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January 22nd, 2010 by admin

Last night in Japan, so I had to do some bed jumping.
Willy is packing, so his bed is a bit of a mess.

Japanese robe on, I has to try some karate moves.

Japanese beds and rooms are rather small, so I did manage to bang the walls a bit.

Heading home

January 22nd, 2010 by admin

We leave Tokyo for Sydney early tomorrow morning, but today was one of the highlights of the trip.
If you have never heard of the tuner Mine’s, please watch this video now.

The Mine’s R34 is regarded as one of the world’s greatest street cars.

The President of Mine’s, took me for a lap in their newly modified R35 today.


I want one.

Japan Update

January 20th, 2010 by admin

We have been ridiculously busy these last few days, walking, touring, shooting. Alexi measured how far we walked on his phone, and to everyone’s surprise it was 24.8 kms.

Here is a small selection of pics from the last day or so.

Cool puppies

It was a bit frosty yesterday morning

William asked me if there was a shop called “Carol” what would they sell?

Meiji Jingu Shrine always has nice light

The sun never gets high in winter, this was around 9am

Even Linhbergh has his own shop in Japan

more to come…

New Hat

January 15th, 2010 by admin

So I’m in Tokyo right now, and scanned through my suitcase looking for a beanie to wear on these cold winter nights.

I couldn’t find it, so just had to go into Loft to see what their range was like. These two style’s caught my eye.

I couldn’t decide between them.

Thanks to Alexi and William for the pics.

The End of ASM

January 13th, 2010 by admin

Issue 85 is going to be special.

I’m about to jump on the plane to Tokyo so for the time being you can read the press release here before jumping onto our Twitter here.

The Kids of Dubbo

January 5th, 2010 by admin

I recently flew to Dubbo for a charity event, involving some of the local kids.

Groups from local schools as well as several kids around the area, who were either suspended, or just didn’t go to school.

It was interesting to see many of the non-indigenous kids in their school uniforms.

While so many of the indigenous kids wore whatever was available.

I also let a few of the kids play with a camera of mine, which they all loved looking through and taking a few shots of their friends.

It was an eye-opening experience, to see how much of a struggle it can be to live in outback Australia.

I guess the local kids are presented with fewer opportunities to make something of themselves, so when charities such as the David Peachey Foundation try to help, supporting them is greatly needed and worthwhile.


January 3rd, 2010 by admin

Since everyone is so reflective towards the end of a year or at the beginning of a new one, I thought I would post a couple of pics I took in about 1993.
This was my first car. I didn’t drive it much, as a mechanic fault made it difficult to start.
There is a part of me that wishes I still had it, another part which says I should have bought that 13B RX-4 instead, and the part I live with which says everything happens for a reason.

These pics I’m pretty sure were also taken with my first SLR, a Nikon F-801s and 50mm 1.8 lens. Now that I think about, I reckon I loved the camera more than the car.

Merry Christmas

December 27th, 2009 by admin

Been really busy again, hence the lack of updates. I did manage to have a couple of days break with my family at my sister’s holiday house in Kiama, so here is one shot from Christmas day of my niece as a mermaid with Conrad building his own castle.

In other news I just received my tickets to Japan for 2010, so I’ll be back there for TAS and a few days after.
More posts to come :)


December 9th, 2009 by admin

If you follow me on Twitter you would have known that I recently had the pleasure and privilege of touring with MC Hammer. MC Hammer had a few hits, but is best know (at least in Australia) for “You Can’t Touch This”. Hammer was in Aus on a promotional tour, launching Twitter and Facebook on XBOX LIVE, as well as Lips Number 1 hits, a kareoke style game. My role was to capture still and video images of the tour, media events, and private show events held at various nightclubs in Sydney and Melbourne.

Some of the highlights:

My first night of the tour I flew into Melbourne and headed direct to Rove. I walked into the hallways to meet; Rove, Hamish and Andy plus Megan Gale, Joel and Benji Madden from Good Charlotte, Ben Elton, and the rest of the Rove crew. It was a bit of a surprise to walk into such a who’s who list of stars, but all of them were glad to meet Hammer. During the tour, I was amazed at his popularity, it seemed that everyone is a fan. Everyone wanted to meet him, and his positive outlook on life was infectious.

Rove, Hammer, the Madden twins, Peter Helliar.

Hammer’s packed schedule was filled with interviews, for TV, radio and print. Here was a flashmob performance and Hammer remained super cool enjoying their performance. Hammer is a true dancer and has a huge amount of respect for other dancers, meaning he gives them their full attention at a performance.

Hammer’s appearances at the XBOX LIVE events were amazing, the crowd erupted at each of his moves.

Erin McNaught with Hammer.

Hammer also spoke at a lecture for the Sydney Social Media Club, at UTS. This was a great event. The room was filled with students, academics, journalists and SMCSYD members. Most of which, at a guess, were not massive Hammer fans, however his speech sure converted those who weren’t. To blow away what was basically a room full of geeks, was truly amazing.

The lecture featured a live twitter feed behind each speaker. Almost all of the comments regarding Hammer’s speech were overwhelmingly positive, girls were posting that they wanted to have his baby.

Hammer seemed to enjoy himself.

The man, and his stage. Sound check at Home. Hammer was fastidious about the sound of his show, he wanted to give the very best that was possible at each venue.

Jackie O and Sophie Monk with Hammer. No matter where Hammer went, he blew away all who he met with is knowledge, professionalism, and entertainment. Be it with radio, TV or Microsoft senior management.

Hammer’s Sydney XBOX LIVE INSIDER event.

I also cut a few short videos filmed on the Canon 5D markII of the events held at Billboard in Melbourne, and Home in Sydney:

XBOX LIVE INSIDER TOUR – Melbourne from Mark Pakula on Vimeo.

XBOX LIVE INSIDER TOUR – SYDNEY – FINAL from Mark Pakula on Vimeo.

New bag

November 26th, 2009 by admin

It’s not very exciting photography-wise, but a lot of my readers are other photographers, so this post is for you:)
My bag for about the last 5-6 years has been a Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW. It worked well, fit almost everything I needed, and was comfortable to carry. It has however, worn out. The zippers are a little busted and get stuck quite often, it has tears on the inside, and when I fully loaded up, it weighs way too much to carry on my back for hours on end.

I did consider another Lowepro, but decided to go with the new kid on the block, a ThinkTank bag.
They just released a new bag which had the four key points I was looking for covered.
1. Roll. With all my travel kit in the bag, I reckon it weighs over 30kg, that is too much for anyones back for hours of walking through airport terminals or carparks.
2. Backpack. For those times where I am off road or climbing stairs.
3. Fit my 17-inch laptop.
4. Be international carry-on approved.

The ThinkTank Airport TakeOff does all those things like it was designed for it.
I transfered my gear into it using a different setup to what was suggested, and so far its pretty cool. The zippers are a pleasure to use, I have a fair bit more room for all those chargers and batteries that used to just float in my LowePro bag, and the wheels are heavy duty and seem like that will last at least another 5 years for me. And if it does that I’ll be happy.

Two cool things about the new bag, the laptop bag I bought separately, it’s their Artificial Intelligence 17, and I think it will become my new laptop bag overall, that is, as soon as i figure out how to get my Dell’s massive power supply in it.

The second is that the bag comes with a lock. For a little extra piece of mind. I rarely leave my bag unattended, but even if its in a hotel or whatever it’s still better to lock it than not.

It looks like I’m off to Japan again in a bit over a month, so I reckon my back will thank me for the new bag. I had a family shoot yesterday, which was the first time I used the new bag, and it was awesome. I love how it stands by itself, the old bag I always ended up leaning on something.

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