Video spotlight: Michael Fletcher and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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We've previously shown a couple of Michael Fletcher's videos and we've been keeping an eye out for new stuff. Well, this month, he's produced 2 Canon EOS 5D Mark II videos that are also outstanding and have been making the rounds in the chatter, we just haven't made the time to blog them yet. I'm sure you'll agree that Michael's producing some amazing work with the 5D mk ii!

Images Of Western Australia's Kimberley from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Sorry guys, this is a bit of a long one. If you start the movie and then read my ramble it should be ready to watch.

I was fortunate enough to be invited aboard possibly the greatest adventure cruise boat in Australia if not the world. The boat for those of you who have not heard of it is the “TRUE NORTH” and it circumnavigates the Australian continent visiting some of the most remote coastline in Australia and also ventures past these waters to many unseen Pacific Island destinations.

“TRUE NORTH” is designed for pure adventure whilst providing a 5 star luxury platform for those hours not spent diving off spectacular coral atolls, catching elusive Barramundi, swimming in pristine waterholes, or taking in a cultural experience first hand.

All these things are achieved by the incredible design of the “True North” with its shallow water ability and possibly the coolest thing ever, the Bell 407 helicopter. I can only speak of my personal experience on the East Kimberley expedition, and from the moment I landed on the heli deck I was in awe of this amazing vessel.

True North cruises effortlessly through the maze of waterways of the Kimberley placing you in the most amazing locations to maximize your experience. For those locations that can only be visited by helicopter True North's skillful pilot Rob would place you precariously on the edge of an amazing waterfall for a picnic lunch like no other or take you to a waterhole full of Barra that have never seen a fisherman.

The icing on the cake for me was the crew of the True North. Without a doubt these guy's and gal's are a credit to the whole experience of adventure, luxury, comfort, and endless excitement. With 1 crew member for every 2 passengers every need was covered and nothing was left wanting.

I have never seen such an awesome place as the Kimberley and I hope you can get a small sense of what it is like to visit here from my video. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I must thank Mark and Craig for placing their faith in me to capture some amazing footage for them. I hope it can help in spreading the word about this amazing country and this truly unique experience.

“GO WILD IN STYLE” and check the boat for yourself at

For those of you interested more in how this was shot I used the following gear.

2 x Canon 5D MK2, Canon Prime lenses 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, 400mm, Miller Tripod, Lee Filter Kit with grads, Fostex field recorder, Rode Mics, (Sorry about the audio in the fishing segment. That was straight from the camera as I wanted to catch a fish so I didn't set up proper sound.)

Edited in Final Cut Pro

Music from “The Rabbit Proof fence” by Peter Gabriel
“The Thin Red Line” by Hans Zimmer

These guys know how to write film scores.

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This video is some testing he did while working on the one above:

5D MK2 Firmware Update Test Footage from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Canon have done what they should of done before the 5D Mark 2 came out, that is give us full control over, aperture, and ISO settings. The camera with the new firmware is now the real deal giving us the power to style our shots how we want them. It was the second most exciting thing that came out from Canon, the first being the camera itself.


This is some footage before and after the firmware update. You cant tell the difference because I was tricking the camera before the update by using the “Old Twist The Lens On The Camera Trick” I don't have to worry about dropping the lens off the front anymore.


Luv Fletch

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Here are some of his previous Canon EOS 5D Mark II videos:

Images Of Karijini National Park from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Images of Australia's Southwest from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.


  1. Michael’s work is always stunning. He’s a real inspiration to me. In addition to the gorgeous photography, he’s also a master of using music well in his editing.

    Bravo, Michael.

  2. and hes one hell of a singer too !! 🙂

    you should see him dance !!!

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