Exciting Project for Swanbuild Manufactured Homes

I have recently completed a custom tour for Swanbuild Manufactured Homes here in Swan Hill. The Reception, Design Gallery, Blackwood 4 and Contempo 3 were all shot as a Google Street View tour and the Arlington 3 was from a previous shoot. All the 360 images have been incorporated into a custom interactive tour with floorplan and menu navigation. The main google shoot took hours to shoot as most of the photography was done after sunset to capture the ambiance and as the display homes are located in an industrial area the night shoot helped mask unwanted clutter of the location. It was quite a challenge dealing with the multiple light sources but I am very happy with the end result. You can even see our wonderful unpolluted Swan Hill skies full of stars. link


Cheap Chinese batteries compared to genuine Canon


Ever wondered what the difference was between those cheap Chinese batteries on Ebay and the Canon OEM batteries?
I have used both types over the years and have found that generally the Canon batteries last longer and are more compatible with the electronic monitoring in the camera. I had a couple of old batteries and decided to cut them open to see the difference. As you can see, a lot less electronics and smaller cells in the copies. I have also tested a number of the cheap Chinese batteries and found all the ones that I tested to be below their rated capacities. The battery on the left is the Canon BP-809 and its equivalent and on the right is the Canon BP-511 and its equivalent. The Canon BP-809 has a leaky cell due to it along with my video camera being ran over by a truck. It was in for repair at the time, so was replaced with a new camera by the very apologetic repairers. Is it worth paying the much higher price for Canon OEM batteries? …

Bendigo Photo Shoot

Some images from a recent photo shoot in Bendigo. The photos were for a new website my son is building for a Christian group in Bendigo. The shots were taken to suit a wide panoramic format that would have text on the right hand side. I was to capture the essence of inner city Bendigo with casual images of members of the group. Great people, easy to work with, a most enjoyable shoot.

Walking into Heaven, Photo of the Month, April

Been very busy lately and my blog posts have suffered. Much of my spare time has been taken up with a book I have been working on, more info at my John Flynn Blog.
So here is my photo of the month for April. The photo was inspired by the winning photo at Sea Lake’s Harvest Festival. I entered four photographs, two won prizes and I sold one, so was quite pleased. After visiting the festival we decided to have a look at Lake Tyrrell, a large salt lake not far out of town. Instantly I saw this photo. I sent my son out into the very shallow and salty water and asked him to walk slowly toward me. I took a number of shots and after choosing the most suitable edited out the fine horizon line each side of the image using content aware fill in Photoshop CS5.

Lake Tyrrell, Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia