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Life’s a journey so always make the most of it.

Life’s a journey so always make the most of it.

I am a digital media professional with a background in corporate design. Here’s some info about me and why writing about yourself is always the hardest part!

Have you been bitten by the travel bug?

Have you been bitten by the travel bug?

I’m currently running out of space in my passport. No surprise as i keep going to African countries that insist of stamping an entire page.

Pros and cons of the Micro Four Thirds system

Pros and cons of the Micro Four Thirds system

It’s fair to say i’m a big advocate for the Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless camera system, developed by Olympus and Panasonic since 2008.

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Fixing fast shutter speed in 6K photo footage

Fixing fast shutter speed in 6K photo footage

12 Jul , 2019   GH5,Travel,Tutorial,Video

The most recent Panasonic cameras include several smart features such as post-focus, focus and aperture stacking and the 6K photo mode. The mode allows the photographer to capture 6K images up to 30fps contained in an MPEG4 file using the h.265 HEVC video codec. It’s a nice feature to have but it may require a […]

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth

2 Jul , 2019   Uncategorized

My recent trips across Africa culminating in an epic video montage.

Travel Light, Achieve More!

Travel Light, Achieve More!

2 Jul , 2019   Gear,Travel

Learn about the gear in my bag when i’m out and about.

Walk With Lions Encounter – Victoria Falls

Walk With Lions Encounter – Victoria Falls

2 Jul , 2019   G9,GH5,Travel

The Walk With Lions Encounter in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Mada’in Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s Petra

Mada’in Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s Petra

1 Jul , 2019   GX80,Travel

Mada’in Saleh, the Saudi Arabian Petra in the Al Madinah Region, Hejaz.

Angkor Wat Timelapse

Angkor Wat Timelapse

15 Jan , 2019   G9,Timelapse,Travel

What goes into a blog post? Helpful, industry-specific content that:

Lesotho: The Kingdom in the Sky

Landlocked and completely encircled by South Africa is The Kingdom of Lesotho, a mountainous country known as the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’ because of its high altitude. Lesotho is the only country in the world where its entire territory is above 1000m, in fact its lowest point is actually 1400m! The views are spectacular as […]

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The Indigenous Himba Tribes of Northern Namibia

The Himba are a ancient tribe native to the north-west of Namibia in one of the most remote areas of an already mostly arid country. Very few tourists get to visit the actual tribes in the Kunene Region and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola. Instead, most tourists are treated to […]

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The Okavango Delta: Africa’s Garden of Eden.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana, is the largest inland delta in the world. This intricate network of rivers, streams and tributaries originates from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. The water flowing down to this vast habitat via the Okavango (Kavango) River ultimately evaporates as it blends in to the Kalahari desert. Filmed with […]

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Panasonic GH5 & G9 6K Photo Test

One of my favourite features on the latest flagship Panasonic G range is the 6K photo mode. The GH5 and G9 offers the ability to shoot 6K photo at 30fps and 4K at 60fps with the ability to scroll through and extract a still image at the same resolution (18Mp). The recording also gives you […]

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JoBurg, Kruger, Durban, St Lucia, Port Elizabeth.

If you’re not familiar with overland tours you may want to read on, especially if you like visiting far flung locations, usually within a custom built vehicle that caters for your daily requirements. My first overland trip through South Africa was not without it’s dramas, but also with the most amazing sights, scenery and company. […]

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Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm for Nature /Outdoor Photography

Experience a lens designed for the Micro Four Thirds mount that is around two-thirds smaller and one fifth of the weight compared to the equivalent focal range for a full frame 35mm DSLR. This is the Panasonic Leica high-performance lens for nature/outdoor photography with a 200-800mm 35mm equivalent focal distance. The lens is Ideally suited […]

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Desert Tripping Saudi Style!

The Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali) is one of the most remote areas on the planet and is the largest continuous stretch of sand desert in the world. It covers an area of around 650,000 km² including parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, and part of the larger Arabian Desert […]

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The ‘Asir Region, Saudi Arabia’s Highest Point

The ‘Asir Region is an area of Saudi Arabia located in the southwest of the country, named after the ʿAsīr tribe. The mostly mountainous landscape is in relatively close proximity to the Red Sea, has the highest peaks and receives more rainfall than any other provinces within the country. The views across the Al Souda […]

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