I just worked out where the chaps who made the Predator series of films got their inspiration from :)

These little guys, well our ones are certainly not little anymore they are getting quite large, look absolutely freakish when you get up close and have a proper look :) The other really neat thing about them is that whilst they have a standard insect compound eye, they have what looks like a eye ball on it.. and it moves, follows you around :)

Imagine being the size of a ant and coming across one of these in the bushes !

Taken with a clapped out 55mm f2.8 micro lens and the PK-13 extension tube
D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 34mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO: 1600
External Flash thru a diffuser

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Boats r us

and why they are better than shopping trolleys

Where ever you drive in Norway there is always some form of water course and sure as another tunnel will come up in the drive there is always a boat moored in teh middle of nowhere. They seem to float about waiting for some to jump in and go somewhere, maybe here, across the fjord to the village…

So what does this have to do with trolleys? well these boats are everywhere, like trolleys at my local shopping centre – caution rant ahead – but unlike these nice little boats which seem to be moored anywhere, trolleys left anywhere (except in the designated trolley bay) at the shopping centre are a pita and those who can't be arsed pushing their trolley the 4 metres to the trolley bay deserved to have a thousand trolleys rain down in their front yard :) I do my shopping late on a week night, best time ever, no crowds, no queues and always specials on perishables :) the other night I noticed a couple push their trolley to their car, unload it, leave the trolley immediately behind the car and drive off – it was literally 5 metres to the trolley bay :-/ anyways, sure enough, 30 seconds after they drive off, it was like a magically trolley devil intervention, the trolley rolls back into the car on the other side of the carpark road :-/

So, if you go to a shopping centre, be sure to put your trolley in the bay and don't hesitate to put some other clowns incorrectly left trolley in the bay..even better take your kids for a spin in it on the way to the trolley bay (I can't confirm or deny doing circle work in a woolies trolley on the top level ;) )

Rant finished – onto the image – heres a nice picture of a fjord with one of the many little boats waiting for someone to go an explore the snowcapped hills. 5 shot panorama.

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There has a been a whole bunch of discussion as of late regarding what is photography, specifically in regard to processing or photo manipulation – you just need to search AIPPA and the name of a famous australian landscape photographer to get the gist of whats going on.

Its been great to see these discussions and also get a insight into what people think, not to see what side people are on, if thats even possible since to have sides there must be a line, but more to understand what is the drive behind them when they generate images.

It has also been interesting from a introspective view trying to understand what I enjoy about photography and drives me to continue doing it, for me its the process of being out there and taking the image and also the interpretation of that image through the processing, from a long exposure, to panoramic to a… dare I say it.. tiny planet or whatever, whatever I can come up with :) the final result, the finished image which gets dumped on social media, is but a mere 5% of the whole process and reason. That said its awesome for a having a timeline and collection of images since I could not organise or find any image on my hard drive beyond a few months ;)

so here we have a picture from Geiranger, Norway, its a wide angle panorama, using 4 frames to get the wide angle, each frame was bracketed to give 3 images, (one over exposed, one normally exposed and one under exposed) these were then automatically aligned and then manually blended (to preserve the bright areas and keep the dark areas) – is it reality? dunno, what if the mountains were tweaked to make them bigger ? everyone has a line when it comes to photography and art, simply because it might not be the same as your line does not make it right or wrong, just different – and just like opinions, this is just one :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 0.8s, 1/5s and 3s
ISO: 100

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Little Bay

The conditions on this particular morning were quite interesting and photogenic, the sun really held out for ages and consequently i ended up with 14 million images from the morning… i did only edit a couple so I reckon this folder deserves alittle more love :)

I quite like this one – similar to a previous one, however just two shots stitched into a panorama, the second shot really only accounts for about 1/5th of the total image, however it is on the right hand side and gives the sun and its rays a bit of room to breathe.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 f/4@ 16mm Aperture: f18
Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO: 100
Out Front: Lee Graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

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Glennfinnan House

When you say Glennfinnan Scotland, most will associate this place with the Monument and the Harry Potter bridge / viaduct – both items which I did not take a picture of :) hence why I probably have a picture of the house instead. That and you had to pay to go and look at the monument up close, not that am opposed to paying, just that when you are only stopping for 5 minutes it does not make sense.

Anyways, a short walk up the hill to look out over the loch and gain a viewpoint of the Harry Potter viaduct and monument and I noticed this cool scene unfold as a cloud of rain came through, no surprise for Scotland :) and I got wet ..

3 shot panorama (landscape orientation) – really should have gotten that shutter speed a bit high here
D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 @ 150mm Aperture: f4 Shutter Speed: 1/100s
ISO: 200
Out front: house and loch

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Braemer Woods

Just outside of a little town called Braemer in Scotland there is the Braemer Castle and just near that are some very cool woods, this is kinda in the spot between the two feuding families one of which held the Braemer Castle. I did not need too much imagination to conjure images of Robin hood style bands of dudes lurking thru this area a few centuries ago.

But what was so cool was the luminous green ground cover which contrasted with the start grey of the pines, I did kinda mess this up, it was raining and quite dark, i focused on the trees in front and was using quite a wide aperture and consequently alot in the background was pretty soft and out of focus,to make things worse one frame (its a pretty wide pano using vertical orientation shots) a few shots focused in the background meaning there is some funky layering in there :)

13 shot panorama (vertical orientation)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f8 Shutter Speed: 1/25s
ISO: 500
Out front: crazy woods

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Tree Life

Showing some appreciation to the Morton Bay Fig trees, this is what kids are meant to do :) bare foot and swing in the trees :) This tree must be over a hundred years old and has such cool horizontal branches that just cry out to be lounged on :) It also has some really cool hidey holes between the folds of the trunk too…

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The endless fuzzy

So apparently, the thing at the end of the jetty is a place where you can go for a swim, kinda makes sense since the water seems like its knee deep for a long way out, not to mention the water is not that nice close to the shore – this particular scene reminds me of some scape conjured up by fantasy novel where you can punch on thru to the other side a rift or something, in any case it does fill me with some level of calm when looking at it :)

4 shot panorama, each shot in the landscape orientation
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 4s
ISO: 100
out front: Lee Graduated Filter (0.6x)

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Steeple Peas

just a little field of freshy picked peas next to one of the many churches dotting the landscape in Sweden. It was the only time I drove on the wrong side of the road :) which is the right side of the road really…

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Lady slipper orchids

are orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioideae, which comprises the genera Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium

Its like going to the quack and getting them to explain all the freaking weird words they use.. flora is a bit like this, I am sure the names make sense to some.. but to me its gobbly-gok.. man I have wanted to use that phrase for yonks :)

So reading my ultrasound report on my busted ankle there is a line
there is subcutaneous oedema at the ankle
so I said to my doc, wtf man ?
to which he said swelling under the fat layer dude
and my response was why do they just not write swelling under the fat layer so your average pleb has half a chance of understanding it :)
he just smiled at me :)
…. just you wait until you come into my engineering world bro :)

anyways, here is a nice picture of a slipper orchid, focus stacked from a whole bunch of image on a pano rail thingy :)

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