Kataaro deluxe brushed cotton black belt

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Kataaro deluxe brushed cotton black belt label, May 2022, Perth

In many Asian martial art systems, particularly those from the easternmost countries, a belt forms part of the uniform worn during training. Often, the colour of the belt denotes the rank the wearer holds within that system, with rank generally reflecting technical proficiency or expertise. The founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, introduced this practice to… Continue reading Kataaro deluxe brushed cotton black belt

May 2017 action

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Earlier this month, Master Vernon Low was in Perth to teach senior students and black belt members. Master Low spends considerable time and effort on his students, analysing their Tae Kwon Do techniques and going over improvements in detail. In the photographs below, he goes through side kick breaking with two senior students preparing for… Continue reading May 2017 action

Nikon D7500

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Last month, Nikon introduced its new mid-range D7500 camera body. This is the latest in the line that extends back to the Nikon D70. The D7500 uses the same sensor as the more expensive D500. Viewfinder coverage: approx. 100% of image frame (0.63x magnification relative to full frame). Autofocus (AF) points: 51 (15 cross type). Base sensitivity range: ISO… Continue reading Nikon D7500

February 2017 action

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First Tae Kwon Do held a special grading examination in Perth recently, with one candidate undergoing the test for 1st Dan black belt. Following a rigorous programme of breaking, sparring, patterns, and self-defence techniques, she was promoted by Master Vernon Low. For the photographs above, I shot with my Nikon D700 and Nikkor 70–200 mm f/2.8… Continue reading February 2017 action

May 2016 action

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Master Vernon Low and Chief Instructor John O’Brien visited Perth recently for another round of advanced instruction. Master Low spent a considerable amount of time on breaking techniques needed for promotion into the black belt ranks. The photograph below shows him explaining some adjustments to a student’s side kick technique. The foreground blur is from the… Continue reading May 2016 action

Something a little different

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A family member asked me to make a business portrait for him; he’s organising a conference next year, and needed a picture for use in the prospectus and related documents for the event. This is something a little different from what I usually shoot, but I was happy to oblige. Below is a low-resolution version of the… Continue reading Something a little different

Japan with a 50 mm lens

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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan. Photographically speaking, it was clear that a mobile telephone camera or other ‘small sensor’ camera would not be desirable, and this left me with essentially choosing between my Nikon D70S and Nikon D700. Although the D70S had probably the more appropriate lens for travel… Continue reading Japan with a 50 mm lens

Canon and Nikon DSLRs head to head

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A few days ago, I suggested a method for choosing a new DSLR body for low light action photography. I then outlined the current mainstream Canon and Nikon DSLR models, and made a few recommendations within each of those ranges. But how do Canon and Nikon currently fare against each other in this arena? A general point that most photographic writers… Continue reading Canon and Nikon DSLRs head to head

Choosing Canon DSLRs

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Canon currently has the largest DSLR market share worldwide, ahead of Nikon. These two companies are far ahead of the rest of the field, and they have the most complete systems, in this particular market. Below, I describe what I consider to be the current mainstream Canon DSLRs. There are other Canon bodies available, such as the EOS-1D X (flagship… Continue reading Choosing Canon DSLRs

Comparing camera sizes

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There’s a handy on-line tool for visually comparing camera sizes at camerasize.com. I’m not certain that the measurements are all correct, though. For example, the thicknesses of the Nikon D70S and Nikon D700 bodies are specified as listed on Nikon’s website—78 mm and 77 mm, respectively—but the visual comparison indicates that the D700 is thicker… Continue reading Comparing camera sizes