Calibrating a Canon Lens

Not completely sure, but I think  my Canon 70-200 F4 needs calibrating. 

Thanks to google I discovered I can calibrate the lens myself.

I plan to video whilst that is happening, including both before and after shots.

I have a bunch of new videos completed, so subscribe and keep watching my YouTube Channel

That’s all this time. Yep, shorter blog posts these days – so I can spend more time with my kids.

Learn Something New Every Day

Whilst my 2yo son cried for no apparent reason this morning, I quietly said to him … “You have been alive for less than 750 days. That’s 1/50th, a mere 2%, of your potential life. Today is just one day. Tomorrow is another. Let’s put this nappy on, and take another breath.”

It’s easy to forget that every day is a gift.

So often we tell ourselves It’s OK, I will fix/become/change/join/upgrade/update/learn/do it tomorrow – and tomorrow remains tomorrow, the day after the last day, the eighth day we dream of but never see. We keeping putting stuff off, thinking we are safe, that one day that day will come.

And this is despite, thanks to the proximity of everyone on the internet, we see every day that life is NOT forever. We hear and see violence in the middle east, terrorists in stadiums, unfortunate fatal gunshots by children. Despite this knowledge, we think our distance from these activities makes us safe from harm.

So now you know that you have approximately 36,500 days of life: What are you doing with your time?

I say this to myself daily. I have to. I am a Daddy. My two young sons are the horizon that reminds me that it’s worth the journey, and I am their rock to climb, to aspire to, to learn from, to become men themselves.

My 2yo son clearly didn’t understand much of the words I said. Yet he heard the the sombre tone in Daddy’s reassuring voice, and slowly calmed down. After a dry nappy was attached, warm clothes adorned, and tears wiped away … we hugged me and said in his beautiful little voice “Thank you Daddy” … and he waddled off to play with toys. I smiled, yet I knew he was mimicking either myself, Mummy, or even his older brother. It’s the best way to teach them – by example.

When Not Blogging, I Am Vlogging

There’s a valid and great reason why I don’t blog as often: I am vlogging again.

Living on Kangaroo Island has given me new inspiration, subjects and time.

Admittedly, some of my attempts are not so perfect, yet I am having so much fun learning new facets of the software I use, plus the limitations of my camera and how I can use that to my advantage.

Earlier this evening (9.May.2017) I was handed an opportunity to try my hand at night-photography. There were Fireworks at the Kingscote Football Oval. I have no idea why. Thankfully I decided to go despite the cold weather – It was a grand evening!

Once the six minute sky-display was completed, I decided to use the footage to determine how fast I could edit and upload the result without impacting the quality.

I welcome you to watch and enjoy.

Did you like that? If it makes you ooh and aaahhh, punch that ‘Like’ button on my Youtube channel … and subscribe to my channel for similar and more!

Camera: I used a Canon EF-M 22mm f1:2 STM lens on my Canon EOS-M1.
Multimedia: Editing overlays with GIMP, and video editing and compression with Movavi.

Instagram as a Self Motivation Platform

Those following my Instagram will have noticed that recently I have been using it as a platform to verbally present my self-motivation quotes.

Yes, I face either my smartphone or camera, often sprouting a mashup of these inspirational quotes.

Mostly I do this to improve my face mannerisms, vocal confidence and sentence structure. I know I talk fast, I know I slur, and I know I often push words together. Yet I want to improve my visual appearance for both my YouTube videos and Radio work.

So take a look at these, let me know what you think. I fully welcome any suggestions or support.


This one was where I decided to start recording 3 to 8 second clips because then I could put the emphasis on the correct word.

It all actually began with this one where I say Change the World. One of my brothers gave it for my 40th Birthday with the matching book (buried here somewhere!), and that day I figured it was time to start doing it. Let’s all change the world.

Then I started recording daily

"Do what you enjoy – and nothing less!" . . #quotetomyself #talkingtomyself #inspirationalquotes #stayingmotivated

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There’s many more to come!

Using Social Media to Create a Blog Post

To create this succinct yet full article, all the text is brought in via Twitter and Youtube. (If you cannot read the tweets, the text is in italic beneath each.)

READS: Vlog 2 of 2017 finally uploaded. #Kingscote #KangarooIsland #KillerSeals Yes, I really need a stabilizing gimble!

READS: I really need a stabilizing gimble for my CanonEOSM. Saving for this: http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=1244 … #ikancorp #wishlist

There you go. Sometimes it is easier to put your thoughts onto public forums such as Twitter, Instagram, Youtube – then compile them in order for a blog article.

For those wondering, I enjoy vlogging more than blogging these days. It enables me to improve my face mannerisms, vocal confidence and sentence structure for both my online and my radio work.


Postscript & FYI

The Ikan-MS1-Beholder Stablizing Gimble suits my Canon EOS M.