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Photography Gear, Tips and Technique
Tasmanian myrtle beech trees in the mist


There are plenty of photographers and images that have been a great source of inspiration for me over the years, especially when I still lived in Melbourne and was just getting into photography and “discovering” Tasmania. Many images by Peter Dombrovskis, of course, but another one in particular I have always admired was a shot...Read More

Sunset Mortimer Bay

Last night’s sunset from Mortimer Bay. Long exposures captured with a 5 stop ND and the “Interval Composite” feature of the Pentax K1.           The last image above also included an interesting lesson from the field. This evening I switched the “Save Process” to ON (normally I have it off). What...Read More

Reflector for Macro Photography Tip

Well how’s this for a massive win/win tip – recently I started looking for a reflector for macro photography, and did a little bit of googling and made a couple of phone calls. I came up with pricing from as cheap as $20 or so right through to $100 for a set of 5 that...Read More

An Introduction to Neutral Density Filters

Neutral Density Filters (ND’s) are an essential bit of kit for anyone wanting to get right into their landscape photography. In particular, for sunrise and sunset when there is extremely high contrast (a very bright sky and a very dark foreground) the camera struggles as it simply cannot handle the “dynamic range”, that is, the...Read More

Circular Polariser Filter in Landscape Photography

The circular polariser filter is one of the most useful filters available to landscape photographers and is surprisingly uncomplicated to use, and provides quite a dramatic effect in your images. The two shots below highlight this difference. When to use a circular polariser filter (CPL) Out of all my accessories, the CPL is the one...Read More

A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi

A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi is the ultimate resource for those keen on learning a little (or a lot!) more about the fascinating autumn denizens of the forest floor – the fungi. Along with the all-weather “Fungi Flip” these guides should be able to help you identify almost any of the strange forms you...Read More

Pentax K1 Night Photography

I recently spent a night under the stars giving the Pentax K1 a solid workout, and here are some of the results. I used the Pentax D-FA 24-70 and for my ultra-wide angle needs, the Samyang 14mm 2.8 which is known as a very capable lens for night sky photography – especially for the cost...Read More

Dark Mofo and the Pentax K1

This years Dark Mofo festival has come and gone and one of the features this year was seeing the Tasman Bridge lit up in red for the duration of the festival. I shot from Lindisfarne as I did two years ago when the “Articulated Intersect” light show was on. This time around, as well as...Read More

Pentax K1 Full Frame Camera Announced!

After years of speculation, early last year it was announced that a full frame Pentax camera was in the works and now the details have been officially announced! Pentax K1, 36 MP full frame camera available April 2016 The camera will be sporting a 36MP sensor, and as usual with Pentax cameras there are some...Read More

Pentax Full Frame Camera early 2016

The eagerly awaited Pentax full frame camera is now officially scheduled for release early in 2016. The Pentax brand of cameras are truly flourishing under the stewardship of Ricoh Imaging, with the brand new Pentax K-3II DSLR turning heads at the APS-C level, and the medium format 645Z an absolute winner, receiving nothing but outstanding...Read More

The Milky Way & Pentax Astrotracer

The Milky Way is always a mesmerising subject to view and to photograph and the dark skies of Tasmania are an ideal location to view not just the Milky Way but the neighboring “dwarf” galaxies the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. On a recent clear night (July 3, 2014 to be precise) I ventured out...Read More