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PeakDesign Has Done It Again

Had an email from the guys at PeakDesign the other day with news that they are breaking new ground with their tough camera gear. This time it is a Tripod.

It’s A Tripod

PeakDesign have just launched their latest KickStarter project. A brand new kind of Travel Tripod you can take anywhere with confidence. traveltripod.kckb.st/052ad636

Why?

You might well ask why the world needs another tripod but when you take a look at what they have done over at PeakDesign, you will see that this is just pure logic. Designed to take up much less space in your pack and not add pounds to weigh you down, this PeakDesign Travel Tripod is a game changer

Strength and Versatility

Years in the making, the design team wanted to come up with a revolutionary design. Lighter, smaller but strong enough to do the heavy lifting. With a new Ball Head that is intuitive to use, the PeakDesign Travel Tripod is fast to set up and versatile in its use

Just Got A Mobile Phone?

Not only for the big gear, there is a nifty attachment to support your mobile phone as well. When not in use it tucks away out of sight to make room for the DSLR. Get yours here. traveltripod.kckb.st/052ad636

I could keep raving on about this nifty bit of gear but I don’t do it justice. Click on the link and head on over to the Kickstarter page where they will show you all of the bells and whistles traveltripod.kckb.st/052ad636

Yep, I do get paid

Just in the interests of full disclosure, I do get a small commission from any purchase you make through the link. This helps me to continue my Photographic Journey and I do appreciate your support. Check out the other great gear from PeakDesign while you are there

Cairns…. A Working Visit

Saturday morning in Cairns and I am sitting in a café right on the esplanade drinking my second Cappuccino of the day. The weather is warm however, a gentle breeze is keeping the sultriness of humidity at bay. The coffee and Small Breakfast are delicious at Muddy’s Cafe and I highly recommend it as an eatery in your next stay in Cairns  

This is a relaxing day after a week doing that other job, which keeps me from my wanna be work and lifestyle.  It was pleasant not to wake to an alarm, although I did miss the breakfast cutoff at the Ridges Hotel where my company has put me up.  One should never complain but someone has to do the hard yards.  This is not my first visit to Cairns for work and, I hope, not the last. I have still to find time to visit the reef which Cairns is one of the jump off places.  Ah….. maybe next weekend..

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Around me there are a mix of folk from families, with their boisterous children, to a couple clearly on honeymoon, oblivious to the world around them.  The usual gatherings for silver gulls and pigeons, waiting ever patiently for a scrap of food compliment the scene. The gulls skulk on the outskirts of the crowd as if they know the distain common folk hold for them.

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The pigeons on the other hand are oblivious and happily wander through the crowds seeking out crumbs or even landing on the tables and chairs to get a first pick should an unwary diner look away from the plate.

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Today, with the temperature in the 30’s, shorts and light clothing are the norm although there are still a few who are in jeans or tights. I am one of the jeans brigade as I discovered a shop at the night markets selling jeans made of Bamboo cloth.  The sales pitch is that the cloth is cool and wicks moisture away from the skin.  Today is the test of such claims and so far they appear to be right on the mark.  Although it is warm, I am not feeling as hot as I am sure I would have been in cotton. 

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Enjoying a cappuccino and needed a photo to capture the moment. At the table next to sat an old guy, well, a day or two older than me, who said he would do his best. Thank you, Italo, for your valiant effort. Hard to do with such a rough subject but I think you nailed it

 

I found these at the Cairns Bamboo Boutique at the Night markets, where the staff were super friendly and helpful.  They also share a stand selling oilskin bags and products along with hats and belts made from Australian products.

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I don’t claim credit for this photo but thank you to the person that put it on the internet

The beauty of Bamboo in the current world is that it grows quickly and without a high water demand. For those of who are eco-conscious, this is a product worth supporting.  On the face of it you would not see anything different to cotton, however, time will tell as to longevity.  As always though, I am prepared to give it a try.  My thoughts so far on this , now very warm day are well on the positive.

What are your thoughts on this emerging product? Is it something you would use or are you a diehard cotton fan?

 

The Three Apostles

Apostle Birds

Another photo from yester-year. These Apostle Birds are known by many different names around Australia. Most of these names seem to relate to fast food: Hungry Jacks, MacDonald Ducks, Kentucky Fried Choughs, among others. They are a very socialble bird with gatherings of up to 100 birds during the winter although they stay in much smaller groups of around 10 during the breeding season.

Photographing Kookaburras

Photographing Kookaburras is one of my favourite photography exercises. Always photogenic, these icons of the Australian bush are a pleasure to capture on film. Whether sitting, as this one is, on a branch or capturing prey on the ground, Kookaburras will generally guarantee a nice photo.

Taken on a Canon 450D, with a simple kit lens at 1/250 sec – f/5.6. The photo has had minimal development other than a 1 to 1 crop. After sorting through some old photos I found this one. It takes out this weeks photo.

Ever watchful, a kookaburra sits on a bare branch with its eyes peeled for some morsel of food that might go scurrying through the grass below. When photographing kookaburras, this pose always guarantees a good shot.
Ever watchful, a kookaburra sits on a bare branch with its eyes peeled for some morsel of food that might go scurrying through the grass below. When photographing kookaburras, this pose always guarantees a good shot.