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Australia – what worked and what didn’t?

FBJ Photo Gear Australia 2008-800pix text

In August I wrote a post about my gear for a photo trip just before leaving for Australia on a 5 week photo trip. This is the story of what worked and what didn’t work in The Kimberley and Kakadu National Park in Australia.

Click the Keep reading link below for the full detailed story of what worked and what didn’t!

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Ipod touch for photographers

I’ve had a super nasty flu-like virus for more than a week now so haven’t been able to do anything productive. I very rarely get sick but this virus got the better of me. Good thing that I now own an Ipod Touch so I can surf the net and listen to – and buy – music lying flat on my back on my sofa!

Flemming Bo Jensen Photography on the Ipod Touch Safari Mobile browser:

FBJ on IpodTouch

I love music and now own 4 different Ipods (the mini which I don’t use anymore, the nano, the shuffle and the touch which I do use all 3). I first had a look at this beauty in Sydney back in October and it’s amazing I held out so long before buying one. It is simply another masterpiece from Apple, the touch navigation is absolute incredible and an engineering slice of magic.

Ipod touch for photographers

Well as much as you would like you can’t store your photos on this device and use it as a portable hd and viewer in the field. Would be cool with an external hd and card reader that plugged in the data port of the Ipod Touch but we’ll never see that. Remember, this is Apple, they do not think anything but Apple software and hardware exists in the world! The screen quality is great, very sharp and bright. As for displaying your photos on this baby the screen actually has fairly accurate colours, it’s a bit under-saturated and bluish (too cold white balance) but still excellent especially for this sort of device. Definitely much better colours than most laptops!

I also plan to use my Ipod Touch as a portfolio-in-my-pocket device! I will create a portfolio of the very best of my shots, edit, sharpen and saturate them for the ipod touch screen and voila…instant portfolio on the go in my pocket everywhere I go!

Sydney, the giraffe and the mo-to-sho!

No I’m not talking about the fact that as a tall Scandinavian you’re taller than most people here. I’m talking about who enjoys one of the very best locations and views in Sydney? It is none other than the giraffes at Taronga Zoo! – have a look:

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My giraffe legs need a pitstop because I have walked several marathons around Sydney, the beaches, the parks, the gardens, the bridges and the zoo. Granted I didn’t run these marathons I walked them, but I still reckon I got a fair bit of exercise shooting hundreds of shots in Sydney – my legs certainly need an oil change and new tires!  If I hadn’t dropped and broken my gps unit it would have been fun to see the routes (and no my routes were not from pub to pub, actually been working hard here!).

Here’s a few of my latest Sydney shots – more new shots at my gallery.

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Got lucky and caught a brilliant fiery sunset from Milsons Point Click to see larger size

The classic cityscapes at night from Milsons Point, the best place to see the sunset and shoot cityscapes at dusk

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Governor Philip Tower reaching for infinity

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A busy Saturday sunset at Ms Maquaries Point! Landscape photographers, wedding photographers, at least 5 newlywed couples and tourists all compete for that famous picture! A funny sight, the newlyweds were actually queuing to get their shots.

I like visiting Sydney and I love photographing Sydney – but it really is too big and busy and “mega-city” for me, too many people and wouldn’t want to live here. It’s all relative of course; I visited my mate Augusto here and he and his girlfriend lived in London before and they find this fairly quiet in comparison! Well, basically anything that isn’t me and a red desert I find too busy 🙂

My hotel is in Darling Harbour and as I got in the taxi at the Sydney airport and told the driver where I was going he (from Asia) asks me
“ah you go to mo-to-sho?”
Ehh…sorry mate, what? He repeats “mo-to-sho” 3 times and I just simply cannot hear what he is saying with the asian accent and I feel really embarrassed and stupid but I don’t understand a word, sounds like he’s shouting something from a Karate movie (“ka-ra-tei” as Ross would say in FRIENDS).
He then finally points to a flyer that says “Motor show at Darling Harbour”…
“ahhh, a motor show” I say and feel stupid…
“yes” he repeats, “the mo-to-sho! Many cars!”

And now for something completely different

Watching the news in Australia can be a weird experience but this week was special.
Australia can be so backwards sometimes you think it’s the 1950’s with weird moral issues and double standards. Especially in the cities, in the outback people are a bit more the more pioneering independent liberal type. But the “stuck-in-suburbia and morally offended by everything and the government should do something” person here is genuinely scary.  Australia is also incredibly far away from everything else and that is reflected in the news, you’re lucky to get one international story on the news and I have to use the internet to keep me up to date.

Australians hold sport stars in higher regard than anyone else and expect them to be the perfect role models of society. The no. 1 story on the news a few days ago was Ben Cousin (Australian Football player) getting caught with drugs again. Bad, yeah, but not like a national emergency I should think – but even the prime minister John Howard comments on this story as if the footballer let the entire nation down in battle and shot one of his own men in the back! Same a few months ago when Rugby legend Andrew Johns revealed he had done drugs for years after getting caught with an E. I think if our Crown Prince Frederik was found shooting heroin the outrage would still not match what we see here!

Thankfully for Ben Cousins the Chaser team (brilliantly funny team doing a great satirical TV-show on channel ABC) took the attention by doing a very dark funny satirical song about how people are glorified out of proportion after death (“even wankers turn into top blokes after death”) using Lady Di, Steve Irwin, John Lennon (singing “married a nutbag and his songs were never quite as good as Paul’s” hehehe!) etc. as examples. On the edge and offensive yeah, but it’s a dark edgy satirical show and don’t watch it if you don’t like this sorta stuff. But…the outrage in the news! And they were condemned by the Prime Minister again. I’m surprised the ABC building wasn’t burned to the ground.

Some of the bloody social commentators on TV here would not look out of place on FOX in USA and morning TV here is unbelievably bad and the news and TV channels generally are far too Americanised. Yesterday there was a story suggesting  to make buying, smoking or possessing cigarettes totally illegal…cos they’re bad for you and therefore bad for society. Well yes. Like alcohol. Burgers. Doughnuts. Chips…why stop at cigarettes? Ban the cars, they kill the most of all! Well this is a country that still had a “whites only” policy until the 1970’s and you still get people here saying aboriginals are not human and that Australia has no history (oldest country on Earth oldest still-living natives…ring a bell?) and you’re thinking “what the F#$, is it 1788 and the first fleet has just landed here?”

It truly boggles the mind how weird and backwards this country can be sometimes!

Randomness

  • In the Darling Harbour shopping mall I suddenly was struck by the sight of a huge white plastic decorated Christmas tree. Bugger! Reality check! Oh well, most of the the Darling Harbour area is one big ugly theme-park piece of eye-sore architecture anyway so why not a fake white Christmas tree on a warm sunny day!
  • In a Mac shop I tried the new spectacular Ipod iTouch (basically the Iphone without the phone). The touch interface is incredible and the built-in wifi and Safari browser is surprisingly good to use because the screen is sooooo gorgeous and the touch navigation great. It really is the internet in your pocket! I browsed my Pbase gallery from the itouch and it worked beautifully, fast downloading through the wi-fi and great quality – pictures looked great and the text was rendered in classy mac style. I can see why people rave about the iphone, I will definitely get one of these, preferably an iphone running on the 3G network!
  • I mentioned them in my post about Australian rock music, but they deserve to be mentioned again – cds from Evermore and Eskimo Joe are on ipod repeat, they’re brilliant! My kind of indie rock!
  • Apparently Australia is desperate for skilled IT guys at the moment and it’s easy to get a sponsorship visa. Only took my mate Augusto 2 weeks to get a great job in IT and then about 2 months to get the temporary 4 year visa. It’s only temporary which is a big minus for me, but still…something to think about I reckon. Not to move permanently but would be very cool to be able to go back and forth and work both places – Denmark and Australia.
  • Still waiting for my hair to grow back to surfer or rock star length…too bloody short presently, aargh!

Joke of the day:

One time a guy handed me a picture of himself and said ‘here’s a picture of me when I was younger.’

Every picture of you is when you were younger!

It’s like, ‘Here’s a picture of me when I’m older.’

You son of a bitch! How’d you pull that off? Let me see that camera. What’s it look like…?

Mitch Hedberg (1968–2005), from Strategic Grill Locations

Thanks to The Online Photographer for originally posting the above Mitch Hedberg quote.

Traveling Photographer – my office on the road

July 2010: This post is 3 years old and completely outdated, I will write a new one soon.

I thought it would be fun to show you how my mobile office looks setup here in a hotel room:

My office on the road, click for larger size

Pictured is

  • Asus V6V ultra slim light weight laptop, spyder2 colour calibrated screen
  • Sandisk high speed CF card reader
  • Western Digital 250 GB external harddrive for backups
  • Canon L lenses 17-40mm, 70-200mm and 1.4 extender
  • Creative Ipod external speakers (surprisingly ok, heaps better than the laptop speakers)

Missing from the picture is of course my Canon EOS 5D (using that to take the picture) with 24-105mm f/4.0 L lens, 2 Hoya polarizer filters, 20 blank DVDs for backup, Gorillapod SLR-zoom travel tripod (works really well, very surprised), 2 Ipods and an awful lot of power supplies, battery chargers and a lot of other small gadgets (like a solar powered mossie repellant and a GPS tracker which I unfortunately broke in the outback).

Workflow: I use the brilliant Breeze Systems Downloader Pro to download raw files from my memory cards and it automatically creates a backup copy of the raw files on the external WD harddrive and keeps track of all files, ensures that all files on the memory card are copied with no duplicates etc. Super piece of software. I then burn copies as well on DVDs so I have 3 copies of every RAW file. (can’t be too careful!) I then use the phenomenal Rawshooter to quickly look through today’s shoot and pick out a few shots to develop and post on my website. I use Windows Live Writer to write blog entries (since it works offline as well). I am quickly approaching 2000 shots (and I don’t shoot heaps of every scene) and everything has worked perfectly so far (with a small 5D hiccup).

Everything fits in my Lowepro Computrekker laptop&camera backpack (it gets a bit too heavy but don’t tell that to Qantas) so I can bring everything onboard my flights as hand luggage! For daily use I have a Lowepro Stealth reporter shoulder bag for the camera + 1 or 2 lenses (on flights this then has to fit inside my 1 large check-in luggage bag since you can’t have more than 1 hand luggage and 1 check-in bag). It takes good organizational skills to be a traveling photographer and quite a bit of equipment and I reckon I’m traveling very light compared to some!

Wishlist: Oh there’s always  a tonnes of stuff that would be great to have. I’m fairly satisfied though. It’s expensive to be a gadget freak AND a computer freak AND a photographer. A new faster core2duo laptop with better screen would be nice. If I sell a lot of pictures – I might also get the soon-to-be-released Canon EOS 1Ds mkIII 21 megapixel full frame camera! And if I sell a truckload of pictures some day – a 6x17cm panorama camera! Ah actually I think the money will go into funding my next trip. Not much fun to have all that gear and not being able to afford to leave my flat 😀