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Cloudy sky pictures

20/06/2019 0

Never take cloudy sky pictures Words of wisdom delivered over the phone by my photo-agent many years ago, going on to tell me “not even […]

Equipment news


Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS breaks Canon and Nikon’s grip on the long end of the lens battle. The lens is from their G Master series and when clipped onto any of the A7 cameras will be a formidable weapon for landscape and wildlife shooters. Put the blazingly A9 behind it, and you have a sporting hero.

Also from Sony a new telephoto zoom. New FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS expected around the end of August.

The Lumix S1H 6K cine camera has a new sensor. But the headline news here team is 6K video at 24fps and 4K@ 60fps and all this with built-in Log formats for all you high-definition slow-mo aficionados. Price looks like around the AU$5000 mark, give or take.

After years of neglecting professional users, Apple has finally moved back into computing for heavy users. Think high-end photo-editing, music production and top-end video and motion picture work.
There will be a lot of people excited by this announcement, but it comes at a price. Mac’s have never been the budget solution for computing needs, and this announcement confirms that position.
The base model will sell for AU$8,600 and if you want to put a matched monitor figure on another $7,100. That gives you an 8 core processor with 32MB of Ram. God only knows how much the top of the range will be. That will support up to 1.5 Terabyte of Ram and 28 cores of processing power and have the ability to output three streams of 8K simultaneously.


Excitations Photo Adventures, photography instructor, Ian Mckenzie

Learn a little more about our chief instructor, Ian McKenzie. That’s the old bloke above, we have a Q&A session with him. Just click on the picture.

Photography News


We offer a series of class notes for some of our photography training courses. Links to those notes are below.
Beginners Guide to Photography.
Intermediate Photography.
Free YouTube tips and tricks.

New releases & rumours


Rumoured to be announced at the end of this year but also a suggestion it will be out an about in July. Good news for all those X–Pro fans out there.


Addition to their R series on the way. This one is an Astro-camera explicitly designed for you night owls who love shooting stars.
At the same time, Canon has also laid out its road map for new lenses for the mirrorless series. Exciting times ahead.


Or is rumoured to be releasing  more cameras in the Z mirrorless range. There are suggestions of a new lower-priced Z maybe running a cropped sensor and a Pro model for the high-end users currently using D5’s.
The later making a lot of sense with the Olympics coming along next year and I believe on Japanese soil.


There was no secret this was coming. Fuji told us so months ago. So on the 27th June this year or thereabouts and for a relatively small sum of money.

About US$10,000 for the body, I believe you to can join the very high-resolution club. While it might sound like lots of money, it isn’t. Considering joining this club just a couple of years ago would have cost you the price of a hugely desirable car.

But a massive resolution isn’t the only thing you get. There is more folks. In-camera image stabilisation and of course 4k video output that on paper at least rivals anything from the current crop of DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

I, for one, can’t wait to these cameras in the hands of high-end filmmakers. Talk about game-changing.


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The 28th June will mark the last day at work for around 30 journos and camera operators as Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Orange and Bundaberg loose their local WIN News.

It is no surprise really. New has never been a big earner for regional networks as far as I know. If anything important happens it’s quick, easy and cheap to grab footage from social media and if you really need to,  stick a reporter in front of a fire truck  for a piece- to-camera. Need a quote hit Twitter and you’re bound to find one for free.

Being a part-time stock photographer, I like everyone else in the game keep on eye peeled for current trends.

If nothing else it brings a smile to my dial regularly. Just two years ago, the overwhelming trend was for images, including the rainbow flag. Go back another year, and your models had to be male, late 20’s early 30’s wearing a plaid shirt, braces, and holding a mug of coffee. I called this our “sensitive guy period”.

Last year we went through the “inclusive period”. The trend was embracing all varieties of sexuality. If you didn’t have pictures of same-sex couples or transgender people… Well, you were just off trend.

This year is shaping to be the year of “discovering masculinity”. Once again, we are looking for pictures of guys involved in non-traditional occupations or showing affection towards each other in real-world situations. Suggestions include construction workers hugging on the work-site.

For all you ladies out there, I’m sorry, but you seem to miss out. Unless you are gay or in your early 20’s barefoot, indoors, with a mug of coffee, a camera besides your tablet or phone you’re not on trend again until you reach your 70’s.

Why do I smile at this? There are two reasons. It appears to me that the so-called creatives in the agencies in their rush to prove their progressive inclusiveness are excluding a massive part of the population. And secondly, I look at my sales reports and note that my best sellers are never on trend.

I’m contemplating a trip to the top-end of our beautiful island and intending to photograph some bloody big thunderstorms. We are currently looking at early November 2020. Our intention to capture build-up storms, not the wet variety which is often not photogenic.
Our group will consist of a maximum of 4-5 photographers, two vehicles, travelling from Victoria by road through South Australia into the Territory via a non-direct route. Non-direct because we are photographers, not tourists. Return by air.
Accommodation will be a mix of camping and hard roof motels/cabins. Tents will be a two-person size with single occupancy.
Pricing and logistics still to be finalised. Duration around 14 days.
If you are interested in joining us, please let us know, early. There is no cost for expressions of interest.