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Landscape shot with the Nikon D3s

28 Dec 2009 at 5:56am

This was shot with the Nikon D3s and the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
It wasn’t the best sunset but good enough to give this lens a go. The stats are;-

10 shots stitched, 1600 iso, f5.6, 1/200 sec at 78mm focal length.

Pretty happy with the results, will try and print it up this week to check the sharpness. I have shot another 24 image stitch that should throw up some amazing detail will work that up next.

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Early Xmas Present from Nikon

27 Dec 2009 at 7:57am

I have been lucky enough to be given a D3s and the new 70-200mm f/2.8 to play with over the christmas break by Nikon. I want to thank Julie for sending this gear over and trusting me to look after it. In fact it hasn’t left my side since getting it a couple of days ago. This camera continues to impress me and the lens is superb. The auto focus is brilliant and you just know every shot is going to be pin sharp. I could see this outfit being the ultimate wedding portrait tool, not to mention a cracker for landscapers that are into stitching. I did a landscape yesterday that I will post asap. Yesterday I wanted to get the d3s into the studio for a test under lighting and the results are shown below. Had it on infra red mode to capture this native of Pandora lurking in the back of the studio. Ok, I saw Avatar this week and was almost as blown away by the movie as by this new Nikon outfit. Hell I love em both!

how’s the sharpness of this, and I actually ran a gaussian blur over the image to soften the skin a tad. Pretty cool.

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Christmas gear for sale

24 Dec 2009 at 11:10am

Hi everyone Jack Miller has some gear he might be selling, see below –

I have a canon 5D MkII, 24mm-70mm f2.8 (canon lens), 50mm f1.6 (canon lens), nodal ninja 3 pano head, 580 speedlight, off shoe flash lead, remote switch, lambency diffuser, 5 way reflecter board and tamrac expedition pack II…. Thinking of getting rid of it… I haven’t used my gear in so long because of how full on uni has been and will be for the next few years haha
If your keen on photography this set of gear is the balls…
Offers anyone? jack.miller@westnet.com.au
I’m only thinking about selling up so no ridiculous offers please

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Canon 1D Mark IV in stores

24 Dec 2009 at 5:19am

Great news “The Canon 1Dmk4” has landed. Team Digital have one as a demo. So if anyone wants to have a play go check it out.

They have some big plans for the beast over the next month.
Including Michaels trip to Sydney on True North , for him to get some real kick ass video of the fireworks on New Years eve.
And the Portrait shootout happening in the first week of Jan . Team Digital are getting the latest cameras (D3s D700 1Dmk4 5Dmk2 7D ) and shooting them side by side. In a studio environment and outdoors. To get some real world comparisons .They will also do some video comparisons. Those results will be available by the end of Jan. Its going to be great to see where each cameras strengths and weaknesses are.
They also have a commercial shoot coming up with Nikon D3s and Canon 1Dmk4 . There will be some sports comparisons done as well, to really test out the AF.
And then there is the Movie shoot as well that Michael, Benny and I will be doing on the 8th of Jan.

Ben says there is still some hire equipment left if anyone wants to take advantage of the 3 day hire.

Merry xmas troops, lets hope it is a good one and the new year brings lots of other goodies like some new Nikon, Canon and Apple gear hitting the shelves. Come 5 pm today it is beer o’clock.

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Nikon D3s Photographs

22 Dec 2009 at 7:40am

How good is the Nikon D3s. I love that camera. I would seriously consider it if I didn’t have all my Canon gear. It was fun to use and the freedom you have not needing a tripod allows you to be more creative. This shot was taken at the Perth Museum and I always wanted a shot of a tool. Could have just taken a pic of Tom Putt, he is another tool of epic proportions.

This puppy was shot at 3200 iso, at f/2.8 and 1/50th of a second. Come on Canon show us what you’ve got. Does the 1D mark IV have the legs to stand up against this baby. Time will tell when we get a hold of it next week.

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Jet Ranger Confirmed For Australia Day True North Workshop

22 Dec 2009 at 4:13am

All those who have booked on True North for the Australia Day function at Rottnest, I can now confirm that we have secured a Jet Ranger from Rotovation and the Pilot will be Dave Adminson. Dave has flown many a sortie for Mark when he was a Skydiving Santa and is a very competant pilot! This is not the chopper BTW, but it is the same sort of thing. They all look the same anyway, don’t they??

The costs are coming in at $190 per person for a 15 minute sortie around the island. We are only going to put 3 photographers in the aircraft at once and the doors will be off, so each photographer will get a total birdseye and unrestricted view of the island.

Of course you will be taking off an landing on the True North and that is an experience in itself!

The day will start with guests joining us at 1030 hrs to 1100 hrs at the latest. True North will then cruise off and the jet Ranger will join us as we leave the heads. On the way over we will conduct a short vessel safety brief followed by a heli safety brief.

Tutorials will start not long after we arrive at Rottnest and the heli flights will also start then so that we can get through the numbers should everyone want to take up the opportunity to have an awesome scenic flight over Rotto.

We will fit lunch in sometime around 1300 hrs, I reckon and then the day will just be more of the same. Rotating between the tutors to hear their words of wisdom, heli excursions, dinghy excursions for those who would like to go ashore and generally enjoying the ambience of True North.

Please either respond to Marks blog, or send him an email at mark@northstarcruises.com.au if you will be taking up the heli option so that I have an idea of numbers. Of course if there is not enough interest in the heli, we will can it and just run things from the vessel, so please let Mark know.

Not far now to Australia Day and some fun times on True North. Stay safe between now and then!!!

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5D2 goes for a swim

21 Dec 2009 at 3:32pm

This is the first snorkeling I have done for ages and a great excuse to get the 5d2 under the water for some tests. I went out with Mark Stothard and Mark Reynolds and true to Markies form it was, “I have found a spot just out here, come on!” The next thing I know we are half a click out into the deep blue sea and I’m a bit of a land lover. I was thinking sharks, big jellyfish and the odd killer blowie might join us at any minute. Markie took this shot of me just before I lost consciousness when my free dive to 3 foot went horribly wrong!
Geez you gotta love that land hey! Flies or no flies, it is just mint!

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Hot Workshop News

21 Dec 2009 at 8:48am

Hi all

I am running another of my workflow workshops the details are as below

WORKFLOW 2010 – (includes all the work I do from capture to printing, the software, techniques and tips to get your photography to the next level)

Date : 17th of January 2010
Location : My Dunsborough Gallery Shop 4/ 27 Dunn Bay Rd
Time : 7.30pm till Late
Cost : $250 per person, (includes free wine, notebook and desert)
Reply to this email to book your spot.

Also I have had places become available for my other workshop happening later in 2010.

BUNKER BAY WORKSHOP – (With – Nick Rains as guest presenter. The total imaging workshop)

I have one place become available for the 30th and 31st of January to be held at the Bunker Bay Resort. This workshop has been very popular and the cost is $995 for the two days. Doesn’t include Accommodation but includes morning and afternoon teas and lunch. We will have your photography to a professional standard by the end of the weekend. Hands on shooting and photoshop techniques will be the order of the day with advanced colour management techniques and printing.

KARIJINI WORKSHOP – (the ultimate for landscape photographers, with Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and now as an added bonus Brent Pearson and his night painting photography)

I have one spot available for this workshop. This sold out in record time such is the quality of the presenters. 4 days we will spend shooting and learning all the skills needed to become “master” photographers.
$3500 total cost includes accommodation at the Karijini Eco Retreat and all meals. This will be the ultimate workshop and the best time shooting you will ever have. Throw in the best scenery on the planet and you will kick yourself if you miss out.

Let me know if you can make any of these three workshops and I will book you in. Make sure you get back to me asap as these things fill in a few days.

Merry Xmas and a happy new year

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Team Digital Teaser night

17 Dec 2009 at 7:02am

Team Digital will again present one of its I.Teaser information nights which for the uninitiated are evenings when professionals and enthusiasts can catch up on some of the latest developments in image capture, I.T imaging and printing technology. The evenings last a couple of hours and conclude with refreshments and supper in an informal atmosphere.
The first event for the year will be on the 24th February commencing 6.00pm at 268 Lord St East Perth. There will be four twenty-minute presentations on the following topic:
Apple – Mini server and speed bench testing of the new range.
Eizo Monitors – Horses for courses, selecting the right monitor for your application.
Drobo – Security the Drobo way with a look at the latest in bulk image storage and redundancy.
Wacom – How to properly set-up your tablet and use it to its full potential.
I.Teaser nights are free and a great way to keep in touch with your fellow professionals and enthusiasts. Not only that the person asking the best question on the night will win an Apple iTouch. Please advise your intention to attend by phoning Bianca on 93283377 or emailing Bianca@teamdigital.com.au

Guys we are all thinking about the latest photoshop move to get some great effects but never think about this stuff. I for one would love to know how to use my Wacom better. Winning an itouch would be awesome. Bloody hell hang on this is too good for you lot, sorry it isn’t going to happen forget I mentioned it. That ipod will be mine, all mine yaaa haaa haaa (deep scary laugh)

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