First Video: The Bird Bath

I have taken an interest in digital video recently and this is my first attempt at a short film. Shot with Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, Rode Videomic Go, Manfrotto MVH500AH video head and processed in Adobe Premiere Elements.

These are a few of the bird species that frequent the bird bath; Rainbow Lorikeets, Noisy Minors, Wattle Birds, and Blue Faced Honey Eaters. It's pretty boring but was worth it for putting the theory to practice.

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s 35mm Rangefinder

We went op-shopping today and came across this vintage range finder, what a score to add to my collection of old cameras.

This is the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s from 1966, a 35mm coupled range finder featuring a Rokkor 45mm F1.8 lens. It has built in light metering, and can be used in either full automatic or manual modes. It's quite a hefty piece of gear and is a little bit larger than my Praktica SLR.

| Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 70mm | 1/4sec | F8 | ISO100 |

Stormy Morning at Southbank, Brisbane

I had an early meeting in the city and managed to get to South Bank super early for a coffee and to take some photos. 

I headed down to the Brisbane River to get this shot looking back over towards the city. It was overcast with some light rain but the sun still poked through the clouds every now and then. I used an ND400 filter to get a long exposure to calm the water and smooth out the clouds.

While I was photographing the city there were many runners and walkers getting about. One guy in particular ran past and then ran back to compliment me on my "pro" camera and proceeded to ask if I could take his photo on his iPhone with the city as a backdrop, Sure ok, I accepted and he struck a pose.

Does this happen very often to other photographers out there?

Gold Coast Getaway

We spent a few days on the Gold Coast for a brief family holiday, it seems to be a yearly occurrence which we look forward to greatly.  I had some time alone with the camera, it has been quite some time since I have had a chance to get out and shoot.

Fig Bird

Every now and then I will go for a bird watching walk around the neighbourhood, the path makes its way along Lagoon Creek.  I came across some nesting Magpie Larks, Eastern Yellow Robins and a few Red Browed Finches but all were to deep in the scrub to photograph clearly; the only birds I managed to photograph in the open were a pair of Fig Birds.

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4xTC | 420mm | 1/160s | F9 | ISO400

Tamborine Botanical Gardens

It's been a while since I have posted anything or even taken a picture. Over the past two weeks I have spent some time in Newcastle photographing some local landmarks and then in Sydney photographing cherry blossoms at the Auburn Botanic Gardens but I haven't had a chance to sit down and edit.

Today's adventure was a bit spontaneous, on a whim we headed to Tamborine Botanical Gardens to hopefully find some blossoms but the season up here seems over. I didn't come away empty handed though, the mickey birds put on a bit of a show for us.

Newcastle, NSW

While visiting Newcastle for work I had some spare time in the afternoon to drive around and do a bit of sight seeing.  I've been to Newcastle many times over the past few years but they ave only ever been fly in fly out day trips.  After work I headed to Nobby's Lighthouse, I could have spent a whole day photographing around this area; there is so much to look at from debris on the beach to patterns in the rocks and train lines in the sand dunes. 

As the light levels were dropping I found myself at King Edward Park amongst some of the WW2 ruins.  I would love to explore the war time ruins a little more but would want to go with a second person if going underground at night.

I think I need to get back to Newcastle sometime just for photography, there is so much more to see such as the ocean pools.

Kurilpa Bridge and Brisbane City Sunrise

I had an early start in the city this morning and just had to stop and capture this scene on the way past.  I pulled into the GOMA precinct and found a carpark under the Goodwill Bridge near the Dairy and ran up the stairs and back to the middle of the bridge.

This is the Kurilpa Bridge spanning from the GOMA across the Brisbane River to the CBD.  The Infinity Building on the left is Brisbane's tallest building at 249m.

Rare Yellow Bittern

I dropped into Northlakes on the way home this evening to see if I could spot the rare Yellow Bittern that has bird watchers in a frenzy. Sure enough after about 20 minutes it landed at the waters edge nearby and I managed to capture a few shots before it got too dark.

The last confirmed recorded sighting of this species was back in 1967, this bird is native to South Asia, Indonesia and New Guinea.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4xTC @ 420mm | 1/100sec | F8 | ISO2000

Hunt and Shoot

Todays hunt and shoot was great fun; a little slow to start with, only taking two images in the first hour, but I managed to finish on time.  These are the full set in order, not happy with the third image but I only had one chance.

The idea of the hunt and shoot is to follow a list of prompts to capture an images that suits each one.  This particular event we were only allowed to take one shot per subject and each file number had to be consecutive meaning that we could not delete or take another if the image didn't turn out.

Ningi Esplanade

I headed out in the morning to capture a sunrise at Ningi on the way to Bribie Island. I had seen some little jetties on google maps so just following a whim.

It was a lovely morning, the colours in the sky were nice but no clouds. I drove to the spot I had viewed on Google Maps and tried a few spots in the dark to try and get the best angles. 


Caboolture Swap Meet

Headed out nice and early to the Caboolture Swap Meet, it was an interesting morning with a lot of things to look at and a lot of interesting sights and people.  I'm not very comfortable yet with street photography but I quite enjoyed getting the camera out this morning.

Kondallila Falls

I headed to Kondalilla Falls this morning to create some vertical panoramas for a commission.  Packed the Nodal Ninja, 2x camera bodies, 10-20 zoom, 30mm prime, flash, and filters. 

It was a lovely morning up the falls, here are a few shots of the rock pool at Kondalilla Falls. I'm still working on the vertical panoramas but wanted to share these two images