Posts by Lawrence Mengel (Ex-Partner)

Highlights of Piazza Navona, Rome

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

Highlights of Piazza Navona, Rome

In a recent Travel Blog of mine on this site, I mentioned that I don’t often get opportunities to travel overseas, but after receiving an invitation to the Trierenberg Super Circuit Gala Awards night to pick up a Canon Gold Medal Award, the family and I decided to pack our bags and do a trip to Europe…   The first leg of our trip to Europe was to Rome, Italy.  After some suggestions from family we decided to base ourselves in the Piazza Navona area in Rome.  This in hindsight, was one of the best decisions we made from a location point of view.  We were able to access all of the major attractions by walking and exploring this intriguing part of the...

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Southbank – Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Adventures, Techniques | 1 comment

Southbank – Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show

The Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show is currently on at Brisbane’s Southbank, so what better time to get out for the night and also get some great night photos…   This was a great opportunity to do some night time photography, so I took along my Slik Pro tripod for the long exposure shots I would be taking.  This light show is quite unique in that it is staged from a huge barge containing the structure for the waterfall, some of the lighting, the apparatus for the performers, and the water jets.  Laser lights were also set up on the rooftops of some of the buildings.  The light show is also run to a musical score.  To capture these shots, I set up...

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Canon Digital Photo Professional Software

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Software | 0 comments

Canon Digital Photo Professional Software

There are several different software programs available to process your RAW or JPG digital photos, with Lightroom, Capture One and Photoshop being the most well known, but Canon also make their own software package for Canon DSLR owners called Digital Photo Professional, aka DPP…   Canon supply a copy of Digital Photo Professional with every DSLR, so you can start processing your photos as soon as you start shooting.  There are versions available for both Windows and Apple Mac operating systems.  DPP only takes up about 108 mb installed and can be updated from what Canon calls “Updaters”, which is a separate program that you can download from the...

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How To Use The Panning Technique

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Techniques | 2 comments

How To Use The Panning Technique

Panning is a great technique to add to your personal repertoire of photography skills.  If you would like to add more dynamics to your action shots, then read on…     Panning is a technique where you move your camera in syncronization with a moving subject.  The basic idea is to try to freeze the subject but get motion blur in the background.  Panning can add great impact to Action or Sports images, the trick is to get the subject in sharp focus.  For most other types of photos, you would hold the camera very still and use fast shutter speeds to capture fast moving subjects, but with panning, you deliberately move the camera to match the speed and...

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Views From A Window

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

Views From A Window

You may have heard of the term “shooting from the hip”, but have you heard of “shooting from a window”?  This method of shooting opens up a completely different perspective to your images… For travel photography, we are all used to the usual method of taking photos by walking up to a scene, composing, and taking the shot. However, if you are a passenger on a driving holiday in a car, coach, bus, or even in a taxi, you can still obtain some great images while on the move even without stopping. Just remember to never to do this if you are the driver! When taking photo’s on the move you can still use the fundamental basics of...

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