Windswept

Windswept

Windswept

The Biker

The Biker

Bromance

Bromance

Little one

Little one

Put your feet up

Put your feet up

Beach life

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Beach life

Beach life

Park life

Park life

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hang-time #2

Hang-time #2

I’ve been extremely happy with my Leica M9-P since I purchased it last year after selling my Canon 5d Mk II and lenses and accessories. The only thing I wish was better was the low-light performance, as noise really starts to be a problem from ISO 800-1600 onwards. I did a bit of research and recently bought a Sony RX1 – the world’s smallest full-frame camera, which comes with a fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens. Here is a pic of the new baby:

Sony RX1

Sony RX1

I will primarily be using it at night time when I would typically not shoot at all after putting the M9-P away. I’ve only shot with it for two days, but so far let me say a couple of things… First, battery life sucks. I have it set to sleep after 20 seconds of inactivity and I still ran out in less than a day’s shooting (~100 shots). Secondly, I’m finding it odd using the LCD to shoot. “It’s not you RX1, it’s me!” ha  I’m just so used to the rangefinder and zone focusing – I actually find that method faster for taking photos than using the LCD and autofocus on the Sony. I wish I could easily zone-focus with the RX1 and hopefully they will allow something like that in a firmware update. I know there is an optional electronic viewfinder (EVF) for the RX1, but due to the fact that it sits in the hotshoe – i.e. right in the centre of the camera – it tends to draw unwanted attention to it which is the opposite of what you want on the street, so I’ll see how I go with the LCD! The 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens is incredibly sharp. Auto white balance seems to be OK. Menu is easy to navigate. The camera itself is very well made and very small in size – impressively so given it is a full-frame sensor. Great dynamic range. Significant flexibility in post-processing to recover shadow detail. Here are a few RX1 pics:

Smile!

Smile!

Trio

Trio

Branching out

Branching out

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Playful

Playful

Meditation

Meditation

Modern fashion

Modern fashion

Love

Love

Love

Young skateboarder

Young skateboarder

Lost in the crowd

Lost in the crowd

Beach hotel

Beach hotel

The ones that got away – June 2013

Didn’t take many photos the second half of June – weather has been absolutely abysmal here in Sydney recently!

Swimming on dry land

Swimming on dry land

Layers and textures

Layers and textures

Zoom zoom

Zoom zoom

Black & white

Black & white

Instagram pics:

Charlie

Charlie

Duck says hello

Duck says hello

My new ride

My new ride

Swim Squad

Air temp was about 11 degrees celsius when these brave peeps plunged into the water just after sunrise at Manly on Sunday. I was happy staying on dry land 🙂

Bold & Beautiful Swim Squad

Bold & Beautiful Swim Squad

Man's best friend

Man’s best friend

Double-chin

Double-chin

The ones that got away – May 2013

Stunned

Stunned

At peace

At peace

Hands in the spotlight

Hands in the spotlight

Careless

Careless (10mins worth of plastic found at Manly beach)

About to get my feet wet

About to get my feet wet

I’ll also start including some of my favourite instagram shots for the month, with the first group below:

Point of View

Untitled

Untitled

The Joker

The Joker

Little Entrepreneurs (70c lemonade!)

Little Entrepreneurs (70c lemonade!)

Beach Camouflage

Beach Camouflage

Beach Camouflage

Surfing on the rocks

Surfing on the rocks

Seeing double

Seeing double

I forgot to mention yesterday that I viewed an incredibly inspiring video documenting a young man by the name of Christopher Aiff who, because of numerous tumours throughout his body, has been advised that he has between 6 months and 2 years left to live. He is 21 years old. If you have a spare 10 minutes I would urge you to watch it. This passage from Christopher really resonated with me:

The decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles sadness that exists. It is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good and to cultivate happiness – genuine happiness. Happiness is not a limited resource. When we devote our energy and time to trivial matters and choose to stress over things that ultimately are insignificant, from that point we perpetuate our own sadness and lose sight of the things that really make us happy and rationalize our way out of doing amazing things.

Run & stretch

Run and stretch

Run and stretch

Sprayed

Sprayed

Reflections

Reflections

Vivid

Vivid

No title required

No title required

One wave is all it takes

One wave is all it takes

Great story with this guy in the ‘onesie’ above ^. Him and a friend are trying to help people get through depression. They’ve set up a not-for-profit called ‘One wave is all it takes’ because literally getting people out there learning to surf and catching even a single wave will get their minds to a happier place. Such a great cause and so selfless. Find them on facebook.

I ran my first half-marathon last Sunday in an OK time of 1hr 35mins! I decided to run at the last minute and really enjoyed it. I might run a full marathon later in the year! Thanks to everyone who supported me – I managed to raise $600 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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In search of the perfect wave

In search of the perfect wave

In search of the perfect wave

Big Baby

Big Baby

Upside down

Upside down

Admiring the view

Admiring the view

Contortionist

Contortionist

And to finish off Mother’s Day, a very hard working florist, part of a husband & wife team behind Champagne & Roses in Manly, who were already hard at work when I walked past about 6am! 😮

Busy preparing Mother's Day flowers

Busy preparing Mother’s Day flowers