Icon and Luckypenguin - Brisvegas Showdown...

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    On saturday I tripped across to the big smoke in my Little blue BMW and visited Luckypenguin for the first time. It was super great to meet up with a forum member and see him in person rather than just an avatar. (I even got to see his cat in real life:smile:)

    We had our camera paraphernalia spread all over the coffee table, lenses, cameras along with the cat who appeared to need lots of attention. I wish I took a picture of our photographer heaven. Nic showed me a few tricks on his OM-D and I learnt about the intriguing multi aspect ratio sensor of the GH1. He showed me his collection of old cameras including an old OM and Pen. Another interesting invention I had never heard of before were these cameras that took twice as many pictures on a roll of film. For me it was my first exposure to half frame cameras. (pardon the pun) Clever idea I reckon.

    We grabbed our OM-D's and I we shot off on the train to Brisbane's CBD. I had Nic's 25mm and he my 7-14. We traipsed around and I had a great time experiencing a bit of the city scapes I don't' often see. We stopped in at a church and had a quick look around and grabbed a few shots. For me the highlight of the church was a massively stretched hummer parked out the front.

    I fell in love with the 25mm and have nearly decided to sell my 20 to fund the new younger sister...

    Along the track we bumped into a billboard with a guy sporting his OM-D and I stood in front of the sign and tried to replicate the picture. He had one up on us because he had the grip tho.

    Our legs then took us to the queen street mall (i think) and I tried my hand at doing some street and I fancied myself as Mr Streetshooter. I'm not sure how I went but It was a fun experience. I laughed when I was going through some of my stealth pictures and feeling proud of my stealth until i came to a shot showcasing a bunch of girls, and one of them was waving at me.:smile:

    here's some of my shots from the day....Nic make sure you add some of yours as well:smile:

    all with the PL 25mm


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    universal language

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    BUPINDER... I didn't want to wake him.

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    молодая девушка

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  2. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    :biggrin: Nice !!

    So awesome that you guys met up....and I like the sound of that coffee table full of gear. Nice shots too mate...."Universal Language" is great.
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  3. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
    nice to see you and Nic get into "versus" mode shooting street, mate! :rofl: great images and i love the "universal language" and the (first) embark images!

    hope to meet you guys on december when i go back to Syd :biggrin:

    p.s any images of that coffee table? sounds interesting!
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  4. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi Brady ..
    I think thats a fantastic pic of my replica ..lol hahhah .Its good to see you guys catching up .I have met three forum members in Melbourne and we are planning a lunch and photoshoot soon.
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  5. Ah damn, I guess this means I better get around to processing some images. I think Brady covered all of the important bits about the day, especially the part about the cat of course.


    It was great to meet up with the famous icon himself and chat about all things photography and much else besides. Unfortunately the opportunity was missed to photograph the coffee table full of camera gear. One of the cameras present was Brady's GX1, which at one point was a model that I was considering before I eventually decided to go with the E-M5. I brought it along with us for a chance to try it out (with the 14mm mounted). I really liked the GX1; it's a nice, unassuming but very capable camera. It's certainly still a camera that I would consider. The sensor is clearly not the same as the E-M5; still very good in a different way. My first impression upon importing the files into Lightroom is that this is a natural b&w camera. A few pics below from the GX1/14mm combination. These days I'm a bit out of practice with the 14mm focal length after spending a lot of time with the 25mm lens mounted. Everything looks too far away, lol.





    While I'm at it I'll add a few pics our intrepid adventurer from the out-of-town. These are all from the E-M5.


    Icon nicked my 25mm for most of the day, so I took his 7-14mm.


    We still managed to switch lenses a few times, though. This was obviously NOT taken with the 7-14mm!


    That's right, we went there.


    I think D&G just found their new model...


    ...but icon preferred the old one.
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  6. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Beautiful images Nic, Infact I have postponed the idea of OMD for the time being and decided to get GX1 instead and its arriving next week. I dont know but I love the look and feel of GX1. I will get OMD as well but I wanna enjoy GX1 for a while before getting OMD .
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  7. Thanks! There's been some GX1 bodies that have been tempting me on eBay since before I bought the E-M5. I think I like the silver best.
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  8. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I bought silver one and believe me , Panny silver is sexy actually. I orderded mine for only AUD 435 which is a great . I also rebought PL 25 an d will glue it on Panasonic GX1 forever ..lol
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  9. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Lovely, both the meet and the pics.
    Why the hell is Ozzie territory on the wrong side of this planet ?????

    C U,
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  10. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Great sets guys! Enjoyed the post.
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  11. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Cheers all for dropping a line. ( I feel honoured Adubo:smile: -Thanks mate)

    I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to another catch up down the track.

    Thanks Nic for your shots, I'm digging that clarity/structure you got going. Gives a feel of it's own.

    I'll probably have to get my hair cut before I go for an interview with D&G...and add on a little height

    impromptu acting by Nic

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  12. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi Brady ...drive to Melbourne and we will arrange a photography drive thro on Great Ocean Road..
  13. I was wondering how this one might turn out. That's really cool!

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  14. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
    lol, no worries, Brady! great shots and i'm eager to go back to AU and get myself going on a different (strange, but familiar) turf of street shooting

    hope i can catch you guys when i get there
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  15. Having the opportunity to use Brady's 7-14mm reinforced to me that this is not my focal length on the street, but I gave it a go all the same. I found that I kept trying to zoom it in further than it allowed; probably not surprising when the 25mm is usually my lens of choice. All the same, the 7-14mm is an impressive piece of kit.






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  16. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Yeah I can see the P7-14 as being an extremely difficult lens to use for street photography, street in the traditional sense as in capturing people up close and personal in movement and in interaction with each other..but 'street' as in urban landscapes and human interaction with the built environment around them, then I think it could be fantastic. I don't recall who posted it but there was a recent series of images taken in Barcelona I believe that demonstrated this perfectly.

    Sounds like you guys had a good day and took some nice images....I just wish there was someone here in Melbourne willing to do the same and perhaps lend me their CV Nokton 17.5 for a day ;)
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  17. tubedriver

    tubedriver Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 30, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Makes me wish I lived in Brisvegas! Great Photos and it seems good times were to be had. It would be great to catch up with other :43: users over here in Perth.
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  18. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That would be the bomb! I'll be here when you arrive:smile:

    I might even own a PL25 by then.
  19. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The best part of meeting up with Nic was a few tips I picked up. Because we had similar gear it was useful practical stuff. So getting together with other m43 users is a great idea.
  20. DownUnderDog

    DownUnderDog Mu-43 Regular

    The "Beemer" really!

    Hey Icon,
    did the "Beemer" really get you all the way from Cecil Plains to Brisbane?
    Cool, Man!!!!!!!!
    Great to hear that and also your meeting with "Lucky". What a great episode from a simple camera forum. I'm proud of you both. Just great Aussies. Take note all you m43 buffs from the rest of the world. Australia - a great place down under!
    DownUnderDog (woof)