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Black faced cuckoo shrike

I was a little surprised to learn that a cuckoo shrike is neither a cuckoo, nor a shrike. Maybe they started to run out of names and decided to give this bird a composite name. Two different views of the same bird below. The first image was shot at 1/1000 at 288mm, the second at …
PositivityMay 10, 2023

Black breasted buzzard in flight

Last time we saw this bird on the ground. I thought I’d prove that she can fly, too. This was shot at ISO 1000 at f/5.6, 1/2000 at 400mm on the 70-200mm GM II with a 2x teleconverter – wide open and wound all the way out. Shot using bird eye AF on the A7RV.
PositivityMay 8, 2023

Basking in the autumn sunshine

Here in Melbourne we can get some lovely weather, even in late autumn. It wasn’t too warm, but there was barely a cloud in the sky. That means hard light and hard shadows. Also means that all the cats at Werribee zoo were basking in the sunshine. I was happy with this shot with the …
PositivityMay 6, 2023

Trying out a new lens and a new de-noiser

I bought a new lens last week, and as one does, I took it out to take some photos. This new lens is the Sony 20-70mm f/4 G. It’s an interesting spin on the 24-70mm zoom which has been a photographer’s lens of choice for closer work for many years. 20mm is appreciably wider than …
PositivityApr 25, 2023

Focus on one butterfly, get one free

I was focussing on the lower butterfly, expecting it to take flight. The upper butterfly flew into view, and almost into focus (it’s not quite sharp). It makes a striking image, though. This was shot with the 70-200mm GM II at 200mm, f/4, 1/2000, ISO 2500 on the Sony A7R5.
PositivityMar 30, 2023

You focussed on what?

I am still reviewing the new Sony A7R5 – after all, I bought less than 4 months ago! I’m starting to feel like I understand the new autofocus system, which is simultaneously the most complex autofocus I’ve ever used, and yet the easiest / most natural to use. This particular situation impressed me. When I …
PositivityMar 28, 2023

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Series: Vivid 2022

ByByChris ThamJun 1, 20221 min read
Vivid Sydney is an annual festival that celebrated its 12th year in 2022, Vivid Sydney fuses art, innovation and technology and features a set of light installations scattered around the city.

Series: Japan 2008-2018 Retrospective

ByByChris ThamAug 8, 20211 min read
This is a series of articles featuring photographs taken across several trips to Japan spanning 2008-2018.

Series: USA Film Retrospective

ByByChris ThamJul 1, 20211 min read
This is a series of articles featuring photographs mainly taken in 1990s using a variety of film cameras, ranging from compact cameras such as the Canon Sure Shot to SLRs such as the Pentax PZ-70.

Series: Reflections

ByByChris ThamMay 26, 20211 min read
This is a series of articles that feature reflections, or sometimes the absence of reflection.

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