Shooting Sunsets with Chaos

Dunbogan
Normally for me photography is a opportunity to gain some solice, some time to myself, however this is often not possible with the family and two young girls. Hence I have taken to asking chaos (the older one) if she would like to come along and help, well I don't need to ask her twice.. :)

Soooo.. i think I can call it a success, time well spent with chaos and i did get a few shots I like out of it, which leads me to the next point – I did not actually press the shutter button for this panorama, chaos had control of the wireless remote and pressed it for the 12 shot bracketed pano :) so technically she probably holds part of the copyright :)

It was enjoyable, if not alittle frustrating :) instructions were given to press the shutter remote when I was ready and said so.. well she took immense enjoyment and plenty of giggles at pressing the shutter release midway me setting the shot up or swivelling the camera for the next bracket which left me with lots and lots of shots of random compositions :)

Anyway, this pano did work out ok, thanks for the laughs chaos.

Techie data:
12 shot bracketed panorama (4 sets of 3 images)
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 19mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 0.5s, 1/8s & 2s
out front – LEE Graduated filter (0.9)

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed and always appreciate the time people take to have a look, plus and/or comment.

Midday Seascapes – Coalcliff

Coalcliff, NSW, Australia, part of the great region just south of Sydney. Coalcliff is called that for the literal meaning, the cliffs here oozing with coal, you can see the layers of coals in the cliffs and quite often when snorkelling/diving down here there is lots of it on the seabed.

Continuing my quest for some reasonable hour seascapes, i found this little gulley exposed by the low tide, the water trickling over the rock is actually coming from behind me on the other side of the headland/rockshelf, the waves were pumping and sending large amounts of water across the shelf to run off at this spot, by the time it got here is was nothing but a little trickle , thankfully :)

This image was taken shortly after the one in this post and with the same settings, simply recomposed and focused.:
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/WkZK7GJ1aku

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 132.9s
out front – LEE Bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.

Waterfall Fantasy

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The walk in and climb to the bottom of the falls was not so much as a fantasy as a nightmare :)

Madden Falls, definitely not a fair weather photographer location, which btw was wanted this particular day, a nice easy walk and a sweet set of falls. Well, the walk to the top of the falls was easy, boardwalk even!, however it dumped you at a lookout possie at the top of the falls which was a pretty ugly, thus some bush bashing was required.
Armed with a gripless pair of wet sneakers and a rough plan of where to go to get to the bottom, I slid, scrambled, climbed down a tree and not so gracefully arrived at the bottom of the falls, 30 minutes later :)

It was however, worth it, what a great set of falls tucked away with no one around, well not down here anyway.

This was the last shot of the day and the moment the first bit of cloud swept across, prior to that it was nothing but blue sky. Rarely do i get conditions like this for water shots, however I really love that long exposure sky/cloud coupled with a waterfall. The wind was blowing pretty hard up top and provided the perfect amount of cloud movement to generate the sweep of clouds. I did have to clone out one tree up top which was nothing but a blurry mess.

Techie data:
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm – Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 61.9s
out front -Hoya screw in circular polariser and B+W screw in neutral density filter (10 stops).

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed and always appreciate the time people take to have a look, plus and/or comment.

Who needs Sunrise?

Dunno why i spend all this time getting up at the crack of dawn to capture sunrise..should just do it at noon, such a more respectable hour and you can actually see where your going ! ;)

Just throw in a LEE bigstopper and a few clouds and voilà seascape sorted.

Damn it was windy on this rock shelf! the only reason I pointed in this direction since it was so damn windy and I needed to shield the camera from the wind with my body and keep the sea spray off the filters.

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 132.9s
out front – LEE Bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.

Watching Night Turn to Day

A large rain cloud sneaked over Botany this morning, spreading like a cancer snuffing all light and warmth that was meant to be..sunrise.

Single image – triggered using a Phottix Aion wireless remote, these things are great for this kind of thing, heaps of range and pretty consist, works thru the pocket too :)

techie love:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1.5s
out front – LEE Graduated Filter (0.9)

Double Take

Some very cool infrastructure going up at Botany Bay and the new Port Terminal – just be sure to not take photos of it ;) Apparently, thanks to Bin Laden, I am not allowed to point my camera in this direction :) I guess I do attract a bit more attention (tripod and camera ) than the mobile phone wielding would be terrorists – oh well rules are rules I suppose, hence I turned around and took photos of planes taking off instead ;)

Anyway, enough of a whinge, these huge gantrys make awesome subjects, not quite the cloud movement I wanted but it was better than nothing.

techie love:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 60.9s
out front – LEE Bigstopper in all its goodness.

Queenslake

In celebration of those expensive royals visiting our great country I thought I would tribute a image to them, appropriately located at Queens lake
Heres to you baby george…

techie love:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 85.5s
out front – LEE Bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.

CASA

Ironically, I went out this morning to get me some tasty bread for a some homemade Bruscetta – after the usual run to the airport on a saturday morning I noticed this dinky little old CASA 235 pottering into YSSY. Now what is the le-french airforce doing in australia? They are often a regular visitor to the various airshows, god only knows why, those CASA eads aircraft don;t really ring my bell :) plus, i know all to well how they great the civvie version 212 is :) these are the ones they run – or used to with the Australian Antaractic Division.

anyway, to the correlation.. CASA aircraft and my CASA bread for my bruscetta :) which was very tasty btw.

The google tree

I tracked this little old mangrove tree from a aerial shot from +Google Maps , it was a gamble trying to find it and see if it would make a half decent image, at first I missed it all together, however on the walk back found it (things look pretty different from up there :) ) – I really wanted to see it at high tide, but timing did not allow me to be there – next time.

Often I will spend a few minutes browsing maps and checking out locations to find interesting nooks and crannies., good on ya +Google Maps 2 thumbs up, I dunno what i would do without google maps now.

Towra Nature Reserve.
techie love:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16 mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 158.2s
out front – LEE Bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

Sydney's Moon Scape – Towra

Somebody drained all the water outta botany Bay this morning :) That was the lowest tide I have seen in quite a while.
Made for quite the challenge for finding some interesting foreground action, especially considering more than a few minutes in any one spot meant your shoes were being swallowed by the mangrove..

Towra Nature Reserve.
techie love:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 279.8s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.

Between the Trees

This afternoon there was absolutely beautiful light coupled with low lying clouds being funneled up the ravine (i think I can safely call it that – pretty serious depth and very narrow). I had traveled to these falls (Carrington) to try and find a nice location with the fall back option of just taking a cliche shot of the falls, which usually the common lookouts provide, noting that this was a first time I had been here.

The steady wind was flowing around the trees and the mist coming through the scene sporadically, the light last a few minutes and I tried a different composition to try and capture the light, mist and surrounding foliage.

3 shot landscape orientation panorama.
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55 mm f2.8 @ 17mm Aperture: f/13 Shutter 1 seconds
Hoya screw in circular polariser out front.

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed and always appreciate the time people take to have a look, plus and/or comment.

Plane View

Head to head with a millipede

Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 Micro @ 55mm Aperture: f/13 Shutter 1/60 seconds. ISO 1250
SB600 with diffuser and also another diffuser in front of that :) just to make sure things were diffused :)