Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo


 

After work earlier in the week I drove down to Safety Bay to photograph my Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo Limited Edition.

I’m not really a car sort of guy so don’t ask me what the specs are….put it this way I bought this car after watching a YouTube video. The guy at the dealership had the easiest sale ever!

Skoda 001

 

Photographed with the Canon EOS 1D MK IV

Styled and edited to the soundtrack of Chocolat

Until Next Time – Happy Shooting.

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Canon N – The Instagramers camera – a Powershot.


CES has certainly started with a bang with the announcement of the Canon Powershot N.

Powershot N by Canon

Who would have thought Canon would introduce something out of the square (pun intended) and call it the Powershot N. Personally I think this camera is designed for the photo sharing communities like Instagram, Tumblr and the New Myspace. In my opinion the camera has been modelled on the successful size of the Go Pro camera. The 8x optical zoom is identical to the previous Powershot A4000 IS which has been a liked feature from many Canon users.

WiFi on the Powershot N

The camera boasts minimal buttons and a really cool design which I’m sure will turn a lot of heads.

Built in Wi-Fi is also a welcome feature for the tech-savvy generation enabling uploads straight to the preferred social media platform via the Canon CameraWindow App which is available for the top iOS devices.

Probably the best feature I like about the N is the flip screen. It’s unlike Canon to develop a screen that rotates up and down as their previous models turned on a horizontal axis. This 2.8 LCD screen is able to rotate 90 degrees which is perfect for the avid skater or general teenager.

Also all the features on the camera can be activated via the stylish touch screen which also acts as a built-in tripod when filming those selfies shots.

To the serious side now and Canon have stood by their quality guns with this barrel. The lens is identical to the Powershot A4000IS which boasts a 8x optical zoom and a minimum aperture of f3.0. I actually played with the Powershot A4000IS yesterday and was amazed at the quality. This camera should be no different.

Canon Lens on the Powershot N

I think this camera is a welcome release from Canon. Previously we have not seen any change within their entry level Powershot line up. I really do think this camera will do very well with some online marketing behind it. I can see the YouTubers and the younger photo sharers embrace this little beauty. I would certainly own one for my YouTube travels.

What camera remote should I use?


Camera Remotes

Have you ever seen images of  lightning, star trails and even light painting and wondered how the photographer captured it?

This little article is all about revealing some of the magic….using one of the low light photographers favourite tool – the camera remote.

The original screw in shutter button remote your grandparents had for their trusty camera certainly doesn’t stand a chance against the modern remote of today.

Screw in Remote Cable

Wireless, timer, WiFi and even Bluetooth are common terms associated with this great device that will change the way you tackle your newly found photographic subject. Remotes are most useful when the camera’s shutter speed exceeds 30 seconds in a mode called bulb mode. When the bulb mode is used you can extend the camera’s shutter speed to what ever time limit you want (although you are limited to your camera’s battery). Shooting in bulb mode means whatever happens in the scene will be captured while the shutter is open.

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Fujifilm X100s and Fujifilm X20 Specs


The following is the press release about the two new cameras the Fujifilm X100s and Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm X100s

Fujifilm X100s

Two years ago, FUJIFILM launched the prestigious X100 with a FUJINON 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens and superb image quality, in a beautifully designed compact camera body. Its unique style and international acclaim has carved out a niche for a new genre of Premium Compact Camera, designed in pursuit of optimum operability. Today, FUJIFILM is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X100S, the successor to the FUJIFILM X100, inheriting its elegant design and high-performance lens, whilst evolving further to meet customers’ demands with the introduction of a higher-definition Hybrid Viewfinder and a new sensor and processor.

The X100S has the ability to capture high resolution images, comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. This is down to a combination of its newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which together increase resolution by approx. 25% (*2) and reduce noise by more than 30% (*3). Clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings, can also be produced, thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and the introduction of a more powerful processor.

The newly-developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor has built-in Phase Detection pixels which provide the X100S with the world’s fastest AF in as little as 0.08 seconds (*1). Additionally, the EXR Processor II offers very speedy response times with a start-up time of approx. 0.5 seconds (*4), and a shooting interval of 0.5 seconds. Plus with its shutter time lag of only 0.01 seconds, it allows you to react quickly and capture each precise moment you want to with no missed photo opportunities.
Also new to the FUJIFILM X100S is the world’s first (*5) “Digital Split Image” feature, which displays dual images on the left and right to be lined up for manual focusing. This enables accurate focusing especially when working with an open aperture or macro shooting. What’s more there is a handy Focus Peak Highlight function, which shows you precisely which area of your composition is in focus.

Depending on the subject and scene, users can switch between two viewfinder options: optical or electronic. The Optical Viewfinder (OVF) is useful when users want to see their subject in the same bright clarity that they see with the naked eye, or when time lag is an issue. The high resolution 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) is useful when you want to be able to visually check focus, exposure, white balance and depth of field whilst composing the shot.

Main Features

(1) Sensor performance comparable to full-frame output
The X100S features FUJIFILM’s newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a unique, highly randomised, colour filter arrangement. The benefit of the new array is the elimination of the need for an optical low-pass filter; these are used in conventional sensors to reduce false colour and moiré effects but they also reduce image resolution. The removal of the optical low-pass filter allows the X-Trans CMOS II sensor to maximise the light it receives directly, enabling users to capture much finer detail and optimise resolution levels.

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Behind the Scenes – How Film is Developed and Printed



A bag of 35mm film

Have you ever wondered how your film is developed?

So what’s first? Let me take you through the process…

To start get your favourite old camera out. You know that camera you found at an op shop or garage sale. The one that says Lomo on the side or Leica on the top? Either way its still around and you might as well put it to some use.  Load your favourite film and continue by spending the morning or afternoon out photographing your favourite subject.

Once you have finished your shoot the satisfying sound of the rewinding film should be music to your ears. With a smile head into your local film lab to get your marvellous shots processed. At this point you should be smiling as you have captured images on the original camera sensor – film! ….and nothing beats the original right?

Fujifilm sign for film printing

So now your film has arrived, you can continue on your journey while the staff at the film lab go ahead and turn your art into memories. Your little favourite film’s journey is just about to begin.

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Fujifilm X20 and X100s


Fuji X20

The new Fujifilm X20 camera will be arriving shortly at CES.

The newly designed camera seems to be about the same size as the original Fujifilm X10 and now has a choice of black or silver.

In my opinion the silver model looks the better colour choice as I think it represents the retro look better than the black.

I have been shooting with the Fujifilm X-100, Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and occasionally with the Fujifilm X10 and found the image results from all three cameras have been very satisfying.

There was some debate in the earlier firmware versions of the Fujifilm X10 camera about the sensor producing orb like rings around bright lights. I’m sure this ‘problem’ will have been resolved in the new X20.

Aesthetically I don’t really see much difference between the X10 and X20 however internally the new camera is rumoured to have phase detection pixels and contrast detection to aid a superior focus system. Something Fujifilm fans have asked for in previous versions.

Fujifilm will also be releasing an updated version of the high successful X100 called the Fujifilm X100s. I imagine many of the menu features found on the X-Pro 1 will migrate to the new X20 and X100s.

You can read my full thoughts on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 here.

GEAR FOR SALE


The time has come for me to make the move away from my Canon kit. I won’t say much more as its all in the video. All the prices and details can be seen below the video or on my YouTube channel.

If you have any questions on my gear simply visit the YouTube page and read the comments section under the video – you should find all the answers there. If you have any other questions comment below here on my blog.

A few ground rules first.
I will be VERY selective to replying to people on Youtube and other social platforms about general questions about the gear I am selling.

The condition of the gear is talked about in the video so all your questions should be answered there.

The purchaser will have to pay for any shipping and any landing fees (for example VAT) to their country.
All goods will be sent via AUSTRALIA POST. Items will be very well packed in bubble wrap and double boxed. To work out a rough guide for postage costs see the following links (All items will be sent from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia 6160):

For international postage: http://auspost.com.au/apps/international-parcel.html
For parcels within Australia: http://auspost.com.au/apps/domestic-parcel.html

There will be no returns on purchased goods.

Payment can be made via Paypal. I will only release the goods once I recieve full payment. I am a man of my word. If you don’t believe me speak with anyone who knows me online (Google+ or simply google my name ‘Leigh Diprose’)

The list of gear I’m selling is:
1x Canon EOS 1D MK IV Body Only – AUD $4500.00
(AUSTRALIAN BUYERS ONLY FOR THIS ITEM due to the item containing batteries)

WORLDWIDE SHIPPING for any lenses:
1x Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens – AUD $1600.00
1x Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2.8 APO DG Lens – AUD $1500.00
1x Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Lens – AUD $800.00
1x Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite – AUD $700.00
1x Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens – AUD $750.00
1x Sigma 2x Teleconverter (Canon Mount) – AUD $150.00

To get in contact with me you can see all my contact details on my site – http://www.leighdiprose.com