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My new lens... Nikon 200mm F2

I’ve been eying this lens for some time now.. some would say drool over it as it’s perhaps Nikon’s best ever lens made. Then last week with Nikon’s imminent price rise along with some extras cash I’ve made over the last wedding season, I thought it was time to purchase it.…

Anyway, I went downstairs to grab some dinner just then and I thought I’d bring it along to take a few shots. Fired off about a dozen shots… and 1st impressions are… OMFG I’m really in love with this lens. The AF is very noticeably quicker than the 70-200 and literally snaps in like the 24-70 does. Images are amazingly sharp wide open and because I’m shooting at F2 my ISO hovers around 800-1200 when they used to be 1600-3200 with the 70-200 – amazing stuff.

My pics don’t really do it justice (yet) but these are the firs

A Bali wedding

I’ve been so busy that I don’t get many chances to just play around on the net anymore. I’ve got 4 weddings to edit before my December, month long trip to Vietnam.

Below are a few images from a Bali wedding I photographed last month.

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Please visit my blog if you’d like to see the rest of this set.

Photography by myself and Allen Lau, who joined me for the wedding.

TTD @ Ocean Reef in Perth

This is a trash the dress I did on the weekend in Perth. It was COLD so I tried my best to shoot as quick as possible. The couple were compliant and great to work with and I got some cool shots :)

We went a tad bit early as I thought the shoot would go longer, but the cold hastened things a little.

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RB Photowalk organised by Adrian

After missing a few RB meets, either being too busy or too sleepy to get out of bed, I managed to go along to today’s one. Albeit an hour late, I managed to get there before we all moved along from the meet point.…

I didn’t take many [different] pics but these are mine for the day. I don’t shoot macro, so I sorta stuck with portraits.

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3 I walked over to ask this guy for a photo as I saw him doing jumps and stuff. I was in for a huge surprise when it turned out that I knew him and he once worked for me many years ago in Perth. Small world this is.

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6 Here, I stopped down background light, and then added my own strobes (back and front – thanks Chris). Sorta like a portable studio out in the middle of the day :)

7 Adrian did a boo boo and his mrs wasn’t happy !

8 Jess always looking

Erin & Mick

I photographed this wedding last Saturday of Erin & Mick. Caroline Gorka followed me around for the day, but unfortunately I haven’t had the time to look at her photos yet. I don’t usually edit photos this quickly for a wedding, but I’ve got to clear my backlog as I’m leaving for a wedding in Bali next week.. YAY!…

Anyway…Erin and Mick were a great couple, easy to get along with and very fun loving. I tried my best to bring these qualities in them out in the photos. The location of the wedding was the zoo, so we got to wander around the zoo all by ourselves for about 35min (yep, another rushed location shoot) before ending up at a really really lovely Japanese themed cherry blossom garden. We timed it right so that the lighting from the setting sun was intensely warm and you can see this i

Perth - 3 E-Shoots in 3 Days...

Whilst in Perth to shoot Jess & Luke’s wedding (I’ll put it up sometime soon), I managed to fit three e-shoots while I was there – yes, it was a very busy week! The three couples; Kat & Marcus, Michelle & Bern and Jasmina & Darren were wonderful and we managed to get some great shots from a variety of locations around Perth.

For the techies out there, the South Perth foreshore and Hyde Park shoot were with natural/ambient light, and the beach shoot was a mix of ambient and flash light.

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Mel & Geoff - A wedding at Point Cook

This turned out to be a wonderful wedding with a very unique backdrop and perfect lighting conditions that greatly favoured photography. We not only had a Tiger Moth plane as a backdrop, but also a warm sunset and rainbow as well – how lucky was that!?

My second photographer for the day was Daniel, and he did a wonderful job in capturing the candid moments with a longer lens. As such, a number of these following images are his and I’d like to thank him for helping out during the day.

These are my favourites:

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Circus Shoot...

This is a short gig I did today for a local circus act of acrobatics/jugglers. They needed some images for advertising materials.

First set of pics were shot using a SB800 to the right. Only have one flash available as I left my other PW at the last wedding I shot.

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Then turned the flash off, jacked up the ISO, and did some jumping photos. This is the first time I’ve found a legitimate use for 9FPS in RAW.

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Fun shoot!!

An engagement shoot from this afternoon.

An engagement shoot I did with Fiona and Steve today at the RBG in Melbourne.

Autumn colours combined with soft sunset light.. made for really lovely saturated colours and great lighting conditions.

Tried shooting into the sun in a few of these to get some cool light glare effects. All edited in Lightroom for colour, contrast and vignetting.

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Wedding of Renee & Patrick

This is a wedding I photographed a few weeks ago. This was easy as the bride was beautiful and the couple were so in love. It was a simple matter of point and shoot….

Hope you enjoy them :)

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The wedding reception... .fun and games!!!

I don’t usually post this part of the wedding, but I thought I would, as it’s the fun bit!

Most photographers want to go home after they’ve done their mock shots, but I always hang around and wait for the alcohol to sink in.. that’s what you get really good shots!

All these shots are at F4 or F2.8, 1/80 and ISO4000 with a fill flash.

Anyway, here are the funny ones (aside from the formal cake cutting, speeches, 1st dance etc)

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23 – air surfing

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26 – I do this a lot, hold the camera up high and shoot down.

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41 – that’s me, doing something i have nfi ! (one of the guests took the shot)

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Four I just found....

These were from my trip a few months ago to Europe that I never got around to looking at until a few days ago. Shot with a D200 + 17-55 with an ultra light (dodgy) Manfro tripod.

Pretty easy to guess what city it’s taken from.. :)

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4) – Shot from the hip to avoid unhappy responses from random ppl :)

Quick photoshoot of an AM Vantage.

I got to borrow my sister’s car today for a spin. She wanted it back before 6pm, so lighting wasn’t ideal but I managed to take a few pics after picking up Wenjie.

Awesome drive… I want one!

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Photos from Venice...

Here are a few I liked. I’ve been ultra busy shooting weddings that I never got around to looking through most of photos from Italy back in November. Standard canals and gondolas cliche sort of pics.. but it’s great to photograph.

D200 + 17-55mm

The Rialto Bridge

The Bridge of Sigh, looking out from our hotel window.

Gondola Ride

Lots of lanes to get lost in

Williamstown RB meet organised by Paul Louis.

Here are a few pics from the night… from this thread here

Paul, always smiling

and making faces… this is shot at 20mm on a FF

mmm chicken

chicken parma

ok he aint smiling here :)

I’m really bad with names so the next few pics won’t have captions !

Allen

Allen’s friend, Calvin (or Kelvin?)

and why we met up…

allen took this of me with my backup camera… getting down on the rocks.

was bored, wasn’t inspired.. so i took pics of rocks.

Chris and I…

30 second exposure from where I was where Allen took a pic of me. boats on the left are blurry since theyre sitting on water.. argh.

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shooting stars!

A Melbourne wedding - new pics added

Only a few from a wedding I did today… didn’t get home until quarter to 2AM. It’s 5.30AM and I’m not tired yet, hence this post.

Still editing all the pics but here are a few I’ve quickly played around with before I go to bed.

Ultra low light, handheld photography...

I went to the “Night Safari” in Singapore the other night, and when they said “no flash photography allowed”, my face lit up and a big grin developed on my face.

These photos are all shot at pretty much the limits of the camera and lens. To make things worse, they were shot from a moving carriage (I did get out for a bit but was too lazy to walk around in the dark).…

Most of these pics are pretty much brighter than what you can see with your naked eye and wouldn’t even be possible if it weren’t for the HI-2 mode for ISO (25,600 ISO). ISO 25,600 is not possible on any camera except the D3.

All these photos have not been edited in any way at all. Just resized (not cropped) to 1200pixels. Manual metering, continuous focus with lock priority.

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Fred and Wendy's wedding in Perth.

This wedding was shot about two weeks ago, followed by more celebrations in Singapore.

This is shot with a different style to what I normally do. I’m just testing new things out, in particular metering, cropping and focusing techniques to suit the new camera.

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