My Perfect Camera Setup (or why I am considering switching to mirrorless)

Sunset photography at Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona, 2012.

As of this writing, my current photography set-up is a Nikon D700, a 24–70mm f/2.8, a 35mm f2, a 50mm f/1.8 and an 85mm f/1.8. It has served me well over the last several years of having it. For urban photography, I could take whatever kit I needed for that occasion (say the 35mm for a photowalk or the biggers lens and a flash for studio photography, which I was getting into early last year). It served me well… when I wasn’t travelling.

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Paula’s Cafe, Fairfield

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Paula’s Cafe had been on my list of places to visit since it had appeared on some of my favourite food blogs. Renowned for its amazing empanadas, I was eager to try out the empanadas and the rest of the Chilean cuisine they’ve got on offer. V had an errand in Fairfield today so I tagged along to check it out. We were not disappointed. Continue reading

Tutorial: Using Django and Jquery

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I had some difficulty recently finding a web tutorial specifically aimed at the use of Django and Jquery. There is an immense wealth of information on each topic but little on using them together – how to pass arguments to Django, how to receive it and what data formats JQuery expects back. After playing around with them and seeing how they click together, I thought I’d write this tutorial. Continue reading

Ramen Ikkyu, Chinatown

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It happens slowly but predictably this time of year. Over time, the cravings become greater. Then, the occassional fix isn’t enough; I start feeling cold, even irritable. I need it. I need… ramen. My stomach can tell, like the House of Starck, winter is coming, and it shoots neurons to the primordial part of my brain. It whispers: “ramen”, over and over. And I relent. Continue reading

Street Headshot: The Traveller

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Wow, was this taken that long ago?

Taken during one of my lunch time photo walks a couple of summers ago, I was eager to play around with my 85mm f/1.4 lens. The 85mm is a standard portait lens that every photographer should have in their kit. At the time, I was still learning how to use it and approaching people on the street to take their photo. Most people are happy to oblige.

This lady was a traveller exploring the city. I ran into her at the corner of Bridge and Young Street and she was happy to get her photo taken.