A quick look at shooting wide with a Kowa Prominar 8.5mm lens

Into the brisbane sun

I often think of my shooting style as being quite varied, but, I do like to shoot with a good quality manual lens.  The Kowa Prominar 8.5mm is a lens that was first introduced to me a couple of weeks ago by a good friend, Bjorn, who is currently living in Kuala Lumpur.  I shot with it for a full shooting session in Kuala Lumpur and the results were brilliant.  Likewise, I also shot with the Veydra 16mm on the same day and again found the results brilliant – but obviously at nearly twice the focal length, the final photos had a very different p

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Today, it rained and rained and rained


Today it rained and rained and rained in Brisbane. Today, it was really wet, and flooding was quite bad with many people braving the unfavourable weather to get to places. Today some places received over 300mm (12 inches for those who are still in the imperial world) within a few hours. And, today I decided that I needed to grab a camera and lens and capture a few shots on the streets of Brisbane in the rain. This is where it really helps to have a weather sealed camera (and preferably a weather sealed lens to go with that). Sadly, I only had my new cinematic 16mm Veydra lens (see with me. This is a brilliant manual focus lens designed specifically for video, however, it is not weather sealed. Nonetheless its a brilliant lens which I have recently been using for still photos on the street, so I grabbed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, mounted the lens (with a snug fitting rubber band around the base of it) and then hit the streets.

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Highlights of Brisbane City in 2014

One Brisbane street photographyt photo

Its time to sort a few photos and archive some of my 2014 collection of random photos taken on the streets. During this process, I managed to select just 15 photos from the many random days I have had on the streets of Brisbane taking photos. I often get asked what I see or how I find something interesting in such a small country city, however, with a little patience you will always find something to photograph. Whether you like what you photograph is a whole different question. Many times I will arrive back home to look at photos and not like a single photo that I have taken and then other times when I don't think I have any photos worth displaying to others a surprise photo jumps out at me on the large screen.

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Brisbane, fun and lots of colour!

Festival of colours

With the upcoming G20 not too far away for Brisbane, there are a lot of cultural celebrations on offer around Brisbane.  The current hash tag for the celebrations is #g20cultural and a quick search of social media should find the events.  One of the celebrations on offer over the weekend (26/10/2014) was the Spring Flare - the festival of colours where there was some great live music and plenty of colour to through at people.  See for more details about the festival.  I took the opportunity to get out for a little bit of fun and

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A few wet shots with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Voiglander 17.5mm

xmas in the wet in brisbane

Over the last 4 weeks I have been desperately hunting for a mini HDMI to micro HDMI conenctor but they just do not seem to exist in Australia! I decided to find a work around in the city yesterday and even though it was raining, which is great considerign there were 3 months there where we had no rain), I decided to take the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Voigtländer 17.5mm lens. I have loved this combination on my E-M5 so it was befitting that I play with it a little more to see what I coul do on the E-M1 though I didn't bother with focus peaking as that feature is a little lagging in the OM-D E-M5 and I needed quick action so I stuck to my zone focusing which I have mastered with this lens (to a certain degree anyway).

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Missing the 12mm wide lens on the streets of Brisbane

here's looking at you

Its been a little while in between posts.  The last 4 weeks have been extremely busy in all regards.  On the photography side I have been continuing to do shoot after shoot (including a little playing with a Sony NEX in an unmaned areial vehicle UAV).  I have been using the Panasonic GH3 for more and more video these days and coupled together with the 17.5mm Voigtlander lens it is a brillant combination (ohhh - and a variable ND filter helps as well).

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A friday afternoon walk in Brisbane

Here's seeing you

It's Friday afternoon, the light is quickly disappearing and its time for a quick walk on the streets of Brisbane.  While Brisbane is often considered a small country type city with two real seasons, it is still home to some great photographic opportunities.  Here are a couple of photos from this afternoon's short walk.  Photos were all taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Voigtlander 17.5mm lens.

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Capturing the streets of Brisbane in May

The sun and King George square

The last week has been a little hectic (or chaotic), though I have managed to keep a camera fairly close by as I have been travelling around.  The following photos really are just another random collection from the last 10 days.  The photos are shot of people/places that interested me or stood out while I was wandering around. They are all shot on the streets of Brisbane with whatever lens or camera I had with me at the time.  In some cases this was just the iPhone 4s or the Olympus OM-D with usually the Voigtlander 17.5mm lens.

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An encounter with a student rally protesting university cuts in Brisbane

protest banner brisbane street photography panasonic GH3

Being on the street with a camera means that there is always a photo opportunity (if you look hard enough) - in this case I was able to capture an emergency rally against the governments proposed funding cuts to university education (you can read more about this at the Australian online). One of the great things about being a street photographer, is the ability to tell a story through photos.

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Just a couple of Brisbane City street photos

sunlight and flowers

My random wednesday was cut a little short today, however I still did manage to get a couple of photos out on the street.  Its often very easy to find an excuse not to take a photo but one of the things I have learned in street photography over the years is that if you are not out taking photos then you are not learning and possibly missing a great moment that may have appeared right in front of you as you were walking.  As far back as I can remember, my approach has just to randomly walk (often with som eflexible idea in mind).

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