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Sunday Livestream

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Well, I am going to try the Livestream again. Have a new camera coming, but Australia Post changed the delivery date from today to next week.

I will start with a YouTube stream as Facebook didn’t want to save all the data last time.

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/kajx112

Volunteering

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Each Friday, I volunteer as a Presenter at Swan Hill’s Community Radio Station 99.1 SmartFM.

When I was really struggling mentally, the station gave me purpose and self-worth. The best thing I have done for my mental health. It is great fun. I get to play easy listening music and the 1950s to the 1990s. For 50kms and live streaming over the internet, the area becomes my personal radio set 🤣

Join a community group and expand yourself and help the community at the same time.

The Night Experiment

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What a different experience to photograph local football at night with no flash. It was great to see how the 8-year-old cameras went at night. I knew what the limitations were of my old 1DX mark iin, I have no idea with 1D X as I had a few mental breakdowns and shooting at night became rare and the media passes for the Supercross were limited.

Once again I stuck to the 400mm 2.8 for the footy, which I wasn’t sure how it would go at night as I am still building up the strength to control the big lens (a major work in progress).

For the netball, I used the 70-200 2.8

The shots turned out okay, just disappointed with a little noise, but a great experience and opportunity to re-learn my equipment.

You can read the article here: https://www.thebridgenews.com.au/sport/the-night-experiment

This weekend April 30 | Local Footy

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It has been a while since I have posted to the website, but, there has been a bit going on and I’ve had to focus on work.

This weekend in the Central Murray Football Netball League, there is an interesting experiment (what I call it). There will be a night match played at Cohuna between the home team Cohuna and the Koondrook Barham Raiders.

Why at Cohuna? Cohuna has recently had a lighting tower upgrade. Honestly, I didn’t realise that the lights would be an issue for Football. Sure for motocross/supercross/arenacross they are detrimental to safety seeing jumps and landing etc, football is just a few guys running around catching a ball. I thought lights around the area would support a night game as they support night training.

Photography wise, an interesting experiment. I have photographed supercross/arenacross at night before, so photographing at night will not bother me, over the years I have collected equipment. I assume football night shooting will be like supercross/arenacross to a point, no flash into the eyes, so that means no flash at all or a strict use of a modifier. I have the ability to move flash power across an oval. I bought a handy modifier that I tested in overcast conditions at Lake Boga, and the power was too much I could not adjust settings to allow an image not to be overexposed.

Looking forward to Saturday and night experiment lights and local footballers having the opportunity to play footy under lights. Working for the paper I only need 1-4 images, but when I am having fun I become trigger happy and snap away, and great players make the job easy. So feel free to say help and talk about cameras and settings. I am always happy to share my settings and what works for me. These settings may not work for you, but at least you’ll have settings to reverse engineer.

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