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Ed and Wylie

November 30th, 2008 by admin

These days with the amount of shooting I’m doing for my other clients, the wedding side of things has taken a back seat, however we still have a few weddings coming up. Ed and Wylie are getting married early in 2009, so this weekend we took a few engagement photos. Best of luck with the planning!


Ed and Wylie

Ed and Wylie

Ed and Wylie

Ed and Wylie

Ed and Wylie

Ed and Wylie

The new hotness.

November 28th, 2008 by admin

85mm f1:1.2

I used to use prime lenses a lot in my early days, they were clearly superior to the zoom options available back then. And of course, my medium format system was entirely prime. With the excellent quality of Canon’s 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 lenses I hadn’t really needed to use primes all that much, however with the imminent release of the 5D mark II, I will be needing as much lens quality as I can get. My first addition to my prime arsenal is one of Canon’s best, the 85mm f1.2 L II. It’s a huge and heavy chunk of glass, but looking through it makes the weight worth it. Super creamy bokeh and amazing sharpness at any aperture.

Here’s a couple of pics I took walking back to the car after picking this bad boy up, and I can’t wait to use it in a shoot.

85mm water

85mm Pineapples

It’s a hit.

November 28th, 2008 by admin

Coin
I usually empty my pockets of coins whenever I get home and, after a while it usually builds up into something substantial. This time, it was a few years worth. So the proceeds will be going towards a new PC I’ll be building shortly. Perfect timing for the new Intel i7 CPUs to come out.

Pad Change

November 28th, 2008 by admin

Project Mu
I’ve had quite a few different brake pads compounds on my car, so when it was time to swap out the pads on the family chariot, our Honda Accord Euro, I decided to go for something slightly better than OEM. I have heard lots of positive reports about the Project Mu range of brakes and pads, so their Bestop pads were my choice. Changing the pads on the Euro is simple, being a floating caliper, simply unbolt the bottom bolt flip the caliper up, and swap away. So far the pads are noticeably better performing that OEM, with better initial bite and less fade, although I haven’t pushed them hard enough to really test them out. Brake dust will also be an interesting feature to observe, the OE pads are quite dusty. The PMU pads were significantly cheaper than what Honda charge for OE pads, and with their performance being as good if not better in my early drives, they are a good choice. Pick them up from www.project-mu.com.au

23 Wallpaper

November 20th, 2008 by admin

23 Wallpaper

I’ve had a few requests to make a wallpaper out of the JORDAN 23 jersey I posted below.
So here they are: 1920×1200 or 1600×1200

Speaking of Heroes

November 16th, 2008 by admin

23

The name Jordan is one of the best know surnames, not just in sports, thanks to the now legendary exploits of former professional basketballer, Michael Jordan. Throughout the late 80s and 90s, basketball and in particular the NBA was huge. It was shown on free-to-air TV here in Australia, first on ABC then on Channel 10, with a massive following of the NBA all around the world. Basketball was the only team sport I ever played, so it was natural that I was a huge fan of his airness. No matter who you speak to, anyone remotely interesting basketball had a deep admiration for his skills, the results he achieved and his mystique. I took this photo at a private party recently, and the jersey seemed to conjure up fond memories for anyone that noticed it. Kobe, Lebron and Dwyane have all been touted as “the next Michael Jordan” but so far, none have attracted the the same accolades. Will there be another? Here’s hoping.

Ken Block is my hero.

November 12th, 2008 by admin

Ken Block Racing

I wanted to keep this site free from linking to random web stuff, but this video has blown me away. Ken Block is one of the founders of DC Shoes. He has recently become interested in rally driving and has fast become quite good at his new hobby. There aren’t many things I see that make me want to own another WRX. Click the image above to find out what does.

Justification

November 10th, 2008 by admin

Guzman Y Gomez Voucher

If you ever wanted a reason for starting a blog, here’s one. It seems the marketing team at Guzman Y Gomez found my post (I love google) about their delicious food, and as a bonus, sent me some vouchers. Yum.

Kids (TV) these days

November 10th, 2008 by admin

Watching TV

I try to only show my boy good TV, so I have come up with a selection of watchable TV shows, for both Adults and kids.

1. Shaun the Sheep.
Brought to you by the Aardman team in the UK responsible for Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, this is an awesome show. Each episode is funny, clever and both kids and adults love it.
Adult Score: 8/10
Kid Score: 7/10

2. George Shrinks
A Canadian production, this cartoon is all style. The animation, music, themes, are all a bit retro (in a good way), and it’s bursting with entertainment.
Adult Score: 7/10
Kid Score: 6/10

3. In the Night Garden
I thought the teletubbies were tripped out. The first time I saw this program I thought what drugs are they smoking. This is really designed for the kids. It’s only good for adults to see what creative minds can do. The production values are very high, it’s no small budget show, but not all that watchable for the adults, the young kids however, love it.
Adult Score: 5/10
Kid Score: 9/10

4. Pocoyo
Another quality European production, this time out of Spain. Colourful, entertaining and with good themes/messages, Pocoyo is a simple formula done well.
Adult Score: 7/10
Kid Score: 9/10

5. Yo Gabba Gabba
The only US based show to make my list is called Yo Gabba Gabba. No it’s not some hiphop dutch techno remix, it does feature a DJ as the main human character. This show is quite fresh, a little wacky like “In the Night Garden”, but watchable. Partly due to the occasional star guest, YGG has featured Tony Hawk, Biz Markie, Elija Wood and Mya.
Adult Score: 6/10
Kid Score: 8/10

Yin vs Yang

November 6th, 2008 by admin

This image is a few years old, but really shows how dominant one brand of cameras was in the pro sports market.

NikonvsCanon

Taking a similar picture today would show a lot more black lenses (Yes I know that you can option Nikon lenses in grey), as Nikon has really stepped up with their D3 body. I have used both systems and currently am heavily invested in the Canon system, as they released the first affordable full frame DSLR; the EOS 5D. I picked up mine about 3 years ago, I bought it at B&H in New York. That was a fun day, we walked in, dropped $15k on a Canon system, and the guys at the store thought nothing of it. Do that in a store in Sydney and they will be celebrating for weeks. Up until then, I had Nikon film and Digital SLRs, as well as a Bronica ETRS 645 system. I had the Nikon’s every since high school, and they were my choice cus I loved the Nikon F4 compared to Canons offerings back in the early 90s. Both of my mentors back then had used both systems, and one had Nikon and the other Canon. So they were really no help. The D1 and D2 series of Nikon bodies were nice to use, but lacked a bit of performance from their sensors. This has now changed. The D3 is a great cam, with what seems to be excellent speed and performance, especially in low light. The next cams will also be very interesting, the 5DmarkII does break into new ground with its video capabilities, and the rumours about the D3X are also very interesting. Competition improves the breed.

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