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First images from the Fujifilm X-Pro1(Pre Production Model)

31 Jan 2012 at 12:10pm

Well here are the first images from a fantastic camera. Both Michael Coyne and myself are really loving the x-pro1. It feels nice, looks nice, shoots nice and that shutter noise is very sexy. Below are the images, straight from the camera, and a worked equivalent, totally Fletched. Feel free to download these raw files to your computer and have a play with them in photoshop. Have a look at the metadata for info about the image. All images were handheld, no time for tripods this morning. Later today we will be heading out to the Flinders Ranges and will do some side by side comparisons with the 5D2. More of those images to come. My initial feelings are that this camera is a worthy replacement for a bulky dslr system. If you have to travel light, this is the camera for you. Physically it is only marginally larger than the x100 so slinging it around your neck for a day is no problem. In fact I am wearing mine right now!, it is a fashion accessory!! Man bling! or Girl Bling too for that matter. Below are Michael Coyne’s images. These were shot at 6400 and 1000 iso respectively and are completely untouched jpg’s straight from the camera and have not been altered in any way.

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News and Updates

23 Jan 2012 at 12:58pm

Thanks to everyone that attended the workshop with Nick Rains and myself last weekend at Bunker Bay. It was great fun and I hope you all learnt a great deal about getting the best images possible. Keep an eye on the blog for our new workshop announcements and if you want to get on my mailing list please let me know.

Next week I will be in South Australia shooting with the new Fujifilm X-Pro1. I will be reporting on my findings so make sure you tune in to read all about it. I will be going with my bro, who will be filming the whole thing, Kevin Cooper from Fuji, who happens to be a great shooter as well and Michael Coyne, legendary photojournalist. The guy has done some amazing work. See his website here I have to say this camera looks pretty exciting, and what I have heard so far is going to be a game changer.

The next South West Light trip kicks off in a couple of weeks and the boys will be over to create some amazing images. This will be our last shoot before working on finalising an exhibition date and location. We also hope to publish a book of the images which is going to be spectacular to say the least, I am biased!!!

Update on Emails I just have too many to get back to everyone, if I haven’t replied to you please don’t take it the wrong way, I read everything, just don’t have enough hours in the day. So sorry if you are one of those people.

Other Workshops Coming up – Don’t forget the ultimate workshop aboard True North in April this year. See my blog post here for details.



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South West America – About Bloody Time

18 Jan 2012 at 11:44am


In October last year I travelled to the South Western corner of the United States to visit some of that countries iconic landscapes.

This video has taken me so long to produce, not because it was a really complex edit, but more so because after arriving back in Australia I was deflated and doubting why I was shooting landscape videos. I couldn’t find the enthusiasm to put something up.

As amazing as the landscape is in the US, if the light isn’t happening there’s not a lot you can do about it. We had terrible light, blue sky day after another. The odd day we had cloud it ended up being too much cloud.

I also couldn’t get my head around having to share this amazing landscape with so many people. Coming from the South West of Australia I wasn’t prepared for that and it all culminated for me at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands where there where arguments over trying to jostle for the best position. I just stood back in disbelief and wondered if all the parks where going to be like this.

I decided that I should stop being so negative about my experience in the US and stop winging about the lack of good light and put together something positive with what I had shot. This is the result. Hope you like it.

I must note…..

“This video contains no traces of celestial timelapses with blatant over use of the saturation tab and a soundtrack fitting of a gladiator movie.”

Sounds Boring doesn’t it :>)

Music: James Newton Howard
From the movie “The Village”

Edited for the very first time on Premiere Pro (see you later FCP. That’ll teach you for not looking after us users of FCP7.)

Shot with the very old and needing replacing 5D mk2

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Art Wolfe in Queensland

16 Jan 2012 at 8:42pm

I just got this news from Denis Glennon regarding Art Wolfe. Go to his website here to book.


Since the announcement of Art Wolfe’s visit to Australia, many photographers and others, particularly from Queensland, have asked (a) if it were possible for Art to visit Brisbane (in addition to Sydney, Melbourne & Perth) and (b) if it were possible to arrange an event for a very small group (maximum of 15 people), preferably in a picturesque and appealing location. Arrangements have now been made for such a small group event.

If you have never heard of Art Wolfe, do yourself a favour and visit his website at Art Wolfe. You will be blown away by his photography to date! It is simply stunning. Whilst there have a look at some of his “Travels to the Edge” TV series.

No wonder Sir David Attenborough said: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.” and,

The New York Times Book Review said:  “There’s a stunning clarity and vibrancy in Art Wolfe’s wildlife portraits, which are careful, often haunting, compositions.”

Art Wolfe is truly at the pinnacle of fine art photography in the world and whilst in Australia he will be travelling to Queensland to undertake some private photography of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. Whilst there, he will conduct one small group lecture series on Hamilton Island, for a select group of Australian photographers.

It is a total package event, meaning it includes airport transfers on Hamilton Island, accommodation at Reef View Hotel, all meals including a private dinner with Art Wolfe, attendance at all lectures and participation in a dawn shoot with Art. All that is required of participants is to arrange their own transport to and from Hamilton Island.

This exclusive lecture series will fill quickly thus registrations will be accepted on a “first to register/first in” basis.

WHEN: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 18, 19 & 20th March 2012.

WHERE: Reef View Hotel & Auditorium/Barnacle Room, Hamilton Island Yacht Club and surrounds.


  • Bus transfer from Hamilton Island Airport to the Reef View Hotel.
  • Single accommodation in Garden View Room, Reef View Hotel on the nights of Sun & Mon, 18 & 19th March 2012
  • Dinner-BBQ Buffet on Sun 18 March, during which Art Wolfe will mingle with participants.
  • Breakfast on Mon 19th March.
  • Morning  & afternoon teas/coffee and lunch on Mon 19th March.
  • Attendance at private lecture series by Art Wolfe, on Mon 19th March, at Auditorium, Hamilton Island Yacht Club.
  • Attendance at private dinner, on Mon 19th March, in Private Dining Room, Hamilton Island Yacht Club, during which Art Wolfe will speak about and show much of his latest work.
  • Participation in “Dawn Shoot” with Art Wolfe, on Tues 20th March, in surrounds of Hamilton Island – “Looking over the shoulder of and learning from a Grand Master Photographer at Work”
  • Breakfast on Tues 20th March.
  • Final “Interactive Session with Art Wolfe”, immediately after breakfast and planned to last a maximum of one hour.
  • Bus transport from the Reef View hotel to Hamilton Island Airport.


  • Alcohol at dinner or other meals; bar services will be available.
  • Expenses of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, phone calls from hotel phones, mini bar consumption, etc.
  • Transportation to/from Hamilton Island.


Drawing form 36 years of international travel, Art will delve into a vast range of subjects; from discovering the subject to elements of design, including new works such as time lapses. Imagery of nature, wildlife and the world’s varied landscapes will round out the curriculum to provide the most comprehensive and imaginative educational material available. This new series of lectures are the same as Art will be presenting, in conjuction with Calmut Photo, across the US in 2012. Please see more details at: 2012 Lecture Series.

COST OF TOTAL PACKAGE: A$1850.00/person.

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Studio set up…….. Again!

15 Jan 2012 at 6:46pm

today I finally found some time to set up my studio again. I had the Danish wonder boy Flembot down so we messed around tweaking lights before the family came down to pose. This shot was just a quick work up over lunch with Flemming. A yummy lunch too, crumbed squid, sushi and salad. Nothing but the best at The Fletcher Resort. Didn’t get the compositing right, my daughter still looks dropped in, but given time I’m sure I could make it better. This sort of work really throws up some photoshop challenges that I just love.

Phase One IQ180, Schneider 80mm, 645DF Phase one body.

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Art Wolfe in Australia

6 Jan 2012 at 1:02pm

Not long now before Art Wolfe is here in the country. He is doing dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. I am getting along to see him. What a great opportunity to learn from one of the greats in the industry.

My mate Denis Glennon is bringing him over, thanks for your efforts Denis, can we have Joe Holmes next, then maybe Charlie Waite???

All the info can be seen here at Denis’s website http://newsletter.denisglennon.com/t/ViewEmail/r/756B92232C5F29D3

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Back to Work

4 Jan 2012 at 9:32pm

I thought now that I am officially back to work I better post something. This shot is from the devastation the fires had on the coastal dunes in Margaret River. It is totally gone and what is left is an eerie moonscape. It will take years to recover. It is like this from Ellensbrook right down to Redgate. Incredible no one was killed.

Shot on the Phase One IQ180, edited on the Wacom Cintiq 24HD, my dream rig. I have to give the demo Cintiq back to Team Digital but a shinny new one is coming very soon, I hope, right Benny??

I must say the image quality of the Cintiq is awesome, for those wondering if it is any good. I don’t notice anything too different to my Eizo monitor and what I see on my screen matches the print perfectly. Still I haven’t hooked up the Eizo monitor to compare them side by side yet. Will do that when my own screen arrives. To be honest, I could do away with the Eizo and be perfectly happy. Still who wouldn’t want two screens???


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