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Up close with a Blowfly

Cleanin' mah wings

I got some cheap extension tubes to play with the other day – $8.50 from Deal Extreme) – and heres the results.

The no.2 and 3 extension tubes on a 70-200mm 2.8 IS produced this image, focus is pretty difficult but I like this lens on these tubes. The 50mm 1.8 needs to be way to close to the subject to get anything. With this you can use the zoom ring to focus, and for 8 bucks..can’t complain at all.

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September 16th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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09 Vic Titles Photos

I have photos, but I am swamped with work at the moment so unfortunately I don’t have time to go through them just yet, rest assured I WILL get around to it within the next week or so…hang tight.

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December 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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In front of the camera



The above shot was from playing around with a white shoot-through umbrella. I’ve read a little bit about using them but decided to wing it. I shot it tethered to my laptop and used my mouse as a shutter trigger. Software is called DSLR Remote Pro.

It’s been a little while since I’ve taken any photos, Rampfest has been a boiler lately and as I haven’t rolled for awhile the camera’s had a rest. I had some new bits and pieces come from MidWest Photo Exchange (MPEX) in the USA too.

2x Westcott 43″ collapsible white umbrella with cover
2x Lumopro LP653 Super clamps
2x Lumopro LP633 umbrella swivels

Really happy with the Lumopro gear. For my photography hobby I think it’s great to start off with without having to shell out for expensive Manfrotto gear. They’re almost exactly the same but made in China and about 1/2 to 1/3 the price.  Definitely worth looking into, exclusive to MPEX. I also have their LP604 light stands too, and they’re awesome.

I must say, compared to the D.I.Y Clamps I made up earlier, the Super-clamps are great. Have tons of grip and with the umbrella swivel you can point the thing everywhere. The D.I.Y’s still come in useful though for other things, and when I need to whack a flash on something large.


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December 7th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Paul C. Buff CyberSync Review

A quick look at the Paul C. Buff CyberSync remote triggers.

Transmitter – CST came with a 2.5mm to PC cord – To trigger the unit while keeping the hotshoe free.

Receiver – CSRB came with a host of cables, 3.5mm to PC, 3.5mm to 3.5mm, 3.5mm to 1/4.

CyberSync's - Transmitter(CST) + Receiver(CSRB)

Batteries included in all packages. They have colour boxes and printed manuals now to add a bit of spice to the packaging, and boxes/manuals are all generic to cut down on costs.

There’s no mounting hole on the receivers so I use ball bungee’s (You can get them at Bunnings) to strap them to the lightstand or flash as needed.

The test buttons are recessed into the plastic to stop accidental power ups in your bag. I have read of people gluing a small rubber washer around it just to be really tight ass. I don’t believe it’s necessary though.

The receivers have no OFF switch either. They time out after 1 hour. Every time you trigger them this is reset. I like this as with my last triggers, I left them on most of the time – forgetting to turn them off. They are supposed to have a 200 hour life off the 2x AA batteries they run on. (Update: As of June 2010 they are still on the original batteries)

The transceiver slots straight onto the hotshoe with no locking mechanism. The thought behind this is that if for some reason you knocked it off, the trigger would not tear off the hotshoe with it. (I can’t see that happening anyway) but its very sturdy and I think will last well. Time will tell as to how long it lasts as it wears..

Initial testing shows the units trigger perfectly when my 40D is on 6.3fps. Up to my flashes to keep up.

I’ll be heading out Thursday (12/11/09) to snap up some sequences and put these to work. I’ll post them up tomorrow so come back and check out the results then.

I was lucky enough to have these brought down to me from the US, so all up they cost me less than $250USD. In fact they were free, as I got $250USD from a work award that I won. Score!

Paul C Buff are now available in Australia via their online store –

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November 11th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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Rollerblading Antiques

Check out some of the old rollerblading gear that I still have from about 10-15 years ago..

Old Rolling stuff..

Daily Bread #08, #11, #15
Box Magazine Winter 1997, May 1997
Fourinarow #1, #2, #3
Skate Australia #1,#2,#3
1st Inline July 1996, August 1996
Inline 1997 Buyers Guide

Festival Of Madness
Public Transport
Dare to Air

Senate Halo, Senate Angry Youth
Roces Roaces, Tw3lv3,
976 Launderings
noisy minority

Hyper Wheels 95
Cozmo 97
Team apache business cards

and whatever else you can spot that I missed..

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October 28th, 2009 at 7:30 am

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