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The Valiant Knight
Photographer, Video Editor & Occasional Writer from Sydney Australia

When the new I-Series of lenses was revealed by Sigma late last year I was immediately intrigued. I’ve long thought that the ‘promise’ of full-frame mirrorless has always failed to deliver on one important aspect — size and weight. So when I was given to opportunity to try out the 35mm F2 DG DN and 65mm F2 DG DN I jumped at the chance to take them out and give them a good run.

It’s long been stated that a big advantage mirrorless has over traditional DSLRs is the lack of bulky components like a mirror box and prism, allowing…


The Best I Could Do (Febuary 7th 2021 — Pentax KP | Pentax DA* 11–18mm f/2.8

My friends and I make a habit of heading out whenever we can do do little hikes to local points of interest. These are generally more about getting together and hanging out in person rather than photography, but as we are all interested in photography we bring our cameras too. It’s more of an excuse really, the photography, a way of forcing us out of our homes and getting out in the world.

The thing about these trips however is that I find I rarely get many ‘great’ shots or photos that will end up in my portfolio. Sometimes this…


What separates us, and what brings us together? Surely this should be no great mystery to us. The world has mastered the art of magic and machinery, toyed with the great wheels of the multiverse. Yet it is the nature of our own selves which remains the great mystery.

Two souls, close in beginning, could not currently be any further apart, even as they now move toward one another. Despite the small space which now separates them, in mind and in spirit they remain, distant.


We’re in the middle of two major revolutions when it comes to photography. On the more professional end we have the transition from the old flappy mirror box to the new chic of mirorless cameras. On the more consumer side of things, the days of the instant digital camera seem to be but a distant memory, replaced by that multi-function powerhouse that we carry day-to-day — our phones.

When I was growing up, we were still using instant film cameras to capture our precious memories, digital existed but the quality just wasn’t there. It’s really only been in the last…


When you look at the most influential and successful creative people, they often have a fairly clear and defined ‘style’ to their work. You can spot their sensibilities and predict what a film or photograph will look and feel like when you see someone’s name attached to it. I know for instance that anything directed by Ridley Scott will often have a very striking visual style to it, classic and often epic despite the genre or subject matter. The question is, how important is this style to the creator themselves — are they even really consciously aware of it? …


The notion of suffering for your art has been around for a while. Although I find the definition differs greatly from person to person. Those who argue against it are often coming from the perspective that you shouldn’t be sacrificing a stable income or social life purely to satisfy an artistic pursuit. The counter argument is that we shouldn’t be sacrificing our artistic integrity simply to live a more comfortable life.

I think, as with anything, both arguments have quite a lot of merit to them — but perhaps we are looking at the notion of ‘suffering’ from the wrong…


Lately I’ve been struggling with my photography. I’ve hit a point where I’ve lost the inspiration to simply go out and shoot, as if my progress has stagnated and I find myself unable to enjoy the process as much as I used to. I might feel good in the moment, but when I get back to the computer and start processing images, I find myself disappointed and underwhelmed by the results. The stuff I’m putting out there is well received and nobody, least of all paid clients, are complaining — so why aren’t I feeling fulfilled?

Recently while away for…


Welcome to my first entry in Load the Reel. These articles will be made up of film and television analysis supported by the YouTube channel Toy Reel. Toy Reel focuses on many aspects of pop-culture, including figure collecting and obviously film and other mediums of entertainment. Over there you’ll find many of the same reviews you find here in video form. Definitely check them out. You can think of these articles as an alternative to watching the videos if reading is more your jam. …

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