I am heading to Tasmania next week and decided that I would take a macro lens with me. After looking at the lenses available I settled on the Sigma 105mm Macro lens and set about finding one. After ringing around I soon worked out this lens is popular and knew I was going to have to order one. I chatted with a rep from digidirect.com.au and was promised they would be able to get me the lens by this weekend if I placed my order on Monday, it suited me, Australian stock, great price and delivered when I wanted it…
Thursday afternoon I started to get concerned as I had not heard anything, I sent an email and it was replied to by the Sales Manager telling me it would be sent to me Friday. In the email I again stated that I needed this by the weekend and assumed at this point that the Sales manager would have read this, as I also stated I was happy to pay extra for their 3 hour delivery service. It’s now 5:30pm Friday and I will not have this lens in time for the weekend. I now have to hope that it gets here before I leave for Tasmania!
When I rang the sales manager at Digidirect I was hit with all sorts of excuses and the Sales Manager seemed to want to argue with me rather than take responsibility for the screw up and help me. Once again highlights the lack of customer service and why so many people are turning to eBay. I probably could have got it cheaper and quicker on eBay!
Having said that, it reinforces the mantra, Good, Cheap, Fast… you can only pick 2!
Here’s another from Bradley’s Head. I love how sometimes the sun will just emit sun rays through the clouds… and as a bonus there is an aircraft on final to Land at Sydney Airport…
I was at Sydney Harbour, all set up by the waters edge. I have this plan of shooting a beautiful sunrise with the Opera House in the foreground. I have a few images on my hard drive that I am happy(ish) with, but nothing that has really nailed it the way I am hoping for. Anyway… I digress a little, it was stormy, windy and obviously not going to be the stellar sunrise I was after, but I still managed to grab a few shots I am really happy with. The reason I bring this up, is that very same morning I met another photographer by the waters edge. He started to chat to me, he had basically given up on the morning shoot as it hadn’t delivered the colours us photographers love… regardless of this, I figure I have made the effort to get out of bed early so I may as well click away! Is there ever a bad time for photography? I don’t think so…
I am not sure why it is the norm to refer to things like the Opera House as a ‘HER’… I don’t even know if this is an Australian thing, or this happens world wide. I wonder what makes a building a ‘him’ or a ‘her’? Anyway… It was a windy morning and I decided to play around with some slower shutter speeds. This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom.
I am pretty happy with my current line up of lens, but I do get the question a fair bit… what lens should I buy?
I will start by saying there is no right or wrong answer. And the lens you choose next will depend on many things. I have raved on about this before, so I thought it would be best just to give you the link to the page I wrote… If you want to check out my page on choosing your next lens you can see it here.
Is Sydney Harbour the best in the world? I haven’t seen them all, but I think it would be hard to beat! By the way… did you know that you can click on any image and it will go full size… just a neat feature of the new site… go on… try it!
After many late nights and a lot of hours of mucking around, in just 14 days I have moved the entire site to a new server and had the whole thing redesigned from the ground up! My website can now be viewed on ANY device… that means that you can be on your iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Smart TV or whatever device, and on3legs will automatically adjust to give you the best experience! It also knows if you have a new Retina Display and will give you a Pixelicious time (I think I should trademark that!) – try it for yourself… resize your browser and you will see that everything will shuffle around to keep you happy!
I have also had the entire thing re-branded. I hope that this makes your experience here better!
This morning I decided to head back to a location I have not been to for nearly a year for sunrise, Blues Point. It’s a favourite of mine for sunrise because with the right conditions the Harbour comes to life. I am pretty happy with what I captured this morning… a little test for you… is this HDR or a single exposure??
See me use Topaz Adjust to add amazing detail and life to a photo… I am trying out the new G+ Hangout feature with Live streaming on YouTUBE. I will be going live at 8pm Australian EDST (UTC/GMT +11 hours) – stay tuned for the link… I will post it a few minutes before showtime! Let’s hope it all works… if it does, you will get to see me using Topaz Adjust to add the final touches to one of my images LIVE! If it doesn’t… you will have to go back to Masterchef and the Big Bang Theory
Sometimes when I am waiting around I wil go into the newsagency to see what magazines they have, and I usually find myself at the photography or aircraft section. Well, this week I bought the Ultimate Photoshop Course. It is a $16 magazine, and I thought, why not? I just need one nugget and I have my money’s worth. Most of what was in this magazine I already knew… it seems it was quite basic… but I got my nugget! It’s not something you will see often from me, but it was a little bit of fun. There was this section on how to create a photo planet, I know what you’re thinking… I could have just googled it… yeah, I guess so! Anyway, I decided to turn one of my Sydney Skyline shots into a photo planet. Because the end result is square, they would make great website thumbnails…