Going to Hallstatt

Its the long weekend here in Germany, and we going going to Salzburg and Hallstatt in Austria. Will be spending two days checking out the area. Looking forward to it, looks good from photos, see below example by Thomas Straubinger! It will also be our first camping trip this year, which will be interesting because its currently snowing outside…..

Hallstatt, Austria in winter. Photo credit: http://www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com (Thomas Straubinger)

Salzburg is also supposed to be really nice. Actually I don’t need more photos, as I’m behind as it is on processing! But when you got a 3 day weekend, and Salzburg is only 2 hours away…. can’t really say no. I look forward to seeing what I can get! Since we are going my car ill bring all my equipment, and certainly:

  • 5D Mark III
  • 16-35mm 2.8L II for landscapes
  • Tripod and landscape filters
  • 24mm 1.4 Art
  • 35mm 1.4 Art
  • 45mm 2.8 TS-E
  • 85mm 1.2L II
  • 135mm 2L
  • 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II

Hoping to do some good landscape photography, a bit of architecture and some general travel shots as usual.

Stay tuned for the results!

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.



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


Lee Big Stopper

I will be doing a proper article on using filters soon