Yarra Night

Dec 30, 2015

This was my first time using a Sony app with the camera. One of the advantages of the mirrorless system is that apps are available to do various tasks like being a camera remote like I used mine for. The reason a wireless remote option is so good is that the settings on the camera can be changed and a photo can be taken without touching the camera. This means that when I try to align the images in post they will be perfect as I haven’t accidentally moved the camera trying to touch one of the physical dials or buttons. I also get a preview on my phone screen although it is low resolution. One gotcha is that the app defaults to shooting in jpg mode. That was ok for these shots but I would not like to shoot that way in the future. Thankfully this has been remedied. One note is that I’m deleting the previous post from a similar angle and merging it with this post as I feel I shot it a lot better this time. The first attempt was my first time using the Sony so I made some mistakes.
Yarra by the night

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Model shoot with Farshad

Sep 23, 2015

First time using the a7r2 on a proper shoot. I’m mostly impressed but also very unimpressed with other aspects of the camera. Shot using the “holy trinity”, the 35L, 85L and the 135L. It’s good to be able to use the 85L again. It does better on the a7r2 than my Canon bodies. Both the 35 and 135 focus better on any Canon body. Hopefully firmware will fix that. Also the camera kept locking up for about 10 seconds or more at a time. Extremely frustrating.
On a more positive note it was fantastic to work with Farshad. We had been talking about doing a shoot for ages. I felt that we were both collaborating well together. Hopefully the results are worth the effort. I also tried a night shot for the fun of it. I think the a7r2 does well at iso 2000.
Men's fashion shoot in Melbourne

New A7Rii

Sep 13, 2015

Just bought a Sony a7r2. This is a 42 megapixel camera that is able to take my Canon lenses with the help of an adapter. Here are my thoughts so far.
Higher resolution
Lower noise
Higher dynamic range
Tilt screen
In body image stabilisation
In body level
Preview of things like white balance
Silent shooting mode
4k video
Good amount of custom buttons
Electronic first curtain sync
Wireless and ability to add apps
Discount on purchase of Capture One Pro
Terrible battery life
Less reliable autofocus
Have to use an adapter
Lack of dual card slots
Compressed Raw
Even worse compression when using silent shutter/bulb mode
Overheats in 4k video mode
Seems to gather way more dust than any dslr I’ve used
Needs to be turned off constantly and is slower to turn on than a dslr
USB 2.0
After finally taking it on a proper shoot. I’d already done some testing and concluded that the commlite adapter I’d bought for it was rubbish. Had to pay for a metabones which so far has been much better but way more expensive. I was weighing up between this and the 5dsr. In the end it was a tie between the 2 cameras. I almost didn’t purchase this camera because of the idiotic reviews by certain Sony “Artisans”. I’ve never seen such over the top biased views in my life. I leaned towards this camera only so that I could try something new and push my boundaries further. Taking it out on my first shoot I realise how clumsy I am with this camera. This is not a complaint about the camera but I’d been so used to shooting Canon that I had to re-learn how to shoot. I have absolutely no problem with learning something new if it has a benefit. I’m one of the few that preferred windows 8 over 7. Yes, it takes 5 minutes to get used to the new system but once you do you realise that it’s faster.
I noticed a level of dust and dirt that I’ve never ever seen before on my dslrs and that’s only after owning it for a couple of weeks. I think it’s clean now but it almost ruined my shots. I think the image quality is excellent on this new camera based on my first few shots. Seeing the image on the back of the lcd changes the way I approach a shoot but for the better I think. Focussing whilst on a tripod is just as simple as a dslr so that is quite easy. Extending my tripod up to it’s maximum level is also easy since I don’t have to look through the viewfinder any more. The camera seems to give an accurate estimation of exposure. All in all it seems a winner for landscapes. I’ll post more thoughts soon.

Eureka Skydeck at Sunrise

Jan 29, 2015

Woke up early to watch the sun rise at Eureka Skydeck. It was well worth getting up to see this sight. Just a note that I’m now using an Arca Swiss ballhead and RRS L bracket and nodal slide now for my camera.
View of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck at sunrise

POSTED IN: Gear, Landscape, Photography

Nick and Kat get married at Butleigh Wootton

Jun 14, 2014

What a beautiful wedding. Nick and Kat got married on the 24th of May 2014 at Butleigh Wootton in Kew. Let me tell you that this couple are so amazing. You could feel the love and joy at this wedding. Both the bride and groom were relaxed all day. It made for a great atmosphere and some great photos. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Keillor!
Nick and Kat at Butleigh Wootton
Nick and Kat at Butleigh Wootton
Here is the link to the gallery Nick and Kat Wedding Gallery

Gear updates

May 29, 2014

So I shot Nick and Kat’s wedding on Saturday with the help of Justin. I wish I could show the images I’ve already edited but my policy is that the bride and groom get to see the images before anyone else does. I’m very pleased with the images and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I tried out a few new things including the blackrapid double. I have to say that it worked very well for the wedding enabling me to carry 2 cameras/lenses which helped me to get shots I never would’ve shot otherwise. This was also the first real run for the 24-70 and 100 macro. They were both fantastic and seeing the sharpness of the 24-70 has convinced me to place a pre-order for the new 16-35 f4 and to sell my current 17-40.
The wedding images will be up within a few weeks so I look forward to updating everyone then.

POSTED IN: Gear, General, Photography

New Lenses

Mar 15, 2014

Just got the 100mm 2.8L and the 24-70mm 2.8 II. Looking forward to using them. I previously had the non L version of the 100mm macro but had to sell it so I could by the 1d mkIII for my sisters wedding. Here is a quick shot with the 100mm L Macro.
100mm 2.8L IS Macro

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Point Ormond Shoot

Feb 16, 2014

A shoot to learn more about lighting techniques and about my camera. Certainly helped me to do some problem solving and to try different techniques in a relaxed environment.
Point Ormond, Elwood
Point Ormond, Elwood

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Number 16 Beach

Jan 11, 2014

Weird name for a beach. Went at the wrong time (high tide) to photograph the dragons head but I found a nearby cave that worked for the shot. To be honest I love seascapes but I hate the sand at the beach. Looking forward to tomorrows shoot which should be a bit nicer.
Number 16 Beach

POSTED IN: Gear, General, Seascape

Cupcakes by Talia

Oct 12, 2013

What an amazing cupcake maker Talia is. This was my first attempt at food photography and I have to say that I learned a lot. I also learned that I have a lot to learn and improve on. But I must say that I was very impressed with the designs Talia was coming up with. I think we have a star in the making!
All these were shot with my new 135L and some kenko extension tubes that I got second hand off ebay. I think if I am going to do any more of this I’ll need a macro lens or a 24-70 2.8. Also I will have to use more props next time.
Cupcakes by Talia
Cupcakes by Talia
Cupcakes by Talia

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