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Sydney Harbour Nightlights

Whilst waiting to pick up a family member from The Rocks, I took some time out to shoots some quintessential Sydney landscapes of the harbour by night. all using the Canon 6d and 17-40mm in raw and processed in Lightroom. I even managed to accidentally capture some fireworks.

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Canon 7d Mk ii weekend shots manual mode

Here’s a few shots from the weekend from shooting the 7d mk ii with 70-200 f4 IS. These pics have been heavily cropped in Lightroom and downloaded from Dropbox so they’ve lost a little in the transfer. I’m finding the best way to shoot the 7d Mk ii is in manual mode with auto iso engaged. It give me a great deal of control and also affords me the speed I need to change the settings quickly. To do this I have the auto iso maxed out at either 3200 or 6400. Any higher than that and the loss is more noticeable. I like having control over shutter speed and apeture. 


Lining up a forward attack


Running boy


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Easter in the Hunter Valley Canon 6d and 24-70 F4 & Canon 17-40mm

The Hunter Valley is about 2 hours drive north of Sydney and is home to some of the best wineries in Australia. If you’re after a great white wine this is the place to visit. Besides what a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney and grab some fresh country air to recharge the batteries as winter beckons. This was just the chance to test out the Canon 6d with the Canon 24-70 F4 IS and Canon 17-40mm lenses. We stayed at Cypress Lakes Resort that is centrally based and has a wonderful golf course amongst other facilities.

Morning view from our room using the Canon 6d with 17-40mm and using the in camera HDR function with auto align and mirror lock up. I actually just rested the camera on the balcony and used the 2 second timer to reduce camera shake. Edited in PSE 10 with Nik Siftware.

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Where else would you find Kangaroos on a golf course? Canon 6d with 24-70 F4 IS cropped in post.

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Using the macro option on the 24-70 F4 IS and very happy with the result.

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Wooden solider outside the lolly shop in the shopping village near Hunter Valley Gardens.

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Hunter Valley Gardens is a must visit. Shot with the 17-40mm.

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Converted to black & white using Nik Silver Efex lets the light through the trees really speak.

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Entrance to the Oriental Gardens

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Formal gardens

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Lakes vista from Hunter Valley Gardens

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View across the Hunter Valley using the 17-40mm

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Wine barrels in the Hunter Valley carry about $15,000 worth of wine and taken between 4-10 months to age depending on the type of wine.

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Quality control is a serious business in the wineries

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Of course the wine tasting is a nice way to finish a wine tour, macro shot on the 24-70 F4 IS













Endeavour on Sydney Harbour with 7dii and 24-105mm in rain

On Australia Day this year we were fortunate to get a berth on the Endeavour, a direct replica of the original Endeavour that travelled from London to Sydney over 200 years ago. This trip around Sydney harbour made me realise how incredible the trip was in cramped conditions in rough and merciless seas.

The 7d ii and 24-105mm held up incredibly well in very trying conditions, and the weather sealing had a thorough testing and survived incredibly well. Unfortunately the rain and overcast conditions were not ideal, but I’m reasonably happy with the results. I shot most picture in Manual mode with auto ISO so I could easily set me shutter speed and aperture as required.


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The Endeavour replica at Darling Harbour

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30 kilometres of rigging and 750 wooden blocks or pulleys

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Carving of an unknown person

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The masts and spars carry 28 sails that spread approximately 10,000 sq feet (930 m2) of canvas

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Sydney Ferry

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Proud Australians

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New warship

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USS Missouri

Located in Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri is the battleship where the war in the Pacific ended with the Japanese surrender. Very fitting that it’s located right next to the Arizona memorial. Missouri was commissioned in June 1944. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum located in Pearl Harbor. The USS Missouri fought in 4 wars – WWII, Korean, Desert Storm and the Gulf War. For more info see All taken with x100s, processed in PSE and Perfectly Clear.

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