New iPhone X[S] at Floriade in Canberra

This year I went to Floriade under very impromptu circumstances. While having lunch in Manuka, friends asked if I’d like to join them at Floriade for the afternoon. I only had my then week old iPhone X[S] with me, and thought it would be a great opportunity to try it out. I wasn’t disappointed. The new Smart HDR feature excelled, and can be seen in some of the photos below, while the new portrait capability allowed the dark effect you can see at the bottom. None of these photos were taken in RAW, and very minimal editing has been done. As is often stated, the best camera is the one you have with you. I have no issues at all if the only one I have is the iPhone X[S].

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Beautiful bokeh from the new Portrait Mode

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Backlit? No problem with Smart HDR

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Sunkissed tulips

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Studio spotlight with Portrait Effects.

How far have cameras come?

Eleven years ago I had the pleasure of traveling around the South Island of New Zealand for two weeks after finishing a three month work trip. Four of those fourteen days were spent in Queenstown, and one of them was spent in Milford Fjord. This week I had the opportunity to return with more experience and better gear. 

Back then I was wielding a Canon 350D and what I remember was a 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens. A precursor to the 24-105mm f4L that replaced it. It was an overcast day in 2007, and today also cloudy, with the cloud back then hanging lower in the sky with some recent rain filling the fjord cliff faces with waterfalls.

Today I had the mighty Olympus OMD EM1 mkII and the m.zuiko 12-100mm f4 PRO with image stabilisation. 

I think the results speak for themselves. While the original has more atmosphere due to the cloud cover, the clarity and colour from the more modern hardware speaks volumes. 

 2007

2007

 2018

2018

Queenstown

So I'm currently in Queenstown on the south island of a New Zealand. After a bumpy start where I left my spare battery at home for the camera, while still plugged into its charger, and my main SD card still in the computer, I got myself sorted and ready for an amazing photography holiday.

I've been using the new drone and putting the Olympus through its paces, and I think the results speak for themselves.

Breathtaking countryside

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Erin in winter

Hada wonderful and chilly afternoon at the National Arboretum in Canberra photographing the wonderful Erin, with makeup by Gabby. The photo here was taken on the Olympus OMD EM-1 Mk II with a 40-150mm f2.8 lens. 

It was cold. It was windy. But we had fun

 Erin

Erin

Family Day At The Beach

I've just finished processing and uploading a wonderful shoot I had with a family in Newcastle. The day was perfect and the light was warm, and we had a great time at the beach near Nelson Bay.

Moto GP 2016

While the weekend may have started off with a very wet Friday, we're looking forward to a dryer Saturday and Sunday for a great weekend of reaching

 

 Marc Marquez for Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez for Repsol Honda

 Nicky Hayden filling in for Dani Pedrosa

Nicky Hayden filling in for Dani Pedrosa

Floriade in Canberra

It's been a little while since I posted as we get settled into Canberra, but that doesn't mean the photography stops. With spring here it's time for Floriade, the annual flower festival in Canberra. While the weather has been less than ideal, there have still been plenty of opportunities to pull out the macro lens and get busy up close with nature.

Canberra Balloons

A beautiful day to see the balloons taking off from in front of the old parliament house. There was a surprisingly large crowd on this Canberra Day, with families and photographers gathering for the sight.  

I tried to stay mobile, capturing the action from various angles. Enjoy the photos below.

 

 Early morning preparation  

Early morning preparation  

 Air Force balloons  

Air Force balloons  

 Line up of balloons  

Line up of balloons  

 Paddling on the lake to a gorgeous background  

Paddling on the lake to a gorgeous background  

Photo scouting

 Abandoned brewery  

Abandoned brewery  

Scouted out a new location today for an upcoming urbex photo shoot featuring a number of performers. Should be more to show in the coming weeks.  

Send In The Clowns

 The Joker

The Joker

A great day out with Bronte and the guys from Cirkos as we scoured an abandoned industrial site for awesome photos in amazing locations. This was my last shoot in Newcastle as I had on to bigger and better things in the nation's capital. 

www.cirkos.net 

 @brontology_cosplay on Instagram 

Creepy Dolls

These strange dolls are not for your children...

Had a fantastic time with Kate, Pearl, Cassie and Maddy as they scared us (and themselves) dressed as broken dolls and zombies. A fantastic fun afternoon of shooting images!

Hunger Games Cosplay

Had the opportunity to photograph young Kate in her Hunger Games outfit as Katniss Everdeen from the books. A lovely young model that I'm looking forward to working with more in the future!

Whale Watching at Nelson Bay

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to take a cruise from Nelson Bay Marina in Port Stephens on the Moonshadow Cruise boat.

We were taken out of the harbour, through the heads, and out to sea heading south along the coast (see map right).

The seas were rough, and for a while we didn't see any whales. But then, at the point where we had to turn around we saw the spout of water above the ocean!

We were fortunate enough to have a mother and her calf come within 50m of the boat, right up alongside us! The photos you see here are just a few shots I was able to get, but with the constant high swells, it was certainly tricky!

 Journey by boat

Journey by boat

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