First and foremost I have to admit that I’m a Canon guy (well mostly)!
I’ve owned Canon DSLR’s since 2003 when the DSLR became an acceptable replacement for the old 35mm SLR and Nikon were simply not in the picture then.
OK, so I did sell my old Nikon SLR + lenses when I switched to digital (& became a professional photog) so there is some history there between myself & Nikon. Plus I will admin that Nikon are arguably slightly ahead of Canon right now, but don’t tell anyone I said that 😉
All that aside I was very slightly amazed at the announcement of Nikon to make a retro styled DLSR complete with knobs, dials & angular styling in the form of the Nikon DF, lets face it even my old F-601 looks modern in comparison 🙂
Anyway, the real reason for this post is not to start up a Canon v Nikon argument but to share with you a very amusing video review I came across from Lee Morris at fstoppers.com.
Lee originally posted an article titled “The Nikon Df Represents Everything Wrong With Photography” which received over 300 comments, many of which were slightly angry at his opinion and this video was his response.
We were up at Yanchep National Park yesterday at a meeting with Jenny (the Park’s Marketing Manager) talking about getting some of our products into their shop. The meeting went very well (watch this space) and afterwards we went for a walk around the park ending up at the Yanchep Inn for a quick lunch.
Yanchep National Park is a great place for a day out and what better way to end our visit than a quick trip through the Koala enclosure.
The Koala’s were in their naturally laid back state, perched on branches and snuggled into the nooks and crannies that they always seem to find up in the heights of the trees.
These guys sure make a stress free life look appealing, it sure is a Koala’s life 🙂
Capturing these sleepy little guys is not as easy as you’d think, here’s a few tips for getting better pictures of Koala’s as they doze the day away in the tree tops:
- Whenever possible shoot away from the sun, that will help you get those nice blue skies while lighting up the Koala at the same time
- Use a higher ISO speed (400 – 800) to make sure you get a fast shutter speed
- To get a well lit shot of the Koala try overexposing your shot by a few stops as the auto metering will try to expose for the much brighter sky
- Hang around for a while, eventually even sleepy Koala’s will move around or shift into a better position
- Using the longest lens / focal length you can will get you some nice close ups of the Koala’s but make sure you keep your shutter speed high enough to avoid camera shake
- Sometimes it’s nice to zoom out a bit and get a shot of the Koala in his surroundings
- Try to keep the surroundings natural, avoiding sprinklers and buildings in the background
- Have fun and remember these guys are endangered so no touching or disturbing them
- Respect the animals and environment you are photographing, always remember the old adage “Leave nothing but footprints”
- Respect the owners of the park you are in and abide by their rules at all times
Dave and I were off taking pictures of another fabulous makeover performed by Tracy and Wayne over at Blueprint Interiors. Of course it doesn’t help that I am sick of my 20 year old kitchen and I would love to have it redone 😀 .
The very kind owners of the house gave me a demonstration of how smoothly and easily each of the slide out drawers moves in their newly refurbished kitchen. What was even more stunning was that you couldn’t tell they were cupboards so nicely finished and flush with the wall as the work was.
Of course Wayne does not just do kitchens he does bathrooms, laundry’s and purpose built cabinets to fit any space as you can see from the video, enjoy!
Posted by Maggie Catley 😎
Last Saturday was the Capricorn Festival held in Yanchep, Western Australia and we were there with our market stall and covering the event for Capricorn Yanchep.
We had our “Thongy Postcards” on display and they proved to be very popular 🙂
If you were there or if you want to know what you missed out on then watch our video slideshow of the event on youtube:
The Mindarie Marina “A Toast to the Coast” Food, Beer & Wine Festival is coming up on 20th March and we were down at the Marina today getting some promo shots for the media.
Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos from the shoot:
Shown in this video is the Chef & owner from the new Waterfront Cafe & Restaurant, due to open in a few weeks on the Marina Boardwalk along with 2 of the superb staff from the “Indi” brewery.
We will be at the festival as usual with the MADCAT Photography stall alongside the “Indi” as well as being the “Roving Photographer” for the day.
The 5th annual ‘A Toast to the Coast!’ – Food, Beer and Wine festival is set to be the biggest yet! Tantalise the taste buds with tastings from local gourmet producers including chocolates, olives, cheeses and more and they are all for sale!
Sample the range of wines from near and far from 10am at the Wine tasting tent and there will be loads of live entertainment throughout the day.
Food gurus and celebrity chefs will be cooking up sensational gourmet delights throughout the day at the Cooks Corner, plus there will be a range of children’s activities and entertainment wandering the boardwalk.
As always it will be a great day out so make sure you put it in your diaries and we’ll see you there 😎
Earlier this week we did a commercial shoot for local Interior Designer Jean Hattingh of Kinzone.
Jean redesigned the living area of this Kingsley home and I have to say it looks simply stunning.
To see the results of Jeans handiwork watch this video we created for her:
If you’re looking to give a little love to your home then why not give Jean a ring on (08) 9304 3207 and see what she can do to help you?