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London Eye, On Top Of The World

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June 2014

Bucket List - London Eye. Now completed.

I had to press the lens hood flush up onto the glass to reduce the glare from the window and then a few clone stamps in #PerfectPhotoSuite8  to complete the task. If I had my Lens Skirt attached to the window and lens, which blocks the glare, I wouldn't have had this problem but it arrived a few days after we left for our 3 month holiday :(

Shot with #OlympusOMDEM1 , 9-18mm f4-5.6, 9mm @f8, ISO 200, 1/60 sec

Edited with #AdobeLightroom5  and #onOneSoftware  Perfect Photo Suite 8

#LondonEye   #London   #Westminster  +Olympus +Olympus AU  #TravelPhotography   #MykalHallPhotography  
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London Icons

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June 2014

An iconic image of London in the rain however I use a little creative inspiration from the only 2 rain drops that glowed as they passed by the lamp post. Instinctively I reached for the healing brush to remove them, wishing there were more rain drops to complete this image.  Once they were gone I just knew I had to have them back again but with more. So while searching my favourite photo editing package, #On1 #PerfectPhotoSuite , I found a texture blend of rain which I could adjust the opacity. As luck would have it the rain was falling in the same direction as the "fake" rain.


Shot with #OlympusOMDEM1 , 12mm f2 @ f2.5, ISO 400, 1/25sec

Edited with #AdobeLightroom5  and +onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8

+Olympus AU
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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

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As story from May 2014

#OlympusInspired  Shooting this scene handheld could only be done confidently with the Olympus OMD with 5 axis image stabilisation. There would be no way I could have achieved this with my Nikon D7000 without introducing too much noise and loosing details correcting that noise.

I love my Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12mm f2 Oly lens as it was my low light team that I called on for so many of my night shots without a tripod while traveling Europe for 3 months. I did have a tripod with me but didn't require it that often. Now that the new Olympus EM5 mkII has been released I can see the tripod only being used when capturing those 40Mp images when desired. Having the ability to switch from 16Mp to 40Mp and back again is a game changer for me, then being able to shoot COMFORTABLY at 1sec handheld brings a smile to my face. I have heard that someone achieved a 4SEC HANDHELD shot with the OMD EM5 mkII. Now that's got to send a shudder down the spine of all tripod manufacturers. Maybe I should start investing in small portable photography stools.  :)))

Shot with #OlympusOMDEM1 . 12mm f2 @ f2.8, ISO 640, 1/13sec handheld

Edited with #AdobeLightroom5  and +on1  #PerfectPhotoSuite9   #PerfectEffects

+Olympus AU  #NotreDamedeParis   #France   #cathedral   #Alter   #Handheld   #TravelPhotography   #Photography   #MykalHallPhotography  
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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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27 May 2014

As if you couldn't visit Paris and not take a shot of this icon. We just happened to do it a midnight, tripod free handheld with the +Olympus OMD EM1 with 12mm f2 lens. Having not to worry about image stabilisation at night is so much more enjoyable while on holidays. The last thing you want is to lug around a tripod to draw attention to you.

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Venice, Goodbye D90

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A story from May 2014.

This is the last image taken with the Nikon D90 during our resent holiday roaming around Europe. For a 6 year old camera model it still holds up with image quality. It's just a shame it doesn't have the Olympus 5 axis image stablilisation and size. The 2 things I missed the most while my Oly OMD EM5 was retired after having it's sensor zap by a laser show in Florence. I wanted to travel light throughout our 3 month vacation and capturing shots after sunset or dimly lit interiors with the D90 requires tripod shooting which is what I was trying to avoid. This was a holiday first, photography second trip.

So as we weaved our way around the alleyways of Venice we stumbled upon one of, if not only, camera store on the island and in the window was a camera that arrived in that same morning. The Olympus OMD EM1. My heart skipped a beat, my credit card switched and I almost broke out in a cold sweat as GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) raged through my body. Now I had been shooting with the EM5 for a while now and fitted it out with the additional battery grip allowing me the luxury of having 2 batteries and a more solid grip on the camera. When I compared the sizes of the 2 cameras the EM1 with it's inbuilt hand grip was actually smaller in dimensions compared with the EM5 with battery grip.

Now the price I would have to pay for this camera, I could have almost bought a Sony A7 back home but that would be no good to me here and now. I would also have to reinvest in a new lens system. Something I couldn't justify for my needs. So I did what any crazy GAS affected photographer would do with a freshly paid off, zero balance owing on credit card, with many Micro Four Thirds lenses, I bit the bullet and purchased the EM1. I felt guilty as hell at the time but am totally glad I purchased it. Olympus and I go together like a hand in a glove. We are both not perfect but man..... we have created some fantastic images over the 3 months away. If your camera is a burden every time you go to shoot with it, that's not going to add to your creativity and vision. Something every photographer requires in bucket loads.

Shot with NikonD90, Tokina 11 - 16mm f2.8 at f8, ISO 200, 15sec without a tripod with the camera sitting on the side of the bridge.

Edited with #AdobeLightroom5  and #onOneSoftware   #PerfectPhotoSuite8

#Venice   #VeniceCanals   #NightPhotography   #TravelPhotography   #Nikon   #NikonD90   #Italy   #MykalHallPhotography  
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Venice and the Black Bulky Beast

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A story from May 2014.

So my Olympus OMD EM5 has been put out of action due to a careless night in Florence and getting too close to a laser show. In comes plan B. +Dianne Hall has with her my old Nikon D90 as her backup camera to her Samsung Galaxy camera. I know what you're thinking.... she is leaving the better camera in the bag but in her words "It's just so heavy and bulky." I can't argue with that. After caring around my Oly this feels like a boat anchor. Playing tourist for 12 to 18 hours a day this was going to kill me. Well at least I don't have to carry around the tripod for the daylight hours. :))) As I said in the last post, I did actually forget where the on/off switch was on the Nikon. It's only been about 6 months..... or maybe even more since I retired this black bulky beast in favour of the Oly EM5.

Now to this image. As you can tell by the shadows this was captured in the worst possible light, the midday sun but I knew the dynamic range of the Nikon could pull out the details in the dark shadows to present a decent image from just one shot. All I had to do was get a good composition and right timing to came away with a story telling image. I also knew that the 11-16mm Tokina lens set to 11mm on this crop factor camera would distort and stretch certain parts of the image. All of which I'm totally cool with. Slanting buildings and stretched lines to me add a little something to guide the eyes around the frame. We all have our different ways of doing things.

Shot with Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm f2 at f8, 11mm, ISO 200, 1/400sec

Edited with #AdobeLightroom5  and #onOneSoftware   #PerfectPhotoSuite8

#Venice   #Gondola    #TravelPhotography   #VeniceCanals   #Nikon   #NikonD90   #Italy   #FT  
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Sant Agnello, Sorrento Coast and Mount Vesuvius, Italy

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April 2014

Dianne and I decided to explore along the coast of Sorrento to see what views could be had and more importantly find a nice place to eat that night. Well we struck gold on both fronts. Just 10mins from our accommodation we found a cafe for afternoon tea above the Spiaggia Restaurant that had views of Sorrento coastline to the left and spectacular views of Hotel Corallo with Mount Vesuvius in the background. This was a public viewing area so there were no issues with setting up a tripod for a few shots. The clear waters below and large cave in the cliff face just made a perfect scene.

Then to top it off we had dinner at the Spiaggia Restaurant that night. A little pricey as it was more of a fine dining restaurant and we were not dressed to impress so I felt a little uncomfortable at the beginning. Our waiter sat us by the window overlooking the Sorrento coast and made us feel at ease with light banter and took our orders. We thought we had won the lottery stumbling onto this place. The service was first class and the food even better. If you’re
looking to take that someone special out for a celebratory meal and live in this area, I highly recommend the Spiaggia Restaurant.

I can see why Elia Locardi loves this region of Italy. It has freaking amazing views.


Shot with #OlympusOMDEM5 , 9-18mm f4-5.6 at 9mm, f11, ISO 200 at 1/30sec.
Edited in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +onOne  #PerfectPhotoSuite



#LandscapePhotography    #SeascapePhotography    #TravelPhotography    #Sorrento #SantAgnello   #ILoveItaly    #Italy    #MountVesuvius   +Olympus  +Olympus AU 
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Gozo Citadella...You Didn't Tell Us About This.

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So my father-in-law was raised on the door step just below one of Malta's fortified towns dating back to 1500 BC and it slips his mind about telling anyone about it. Are you serious??? If this was my playground growing up the whole family would know about it. Castles built by the Knights of St John with it's panoramic view of the island of Gozo, how could you forget?

It goes to show what we consider our boring neighbourhood we take for granted could be a dream destination for another.

Shot with an +Olympus OMD EM5, 12mm, f2 at f8, ISO 200 1/200sec edited in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +onOne Software  #PerfectPhotoSuite

#LandscapePhotography   #Castle   #Citadel   #KnightsOfStJohn   #Malta   #Gozo  #VisitMalta  #TravelPhotography   +Olympus AU
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A story from 2014. Dubai Marina.

Have a great weekend. :)

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Dubai Marina - Jet Lag, BAH HUM BUG

Alarm goes off at 1am Sydney time on the 31st March then head hits the pillow just after 1am 1st April Dubai time. With no sleep during the 14hr 20min flight, thats a total of 32hrs on the go.

Jet lag, BAH HUM BUG…. we’ve got a city to explore.

The Dubai Marina was just a short walk from our hotel so I took the opportunity to test out the +Olympus  OMD EM5 with the Oly 12mm f2 lens at night. The lights on the edge of this building were slowly moving up and down so a 4 sec exposure was enough to capture it midway through its cycle at maximum length. Of course I had it mounted to a tripod and triggered with a remote shutter to reduce vibration. This lens has become my default night time / low light shooter for handheld images. A task my D7000 couldn’t complete and that’s why I left it at home.

The cameras Dianne Hall   has in her bag are the Samsung Galaxy Camera and a Nikon D90. The latter is rarely used as she prefers the portability and ease of use. I think this trip has turned her into a Jpeg shooter :( I need to pass on my EM5 to her and swing her back to RAW. This will now happen when we get back home thanks to an incident in Florence……..but that’s for another post.  :(  :)))) I have taken the Olympus OMD EM5 and the Panasonic TZ40 point and shoot, as recommended at the time of purchase as a great travel companion by +Gordon Laing  on www.cameralabs.com .  I can say it has lived up to all expectations. Having a good P+S with fantastic zoom abilities has been a fun experience as I found out in Malta.

As our 3 month long Europe vacation is now more than half completed, I have a stack of images to process and post. We have been enjoying the late sunset times here by having late dinners and even later bedtimes. Averaging 1am heads on pillows and lights out which makes photo editing a little difficult. This holiday was a vacation first and photography journey second. Trying to find the right balance between the two can be tricky at times but I have stuck to our goals. Spending quality time with +Dianne Hall is a dream come true and a moment that i’ll never forget. The travel bug has bitten us both so there will be more adventures both vacation and PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS in the near future. :))))

The rain has stopped and the sun has poked through the clouds so it’s time to explore the Britanny region of France. This will be the last image from Dubai and next up it’s Malta’s turn.


#DubaiMarina   #Dubai   #Olympus   #OlympusOMDEM5   #NightPhotography   #12mmf2   #onOnesoftware   #PerfectPhotoSuite  
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The start of collection number 3 "Far Away Places". This gallery will contain images from outside of Australia, hence the title.

This was taken at Dubai, April 2014.

I ran long and hard, over dune after dune, to escape the crowd to capture this scene without any footprints. The sun was setting fast so I had to find a fitting location quickly. Luckily after the third or fourth dune crossing I stumbled upon this. I dropped to my knees, planted the tripod with camera already mounted and composed this. Within a minute, the sun was gone.
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