Mar 072014
Panasonic AJ-PX270 User Manual

The Panasonc AJ-PX270 is currently top of my list. I’m looking forward to seeing some footage from it to see if the picture quality lives up to the listed specs. In particular, the LongG25 and LongG50 formats look like an excellent compromise between quality and file size. The only real down side of this camera […]

Jan 202014
Delicate Balance

David Jones (DJ) from the Kuranda River Boat writes poetry and music when he’s not showing people the wonders of the Barron River. The video below, titled Delicate Balance, is a beautiful musical poem he wrote and recorded about the fragility of our planet’s water system, which I set to some nature images of the Cairns […]

Jan 162014
Sony HXR-NX3 - Sample Files

Sony are about to release a new professional AVCHD camcorder, the HXR-NX3 that has quite a few things on my wish list. Powerful zoom to help getting closer to wildlife. Full manual on dedicated controls (separate focus, zoom and iris). Dual card recording 1080p50 recording Good low light performance, considering the small sensor size, which […]

Nov 242013
Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade

The Bruce highway was closed for several hours last night for the installation of the main span of a new pedestrian bridge at Anderson Road, Cairns South.  This work is part of the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade that includes 2 new overpasses to improve traffic flow to the south of the city. Since this was […]

Jun 152013
Morning Rainforest Sounds

We recently visited the Cathedral Fig Tree near Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands before dawn, primarily so I could record some morning rainforest noises. Just before dawn, the rainforest is a cacophony of noise as the various birds all compete to be heard. I’ve posted a 17 minute sample with a downloadable mp3 file. […]

Feb 122013
Chinese New Year - Cairns 2013

On Saturday, our friends Furune and Ian visited for lunch. Afterwards, we all drove into town to watch the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations for the year of the snake. When we arrived, the Take Five band were playing, then the dragon performance kicked off the traditional Chinese celebrations. Although it was very […]

Nov 142012
Cairns Total Solar Eclipse 2012

14 November 2012 We awoke at 5 o’clock this morning to prepare for an experience of a lifetime; viewing a total solar eclipse. I looked outside and noticed there was quite a lot of heavy cloud around and it was raining lightly. Not a good start for the eclipse which was due to reach totality […]

Oct 172012
Kuranda River Boat

As part of the Barron River documentary project, we visited Kuranda to travel on the Kuranda River Boat last weekend. This was an extremely informative 45 minute cruise from the Kuranda township, near the railway station down river to the weir at the top of the Barron falls. Our guide, Brian gave an interesting and […]

Oct 112012
Skyrail - Day 3

We have now completed out third trip on Skyrail filming for the Barron River documentary. This time, we were able to capture the falls at the height of the dry season, showing how raging torrent from a few months ago has dwindled to a trickle.  Even so, the falls are still very pretty, with several […]

Oct 092012
Lulu's 13th Birthday

Lulu turned 13 today. She’s still going quite well for an old girl, and that’s pretty good going considering most miniature Schnauzers only make it to 12. We gave her a special doggie birthday cake which she loved. Happy Birthday, Lulu!