Freelance Photographer

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Gorgeous Byron Bay

Was keen to get a nice sunset to start off my Byron shots, but I got there a bit early and the sunset was nice but not intense.  This was my favourite shot of the day.  Shot it on my new Canon 1D Mark IV and it is an absolutely beautiful piece of equipment – was a bit stuck on a few settings, but once I got the manual out and figured out how basic it really was, and where all the buttons were, it was so simple to use and this was the result.  I love it!!!

Technical: 6:49pm, 9 February 2011, iso 100,  85 sec, 16mm, f/13, 16-35mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, lee big stopper 10, canon 1d mark iv

Gear Up!

I am constantly asked what my photography gear pack is made up of, so I have compiled a list of it below (& my wish list too):

My current pack
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8L USM lens w’ hood (wide angle)
  • Canon EF 16-35mm 1:2.8L II USM lens w’ hood (wide angle)
  • Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8L IS USM lens w’ hood (macro)
  • Lee Soft Graduated Filters 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 100x150mm Resin
  • Lee 10 Big Stopper
  • Lee 77mm Ring Adaptor
  • Lee 82mm Ring Adaptor
  • Lee Foundation Kit
  • Hoya Filter Circular Polarizing 77mm
  • Hoya PRO1 Digital Filter Circular Polarizing 82mm
  • Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod
  • Manfrotto Levelling Base 338
  • Manfrotto 808RC4 Ball Head
  • Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX
  • Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW


  • Beanie
  • Scarpa gortex boots
  • Thermal shirt & socks
  • Scarf
  • Windproof jacket
  • LED torch
  • Compass
  • Lanyard
  • Screwdriver – phillips and standard
  • Lip gloss
  • Gloves – fingerless
  • Thermarest self-inflating seat
  • iPhone for tidal apps, sunrise/set, moonrise times, gps, weather apps, etc…
  • Petzl head torch

My wishlist

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens
  • Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Manual Focus Lens for EOS
  • Canon 500mm f/4L IS

My Suppliers

Grey vs Local Stock?

  • Don’t be worried about buying imported stock – the warranties are valid, Canon will service your product and if you insure your gear, then why worry?  A $2000 AUD lens can be $1250 AUD if negotiated correctly and you save $750 AUD buying from DWI or B&H.  If insurance costs you 5% of product cost or you save 37.5% buying an import, then the risk (for me) far outweighs arranging postage of sending the item to either Canon Australia, or the supplier.  More money saved, more gear you can buy!  Have never had any problems with any of my gear purchased local or overseas and these are trusted suppliers.

Missing Photography Gear!

Oh … for anyone who ventures down to Forresters today, you may be lucky enough to find some photography gear washed up from the swell yesterday.  I grabbed my bag yesterday after a massive set came through and totally soaked me, and …. of course …. i didn’t zip it up, out tumbled my Petzl headlamp, some polarised screw-in filters 77m and 82mm, my flash stand, a screwdriver and my self-inflatable thermarest seat, which I use for night shoots (8-min exposures are so boring).  Good luck if you find it and happy hunting!  I am so mad at myself – lesson learned… zip up or lose it!!!

Comfit Description: Big, angry, white tips, bluish in colour – very loud and dangerous last night at Forresters – otherwise known as the OCEAN!!!