Articles - 2018

How Large is the Moon in a Photograph?

During the early morning of Saturday, 28 July, 2018, a special celestial event was to occur: a total lunar eclipse, resulting in a red moon - one like this: I captured this particular red moon on 28 August, 2007.  Incidentally, it was the first and last red moon I captured! For the most recent total lunar eclipse, I planned to rise early... [more]

Autumn Adventures in Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson, in the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney, is a wonderful location for landscape photography.  Its specific appeal is the rich colours of the leaves during autumn, and many photographers venture to Mount Wilson to capture these colours. The quiet little mountain township had been on my never-ending list of photography locations/subjects, and... [more]

Canon's Big White 200mm Primes Compared

Introduction People who are familiar with Canon's EF telephoto lenses may know that over the years, Canon has offered two wide-aperture, fast-for-focal-length 200mm prime lenses: Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM; and Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM. Firstly, here is a view of these two wonderful lenses side-by-side: The Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM is a legendary... [more]

Guest Speaker at a Camera Club v3.0

Last year, a good friend of mine, who runs a growing camera club, asked me if I would return for the third occasion as a guest speaker. I had the honour and privilege of presenting an audio-visual show and talk about light and composition in September of 2017, and in February of 2016, I presented... [more]

Lenses: Primes vs. Zooms

Introduction In the photography world, the topic of prime lenses vs. zoom lenses is one of those enduring debates. As someone who has used both types of lenses extensively over the years, I will offer my views both for and against both types. Let me preface by saying that I made a conscious choice to... [more]

Precarious Position: First Seascape of 2018

This image of Turimetta Beach was captured during my first seascape session in nearly a year, and this was the first time I have returned to Turimetta since 2012. The conditions were a lot more dangerous than this image would suggest, with a strong south-easterly wind, medium-to-large swell and an incoming tide. Large waves were... [more]