Golden Opera Invasion

Pre-sunrise bliss – view large

I think i have fulfilled my 2014 quota for Opera house shots ;)
Taken several minutes before sunrise just before the sprinkling rain set in.

The bright lights are dudes setting up for the Invasion Day Celebrations 26th January – Congratulations to all those who became Aussie citizens on this day, welcome to one of the best countries in the world!

Cockburn Ranges

(careful how you say that :) )

This one is going back many years and is for +Red Nomad thanks for reminding me of our trip over in WA on the Gibb River Road back in 2006.

This particular scene was one of my favorites, coming down the hill into Home Station (from memory) just on sunset set and we could not resist the view of the ranges bathed in orange from the sun on our backs.

Taken with a point and shoot (Sony DSC-V3, which coincidentally only stopped working the other day) back in the day of simple happy snaps :)

btw, i did this whole trip with a broken foot and a space boot, you should see the pictures of me walking into the bungle bungles :)

Sky Nodules

It was like the sky from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – the scene was encased in this envelope of cloud that reminded me of the sound proofing foam you get with the nodules looking like they would drip away in any second.

D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm (11mm) @ f16 ans 3 seconds with Lee Graduated filter (with sea spray included for free) and circular polariser.

The warm tones on the clouds were very subtle, it was a warm glow rather than a red burn and thus have tried to preserve the subtley and texture in the processing. A single frame taken to accentuate the water flow and capture one of the many sweet looking rocks at low tide whilst on the backdop of a nodular (ohh yeah.. bet ya never used that word before:) ) sky

I appreciate the comments that people leave and I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed!

Opera on fire

I think this is a much cleaner and dare i say it, more natural rendition of the Opera house when compared to the last shot from around in the little bay. This one was taken from just near the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge just as the horizon lit up like a aussie bushfire.

The other sight, just off camera was much more amusing – once the colour developed, all the photographers, of which there was quite a number, rushed madly to adjusting grad filters, modify compositions and nail the moments of glory. There have been some great images come out of this session from them also!


There is simply only one reason I took this shot, it was raining and I needed somewhere to shelter and conveniently this little 'ol iron structure provided quite the respite. Rather than sit and wait and look like a terrorist for the nearby security guard, i thought i better take a photo :)

It was foggy, wet and sprinkling which really suited the BW option.

The rain then stopped and i went on my merry way..back to my favourite subject..the opera house, check the next post for that one…;)

Park Life

Never did i ever envisage visiting so many parks or for that matter really worrying about how many and how good they are until Chaos turned up. Now i am a regular park goer and even partake in a little of the climbing jungle gyms myself :) Now i really appreciate a half decent park.

Sydney Siders be sure to check out +Jarrod Castaing recent updates at his gallery in the rocks – he has some really nice imagery and its well worth the visit

Clocktower Square, 3/35-75 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Originally shared by +Jarrod Castaing

New prints arrived in the gallery this week including three of my favourites at 1.5 metres! Good excuse to drop in and say hi :)

Clocktower Square, 3/35-75 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Wineglass Bay – Tasmania

+Aravindhan Padmanabhan has been posting some nice shots from his recent trip to the worlds best subcontinent and reminded me a few images I took when I was there.

This was back in the day when i started out in the hobby of photography (2009), I had only recently purchased a tripod and a pro quality lens (nikkor 17-55 f2.8) both of which i still have and use regularly :)

This was a b-sides shot from Wineglass bay, the place i had the best beer in the world (moo-brew)

It caught my attention because of the tiny figure in the foreground, dwarfed by the Hazzards…

Thanks to +Aravindhan Padmanabhan for making me take another look at my images from that era.


Someday images just roll off the screen, other days they need a mallet, an axe and a small construction zone to get them to work – in this case I am still not seeing the result I wanted.

The conditions could be considered epic i guess, brilliant orange burning on the horizon and ominous dark clouds directly overhead, this however, did not make for a easy shot, especially when i messed up the exposures ;) I really need more than 3 exposures per bracket to give a smooth transition between the highlights and shadows.

Anyway, I used a graduated filter and also bracketed the frames but still struggled to capture the entire dynamic range and the composition certainly looked better in my head than what it turned out on the screen. I think i will chalk this one up to the one that got away.

3 bracketed frame panorama.
f/8 at 1, 4 and 15 seconds

Unconventional Seascape and a Unconventional Cityscape

Went for a sunrise session in the city, however, I really struggle to get excited about the Harbour Bridge and Opera House any more – must be Sydney icon-fatigue :) I did even get a pretty cool pano of the opera house with some pretty cool cloud and colour, but this image taken later on appealed more to me, thus got more attention.

I quite liked the motion of the water complimented by the movement of the passing "Fantasia" boat coupled with the brillant yellow antislip steps which just popped out against the mossy and algae eaten concrete.

I also like the quirky composition, not quite following any rules but also not quite breaking any :)

Luna Park off in the distance set against the backdrop of Milsons Point and North Sydney, you can see a small fraction of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Single Frame exposure
Aperture: f/19
Shutter Speed: 1s
Exposure Mode: Manual
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100

I also think i have portrait orientation addiction…can't seem to get the camera back into landscape orientation.