New toys to play with

It has been a busy start to 2015, with a month or thereabouts of work with Seven News Australia (and a fair few crosses for Sunrise). 

With a chance to catch my breath, I've been buying a few new toys to play with. Including this:

It's a Panasonic AJ-PX270. It's a camera and it's awesome.

My previous camera was an older model from the Panasonic family. It served me well, but its shortcomings were becoming more apparent. The PX270 records HD footage in the sensational AVC-Intra 200 codec. What does that mean? Pretty pictures with deep blacks, bright whites and outstanding colour.

Being the nerd I am, I took it for a test run in Kensington Palace Gardens. It was my first time (ever) using the camera and I was very impressed by its quality, particularly the lens with 22x optical zoom. Here's what I shot.

Even the swans were impressed, although they tired of me filming them after a while.

For clients, the PX270 means the pictures I shoot will be even sharper- the HD quality is phenomenal for a smaller camera.

It also has wireless capabilities- including, eventually, the ability to stream live pictures over 4G networks. Basically, it's a Dejero in a camera. More on that to come.

Hopefully, whatever I shoot next will be more exciting than swans in a pond. I'm off to play with my new toys.

 

 

 

A most bizarre, wonderful 2014

So 2014 is about to come to a close. Well, there are actually a few days left, but I'm about to go on holidays, so for all intents and purposes, it's done with.

In close to chronological order, I have...

-Spent New Years Day in Grenoble with my girlfriend, colleagues and Michael Schumacher

-Had beers with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Switzerland

-Learnt how to ski in Austria (poorly)

-Chatted with Dame Edna at Australia House

-Hung out at the BAFTAs

-Heard the whaling decision at the International Court of Justice at The Hague

-Driven at crazy speeds through London with local ambos

-Spent 36 hours straight covering the ANZAC Cove dawn service

-Been waved at by the Pope during a canonization at the Vatican

-Spent countless hours at the Rolf Harris trial

-Spent countless hours at the Phone Hacking trial

-Been told Ten's Europe Bureau was closing

-Resigned from my workplace of 8 or so years

-Flown to Australia to see family and friends

-Flown back to London to start my new freelance life

-Travelled to Ukraine and the Netherlands to sub-host SBS' coverage of the MH17 tragedy, working with the great World News Australia team in Sydney

-Worked for the wonderful Seven News team (hell, they even sent me to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show)

-Performed countless crosses with Kochie and Sam on Sunrise (plus, they put me up in a Red Bull air race plane)

-Filed freelance stories for my old friends at Network Ten (and got to hang with Freddie Flintoff)

-Started reporting at ITV London (and received no viewer complaints about my accent!)

-Oh, and best of all, got engaged to my better half. She's ace.

 

If someone had told me on January 1st, 2014 that the year would turn out like this, I wouldn't have believed them. But I'm glad it has.

I read somewhere that it's good to write a list of the things you've done in a year, as you forget. I heartily recommend this exercise. Shows you that the glass is not just half full, chances are it's overflowing. Merry Christmas all, see you in 2015.

 

 

Reporting around London

Adam Hills aside, Australian voices aren't heard all that much on evening tele here in the UK. Which is odd, given how many Aussies live in London (if you sit on the tube for more than two stops, you're guaranteed to hear at least one).

So, with that in mind, I recently did some stuff for the fantastic ITV London crew. Twitter feedback seemed to be very much 'pro-accent'. I have to admit though, I've started to say 'lorry' instead of 'truck' and I'm growing increasingly fond of responding to people with 'innit'.   Perhaps I'll sound British by the end of the year.

Anyway, the first story features Russell Brand. For reasons best known to him, he gave me a hug.

The second yarn focused on housing affordability in London- something anyone who has moved here has had issues with. Boris Johnson wasn't available for interviews, sadly.

After a couple of years of sending stories across the globe and never seeing them go to air, I had forgotten that feeling of satisfaction when you watch a yarn go to air, live. Good times.

Back in London

Hi folks, back again after a week's break in Greece, two weeks work with the nice folks at Channel 7 Australia, a week of being a trailing spouse in the US and a week in Ukraine and the Netherlands for the great team at SBS Australia. In short, my internal body clock is no longer functional.

I have uploaded some recent work to the TV section of this site, have a look if you wish.

I'll put a bit more content on this blog soon- I have neglected it somewhat in recent times.

Until then, here's a yarn I did for Sunrise Australia- which almost made me physically ill. Enjoy!

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/24739166/flying-with-top-gun-matt-hall/