[•] CanonEmotion


[•] CanonEmotion V2

Do you feel and see emotion in photography?

Many lenses have purpose and with that purpose can bring emotion. That emotion can be in the type of photographer or the type of photograph that is captured. The key to this emotion can also be found in the right lens selection.

Each lens can focus on any specific area whether its Macro for the up close and intimate or a wide for the sweeping nature feeling landscapes or the handy prime focal length for the aggressive street photographer not fearful of taking on the challenges of the street and last but not least the telephoto for the shy and or stand offish photographer trying to capture that timid animal in the wild.


[•] CanonEmotion

I consider Canon FD to be phenomenal lenses and this project is not only of rediscovery but a reminder of the exceptional quality and performance.  The introduction of mirrorless cameras has made the impossible possible. Many of these beautiful lenses were discarded by many with the introduction of the Canon EF mount  lenses that are widely used today in the photographic world. But no more will they sit idle waiting to be used now is the time to dust off the lens caps and put these beautiful lenses back to work.

Do you feel emotion with photography produced by a certain lens and what is your favourite?

Photos taken with Canon 5D mark III with 24-105mm F4L

Aperture: F11, Shutter: 1/160sec, ISO: 320 And Edited via Adobe Bridge to Photoshop Special Editing.



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[•] Frankenstein Video Rig


A Frankenstein Video Rig consists of a mix of camera parts that are not from one specific manufacturer. Here is a Sony A7II mirrorless camera with the 28mm Canon FD lens adapted via a Metabones FD to E mount adaptor.


On top for pro res video recording is the Atomos Ninja 2 recorder connected via HDMI cable. It is an excellent combination for video and stills and probably my favourite full frame mirrorless camera on the market.

The cage is by SmallRig and the add on is the SmallRig monitor mount that can fix the monitor in any fixed angle position.

Lightweight and very run and gun for video. Perfect for travel videography. Easy to add a couple of 15mm rods and follow focus if you wanted to expand the rig further.


5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilisation otherwise known as IBIS is on this camera making it a perfect combo with legacy glass. Overall performance is amazing and if you want further information on the Sony A7II just go to the home page and click the Sony A7II link.




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[•] Building a video rig on a budget and eliminating issues Part II


Welcome to Part II

Testing the completed build. The important part to building a video rig is testing each component either for failure or preventing breakage. You must be able to trust your gear when running and gunning. Cold weather and metal can loosen and I’ve had top lights simply slide and jump out and fall to the ground and hot weather sweaty hands can easily drop a setup. That 1 metre off the ground can do some serious damage.

I don’t know if people realise but getting into video and camera work takes a huge amount of your time and add on top of that video editing . Many years ago all you had to worry about was battery life and recording time limits. Was fun watching 45 minutes go quickly in an interview hoping the last 5 minutes people would end a sentence so you could jump and and ask for a tape change. How good are SSD’s now videographers are so lucky.


Many years ago all you had to do was put a tape into the camera and hit record and tweak the white balance, exposure and contrast in edit. Now the whole process is much more complex with more options in the way your footage looks and feels. LUTS known as Look Up Tables offer endless styles to your footage and can be put directly via the Atomos Assassin and can save time editing if shooting in a particular LUT. The other option is to shoot in a flat profile like S-Log for Sony or V-log for Panasonic that extends your editing leeway even further.



Cable Management – Most cables i like have a 90 degree bend to decrease the likeliness of breaking the connection. If its a straight out cable you’ll find being careful wont cut it and using gear and a combination of fatigue will result in breaking something. Also zip ties or cable holders help reduce breakage. The GH4 and Sony camera are notorious for micro HDMI ports and break very easily it was a breath of fresh air when the GH5 came out with a standard HDMI port.


Power Supply – FOTGA DP500III V-Lock V-Mount Battery Power Supply System Plate can be found on eBay or Amazon prices vary depending on extras like a dummy battery specific to your camera. Mine came with a Sony A series dummy battery and the GH4 one is still on it way. So this issue I had was limited battery on the Atomos Assassin and the chance to set up unlimited & uninterrupted power supply is very appealing. The battery is a V – Mount Power- U 95Wh/14.4V and There are a few other choices with more ranges 130Wh 150Wh 190Wh 260Wh and they extend battery time even further. For now the 95Wh suits my needs but never worry about battery life ever again with this setup.


Vertical grips are from a previous camera rig setup salvaged from the Edelkrone Modula 5 which is discontinued I only wish the actual ends of the grips had 15mm fixings to reduce the weight further but they are very sturdy with the whole piece connected across the two 15mm rods. Both handles can be angled back and forth or point down depending on the way you shoot. Overall the rig is quite balanced. No rattle test was done and SmallRig will win many hearts in this category. Carbon fibre 15mm rods would even take the weight down a little further.

SmallRig shoulder pad is awesome there’s two types I preferred the straight off the back as this setup reminds me of using the Canon XL2 video camera but this setup is far more comfy and well made. Really nice soft padded and fabric you would find on camera bag straps. Very clever. Only thing is don’t expect to hold this setup onto your chest if you wanted that holding position. The aluminium is like a point even though there is some padding but maybe some talk to Smallrig they might come up with another version that collapses the back with a locking mechanism that goes flat and then returns to original position if putting the camera back on the shoulder.


Only thing missing now is the follow focus to this setup. This is a bit of a stretch as the anamorphic focusing is at the very end of the lens. Using the SLR Rangefinder is another hurdle but hopefully the Fotga DP500III QR A/B Hard Stop Follow Focus works as it is possible to switch the wheel on both sides of the unit. Maybe a Part III will be added and include filters.


The tripod I’m using is pushing the limit with weight so I can only recommend stepping up to something bigger like the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head with 535 Carbon fiber tripod. but if you have to get a tripod its at the top of the list to not skimp as you want to be confident it wont tip over when working in the elements.

If this has helped give some insight into the joys of video camera work feel free to comment. If you have found a solution to this never ending problem give a shout out below in the comments.




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[•] The Infamous Peacock

[•] The Infamous Peacock

[•] The Infamous Peacock

I’ve been about 10 times to Symbio Wildlife zoo to try get a photo of this Peacock. He is either hiding or on roof tops and near impossible to get a decent photo. Today was scorching hot and summer is truly here. It must of been a tad hot on the tin roof with him hiding under this arena. Still I haven’t got him with his feathers out being a true peacock but did have on hand the Canon 5DIII with EF 50mm 1.2. Every other time I have taken the Fujifilm GFX50s as I really want a medium format photo of this bird doing his thing. Maybe next time ; -)

Camera Settings:
Aperture: 1.8
Shutter 1/800 Second
ISO: 640

The Canon 50mm still has a well held reputation as an excellent lens. Many say shooting at F1.2 is very tricky and depth of field will be very tricky to get spot on. I tend to close down 2 stops to F1.8 on some subjects especially on the peacock to show his beautiful feathers and let the rest of the lens blur out the unwanted background.



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[•] K&F Concept Camera Bag Review



With a new bag comes a new bag review. For a long long time well 12 years in fact I have used a LowePro version camera bag in the same style as this K&F Concept bag.


The K&F version has two plastic pads on the base for when you put the bag down on the ground to protect the base and the fabric of the bag including the gear inside which I really like. The outside front has clips for a tripod to hold centre of the bag while walking. Balance in a bag is the single most important feature.



There are some details I like about the bag including the cute little embroidered tripod symbol. LowePro as a camera bag is a forgotten dream the prices are just sickening when you can purchase this bag for $75 and the build quality I would consider substantially better. The shoulder straps are firm and hold their shape and on the back feels very comfortable. The front pocket holds a Surface Pro tablet with ease.


The zippers can be undone with one hand so if your a one handed photographer this will definitely cater for you.


The bones of the bag allow for two decent DSLR’s. In the photo you can see with a little customisation of the support pads you can fit a Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm lens. Up top is a Sony A7II mirrorless for the little projects along with two primes lenses. And other sections hold a dust blower, Lens hood and SD card holder case.



Extras include waterproof dust cover and would you believe a gift zip bag containing a dust blower, spray bottle for lens cleaning and cleaning cloth. Such a thoughtful well presented bag for any photographer.


Overall Rating 10/10

This is one of the best bang for buck bags around including build quality compared to any other bag on the market.

If you get this bag you will be filled with joy.

Disclosure: I am not funded by this camera gear company. Just a one man band doing the far and in between gear reviews on items I have purchased.


Bag Here: https://www.kentfaith.com/camera-backpacks/USKF13.051_professional-dslr-camera-backpack-waterproof-11-81-6-3-16-54-inches



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[•] Getting up early for landscape photography to be defeated by mother nature.

Cathedral Rocks, Kiama Downs, NSW, Australia

[•] Wind swept rocks

Dragging yourself out of bed kicking and screaming at 4am is the most challenging part of photographing morning sunrises. I don’t really kick and scream as I would wake the wife and kids but the old body has seen better days. Put your hands up if you can jump out of bed with a spring in your step. I used to have that special super power but lost that mojo a while back. One thing that does help and nothing better to kick start the heart is a delicious hot coffee and a piece of toast for breakfast.

Once on the road its dark and the thoughts are if the sky is clear from cloud and will there be an epic sunrise. Sunrises are like winning the lotto not that I have won lotto but a beautiful sunrise can make you feel like a winner.

The drive took about an hour south from Sydney to a place called Cathedral Rocks, Kiama on the NSW coast. this location is a hot spot for photographers and pretty much a pilgrimage for any photographer that wants to add a landscape photograph to their portfolio.

Walking south from Jones beach car park I found the tide was high with epic 6 foot waves crashing into the canyon where the cliff edge meets the sea. I had just set up and bam the waves came rolling in. Not cool when you are using two cameras and two tripods I had to pick up and run. Well I couldn’t run I was trapped but held onto the rock face like a mountain goat and thought to myself I’m getting the hell out of here. Both shoes were soaked and the jeans wet just below the knees. At the same time I pictured a rock fisherman yelling help and that’s the moment I knew mother nature had truly beaten me, then again I think I was beaten with a left hook when the wall of cloud covered the sunrise as I drove in to the location but I had to try take a few photographs.

The reason I had two camera’s was I’m testing the Sony A7II a mirrorless camera that can adapt older lenses with an adaptor and surprisingly produces lovely results.

Fun Photography Fact: Professional landscape photographers with a city gallery and large amazing prints spend days and weeks visiting a location to get that perfect photograph. Could you sit out in the wild with a tent and a few cans of baked beans and watch the world go by?.

The photographs taken were outside the dream location of where I would have liked of setup with camera gear but the results posted are different take compared to other photographers. (Feel free to google Cathedral Rocks, Kiama) Even if we fail as a photographer the plan is to take a photograph. And if a story along the way accompanies that one photograph at least we can share it.



[•] Wet footprints in the sand.

Camera: Sony A7II with Canon 20mm FD F4 lens. Shutter: 1/8Sec, Aperture: F11, ISO: 200, Adaptor: Metabones FD-E mount.

Featured Photo: [•] Cathedral Rocks, Camera: Canon 5DIII with Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L lens. Aperture: F11, Shutter: 20Sec, ISO:200

I may of been defeated this time by mother nature but I will return like Rocky Balboa with the gloves off equipped with a medium format camera.

Note: It is dangerous photographing at these locations please advise loved ones where you are going and even better take a friend that can help as a look out. I grew up as a surfer and have a connection with this type of environment and reading the waves takes experience. Even the best of us can find it tricky in dealing with these types of weather conditions.


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[•] Photographing Fiji on Octopus Island Resort.



Located in the spectacular Yasawa region of the Fiji Islands, Octopus Resort lies 27 nautical miles west from Nadi International Airport (NAN). The resort is set on the western side of Waya Island, allowing for breathtaking views of sunsets in the South Sea Islands. Getting to Octopus Island Resort from Nadi is easily done by jumping on a boat, which is about 35 minutes. Along the way are there are many islands and if your lucky might see a pod of dolphins to watch play along the side of the boat.

There are Garden View Bure’s for accommodation but the perfect way to stay is in the Premium Bure as I recommend having the air-conditioning on those very hot days. Adjoining the room is your very own private outdoor shower and courtyard. The view from the front is relaxing and a nice change away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Say good bye to looking at your mobile phone and internet this is the perfect place to detox away from all those gadgets.

Looking Out

[•] Looking Out





In the series of photographs. Can you see it? A face on the side of the mountain. The walk up is not for the faint hearted and I do recommend a level of fitness. With every step and grasping breath it was confirmed the height to the top of the island was 385m in total thanks to a German with a fancy watch. The hike took about 3 hours and is a great way to loose a little weight around the belly. If you do manage to visit this place please take plenty of water on the hike and some snacks.








Every day the local tour guide (depending on the weather) would take tourists up and he really enjoyed seeing how unfit we were often having a good laugh between breaks.. He had such a great sense of humour. The mountain walk is a great add to anyone’s bucket list and has to be one place on earth with the most breathtaking views. Just don’t look down it is by far another sheer drop if your scared of heights.



This is the type of holiday experience that is even better with friends and made as a group holiday.


Note: Camera: Canon EOS 5D a few lenses EF 24-105mmF4, 16-35mm F2.8L II USM


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