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


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


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


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


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.