Capturing the SAAS MedSTAR Helicopter on Kangaroo Island!

The SAAS MedSTAR helicopter flew to Kangaroo Island on Saturday 19th August 2017 for a pickup.

As my son and I stood at the Kingscote memorial at the top of Reeves Point,we heard it before we could see it traveling across the ocean. It flew overhead, slightly scaring my son but he soon realised how lucky he was about to be!

We watched the medical evacuation helicopter travel over the trees, then landed at the Kingscote helipad. As my son and I approached by foot (staying well back from the fence-line), we watched as the propellers came to a halt and the crew disembarked.

I was informed they were there for a pickup. I took the opportunity to catch a few amazing close-up shots, utlising my Canon 7D and new Tamron 18-400 f3.5 zoom. My 5yo son has crossed another thing off his bucket list!

Check out the top 5 of my 23 photographs:

The SAAS MedSTAR (P2)

The SAAS MedSTAR (P6)

The SAAS MedSTAR (P10)

The SAAS MedSTAR (P13)

Crew of SAAS MedSTAR and Paramedics from Kingscote Hospital (P14)

Be sure to check out the entire series within my online photo gallery .

PS. The photos are available for print in newspapers or magazines.

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Shoot Buoys in a Pond

Photography Prints Ok, it is not a pond: It is a tidal pool.

If you have never seen the tidal pool, ask any of the locals in Kingscote to point you in the right direction. They are nice people, they will.

These five photographs were shot about 3 pm, the perfect time of the day to capture moments and things in ideal light, casting sufficient to show all the craggy lines of each buoy in high macro.

Peruse and purchase your favorite of my photographs below! Links are in each image back to the full version.

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Plus an extra shot. This is a combination of rusted corrugated iron and a windmill on family property on Kangaroo Island:

Art Prints

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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.

Casey Neistat is Right!

My CanonEOS400D and Gear, B&W I had stuffed a lot of gear into my many camera bags before my family relocated to Kangaroo Island just a few months ago.

Today I finally went through it all – and found a lot of accessories, cables, and a multitude of seemingly important yet almost unnecessary cra.. stuff, some of which has been missing for months!

I now totally understand why Casey Neistat keeps all his gear systematically organised and on display. It actually makes a lot of sense.

Because among all my stuff I found the following items:

  • SuperSlim USB Keyboard.
    Promptly disposed of after testing a few times. Internal mechanisms no longer connect with keypads. Bought on eBay a loooong time ago, so no loss.
  • Canon Sunhood – EW83E.
    I don’t have lens for this. Would like it, but would sell the sunhood for right price.
  • Two of my old film cameras – [Vivitar PS88] [Canon EOS500].
    I know why I packed them, but they are going back to Adelaide now – to be donated to my friend Vicki Kramer’s new shop in Blackwood – FotoSwift. (Technically it’s not new, but she bought the place recently and now manages it. How cool is that? tl;dr: Vicki wants old cameras for displaying in the shop. I said I may have a few.
  • One very old German AGFA ISOLETTE camera. [See photo series on instagram]
    Not being donated.
  • Assorted oddities:
    • Spud gun.
      Was received as a Kris Kringle one year at work. Useless unless someone else also has one, and prepared to fight till vegetables do we part!
    • Hand cuffs.
      I can’t remember where and when, I have had them a very long time.
    • A couple of Oscar statues. To be on display when I record vlogs at home.
    • 4 Point USB Hub + cable.
      Trust me, this is useful. This and a mouse are must-have’s in my day bag!
    • Lexar USB 3.0 Dual Slot Card Reader – Model LRW300U.
      Hopefully I still have the cable for it!
    • Fold up metal pliers.
      The last pair I owned were thrown into a bin at Adelaide Airport Security. Lesson learned!
  • A camera to laptop cable.
    It enables photographers to see their images on their laptop rather than the back of the camera, thus ensuring the art is focused or as required – thus limiting computer time later. Thanks Peter Coullson for suggesting this purchase during a seminar a few years back!
  • 2 x 1TB hard-drives.
    One now holds backup of all my vlogs to date since 2008! The other proved non-openable. Not happy.
  • Hahnel Giga T Pro Wireless Remote Control. It is what it suggests.
  • Horizontal thingmimob.
    Basically, it enables both a flash-gun and camera-body to attach along it, sitting left/right of each other. Great for event photography where easy handling is required. But I am using it to lessen the weight load on my arm of my vlog-rig. I will show usage in an upcoming TOG-vlog! Photo of rig appears below.

Plus the one thing I had actually been looking for the entire time:

  • An Allan-key for the Micro ThumbsUP on my EOSM.
    Yet, after inspection and much forehead smacking, I have now determined the ThumbsUp can stay attached now that I have the ‘Horizontal thingimob’.

The 75-300mm f4-5.6 EF III on my new Canon EOS M With the RØDE N3594 microphone (also temporarily misplaced in the big to Kangaroo Island) firmly attached onto my Canon EOSMi, I now have rig that keeps everything much more secure and easy to handle – and easy to edit with minimal to nil wind across the microphone. #HighFive!

Yes, this whole article was basically about the hell of dealing with wind-noise whilst vlogging – and how I remedied it! Here is my amended updated vlogging-rig!

Casey, your office is cluttered, but most of it makes perfect sense to me!

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New Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f4 USM

Way back in 2012 I was saying I wanted this lens. Five years on, I now need the lens. I should have purchased it when I could afford it!

With my photography business making a come back after many years pushed to one side, this lens would be a blessing.

Whilst I have many half-decent lenses, yet the 24-70mm would and could replace them all! So I will sell a few to help fund this important purchase.

How can you help? Three ways spring to mind:

Well, at least watch out for my lens sales on Facebook – and then see my photography business grow again!

Postal address: PO Box 950 Kingscote South Australia 5223

GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HISTORY

For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….