Articles - Equipment

New Tripod Rig

This afternoon I bought a new tripod rig to replace my aging, mildly limiting and severely weathered tripod rig. I purchased a: Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod; Manfrotto 322RC2; grip ball head and Manfrotto MBAG80PN 80cm padded tripod bag. It all came bundled as a kit. Manfrotto 055XPRO Tripod I recently researched tripods and decided I wanted... [more]

Graduated Neutral-Density Filters in the Digital Age

Introduction to Graduated Neutral-Density Filters Graduated neutral-density (GND) filters were used in the days of film to lower the contrast (sometimes expressed as 'dynamic range') in a scene. When shooting a landscape or seascape image (especially when shooting towards a rising or setting sun), the difference in brightness between land (or sea) and sky can... [more]

New Camera Bag: Lowepro Nova 190 AW

After having 'Lowepro bag for light travel' on my list of things to buy for a year or two, today I finally purchased said camera bag. Hitherto, my camera bag rig consisted of a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW and an often-used 12-year-old shoulder bag which needed replacement.  I also have a Crumpler 5 Million Dollar... [more]

Dead Battery Charger

I am not having much success with technology lately. Last week my laptop's hard disk decided to fail. The other day my Canon EOS 5D Mark II's battery charger also decided it would stop working. The notion of continuity of operation simply does not apply to me. When I plug the charger into the mains... [more]

Overview of the 'Plastic Fantastic' Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, known as the 'Plastic Fantastic' or the 'Nifty Fifty', is a very popular lens, and for good reason: it is fast and cheap. I used to own one of these, but I later sold it.  I have no need or desire for a 50mm lens, as the focal length... [more]

Equipment I Use - Lighting

Following on from part one of a three-article series about the equipment I use, in this article I will discuss the lighting equipment I use. Some people might be thinking "Wait, you are a seascaper - why do you need lighting equipment?", and fair enough; but seascaping is not all I do; I also shoot... [more]