Stumbling in the dark

Regular readers of this blog know that I don’t often write about equipment used, but seeing that I have made the transition from Canon to Nikon I thought it maybe a useful insight if you too are considering a change. My recent purchase was the Nikon D800 matched with the 16-35mm f/4 lens. Last night was the first dedicated shoot with the new kit. The nearly  full moon and not too far from the city conditions(light Pollution) were not really ideal for capturing the milky way.  I admit I failed miserably, yet personally I feel I came away with an image worth sharing.
I have no regrets at all with the move to Nikon, in fact I’m rejoicing in it.
New menus and a diverse array of options to customise settings, yes Canon provide the same too. However Nikon has what I feel are better ergenomics like the power-on button and eye piece shutter leaver ( I hated that rubber slide in from Canon), plus the fact that ISO, White Balance and Bracketing all have a dedicated button externally on the body of the camera greatly diminishes the need to scroll through menus.
The image below was one of four taken last night, having a camera with such great technology  and 36 MP, the Nikon D800 demands a steady tripod. In this case, I invested in a new Induro CT313 8X Carbon Fibre. As well as the tripod I found utilising functions such as mirror lock up and long exposure noise reduction incredibly useful. Yes there are elements there that can be done in post processing, but Im an advocate for capturing as much in-camera as possible. If you buy a camera that has inbuilt noise reduction use it, whats the point in having it? Along with the inbuilt intervalometer, which is a very cool addition, thumbs up to Nikon for that. I also added the Nikon  MB-D12 vertical battery grip as long Exposure photography requires battery life.
In my opinion, I have a long road to travel before I even consider my images worthy of print or mounted on a wall,  having a tool that allows you to capture the faint light of stars along with the ability to print sharp and noise free is only half the journey. Enjoy viewing the image and if you are not yet subscribed take a moment to sign up and stay connected.  Lastly get out and shoot with other like minded people, a great friend and photographer Brett Morgan joined me last night. A Nikon user himself for over a decade who has incredible knowledge of the D800/D800E ,D4 format, it was very  humerous to have him direct a previous Canon owner stumble around in near darkness on a new Nikon.

Image taken on a Nikon D800 16mm f/4  15secs ISo800 Tripod



Photography and fishing go hand in hand

This image was taken a weekend ago with Brett Morgan whilst fishing. However Im rather happy I packed the OMD which is such a camera system that can be put in any pack pack and still have all your vertebrae intact. A quick run up the sand dunes between fishing casts and here is a classic sunset image to remember on the coast close to home in Mandurah WA.


OMD E-5 Pano

Well if your ever interested at looking into the Micro 4 Thirds camera system I can tell you from personal experience its a great kit to have in your bag. You can go and read all the pros and cons on any camera system online but if you want a light retro camera body with a menu system that makes perfect sense and like the idea of multiple user function settings at your finger tips then OMD E-5  may be the camera for you. The image below is an 8 image stitch taken at ISO 200 f/8 25mm Pana Leica Summilux (50mm in 35mm format)


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Chine Door on the Swan

Well after a lengthy break from photography Im back at it. This afternoon I went for a wonder with the OMD E-5 and literally stumble across The Mosman Park Heritage Trails, site 9. What you see in the photograph is the door/entrance to a cave that was quarried out back in the 1850′s. The Princept Family acquired the Chine and reworked the limestone to build a house, cottage and to construct wells. I was more than surprised to come across it considering I have lived in Mosman Park many years ago and have worked in the area for more than 8 years. OMD E-5 DG Summilux 50mm f/1.4