Important information for Nikon Shooters

Good morning all Photogs out there!

I have just heard from Paul North from Camera Solutions that Nikon has some price increases coming up.

Pauls message reads:

‘Yesterday we received notification of the Nikon lens prices which will start from Tuesday 1st April (this is not an April Fools Joke) they have increased the prices by some big amounts and while the average seem to be around 10-12%, one lens the AF-S 14-24 is going up by 23%? The good news is that they will supply lenses at the old price if we order by close of business on Monday. Canon is also going up from Tuesday but their maximum increase is 9.8%’.

So, if you are thinking about some new gear I suggest make a trip into see Paul from Camera Solutions in the Murray Street Mall to secure your pre price increase kit before Tuesday.

You can contact Paul on: 9225 5966

Or visit their website here at: http://camerasolutions.com.au/contact-information.html

Photo Shoot out to New Norcia!

Blue Sky Windmill

Canola Tree

NN Old house

If anyone is interested, Peta North from Camera Solutions and myself have tentatively organised a day trip to New Norcia on a bus on the 27th of October.

New Norcia has some very cool old buildings to shoot and there are numerous photo opportunities available on the way up there and surrounding New Norcia.

Peta has put a hold on a 30 seater bus for the day and the costs to participate will be $50 a head. This will give participants, morning tea, a lunch platter and drinks as well as the bus trip up there.

The idea is to get together with other like minded photographers to enjoy a fun day out. Peta and I will both be available for composition tips and camera tips throughout the day.

For Nikon shooters, Peta will also be bring along a range of lenses that Nikon shooters can try throughout the day.

As mentioned above, there are only 25 positions available and what we would like in the first instance, is for interested photogs to come back to me and register here on a first in best dressed basis.

Once we have the 25 positions filled we will call for payment via Peta’s Camera Solutions so that we can lock in arrangements.

It should be a nice Spring opportunity to get out and mix with others in the photog community, so come along and register and I look fwd to catching up with everyone on the day.

I will post details of the departure location, time and return location and time etc, once we have locked arrangements in.

Raincoats for cameras that really work!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lee and the Graffiti

Us in the mall

A little bit rainy today, which was perfect for getting some cool shots of Autumn trees and also Street Art in a Skate board park.

And yes I even had Lee out in the rain…who would have thought!

The main subject of the post today is the little raincoat that Peta North sourced for me before my Iceland trip for my camera.

This is one of those items I have bought, where afterwards I have thought….’how did I ever do without it’!

In Iceland we were caught in some pretty heavy showers and this little camera raincoat saved the day every time.

It is design to have up to a 200mm lens and the design of the raincoat is such that it has a cool bit of vecro that wraps around the lens. The clear plastic is very pliable and does not crease or get hard to see through.

And the access points either side also work really well…all the while the camera is safely tucked away.

I would thoroughly recommend this to all photographers, but unfortunately I can’t recall the brand.

Peta or Paul North will be able to source one for you if you are interested:

You can find them at their website here.

West Papuan Fan

Square Fan

This image is very typical of the beautiful fans we saw in West Papua late last year on True North. The diving was pristine, clear and superb!

A 3 image stitch taken with the Olympus OM-D! Such a cool little camera and off the back of how impressed I have been with the OM-D I have just ordered 2 more for True North with a housing off Peta and Paul North at Camera Solutions.

I have only recently had a need to use the motor drive function on that camera and man oh man does that rock!

Gear now ready to go thanks to Camera Solutions

I now have my kit all together and packed in readiness for the up and coming Cendrawasih Bay trip on True North!

Thanks heaps to Peta and Paul from Camera Solutions for arranging the first Olympus housing to come in for me to use in time for this trip and for also arranging all the other gear in time.

In the kit I have the Olympus OM-D camera with the 12-50mm lense with Macro capability. The new Olympus underwater housing, with the port made to suit the 12-50mm lens. I have a Go Pro with a live view back and also a 1200 lumins Light in Motion video light that I also intend to use as a still light. Peta North did the research on the best light to get for my needs and she was right on the money. At 1200 lumins the light is blindingly bright and it also has a really cool function of being able to switch to red so that you don’t scare the fish…very cool!

I have chosen to go for a wrist strap that comes as an option for this light and I might get an extender arm just in case that works out to be better.

Peta also arranged other kit for me so that I can cover all bases on this trip.

I have the Go Pro Hero which I bought to video the skydive I did recently with the Old Dogs. Peta arranged a live view screen for me now so that I can set up some time lapses. I also have a Gorilla tripod that I intend to use as a handle underwater and also for time lapses.

She also arranged for another slick little tripod for the Olympus which flicks out in seconds.

One of the best things about dealing with Camera Solutions is the technical support. Both Peta and Paul North are professional photographers and after using the Camera for a while I found I had a couple of queries which Peta was able to easily sort out over a phone call. This level of support is gold.

We will be on board True North in West Papua from Thursday onwards and I will be posting most days from there on.

I will also be writing some reports on my thoughts on the Olympus OM-D and the new housing.

One thing I have found whilst putting the kit together is that the menu allows for the push of one function button to go from wide angle to macro with a push of one button! Waycool option and something that is a real issue when shooting underwater.

At a recent tutorial by Glen Cowans, one of the bits of advice he said that it was just about a given that with a traditional SLR housing where you have to select between a wide angle port or a macro port is is a given that if you jump in with a wide angle set up, a macro opportunity wil present itself an vise versa!

The OM-D overcomes that problem very easily!

New Olympus OM-D

I am so excited to hear that Peta North has arranged for me to test the new Olympus OM-D underwater housing for my up and coming trip on True North at Cendrawasih Bay on the 18th of next month!

I recently purchased the Olympus OM-D from Peta and Paul North at Camera Solutions in Perth, in anticipation of this up and coming trip and to also have a smaller camera for doing progress reports and commercial shots around Evolution Commercial.

First impressions of this camera are very good. It is quite user friendly through the menus, super sharp and the ability to focus and trigger in live view exactly where you want the focus is gold. I will do a more detailed review after my trip on True North and after I have given the OM-D a solid work out both above and below the water.

We are just researching which strobe I will get to take with me and then I will be totally kitted out with the ability to capture super sharp stills and HD video whilst swimming with the Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay!

Peta tells me that Olympus are going to update the firmware to allow for Macro selection easily from a menu as well which will make this a very versatile camera indeed. It comes standard with a 12mm – 50mm lens that also does Macro. So pretty much perfect for anything you would need for underwater shooting!

Thanks heaps Peta, Camera Solutions and Olympus for arranging this!

I will be posting live off the True North with new images each day taken from the new OM-D and I will offer comments about my impressions I find on using the camera, the quality of the images and the usability of the housing itself.

Reminder about Camera Solutions Evening and Photo Shoot on Friday evening

Just a quick reminder that the photo shoot around Perth City and the introduction to Camera Solutions is happening this Friday evening.

If you want to do the walk around Perth with Myself and other bloggers and Photogs, meet at Camera Solutions at 1730.

If you would just like to come along to the Camera Solutions evening to meet Peta North and her team then meet us back there at 1930.

Camera Solutions are putting on some Pizza and light refreshments and will be handing out VIP cards to all who attend that will entitle the card holder to a number of privileges, including discounts, that will be explained on the night.

There will also be a draw for a free print on the evening for your favourite photo.

….and last but not least, the come along to meet, or catch up with our Danish International Man of Mystery, Flemming Bo Jensen!

Flemming is a freelance photographer and journalist who has been travelling the world for the last 3 years and along the way he has been to amazing places and done heaps of cool stuff.

The Address is:

 Camera Solutions at Shop 2, 159-161 Murrary Street Mall.

I am also pleased to announce that my new best mate will also be there as Peta tells me that my new 5DMK2 is in town and I pick her up tonight…whoohoo!

So, I hope you can make it. We will have some fun as we always do! I look fwd to seeing you all there on the night.

Cheers,

True North Mark


Flemming Bo Jensen to be at the open night at Camera Solutions

For those of you who know Flemming Bo Jensen: aka, Flembot, Flembotaruny, Bo, Worldwide man of mystery and many other names!

Flemming will be there for the open day at Camera Solutions on the 24th of February at 1730 for the photo shoot around Perth and also for the open night and pizza at 1930.

This will be a good opportunity to catch up with Flemming before he returns back to Denmark.