Mountview Alpaca Farm

Mountview Alpaca Farm Canungra

A Great Day Out In The Scenic Rim


Recently my family and some close friends spent the day at Mountview Alpaca Farm – An amazing experience where you can not only feed the alpacas but you can also walk them around the farm.

The farm is located within the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards about 6 minuets drive from Canungra Town Centre, officially in the Scenic Rim Shire of Queensland – However is also very close and neighbouring the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards are stunning – Lush and green with an amazing view of the mountains and the Canungra creek running along side. It’s the perfect setting to purchase a bottle of wine and a picnic hamper from the vineyard caffe and hit the relax button.



Now this is a “Photography Blog” so lets get into it – Armed with my Lumix G9 and 2 lenses the Lumix 35 to 100mm f/2.8 and my Leica 12mm f1.2 – I was set out to capture some great images of our day.

We got to the grounds around 11am and it was a HOT and Bright spring day in Queensland, so it made for a very challenging photographic experience, however I love the challenge of shooting right in the middle of the day and working to my environment.



I always try to protect my highlights and not blow out the sky or other bright element! So under exposing was the name of the game and I do also try and get thing correct in camera as much as I possibly can – However I knew in such bright conditions shooting in RAW and post production work was certainly on the cards. I also forgot my ND filter… … … GREAT… … …



Wrapping things up – The day at Mountview Alpaca Farm Canungra was a fantastic time for the family and a great photographic opportunity. The food the setting and most importantly the Alpacas all made for a super fun experience we will all remember.



Hello and thank you for checking out my latest blog post – My name is Grant and I’m a freelance photographer based in South East Queensland. My work revolves around Lifestyle, Branding and Social Media Photography and the odd family portrait session. I’m located in Logan Village and service the Jimboomba, Tambourine and Northern Gold Coast areas.

While also being a working freelance photographer – I’m also passionate about photography education and conduct workshops and one on one session around the Logan and Northern Gold Coast areas.

If you would like to know more about myself and my work please feel free to drop me a line anytime.


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Lumix G7 – Engagement Session?

Lumix G7 – Engagement Session?



Can you shoot an engagement session with a Lumix G7 and its Zoom Kit Lens? Well? The answer is yes! And I did last week – Jan 2021.

I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and see if I could get usable results with my Lumix G7 from 2015 and its 45 to 105mm f/4 to 5.6 kit lens. Usually I do the bulk of my engagement shoots either on my Lumix G9 or GX8 with fast Olympus glass – However on this shoot I really wanted to put my skills to the test (and on the line) and see what I could come up with.

We all decided to meet up in New Farm Park in Brisbane for this engagement shoot, the couple were super fun from the get go and we developed a very quick working relationship. They were no wiser that I was running my own little “camera gear test” and things progressed nicely and we got some great shots.

The one great – GREAT – thing about mirrorless systems is that you get the preview in camera and get to dial in your exposure in real time (is that cheating?) So even though I was using my old G7 from 2015 the technology was still there to help. Using the zoom lens was a bit different as I’m used to faster prime lenses so I was further back than I’d usually like to be, however using the compression and really focusing on my foregrounds and backgrounds let me dial in some creamy backgrounds. Being a 45 to 150mm zoom I found myself moving around and the focal length(s) made me work hard on my compositions and pushed out a few more creative shots and angles.

Shooting early to mid morning ment I had no low light issues and I could really keep my ISO down and focus on getting clean shots. The overall size of the G7 is super small and lightweight and I really enjoyed the mobility it gave me and I can definitely see myself using it more and more for this type of photo shoot.



Overall I was very impressed with the end results and I’m happy to say my clients were too! Yes the lens was a bit on the slow side however I made it work. Yes it’s only a 16 megapixel sensor – however the way Panasonic renders and compress colours will always be a selling point for me.



One point  I’d like to make it is not really about the camera or the age of the technology – It’s about knowing your camera inside out and knowing how to use it like its second nature or an extension of yourself. I’m a big believer in picking a system and staying with it. I made the switch over to Lumix about 5 years ago from Nikon and I just dove in deep and spent hours learning the Lumix system now I can pick up any Lumix camera and get great results.

So what do you think? Is yours sitting on the shelf collecting dust? 

Does the Lumix G7 still have what it takes to do professional photography? I personally think It’s definitely a camera us Lumix users should Still be using today in 2021.

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


Thanks for reading my latest post – My name is Grant and I’m a Freelance Photographer based on the Gold Coast.

Specialising in Branding, Family & Lifestyle Photography – Ranging from Families, Kids & Couples to Content Creation for Local Brands & Businesses, I’m always available to take any inquiries you might have.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Lumix G9 In 2021

Lumix G9 In 2021


5 Reasons I got a Lumix G9 moving into 2021

The Lumix G9 come out late 2017 and was the flagship photo centric camera in the Panasonic Lumix line-up before they released the full frame range in late 2018 early 2019.

Now moving forward into 2021, the question is? Is the G9 still worth picking up for keen amateurs & semi professional photographers like myself. Here are my top 5 reasons I picked one up!



1: PRICE – In Australia you can pick one up on sale new for as little as $1500 & on the second hand market as low as $890 & that is a lot of camera for the price.

2: Micro 4/3rds Mount – Being a micro four thirds Mount/Sensor the Lumix G9 has a HUGE range of of lenses that are small & compact & come in many different focal lengths – Not only from Panasonic but ALL Olympus lenses fit the mount too, making the lens choice very diverse and as I’m heavily invested in micro 4/3rds it made sense for me.

3: The Sensor – The G9 Has a effective 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that produces amazing JPEGS in camera & also shoots detailed RAW images onto a TWIN SD card slot. With the ability to shoot 80 megapixel images the options are endless for great looking photos.

4: Image Stabilisation – The G9 has incredible stabilisation built into the camera – 5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilisation to be precise & paired up with a Lumix Lens with its own stabilisation gives you amazing hand-held options for shooting stills in low light.

5: Display – The G9 has a super clear EVF with a resolution of 3.68 million dots giving you ta great reference of your exposure in camera as you shoot & with the fully articulating flip screen composing shots from all angle is a breeze.



Now thats only my “Top” 5 reasons for purchasing Lumix G9 in 2020/21, there are WAY more cool things like how the camera is fully customisable with programable function buttons, the 20fps burst mode, the great auto focus & how WELL the G9 is built in its quality! I could go on & on…

Let me know what you think? Do you think its still a great camera for photography in 2021? How do you think it compares to all the “New” releases?

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


Thanks for reading my latest post – My name is Grant and I’m a Freelance Photographer based on the Gold Coast.

Specialising in Branding, Family & Lifestyle Photography – Ranging from Families, Kids & Couples to Content Creation for Local Brands & Businesses, I’m always available to take any inquiries you might have.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Second Shooter Brisbane

Second Shooter Brisbane

Brisbane | Gold Coast | Scenic Rim


As I generally stick to Branding, Family and Lifestyle photography booking weddings and wedding photography is not really my main focus – However in saying that I LOVE to shoot weddings as a Second Shooter and assisting.

Working for seasoned wedding photographers is always such a great experience and the skills I have developed shooting weddings has been incredible and invaluable – It’s also good fun and a great little sideline business aside from my own professional projects.

Having a different approach and mind-set to many photographers getting into second shooting, I’m not looking to become a full-time wedding photographer or build up my portfolio – Its all about the role of the second shooter and the business of supporting the lead photographer helping them get the best results and performance on the day.

Over the last 2 years I have branched out and developed myself into a dedicated second shooter in the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Scenic Rim Areas.

I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing photographers and wish to continue to offer this professional service moving into 2021, hopefully developing more relationships with established wedding photographers to help them provide first class results for their brides and grooms.



Why Hire a Second Shooter?

– You Get A Dedicated Assistant During The day

– Being Able To Get Shots In 2 Different Places At Once

– Someone To Capture The Details At The Reception

– Candid Photos & Reactions Of Couple, Family & Friends

– More Photos From Different Perspectives

– A Greater Volume Of Photos To Choose From & Deliver

– Someone To Help Promote Your Business On The Day

– Allows YOU The Primary Photographer To Perform At Your Highest Level



Gear


My background Canon but I partially changed from DSLR cameras to Panasonic LUMIX & the micro 4/3rds systems about 3 years ago – The light weight factor of the cameras mean I can move quicker and be more inconspicuous. It also enables me to carry more gear equaling more options.

My Set-Up Includes:

– Lumix G9 – 12 to 60mm 2.8 and 35 to 100mm 2.8 Zooms

– Lumix GX8 – 25mm 1.4 and 42.5mm 1.7 Primes

– Lumix G7 – 60mm 2.8 Macro

– Canon 6D mk ii – 24mm to 70mm and 50mm 1.4

– Godox Flashes

– Aputure LED Lights

– SanDisk SD Cards



If you would like to know more about my services and availability as a second shooter or assistant? Please feel free to drop me a line anytime.


Contact:

MB: 0414 524 912

EM: grdphotography.goldcoast@gmail.com



Thanks for reading my latest post – My name is Grant and I’m a Freelance Photographer based on the Gold Coast.

Specialising in Branding, Family & Lifestyle Photography – Ranging from Families, Kids & Couples to Content Creation for Local Brands & Businesses, I’m always available to take any inquiries you might have.

Many Thanks 

Grant


Improve Your Photography

How I Personally Improved My Photography With Micro Four Thirds


  • It’s bad in low light…
  • The sensor is too small…
  • There is no dynamic range…
  • You can’t get a blurry background…

The Limitations Of Micro Four Thirds.

However it’s those so-called limitations that opened up my skills as a photographer, the lessons I’ve learnt and the stretching of my creativity has been amazing since I converted over to the system nearly 3 years ago.



In 2017 I was – Let’s just say a semi professional using a full frame professional DSLR and everything was ok, I thought I knew it all about photography. 

I wanted to try a mirrorless camera, in particular the micro four thirds system as the small size appealed to me. Olympus and especially Lumix were really kicking goals with the micro four thirds range, so I began my research in mid 2017 – Pretty much the same time the GH5 was getting released.

I knew I wanted to go “All In” so I sold my DSLR and purchased a new Lumix G7 with two kit lenses and put the rest of the profits from my DSLR aside to fund any future pro level lenses. 

I remember getting it home and taking it out of the box and thinking this is a Toy!!! However as soon as I loaded up the battery and took a few shots around the house I knew I made the right decision and the photography lessons were about to start.


All Shot On Micro Four Thirds


At this stage I was still a guitar teacher and not really shooting professionally, only doing semi-professional gigs on the side, and even though I have always loved and pursued photography I was still very much getting used to the idea of becoming a professional photographer and still had many lessons to learn.

Up to that point I used Aperture Priority mode maybe 80% of the time and Manual mode the rest of the time. Like many photographers aspiring to become a professional I knew I needed to start shooting in manual mode to take full advantage of my camera – But how easy is it just to put it on Aperture Priority and shoot and spray, especially on a full frame!!! 

Aperture and Auto ISO = Instant Awesomeness.

This is when I really had to change my attitude and take the deep dive into manual mode as the limitations of the small sensor on my G7 were starting to show very quickly and leaving two of the three exposure settings (Shutter and ISO) on auto to do their “thing” was not going to be a option.

Just a gentle reminder too I was using the kit lenses at this stage with apertures of f/4 to f/5.6 – So yes pretty slow, prior to that I was using a fast prime of f/1.4 on a full frame camera so the learning curve was massive and I had NO idea how much I relied on a full frame with fast prime to get my so called awesome shots.



Using my little G7 more and more on personal projects, with the family and on the streets – forcing myself to shoot 100% of the time in manual mode I started to feel a shift in my photography and the way I took photos. I really had to think about how I was going to take certain shots as the limitations of the tiny little sensor and slow lenses made me work for my shots.

You had to chase the light and work the shadows, find ways to steady your hands and really take into consideration your shutter speed and your ISO working in conjunction with your selected aperture. This was really the first time I started to grasp the “Exposure Triangle” and started to get some clarity, making me explore other functions like metering and setting my white balance – Things I would always leave the camera to decide.

The G7 is not a stabilised camera and the lenses were also not stabilised so handshake and capturing images crisp and clear was a challenge especially when the light wasn’t great. This then made me rethink ISO because as we all know on full frame systems we can keep the ISO relatively low and it works well in low light.

However not so much on the G7, the micro four thirds sensor made me experiment with ISO more and made me realise you don’t have to keep low, if you want to get sharp shots you might just have to boost that ISO to speed up that shutter.



After about a year of continuous practice and only shooting on manual mode I honestly felt more like a “Real” photographer. The little G7 and its limitations forced me to rethink my skill-set and made me really work for my craft. My photos were now starting to take their own charter and I felt like my own style was starting to form.

At this stage I started to look into other cameras in the Lumix lineup as I felt like a little bit of stabilisation could come in handy. Also If I wanted to start picking up more professional work I would need a 2nd camera. 

After doing more research I decided to look into a Lumix GX8 and with a quick browse on eBay I found one locally for $400 and I jumped on it. Win-Win… I still had about $1000 left over from my full frame sale so I invested in a stabilised lens, the Lumix 35 to 100mm f/2.8

Now loaded up with what Lumix calls its Duel-IS – I could really expand out and I found my photography reached yet another milestone. I could now do handheld shots in all kinds of situations, the Duel-IS giving more stops to play with and options to work in low light and the GX8 soon became my primary camera.



Now in 2021 and with a few extra bits of kit in my photography bag – Most notably a Lumix G9 and a variety of pro level Olympus and Lumix glass. My little G7 still sits amongst it all and I continually use it to this day. If it was not for its so called limitations and its tiny little micro four thirds sensor I don’t think I’d be here today working as a professional photographer and writing this article.

When I sold my full frame camera many people would consider that a downgrade, but for me it was an upgrade – an upgrade on SO many levels! It made me research and educate myself on the technical side of photography because up to this point I was heavily relying on the creative side and letting the camera do the work.

I guess you could say it’s kinda like a musician who can’t read music – sure you can create music (and GREAT music EG: The Beatles) but it’s something that plays on your mind and once you get your reading down an entire new world opens up.

That was me – I really wanted to become a professional photographer but still was unsure of my technical skills and the language – However by changing my gear to a totally different system that made me work a bit harder was a game changer.

Shoot / Create / Share

– GRD


Thanks for reading my latest post – My name is Grant and I’m a Freelance Photographer based on the Gold Coast.

Specialising in Branding, Family & Lifestyle Photography – Ranging from Families, Kids & Couples to Content Creation for Local Brands & Businesses, I’m always available to take any inquiries you might have.

Many Thanks 

Grant


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