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Sydney to Cooktown with m4/3 and other stuff.

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by flash, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    So I’ve been back a week from our latest road trip. About 7000kms in 14 days. Two photographers. No kids. No fixed itinerary. 7 cameras. 1x 4 wheel drive. All we had to do was make Mossman, Qld in 10 days to be able to shoot a wedding we’d booked.

    My m4/3 kit consisted of 2x EM5’s, a 12-35, 45mm, 60mm macro, 75mm 1.8, 75-300 and a Samyang 7.5mm fisheye that I bought from pixelvandal. Thanks Pavel. No, you can’t have your lens back. :). I also had 3x FL50R’s and a FL600R plus a tripod and a selection of filters. I could have used a super wide. Maybe next time. But I did have a 12mm and 21mm for the Leica so I didn’t miss much.

    I also took my Leica kit. The Leica shots are on Leica Place.
    Road Trip with the M9 and other stuff.

    The wides were definitely the most used, especially the fish. Then the 12-35 and the 70-300. The primes got little use until the wedding. I was really impressed with both the fish and the 12-35. Excellent lenses at their optimum apertures. The 70-300 was a bit disappointing at the long end, mainly because even the IBIS in the Olympus can’t keep up with it at 600mm. A tripod or higher ISO yielded immediate improvements. I really wish I had lower ISO’s than 200. That’s the only place I missed my Sony’s SLT with it’s ISO 50. Sure didn’t miss the weight though.

    I’m also going to get a leveling base for my tripod head. It’ll make life much easier, especially when trying to shoot stitched panos. I’ll also invest in a new filter system for landscapes. The B&W filters are great but a pain to use. The old Cokins are not good enough. I’ll need to keep a couple of 58mm filters for the Leica but I can see a Lee system in my near future.

    The cameras worked flawlessly. I had to adjust the Leica’s rangefinder due to the 1500kms we drove on gravel and 4wd tracks. I managed to knock over a tripod with an EM5 attached to it. Fortunately the tripod took most of the impact. I did dent the hot-shoe of the camera. Easily fixed with a Leatherman. Camera works fine.

    So here’s a few pics from the trip.

    Sunrise Blue Mountains NSW - 12-35mm

    GTC55747.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Volkswagen Emu Lightning Ridge NSW - 12-35mm

    GTC55787.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Outback Dunny Lightning Ridge NSW - 7.5mm

    GTC65845.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Cathedral Roof - Carnarvon Gorge, Qld - 7.5mm


    GTC76082.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    BIF 75-300mm

    GTC86479.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Road Train Longreach, Qld - 12-35mm

    GTC96605.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    The Middle of nowhere. Bradensburg NP, QLD - 7.5mm

    GTC96736.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Muscles. Bradensburg NP. Qld - 75-300mm

    GTC96741.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Road Train Sunset - 75-300mm

    GTC96815.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Hard at Work - 60mm macro

    GTC96847.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Ghost Gums

    GTC06857.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Waterfall. Atherton Tablelands Qld - 12-35

    GTC06870.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Stream. Mt Hypipamee NP. Qld - 12-35mm

    GTC17004.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Curtain Fig. Curtain Fig NP. Qld - 7.5mm

    GTC17022.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Palm Leaf. Mossman Gorge NP. Qld - 60mm macro

    GTC47255.jpg by Flash Gordon Photography, on Flickr

    Gordon
     
  2. F/Stop

    F/Stop Mu-43 Veteran

    451
    Mar 9, 2013
    West Virginia
    Brian Y.
    nice shots sir.. road train is my favorite! wondering how many stop ND filter you were using for the waterfall shots?
     
  3. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    Thanks. I carried 3, 6 and 10 stop ND filters. Used the 6 stop the most.

    Gordon
     
  4. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Very nice! I especially liked the second stream pic and the curtain fig image. Regarding the NDs, sometimes the shutter speed (and hence the amount of available light) depends on how fast and dynamic the water is.
     
  5. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

    270
    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    Nice ones, Gordon. The Acratech levelling base is worth a look for a 2 series Gitzo. I use one on an old 1228, and the Lee 75 system is excellent. The 100mm Lee stuff just looks silly on the OM D. I know that you will be surprised to hear that I have both systems these days.
     
  6. peter124

    peter124 Mu-43 Regular

    Ghost gums is my favorite. Something about it takes me back to the three fantastic years I spent in Australia, 1977-80.
     
  7. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Makes me really wish I went along for that ride.
     
  8. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    Absolutely stunned...:biggrin:

    I've got my eye on a Novoflex levelling base at the moment. Seems adequate for my "small" format gear and not too pricey. Thanks for the heads up on the Lee 75mm set.

    Gordon
     
  9. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    We do one or two of these a year. I'll save you a seat on the next one....

    Gordon
     
  10. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    705
    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    Daros
    Nice, I want to go on a photoroadtrip too.
     
  11. BSH

    BSH Mu-43 Veteran

    208
    Jan 18, 2012
    WI
    Outstanding all around, but the curtain fig looks like it has a bunch of post processing. Did it? How much time do you spend on each final image? Again, those are REALLY beautiful photos, especially the sunrise.
     
  12. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    Very little processing. The curtain fig has my standard import preset plus 0.6 exposure, +22 clarity, +30 saturation and -15 blue lightness. My standard preset includes lifting the shadows a simple curve, pulling the blacks and a positive hue adjustment for greens and blues. Total time. Less than 30 seconds. That's the beauty of live view.

    In order to survive to my printing standards, some of these will require some real post processing. But for now they're simply exported directly to Flickr from LR5 beta. I've spent no more than a minute or two on any image......yet.

    Gordon
     
  13. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    What's stopping you?

    Gordon
     
  14. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    705
    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    Daros
    Nothing! Just making a general statement of want - I've gone on a few :)
     
  15. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Good stuff Gordon....saw your Leica set as well.
    Road trips are the best.

    Really like the front of the road train, nice crisp and contrasty mono....perfect for the subject.
    The road train sunset is fantastic too, really iconic image and one that anybody who's road tripped country Australia will be able to relate too.