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 […]
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My parents bought me my first movie camera when I was 14, not long after they realised that photography was not just another passing phase. I can't remember the brand, but it was a Russian standard 8mm camera that had to be wound up to operate. Exposure metering was accomplished by a selenium light meter.
This camera had the ability to rewind the film to create a double exposure and I used it to make things appear and disappear. My friend Michael and I started making a SciFi movie that was never finished because we couldn't afford the film, but we did have fun building the sets and models. We started another movie – a spy movie – a couple of years later with a few more friends and a borrowed super 8 camera, and although that project progressed further it suffered the same fate in the end due to lack of budget.
My friend Simon likes to fly model helicopters, and the club he belongs to had an open day last Saturday. Several members form the Mareeba club also made the trip down to Cairns for the day. Here’s a short video I put together from the hour or so of footage I shot on the […]
The alarm went off. Morning already? 4:30am. Time to grab some toast and coffee before packing the photo gear into the car. We were about to drive to Daintree and Cape Tribulation, about two and a half hours north of home. We hadn’t been there for over a year, and since we had a free […]
Today, we visited the Barron River at Kamerunga, looking for a crocodile that had been reported in the area. Unfortunately, it was nowhere to be seen, but I did manage to shoot some Welcome Swallows that are nesting in the area. If you watch closely five seconds from the start, you will see a swallow […]
Our first trip on Skyrail shooting aerial footage of the Barron Falls was successful, even though there was mist on the falls making some of the shots less than ideal. A week later, we had a beautiful, sunny day and Louise and Evan guided us on another trip in the open air gondola. I ended […]
In order to obtain some aerial footage for the Barron River documentary I approached Skyrail for help. We will need to shoot on a few different occasions in order to show different states of the Barron Falls, the river and the rainforest. On Saturday we did the first shoot to capture wet season flooding. I can’t […]
The Panasonic HDC-SD90 (and HDC-TM90) has several good features that interest me for shooting nature. It has a 26x zoom lens with minimal flaring and chromatic aberration. It has manual control, albeit with rather clumsy menu driven control, and it produces quite a good quality HD video picture for a consumer camcorder. But there were […]
Update: Both Channel 7 and Channel 10 used my video in their evening news stories about the croc capture. See video at the bottom of the page. On one of our trips to find interesting things to film for the Barron River Documentary on Saturday morning we came across a crocodile trap that had been […]
In 2010 I got together over the Internet with four other YouTube musicians to create a collaboration video. We decided to perform a cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb from the 1979 album The Wall. The plan was to put us all together on the same virtual stage, even though we were all in completely […]