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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

24 Dec 2010 at 9:22pm

This is the haunted lighthouse we slept at on Monday night. Was pretty awesome once it stopped raining. The clouds were perfect the moon was almost full. Everything you want for some night photography. Everyone nailed some great pics. We didn’t see the ghost, pretty happy about that! This was a 30 second exposure. I had Merv and Pete next to me so this shot is pretty special! It is for sale, 15K and I’ll get Merv and Pete to co sign it for that price!!! One off, original. Any takers?

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On the Set of “Trigger” with Nikon & the 1D MkIV

11 Jan 2010 at 6:49am

On Saturday night Michael the video guy, Tony “Tone” Hewitt world famous art photographer, Benny “Benno” Walton from Team Digital and I were on the set of Trigger at the old Swanbourne Hospital site. You may have seen it in the paper last week. The boys were shooting the piano scene of the movie complete with about 200 extras all dressed up to make it look authentic. It was a long but fun night and we all got some APPA gold.

Between us we had 4 Nikons and 3 Canons to shoot with and just about every lens on the planet. What was interesting was the video comparison between the 5d2, the new 1D mark IV, and the D3s. As expected the Nikon handled the low light hi iso better in video mode but it still wasn’t brilliant. What was really surprising was the similarity of the 5D and the Mark IV in video mode. We couldn’t see any real advantages in iso performance with the 1D Mark IV. Now once again it wasn’t a clinical test and if we were making a cure for cancer no one would believe our results. Still it looked pretty damned convincing. Don’t buy the mark IV thinking it will see in the dark in video mode. Canon if you have any thoughts on this and if there are any work arounds that we may not have known we would love to hear about them. I think the only dumb thing we did all night is not try to shoot some stills with the 1D, that was probably because Michael was hogging it. Michael got some awesome video of the filming so I’m sure that will be on the blog soon. The guys making the movie were pretty happy with the 1D but didn’t want to use it as the footage from it looked better than the 7D and they wanted to keep everything looking the same. The D3s isn’t quiet there yet with video but as a stills beast WOW. Tony, Ben and I spent the whole night hand holding the cameras with some crazy Nikon lenses. My fav by far is the 70-200 and the shot above was taken with it. 3200 iso no less and with the awesome auto focus and VR, it creamed it in.

In between takes we decided to venture into the depths of hell. That is one spooky place, I think Tony had to duck out to change his undies on more than one occasion. I don’t get scared easily but had the forethought to wear a nappy so I didn’t get to miss out on any good light.
We did a pretty rough job of a “Brent Pearson” but it was great fun. Thanks to the boys for flashing the torches around.
Speaking of Torches, I got the best one from Grant Lauterbach at Alberts Car Stereo in Morley. Give him a call as he will get you one cheap. It is an amazing light and most of this scene was lit with it. In fact it is so bright it only needed a second on each part of the wall. Grants number is 9276 5678, let him know I sent you and he will sell you one cheap.

So to sum up the night, don’t go night shooting if your scared of the dark.

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Melbourne on a Clear day

18 Aug 2009 at 8:49am


Had some fantastic weather in Melbourne on the day of the Jetstar photo comp judging. I managed some time in the arvo to walk around the city with the trusty 5D2. Some cool stuff in this city. More interesting than Perth. Lots of great architecture and sculptures, not to mention cool buildings like these. I was lucky enough to get some fluffy clouds to liven up the skys. Love walk arounds like this. Almost as much as shooting from the car window. Not a tripod in sight, no camera bag, just me, the camera and a donut!!! Ok there wasn’t a donut, but thinking back now I wish there was!!

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Video from Brent Pearson of Our Shoot

27 Jun 2009 at 7:36am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/5344068] This is a video Brent knocked up of our trip to Canyon X etc. This is a pretty good effort since he is sitting editing the video with two drips in his arms. He has had a bad bug for a while and it has flared up recently. Poor bloke has to fly to America tomorrow, not something I would be looking forward to if I was crook! Then he isn’t scared of heights and big waves so no little bug is going to stop him. Cheers mate for the video and enjoy the states.
On another note I managed a silver, two silver with distinctions and a gold for my entries to this years APPA awards. I was blown away when the call came from Tommy Putt saying I was a bastard, not only that, I got my first iphone today. Man that Apple shop in Sydney is very cool.

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Jurassic Park

24 Jun 2009 at 11:00am

jurrasic This is from tonight at a place Brent calls Jurassic Park.
Again it is a scramble across slippery wet rock before getting washed to your death by the heavy swell that was running. Good fun, I think!!! Still trying to find some new boxer shorts after some impressive set waves got a little too close. Had my shoes soaked 4 times today from not looking at the ocean carefully enough. This is a dangerous game taking photos, and that is just from the harsh blog posts when the horizons aren’t straight. Thanks to Brent for light painting these rocks for us (his mate Tim joined us) To say I got a bit of sledging for being a WA shooter was an understatement. Yes I know I have a spelling mistake in the title!!!

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What do you do when the sunset is average???

6 Jun 2009 at 11:22am

jetty Daydream Wait for the twilight and do some Brent Pearson inspired night photography. The sunrises and sunsets have been very average in the past week so I have had to resort to desperate measures, hence the night shots. The 5D2 loves to go out at night, she is a real party girl, just don’t wear her out too quick, her batteries are a little lacking in stamina!!

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It’s a 5 Star Life for me!

6 Jun 2009 at 10:34am

asp daydream 1 Forget your swags, forget your three man dome tents, forget freezing cold mornings, mozzies, camp kitchens, sand in the bed, cold meals, no showers, I am a changed man! I might even sell up everything buy an island, a really small one and retire. I require a little comfort to operate at my peak efficiency.

This is one of our pools on the island, wouldn’t you rather festering in a squatters shack in the bush somewhere???? I didn’t think so. Tomorrow we are off to Whitehaven Beach for beers on the beach, hmmm beer!

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Daydream Island

5 Jun 2009 at 11:05am

daydream Now we are doing it tough. I have always known I enjoy the 5 star shooting trips, now it is confirmed. This is a pretty little island and a perfect way to relax after being on the go for the past month. In fact it is surprisingly cheap. Not a huge amount more than staying in a cabin at a caravan park. But oh so much better. I could get used to this. The moon is almost full so I had to get a shot of some mermaids that had been hanging around all day. The 5D2 loves this stuff.

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