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I Accidentally Found Fuji Speedway?!

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Late in 2017, I visited Japan again, I had never explored anywhere other than Tokyo and the areas around Ebisu Circuit. We had a spare day in Tokyo, so we decided to grab a hire car and drive around the base of Mount Fuji.

I did some research the day before to find some cool roads to drive, I ended up picking one called Mikuni Pass. It was awesome! Super tight roads up over the hills then it opens up on the other side as you come down with views of Mount Fuji and the lake below.

Mikuni Pass Mount Fuji

Oh yeah, and we accidentally found Fuji Speedway…

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Visiting The Aokigahara Forest

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Have you ever heard of the Aokigahara Forest? Also known as Japan’s suicide forest. I’d be surprised if you hadn’t after this week, vlogger Logan Paul visited the forest and filmed a corpse then shared it online.

To put in perspective how real this forest is, it’s the second most popular suicide location in the world behind San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a total of 247 attempted suicide here in 2010 with 54 people losing their lives.

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A Creators New Best Friend?

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Well… this isn’t my first drone, I’ve owned a Phantom two paired with a GoPro Hero 4 black for almost 2 years now – not that you would know because I never take it anywhere! It’s massive and to be honest a pain in the ass.

Earlier this week I picked up a DJI Mavic Pro, I’ve been wanting to buy one since they were released but couldn’t justify spending $2200 – I picked this one up for $1750 with only one battery discharge and the fly more combo (winning). I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for camera gear and it hasn’t disappointed.

I’m a bit late here, but something that can fit in your pocket, shoot 4k footage and fly for over 20 minutes is a no brainer. I should have bought this drone earlier for sure. Below are some shots of yesterday’s flight.


The day after I bought the drone I ordered a 3 pack of the Polar Pro filters, filters are a must when flying – if it’s a bright day and your shutter speed is to high you’ll suffer from a ‘jello’ effect. The ND filters block the light, lowering your cameras shutter speed smoothing out the footage.

I’ve flown the Mavic twice now, it’s so much more nimble than the old Phantom. With the Phantom 2 not connecting to a phone it’s quite different not having to guess what you’re filming. Below are some graded screen grabs for the flights. I’ve also included graded vs ungraded photos.

Having not wrote a blog post since January, the Mavic has certainly got me excited about shooting more content for myself! Stay tuned

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART | Buy Or Not?

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 To buy or not to buy…

Once again Sigma has lured me in! After purchasing their 35mm 1.4 ART lens in October last year the thing doesn’t leave my camera. It’s an awesome lens and I’d much prefer it over a 50mm. To me a 50mm lens is awkward, I can never seem to get enough in the shot and after I crop/edit the photo the way I want the look I need just isn’t there.

I sold my 24-105mm f/4 a couple of months ago in order to buy a 24mm prime but then the drifitng season started and my money went straight to tyres, fuel and entry fee’s haha. This was about the time the Sigma 24mm hit the market so I was tossing up between Sigma and Canon.

I finally had a chance to test the Sigma 24mm yesterday! It’s very similar to my 35mm but a little shorter with a bit more girth. It feels way better the 35mm and not an awkward skinny lens. The results are similar also in the image, awesome contrast and a sweet depth of field (even for a wide angle lens)

The above shot is at f/1.6 and it’s still really sharp… It missed focus a little by going too far but that can be adjusted on my 5Dmkiii. The 24mm is crazy, depth of field plus wide angle gives a really good seperation between the focus point and the background, much better than the 35mm in my opinion.

For just under $1000 I think I will buy this lens, even though I haven’t tested the Canon I have a feeling this is better. It does lack a high aperture which suchs (Use a high aperture when panning with a low shutter speed) but a ND will fix that and it does lack weather sealing… lets hope I don’t get it too wet!

View the Hi-Res image here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/25614686@N03/17697358309/sizes/o/