ND filter)
  • Lee Big Stopper (10 stop ND filter)
  • Lee 0.9 Pro stop 3 stop ND filter
  • Lee ND graduated filters
  • Remote for 5D Mark III
  • Slik Pro 713 CF II Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Giottos MH1301 Ballhead

 

Here are some tips for managing your photography gear on a hiking trip;

  • Take only gear that you really need. Make sure you don’t forget anything!
  • Make sure you have a way of protecting them from the weather, I used a dry sack which could fit my camera with lens attached.
  • Bring a polarizing filter! CPLs help to deepen skys, saturate colour and remove unwanted reflections.
  • Bring a lightweight, but sturdy tripod
  • Make sure your batteries will last the distance, keep them warm in cold climates.
  • Take time to take photos, plan breaks around the best light for photography.

 

Here are some results from the trip!! All taken with 5D Mark III and 16-35mm 2.8L II lens

 

50mm 1.4 Art Lens Review Up

Hey everyone, i just wrote a review on the excellent Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens!

 

shot at 1.4

shot at 1.4

Read full review HERE!

Sigma 180mm 2.8 Macro Review Up!

Hey everyone!

I’ve just done simple review of the Sigma 180mm 2.8 Macro lens. I’ve owned the lens for about three months now and thought I’d share my thoughts on this great macro lens.

Went to Melbourne zoo with it on the weekend, here’s a couple of shots from the day.

Read full review here!

 

Snake Eye, shot at f3.5 iso 10,000

Tree snake eye

 

Butterfly, shot at f5 iso 1600.

Butterfly macro

Australia album now up!

Hey everyone! I have created an album from Australia. I hope to make albums from all the places I’ve traveled, but this one is special. Australia is home to me, and I’ve lived here 15 years so far. Below are some tasters. Be sure to checkout the album here:

Australia

 

Lunar New Year in Melbourne

Its Lunar New Year and its the year of the Goat!

There have been celebrations across the city of Melbourne. Today we went to China town, to get amongst the action! It seemed like there was loin dancing on every corner, it turns out that restaurants arrange to get the lion dance in front of their place for good fortune. the sound of the firecrackers was deafening! I used a 50mm 1.4 lens for most of the images here.

Took the opportunity to take some portraits today as well. Vanessa is wearing an Ao Dai, Vietnamese traditional dress.

Hope you enjoy!

Bradmill

Some images from the spooky abandoned Bradmill. The old factory is in Melbourne’s inner city, and the property is set to be sold for $120m AUD, but negotiations seem to have stalled… Good place for photography in the meantime!

Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Review is up!!

Guys I just posted my first lens review!

 

The Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG HSM Art lens was the first lens Sigma made with their new Global Vision philosophy. The Art range is supposed to consist of premium lenses aimed at photography enthusiasts and professionals. Sigma is one of the more well known 3rd party lens manufacturers, and have provided decent lenses at good prices. This particular lens retails for about 600 bucks less than the Canon EF 35mm 1.4L lens. Unfortunately, Sigma lenses of the past have been flawed by poor AF accuracy, and other QA problems. The Global Vision program vowed to address this problem.

This review is more a field test than a hard-core technical review, there are other websites that will do that much better than here. This review is based on personal experience, having owned the lens for more than two years….

 

Read the full review HERE!

 

Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens