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Trying Out Canon Gear

I’ve used Nikons all my career. That makes this article an impartial evaluation of the dream kit that Canon asked me to trial. It consisted of a Pelican case bursting with about $30,000 worth of pro gear. Let’s start with the EOS 1DS III – what a brilliant camera! It’s a bit of a Clydesdale …

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When is a leaf a flower?

When it is red. This month our Day Safari group headed out to photograph waratahs. These are stunning, large, red flowers native to Australia which appear during September and October – our springtime. They seem to emit a glow like an inner fire and stand out like beacons in the bushland around Sydney. When our …

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Mac vs PC

As part of my recent tour around Australia and New Zealand, for the Kodak seminar series, I gave presentations at various photographic colleges. While visiting the various campuses, I poked into some of the classrooms to see what computers were provided to students – to see what was the basic platform of the teaching curriculum. …

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To Kill or Not to Kill Our Whale?

The question is moot. The deed has been done. Last week, as a community, we decided to euthanase baby Colin, the whale who had come adrift from her mother, and who had been sucking the hulls of boats moored in Pittwater, one of Sydney’s harbours just a couple sea miles from my house. What a …

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Waterfall Trickery

It’s great when you learn from your students. The last Day Safari workshop was a big fun day out. We shot wildlife in the morning and waterfalls in the late afternoon. Participants quickly understood how to use different shutter speeds to create various amounts of “silkiness” in the waterfall. But my students taught me something about …

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Photographers, Politics and the Environment

One of the most significant environmental events in Australia occurred in 1983. And I was there. It was January, I was on my honeymoon with my French photographer husband, Jean-Paul Ferrero and I was on a mission to try my hand at my first ever photojournalism piece. We cruised down Tasmania’s Gordon River and camped …

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