I received my new long awaited upgrade from my old Canon 5D Mark II to the Mark III on the day it was made available nationally in Australia. I couldn’t wait to shoot with this new camera (review to come soon), so I took it out to the historic Port Adelaide to do some testing. I’ve been wanting to film Port Adelaide for a while now, so what better way to do it with my new camera.
Port Adelaide plays a significant part in the history of South Australia, these days, much of function of the original port has retired, new residential housings and apartments are in development, but most of old historic structures like the Hart’s Mill, the old open bridge of Birkenhead (which I did not get a chance to film it open during my shoot) and the Port Light House.
I will be doing more test video on the new Mark III, but in the meantime please enjoy the short clip of Port Adelaide.
I last visited Kuching back in 2004, and my trip to this time had shown me the drastic changes to the city from the last time I saw it. However the culture, the tradition and the local people remains the same, which is what I like about it. I filmed this video around the various street markets around the city, and also the waterfront.
I just have to film this as I might not be able to see these sort of scenes in my next trip as Kuching is rapid developing left right and centre to become a more modern city. I also went to Damai Beach Resort and stayed overnight with my family, it’s a 45-minutes drive from the city and is the nice getaway in the rather tropic and hot weather of Kuching.
I hope to visit Kuching again during my next trip and eagerly awaits to see the ever-changing city scape.
Here is a time-lapse video of Brighton Beach, south of Adelaide. It is a very beautiful beach and one of the more popular suburbs for recent migrants from Britain. I personally have known at least 4 people who have moved to Adelaide in recent years from Britain that lives in around Brighton.
It was the perfect weather for landscape time-lapse as there were lots of cloud movement which make it more interesting.
The Semaphore jetty, which was completed in 1860, once stood at 652 m (2,150 ft) in length, but today is 585 m (1,930 ft). It overlooks the Fort Glanville steam train, which operates as a heritage item by the National Railway Museum. A War Memorial clock was built in 1925 after the First World War. In 1928, a merry-go-round, the largest in Australia, was constructed, driven by an electrical lift motor and gearbox, unlike the predominantly steam-driven machines of the era. An octagonal brick tower with two metre thick walls, erected in 1880 to maintain a water supply when the Jervois bridge had to be raised for passing ships, was used until being converted into a residence in 1972.
The old big red brick mill was a famous flourmill owned by Captain Hart called The Hart’s Mill established in 1855 and being steam driven it was the biggest in Australia at the time.
The recent Newport Quays redevelopment will see the old mills eventually become a centrepiece of a heritage precinct. It is now one of the only heritage building left untouched around the area.
When the sun sets, the warm lighting really brightens up the red brick walls of the mill. I took the timelapse shots as the sun was setting and really had no choice but to use Aperture mode. But then as it starts getting dark, the flood light lit up and this affected the shutter speed setting from the Aperture mode, hence the flickering.
I will try and do another timelapse at a much earlier time before the sky turns dark.
Victor Harbour is a city located on the coast of Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80km south of Adelaide, South Australia. The city is the largest population centre on the peninsula, with an economy based upon agriculture, fisheries and various industries. It is also a highly popular tourist destination, with the city’s population greatly expanded during the summer holidays.
Lakes Entrance is a tourist resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. It is situated approximately 320km east of Melbourne near a managed, man-made channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait. The township was originally named Cunninghame but was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 January 1915.
I was there for a fishing and camping trip with the family and relatives from Melbourne. Most of my time was actually spent catching up and also doing some fishing along the rivers and crabbing by the jetty, so I didn’t quite get much time at all behind the camera. I took a few photos of the beach and sunset photos from the hill over-looking the entrance of the lakes.
The city of Florence lies on the River Arno and is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Florence is also the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to the famous figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Guccio Gucci.
Florence is a beautiful little Italian cities with very beautiful people. The locals are kind and generous, compared to the other bigger Italian cities, but the place is really old with lack of new development. I guess this is what makes this little city so unique and enjoyable to visit.
Rome was the start of my European travel from which I left off from Abu Dhabi. Rome is a place which I have always wanted to visit, so are the rest of the beautiful Italian cities, however, when you think Rome, you think of the Colosseum, the Vatican City, Fontana Di Trevi which has made it so well known around the world.
The Colosseum is like nothing I have ever seen before, I’ve seen many big giant monuments before in my life, but nothing is as historic and unique as the Colosseum. To learn and picturing what this place was like during its day is even more powerful and makes it somewhat special. Imagine the sheer number of crowd (more than 50,000 can fit in this stadium, a lot of people even by today’s standard) shouting and cheering on the gladiator’s contest.
The holy place of Vatican City, so tightly controlled, this little state territory ruled by the Pope. It’s a bit like a tiny independent country within Rome city itself. It has a small population of just less than 1000 people however it is packed day in day out due to the high number of visiting tourists from around the world. One thing that stood out are the Swiss Guards in the traditional uniform, to me, they look like the ‘Jokers’ in poker cards. Read more
Abu Dhabi is the powerhouse of the Arab Emirates, it is the richest of all of them due to its oil reserve. However, what makes it even more powerful is the fact that the government are very conservative towards spending compared to the more flamboyant neighbour Dubai, and this gives Abu Dhabi a much stronger economy.
We left Dubai and on our way heading to downtown Abu Dhabi, we stopped by the recently opened Yas Marina F1 circuit island for dinner. The hotel is just right next to the circuit and the japanese restaurant that we went to has an outdoor balcony dining which is just right on the side of a turn of the track.
The first thing I noticed as soon as I arrived into the CBD of Abu Dhabi is its relative resemblance to a mini version of New York city. There are sky scrappers everywhere and it has a grid-system high-density layout. The Abu Dhabi island itself is not very big, and we managed to circle the entire island on the next day when we took the Hop On Hop Off bus tour within 2 hours. It was too hot to stay outside for a long period of time, so I didn’t get to take a lot pf photos. Abu Dhabi also lacks the excitement that Dubai offers, and the city businesses only trade during normal business hours, after which can get very quiet.