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My Wacom Cintiq 24HD

25 Dec 2011 at 9:50pm

Today I hooked up the Wacom Cintiq that I borrowed from my good mates at Team Digital. It was in the first minute that I realised I wouldn’t be giving it back. It is so accurate and has the same feeling you get when drawing on paper. The screen itself is probably as good as my Eizo but the experience of drawing on your screen just has to be felt! I didn’t know it could be this good.

This illustration I drew in Photoshop in a couple of hours straight on the screen. Ok I’m not the best at faces but with a bit of practice, I could still suck. This screen in the hands of an amazing artist would be deadly. It is just so so good. I love it and I’m never giving it back. Benny your just going to have to bill me! Have a look at the Cintiq videos on Youtube, it will blow your mind.

Oh and if you’re wondering who this guy is supposed to be, he is an android! what else could he be with an aerial sticking out of his head.


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Wishing everyone a very merry Xmas

20 Dec 2011 at 5:49pm

Here’s to a great year of photography and laughs. Thanks to everyone who stops by to check out the blog, I know it is hard fitting it in to a day when we are all so busy and I really appreciate it.

Jen and I are moving house on Thursday and have spent the last week packing boxes cleaning, packing more boxes and more cleaning. We swear this is our last move for a long time. Eight houses in 12 years is just about enough I think. We finally have a small parcel of land to grow some food on and no neighbours to upset with my taste in music.

Sorry to those who have messaged me or sent emails. I just haven’t been able to get back to everyone, it has been a year of travel to some fantastic places and next year is shaping up to be more of the same. Looking forward to it. Hope to get some more time for the blog and facebook, those things like to be fed as we all know.

Speak to you again in 2012, have a good one, drive safe, shoot in RAW and make sure what ever you do it is fun and you share it with someone you love! I am, I have just got the 24″ Wacom Cintiq to trial from my mates at Team Digital. Will have a report on it very soon. Oh and yes I will spend the odd hour or two with the family, in between editing! :-0)

Happy Christmas


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Lord of the Phase!

14 Dec 2011 at 12:58pm

My mate Steve Pope is a crazy guy and has way too much time on his hands. I guess when you have a real winter with snow and stuff you don’t get out much. Here is his latest creation. Might have to grow my hair long again! I know I am going to cop some flack over this, so bring it on. So glad he didn’t put me on Froddo!

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More from NZ Podas

14 Dec 2011 at 12:55pm

Behind me is one of the prettiest scenes in NZ, the view across Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook. I liked this view better as it hasn’t been shot before, probably for good reason!! Big plain skies can look very cool when you have some scale in a pic. I just love this sort of image. The light for the epic scene was average so sometimes you need to look behind you and shoot the more banal but to me more interesting.

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PODAS Done and Dusted

7 Dec 2011 at 3:46pm

Well it’s over. I am typing this from my hotel room overlooking the flat landscape of Melbourne and feel a little buggered. PODAS was amazing and to say we all had a great time is an understatement. The whole thing went so smoothly, it was 5 star all the way and I do believe I have porked on a few extra kilos of executive muscle! But it doesn’t stop here. I am Meeting up with Nick Rains and his wife Janelle tomorrow in Tasmania to begin our Freycinet workshop. I get a couple of days to relax to recharge the batteries and we are into it. Home is a distant memory but I long to get back to see my family. Being away for 2 weeks is a bit too long for me. I could never be a FIFO worker.

This image was in a fantastic valley, actually there are fantastic valleys everywhere in NZ. I am itching to get back and spend some real time there and hatching some plans to relocate for a few months. It is a photographers paradise but to really get the shots you need to have time on the ground.

Jackie Rankin and Mike Langford, two extremely talented shooters showed us around and are just full of fun and great ideas. I really enjoyed my time with them. The big Kenny D became a good mate on this trip. He was great company and such a humble guy. What he has achieved in this industry is amazing and I really enjoyed all the man hugs he gave me! He is such a huge guy it’s like hanging with Chewbacca from Star Wars.

And I have some new mates too. My Phase one family, Ulf, Warren, Jacob and the big daddy of them all Kevin Raber. Kevin did an awesome job of organising the show and was a great motivator. He calls it Podas Bootcamp but we renamed it Po-daddy Bootcamp after Kev. He is a great shooter and really competitive, I explained I didn’t have a competitive bone in my body, as you know, and then fun and games started! I’m going to miss that american twang, even though half the time I didn’t know what the hell he was saying!! On ya Maaaaate!

So if you are thinking of going on a PODAS, do it. The value for money is incredible and people were saying, how are Phase doing this, it must be costing them a fortune. Great locations, great hotels, great company and the best camera system in the world.

I’ll be back! Well hopefully!!!

Mount Cook, it is so huge, you just can’t capture it. Missing it already.

Go to the PODAS Blog for more photos and cool stuff.

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PODAS New Zealand 3

6 Dec 2011 at 1:31am

This is on a hill overlooking Queenstown. It is a North Korean Prison camp set made for a movie. It looks so real until you get up close and realise it is wood frame with a concrete wash to make it look like solid concrete walls. It was great fun to shoot and I was surprised to see who they had painted on the side. The top photo was shot with the IQ180, 645DF body and the 28mm F/2.8.

I have been amazed at the people on this workshop. They have come from all over the world to be here. One guy even has 4 Phase one backs and about 6 pro labs in the Philippines. Another guy has his own Phase kit and just bought along his RED Epic to capture some video, it is very cool to be mixing with all the participants. Great people all with the same passion. We are all scratching our heads and trying to work out how Phase are putting on this spread, the value for money is incredible. I have put on so much weight, 3 course meals every day and an open bar! Dangerous to the weak!!! Thats me!

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PODAS New Zealand 2

5 Dec 2011 at 6:13pm

One of the places we travelled to was this amazing forest at the base of a equally amazing mountain. I was expecting to see an extra from the Hobbit movie that was being filmed close by. I love NZ and love my Phase One. The workshop is going really well and today I got to present in the theatre at Mount Cook. It was the most amazing theatre I have ever seen my work in. The screen was huge and the sound mind-blowing.

Phase One IQ180.

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PODAS New Zealand

5 Dec 2011 at 5:36pm

We have been so busy shooting and photos hoping there has hardly been time to blog, sorry about that! To say we are on an awesome  out of this world workshop is an understatement. It has blown my mind. Kevin Raber and all the crew from Phase One have organised probably the best workshop the world has to offer, big call I know but man the service is 5 star, hotels, food, drinks, not to mention the instructors!

Thanks also to my mate Bruce Pottinger, probably the most fun guy in the game.

This photo was taken on a mountain overlooking Queenstown, man I love that town, I might have to move there. More pics and more stories to come, just need some sleep and much more time!

Go to the PODAS BLOG to see more.

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