Tag: Nikon

Camera gear is important if you want to take photos, and over the years you change with what you are taking photos off, along with how. I thought it might be fun to take a look at what gear I think I need for what I do now. Let’s say all my gear was stolen and I had to start again, what would I get. I don’t think I would end up with as much.
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It is true, I do need a new camera. I have loved my Nikon D800, but when it comes to long exposures it kinda sucks. Since most of the work I do is that, then how do I do them when I have so many problems with the final result?
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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.
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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.

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Bolte Bridge, Docklands. I used this image for MM, but it was monochrome.

Changes

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.

Ambassador

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.

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Writing

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.

Finally

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.

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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.

Just lately I’ve been playing a game with some friends, well photography friends. It is a bit of fun and I thought, hey why not, let’s play too.

If someone gave you $15000 what would you spend it on? It has to be on photography gear.

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.
  • A 28-300mm lens by Nikon. I love this lens and would really love my own.
  • 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.
  • A slightly smaller tripod, I would like some new carbon fibre legs from Gitzo.
  • A geared Really Right Stuff tripod head with a L bracket.
  • Complete set of Formatt Hitech ND Filters for my Nikon 14-24mm lens.
  • Pay for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for about 5 years.
  • Maybe a Tamron 150-600mm lens.
  • New laptop.

I can’t think of anything else. Is your list close to mine? What would you get?

It is fun to dream and think about what if.

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It has taken a while to get all this together, working out when to do it, though I still don’t have it set properly. I’m sure I will get there eventually.  Lots has been happening so shall we get on with it.

Dynamic Range Magazine

Cover - Issue 4We did it, Issue 4 is about to be published. We are just doing the final proof reading and then it will be available for sale. So we are hoping the subscribers will get it today and then everyone else will be able to purchase it from tomorrow.

It’s not too late to subscribe, just follow this link, leannecole.com.au/shop or click on the Shop page at the top.

Review – Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera

A while back I was given an opportunity to try out the Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera from MobileZap. It is very much like a GoPro and could be a cheaper equivalent. My husband has a GoPro so it was good to be able to do comparisons between the two. They look very similar in their waterproof cases, and they are the same to use, well the buttons are the not the same, but they do operate in a similar way.

51640In the box are a multitude of accessories for you to decide how to use it, or attach it to many things. It seems well thought out, though I didn’t really need to attach it to anything.

One of the nice things that I really liked about it was the screen on the back. When you are filming stuff you can actually see what you are filming. I found that a great plus over the GoPro, as with the latter I was guessing and hoping I was getting what I wanted.

The case it comes in is water tight so you can put it under water and take footage. I did that a lot when I took it to the beach with me. As with all of these though, the sound is bad and you can’t really hear things properly.

Perhaps one thing I think they could improve on is the resolution of the image. Sometimes the quality can be quite poor, but you can’t get it any higher, at least from the instruction manual that came with it, I couldn’t work it out. The instruction manual is also quite bad and not very clear.

I have had fun with it and I often put it in my camera bag to see what I can do with it. For the price, which isn’t much, it is a bit of fun.

A Friends Publishes her Book

One of my dear blogging friends has had a book published and I wanted to share the information. I have purchased it,tome-tender-quote but I’m still reading it, so I can’t give you a review. I have loved her other ones, so I can’t see why this one would be any different.

The book is called, Third Strikes the Charm and it is by Nicci Carrera. Her blog has all the information about where to order it and how, so go and see Nicci, here is her link.

Tasmania

The trip is in 4 weeks and I can’t believe it is almost here. I have the money for the trip, which is good. Have been saving like crazy, but I think we have been very lucky, nothing seems like it is going to cost us a lot, but still, good to be prepared.

tasmaniaI’ve spoken to Nikon Australia and looks like they are going to help out with sponsoring my trip. I will get to use the Nikon 28-300mm lens and I will get to use the Nikon D750 again. I am really looking forward to using them again.

It is nice to get some sponsorship, though I haven’t tried to get as much as I did for my trip last year. I think trying to get stuff as a woman doing more landscape type of photography is much harder. It seems to be anyway.  Or maybe they just think my work is horrible.

The next part is to start planning what I will need to take. Packing, mmm, not the thing I like doing. At least the car is all ready to go. I had it serviced and new tyres put on it recently, so it should be all set for Tasmania. Going to be interesting putting it on the Spirit of Tasmania to go over, however it will also be great taking the car because I will be able to take a lot more stuff with me.

Mother’s Day and Flowers

It is Mother’s Day here in Australia today. My mother is hope in Woomelang and I will give her a call later. My daughters are still asleep as I write this, but I’m sure they will do something nice for me today, well I hope they do.  In honour of the occasion I thought it might be nice to look at some flowers that I took at the Fitzroy Gardens a while back.  A great place to see some great flowers.

I hope you are having a great weekend. It has been raining here, so could be the perfect day to see what Dynamic Range is all about.

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Last week I was doing some long exposures in the city and when I went to process one of them I converted it to black and white first. This is what I ended up with.

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I decided to use this image for Monochrome Madness over on my other blog today. I like how it came out in monochrome.

As I usually do I converted it back to colour to see how it would look.

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I lost some of the detail in the sky, but the blues in it are quite nice. It is going to be personal choice I think as to which one is better. I don’t think I have a preference.

 

When I went to the US last year I was loaned some gear from Nikon Australia and part of the deal was that I would allow them to interview me when I returned. The interview was published this month and if you have an iPad or iPhone you can access it via iTunes, but if you are one of the many 80% of people who don’t have those and instead have android, I thought I would give you a link to the interview of me.

You can click on my name here LeanneCole or the image below to get access to the interview.

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It is interesting reading it now, as the interview was done very soon after my return. It is almost like a nice reminder of it and how I felt when I got back.

Though I have to say that it isn’t edited very well and I had nothing to do with that. The interview was done on the phone. There are links to things in it and unforunately you can’t click on those.

I only have android so I haven’t been able to see the magazine it was in, or click on the links, which is a shame.  Anyway I hope you enjoy it.