It really has been rather quiet around here. I’ve been out a couple of times with the D850 and have more trips planned, but other than that, well I’ve been working out how to do some things with Facebook.
Recently Nikon released a new camera. It is one that many have been waiting for, the D850. It is the update for the popular 800 series and has been highly anticipated. Nikon Asia naturally wanted to promote the camera and pulled together 32 photographers from around Asia, across many different genres. Nothing really wrong with that, except there was.
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is almost over now and while I only went a couple of times it was great to be there again. I took hundreds of photos, some better than others, but still, it got me back into some macro photography. I really enjoyed playing around with the macro lens and the Lensbaby Velvet 56.
Last weekend was Labour Day for Victoria and on Monday in the early hours of the morning the luxury liner, the Queen Victoria arrived in Melbourne. I was lucky to be invited to go aboard with a small group of people and be given a guided tour of the public spaces. It was also great meeting some of the staff and being shown around by Ludwig and Ant.
I was there for a special presentation to the Commodore of the Cunard lines. I’ve been involved in a project that encourages kids with cameras for a few years now and am often asked to judge photos for it. They were doing the presentation and I was asked to come along and take photos of it, but I was also able to go on the tour and take photos.
Back in May I did a post on my photography wishlist. I did it for some fun, but I also knew there were things on that list that I did really want. Since then, I’ve changed my mind about some of them, still want some and have got some. I am going to repost what I wrote here for you and put in the updates.
So here is my wishlist.
- A new camera, a Nikon D810 or D750. I am not sure which. I think they are both great cameras.
I would still like a new camera, though I think I would go for the D810 by Nikon now. Still with what I know and the gear I have, it does make sense to stick with it. I’ve been noticing a lot of hot pixels when I do long exposures and I’m wondering if that is just something I have to put up with, or if it is something that happens with older cameras.
- A 28-300mm lens by Nikon. I love this lens and would really love my own.
When I had this lens I couldn’t imagine living without it, but since I haven’t had it since June, I can’t say I have really missed it. I manage very well with what I have. If I could have anything I think I would wish my 24-70mm was a little longer, so maybe the 24-120mm would be a better lens for me.
- Maybe a Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift lens. I like architecture and wonder if I should get one, but then I was with someone recently who had one and it was a bit of mucking around to get the photos, so not so sure now.
I have now decided that I don’t think I could be bothered with it. So this is also coming off the list.
- A slightly smaller tripod, I would like some new carbon fibre legs from Gitzo.
This is still on the list, though I think I have found the one I want, only it is from Benro instead. I’ve been loaned a travel tripod from them to try out and if I’m honest, I really don’t want to give it back. Actually, I think I’ve made up my mind I won’t be. Hoping I can get a good deal. It is exactly what I wanted. It is light to carry around most of the time and great for photographing the city.
- A geared Really Right Stuff tripod head with a L bracket.
I finally got my L bracket, but not from them. I found a great alternative from Sunwayfoto. I also got a new top bit for my tripod so the L bracket fits it very easily. It is great. The bracket is like the Arca Swiss brackets, so fits all those as well.
I love the L bracket and it has been one of the best purchases I’ve made. I had got one from Manfrotto, a total waste of money. I hated it.
- Complete set of Formatt Hitech ND Filters for my Nikon 14-24mm lens.
I have to say this has been a long time wish and I finally got some last week. I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, but I will be very soon. I got the holder and the 10 stop and 16 stop for that lens.
- Pay for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for about 5 years.
This is still very much on the wishlist. I couldn’t live without these programs so it would be nice to just get them.
- Maybe a Tamron 150-600mm lens.
I haven’t really been out taking bird photos for so long, and, if I’m honest, I have never really thought of myself as a bird photographer. I think I could take this off my list.
- New laptop.
This is still on it. My husband and I are having small disagreements over which I should get. He thinks I should get something that will be a lot more expensive, and I don’t think I need one that good.
I can’t think of anything else. Is your list close to mine? What would you get?
If you want to see what you might have said here is the link to the previous post, My Photography Wishlist.
There are things that have changed and things that I want that are more to do with photography in general rather than just with gear.
I keep seeing this word being used for many other photographers and it carries a lot of weight, but I don’t seem to be able to get anyone to think that I am good enough to be an ambassador for. It is frustrating and quite depressing really. I don’t know what else I have to do.
I am really enjoying the life of a writer and I would like to do a lot more of it. I would like to write for magazines as well. I would be more than happy to earn most of my money from it. I don’t know if that is possible anymore, but I am going to continue trying.
I’m also planning on doing a lot more writing for this blog. As I said previously, I do want to start doing reviews, perhaps some tutorials, some articles on photography. Time is going to be my biggest factor. It would also be good if I could get companies to advertise or sponsor posts. Though, having said that, I need to be clear that the posts would always be about photography. I’ve been approached in the past and so far have turned many down because I don’t like what they want me to do for them.
I think that is about it really. I keep hoping that some of the opportunities that other photographers get will swing by my way, but it isn’t looking hopeful.
How is your wishlist going? Have you changed you mind about some things? Maybe you have been able get some of the items you wanted? Let me know.
My mother’s garden to be more precise. On my recent trip to my mums the first day there was horrible, it just rained and rained. My friend and I tried to get out to take photos, but it really wasn’t good for it, so we decided to just do some macro shots. My mothers garden always seems to have flowers, helps that she loves gardening.
We had thought that we would have to set up on the back verandah, but an incredible thing happened, as we were starting to get our gear ready the rain stopped. It was almost like a sign.
I have been watching lots of tutorials on macro photography and have got myself quite a collection of gear now. I have a lot of Lensbaby gear for doing them, and my extension tubes of course. Then there is my macro lens and I took my 50mm lens as well. We experimented a lot and tried lots of different combinations. I was even using her Tamron macro lens.
I will be upfront here, I know it frustrates some people, but I have no idea what the flowers are. It’s not something that really interests me, I just love photographing them and seeing how they come out. If I love a flower, I will find out its name so I can get it for my garden, but it kind of stops there. Sorry if that annoys you.
For the photos I have left the file names so you could see what lens I used and with what, but for some reason the default gallery with this theme does not show them. I am starting to find too many faults with this theme and am at the stage where I might need to start looking for a new one. The galleries are too sensitive and don’t show what I want, unfortunately. The joys of self hosting I suppose. Of course, the best solution would be to pay someone to do a web design for me that is exactly what I want, but I don’t have the money for that, maybe one day. I am putting the photos into a gallery that I purchased a plugin for. You should be able to see what they were shot with in this one.
I will continue working on ideas so you can find out and comment on galleries. The search continues.
I hope your weekend is going well. I’m getting excited about the next installment of Dynamic Range which will be out on Sunday. It looks great, and I’m so proud of it.
Comp-Pro Composer Pro
Doubleg Double Glass optic
MacroC macro converters for the composer pro
Extension tubes come in difference size.
Last week I showed you the birds from the Spirits of the Sky show at Healesville Sanctuary, but I took so many other photos that I thought it might be good to show you them today. I’m sorry there is a lot of them. I couldn’t help myself, I got so many that I was proud of. I had to show you.
I hope you enjoy them. The last image was one I took with the Lensbaby. I was trying it out at the zoo. Though most of these photos were taken with the very cheap 70-300mm lens that I got from Nikon. I am always amazed at the results of this lens.
The weekend is slipping by here, but it has been good so far, and I hope yours is the same.
Today’s post is a little late. I got home last night and it took me a couple of hours to go through the 700+ photos I took yesterday on the boat cruise around the southern end of Bruny Island. I kept getting distracted by Masterchef. I decided to get up early this morning and do it.
We went to Bruny Island yesterday to do a boat cruise. The weather forecast was for rain, 90% apparently and it was raining on the way there as well. We had dressed warmly, thermals, everything. A couple of days ago we spoke to a woman who had done it and she said you would get cold, so we put as much on as we could fit. They do give you a massive raincoat type of thing that is great and good to wear.
I wanted to take photos, but in the end decided to leave the camera bag in the car and just carry the Nikon D750 with the 28-300mm lens. Of course, that also meant the camera would be vulnerable to sea spray and rain mist, so I made sure the camera was wrapped inside a camera raincoat. It was a very good move.
You do get to see some amazing rock formations and strange things in the rocks, well caves and gaps.
This spot had an underwater cave and as the waves roll in you get this amazing spray coming out of the cave. It was incredible.
The destination was to see these guys, the fur seals. They are all the males and they do like to put on a show. They were great.
This one had climbed up the cliff, the king of the mountain. Look in the gallery and see if you can see him sitting high above the others.
There is no doubt that you see some incredible sights.
As we were getting back to Adventure Bay a rainbow was showing its colours. We saw a few when we were out, but this one was lovely.
The cruise was incredible. I loved it. They take very good care of everyone and, as you can imagine, the fear of seasickness was on everyone’s mind. I felt great. The sea was rough and a few people were sick, but not me.. Would love to experience it in rougher conditions.
One thing I thought they did really well was stopping at the places to take photos and moving the boat so it didn’t matter which side you sat on you would see what they were showing you. They really considered those with cameras and what they wanted to take photos of. I think, however, if I were to do it again I would sit on the right side of the boat.
If you do the Bruny Island Cruise, you will get wet, you are on the open ocean and there will be sea spray. Consider how to keep your camera dry. They take care of you by giving you a raincoat that covers you from head to foot, but your camera is your responsibility. I found the staff wonderful and very helpful. They make sure you are okay and enjoying yourself. I can understand why they have won so many awards.
I have more photos for you now. There is a lot, but really only a small selection of what we saw.
Today we were up and out by 8 and headed down to the water to get ready to catch our boat for a cruise with World Heritage Cruises. We started in Macquarie Harbour, then to Sarah Island, up the Gordon River and then back to Hell’s Gate, or Macquarie Heads. The first thing we noticed, well once I had my large latte from the Coffee Shack, was that it was very foggy. I mean very.
We were supposed to start with going to Hell’s Gate, the lighthouses I showed you yesterday, they are also called Macquarie Heads, but as it was so foggy and would be hard to see, we went to Liberty Point first and took a look at the salmon and fish farms.
This is one of them and the fish are being fed. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I think I thought they would be different. They were really interesting. Some have nets, I think the ones being used, and then there were some without.
After here we traveled to Sarah Island. It was a convict settlement in the early 1800’s. Convicts who re-offended once they arrived were sent there, though Andrew, our tour guide there would probably have more information.
It is a small island, and once Port Arthur was built this stopped being used for convicts. If you want to know why then you will need to go and do the tour. Andrew was great and has a great way of getting everyone engaged in the story of the island.
We then set off for the Gordon River.
It was so stunning, even with the fog. It was so still and calm. Though the mist did make it very hard to take photos. I had to carry a cloth in my pocket so I could keep cleaning the end of my lens. I think I did an okay job with it. I don’t know if it was raining or the fog was very thick, but I suspect it was raining as well. Crazy day.
We did stop in one place, Heritage Landing. We were allowed off the boat to take photos and walk around the rainforest there. It is very different to the rainforests I’m used to. The Huon Pine tree is very big here and the forests seem to be more about them.
I just took lots of photos of the little things. I did wish I had taken my macro lens with me. Again we were given a presentation on the Huon Pine and why it was special.
We then headed to Hell’s Gate.
It was great to get up close to the lighthouses. We went out to sea a little, but not too far. We all stayed on deck, which was fun.
Though heading here I had a little accident. I am fine, the D750 is fine, and well the 28-300mm is fine, but it seems the lens really had an issue with the lens cap, and, well, today while I was walking out onto the deck of the boat, it rejected the cap and it went flying across the deck and into the water. I tried to recover it, but the water is really too cold for that kind of rescue. Oh dear, I hope NIkon won’t be too upset.
I have been using their camera, the D750 from Nikon Australia exclusively for this whole trip, which has been wonderful. It is nice to try new things, or try them again. I used this camera when I went to the US last year. I still have the 28-300mm lens, which will be returned soon. Nearly all the photos from the last few days were taken with that lens. Some from Queenstown were taken with the 14-24mm around the mines.
The tour was great, it lasted for six hours and a wonderful lunch was included. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was so much information given and I do feel like I have a better understanding of the area now. I would highly recommend a tour with World Heritage Tours if you come to Strahan.
I have more photos now, which I will put into a gallery for you. We are headed to Hobart tomorrow, it will be very sad to leave here and I really look forward to getting back to the west coast on another visit.