Death by a slow moving sand invasion

much like what is probably gonna happen to my camera and lens :)
Sand, not so glorious sand.. and camera stuff, just just don't mix very well. Nonetheless, out at Stockton there are some wonderful spots where you can venture into the dunes and find many interesting compositions and subject matter. +Suren J and +Rodney Campbell joined me in search of a long lost tree perched on the side of dune which I spotted several months ago whilst flying over the dunes. Whilst a 4wd would be handy and probably much quicker, it was good to walk in, sometimes limiting oneself can help achieve the best in a location and photography session.

This shot was taken only a few hundred metres from the tree, which is fairly distinct, (more images of this later), the rain was just setting in here and it was a mad dash for cover after it was completed.

Single frame- even at 3 seconds the clouds do have some motion blur which conveys the speed at which teh clouds were moving in.
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 3 seconds
out front – absolutely nothing but fresh air and plenty of sand.

The frozen world below

Along the Zenith Line
Continuing a fine tradition of cloudless sunrise's with very little colour means one must work a bit harder to achieve that shot that gets a few star rating.
What I really liked about this spot was that at the time the rock behind me created a shadow across the gulley and it meant I could turn that foreground into some a bit more interesting – with a long exposure of course :)
I pulled the graduated filter all the way down to the shadow line to preserve the highlights in the bright sun drenched rock and also the hill beyond, I then exposed the frame during some of the rare swells which washed up over the finger rock creating some nice blue and surreal colours.
This was in the same train of thought as a recent image from kurnell (https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/5GBrbgqpp2n)

Single frame – glad to say all the dust bunnies are gone sine the last long exposure at Kurnell.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a sand filled Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 184.8s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9, LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser

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

gerry vs storm

Storm 1, gerry 0

I don't mind the odd selfie here and there, to mix it up alittle I made this one a pano, this was quickly bashed while scurring over some dunes to the next spot and being chased by some very menacing clouds, which did eventually bring some rain. What made things pretty funky was the sunset glow which was peeking out from below the rain clouds creating a very eerie glow which can be seen in the centre of the frame.

About 7 minutes after this shot it rained :(

7 frame (non-bracketed) panorama :)
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 20mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/2 seconds
out front – absolutely nothing but fresh air and plenty of sand.
It was a bit out of focus, the focus point was on the foreground very close to the camera (from the last shot) this coupled with the fact the clouds moved very fast meant it all, except for the rock solid model ;) was a bit soft.

Cheers for the company +Rodney Campbell and +Suren J

Pink vs Blue vs the Lichen

living on the edge
View large in full res goodness.
This was as close as I dared to get to the edge – its bizarre, i fly in large, small and weird aircraft, and never have a issue, but put me 20 metres on up on a cliff and something makes me lean the other way with a vengeance :)

This was taken during the height of the pastel display in the sky, these tones are often found on those cloudless morning when you look in the opposite direction to where the sun rises.

Two frames stitched together, mainly to get just a fraction more height – this is a good example where not to use a CPL, since it resulted in some discontinuity in the colour in the sky.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 15s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

Rod on the edge

sneaky sunrise shots
+Rodney Campbell working the edge at Kurnell and this was what he was looking at:
https://plus.google.com/102418874970398612673/posts/BnjQ5rbnuXA
Thanks for the company +Rodney Campbell and we will have to head back and do that potter point area with all those nice rock – remember low tide is a must there.

Single frame shot
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.5s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

Chef with Style

Whilst cooking with kids does result in lots of mess, excessive intake of sugar from over licking the spoon and bowl it is still a great activity and usually out the end pops a tasty cake :)

We have recently taken to improving the style of our chef outfit which is no linger complete without 1) a nice hair clip and 2) a grin to match.

Way to go Chaos :) great pose and sweet smile, I can never stay cranky at you for long (for sticking your finger in the mixture and taste testing every 30 seconds).

Life on the Edge

a pastel window into the world below and the world up on the cliffs
View large or go home ;)
The pod of whales (and the elusive seals which I only heard but never saw) did not hang around to complete the panoramic scene ;)

Just about every time I have visited Kurnell and and walked along these cliffs I have spotted a whale or two, maybe its just that I only come here in the winter months :) nonetheless, if you are in sydney, Kurnell is a great spot to whale watch, not only is the actual clifftop scenery awesome the whales typically come quite close to the cliffs, as they did this morning, close enough that I could hear there blow holes going, rest assured its along way down too.

Still in the forefront of my mind was the French guy (Fabien Ardoin)
who fell to his death a few weeks back whilst taking a photo in the Royal National Park (south of here), always a timely reminder to take care near heights, particularly the very crumbly sandstone that Sydney is built on. RIP buddy.

3 frame (non-bracketed) panorama :)
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 17mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 6 seconds
out front – LEE 0.9 Graduated filter and Screw in HOYA circular polariser

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.

The horn of Kurnell

the faces of the cliffs
Apparently, according to chaos, if you tilt your head the right way there is a chicken in there ;) I can see a eagle with a beard, but it is late ;)

The cliffs that adorn the sydney coastline are always full of surprises and unique subjects for a photographer and it is this that draws me back every time. The pools of water are always a great subject and when coupled with predawn light can really come alive.

One would never guess that only a few kilometres away are some serious industrial plants, the Sydney Desalination plant (aka we need a nuke plant to run it ;) ) and of course the Kurnell refinery. I am not sure whether its absolutely amazing that these two environments co-exist or just down right depressing.

2 frame Manual Blend.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11.5 mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 152.1s (foreground) and 22.3 seconds (mid-sky)
out front – LEE 0.9 Graduated filter and Screw in HOYA circular polariser

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

Man Rays

and the path travelled
(truth be told I was looking at the whales 20 metres below ;) )
A follow-on from my angelic halo ;)
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/bGYy5uJE1L8
Somewhere along the Kurnell coast line with the first of the whales heading north to the warmer waters for some sweet loving.

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11 mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 3seconds
out front – LEE 0.9 Graduated filter and Screw in HOYA circular polariser

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

Sweetness and light

Wisps of souls lost and the path to..
Last shot of the morning, no clouds, mid morning and the sun was climbing – another example of transforming the seascape into something that the human eye just cannot observe.

I really wanted a isolated rock in the ocean, however things were getting a bit hectic down there on the green, hence I had to make do with what I had.

This is Kurnell, adjacent to the outflow pipes ;)

Single frame – i think i better clean my sensor, when the clone tool starts putting in dust spots you know its getting a bit crowded in there :)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 182.4s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9, LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser

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

History

Some falls in Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
I was browsing though some of +Matt Glastonbury's great imagery of Tasmania, in particular this one https://plus.google.com/100022806374728014874/posts/LAw9K8vV3L2 when it jogged my memory of trip down there several years ago.

This was back when I was pretty clueless on how to use a camera but one thing I did know what to do was take pano's and vertical ones featured every now and then, more often than not they would not stitch correctly :( however, step forward a few years and I now have the knowledge (and software) to beat them over the head a bit more to achieve what I originally saw :)

This image was simply two images stitched vertically, originally never even processed, much like quite a few images that sit in my library unfortunately.

Anyway, i remember this trip well, I had just bought myself a new lens (the Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8) and a circular Polarizer to go with it – both of which I still use and abuse regularly :) In hindsight a UWA lens would have been more helpful, but hey thats life.

2 frame Vertical Panorama.
Exif/setup data:
D80 (yep thats right..my trusty old D80) coupled with the Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @17mm
Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 8 seconds for the top part and 10 seconds for the bottom part
Out front : HOYA screw in circular polariser
Probably lucky it was taken in RAW, i mixed and matched during this trip :)

Pool of Reflection

4 shot (bracketed) panorama view processed in by +Nik Collection by Google
Techie data:
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 12mm – Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: multiple ( 3 brackets) 4, 1 & 15 seconds
out front -Hoya screw in circular polariser and LEE Graduated filter (ND) 0.90

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.

Deer Pool

View Large and fill that 16:9 screen with what its meant to be filled with – panorama love :) – if you can find a deer in there you win a prize ;)
Its very interesting story how deer ended up in the Royal National Park and their subsequent survival, decline and then expansion over the last 100 odd years. I would never had though it that difficult to eradicate the relatively small number from what is, really a pretty small park – I guess logistics, process and bureaucracy have played an important role here.

Anyway, whatever the case with the deer, there is still one place named after them, that is, Deer Pool, a nice serene pool with a small waterfall and beach, btw that waterfall looks like it would make a mad waterslide, pity about the big rock at the bottom to take your tailbone out ;)

It was quite a difficult set of falls to shoot for me, the size of the falls within the frame is quite small and I needed to zoom in quite a bit to really fill the frame, as such, when all else fails, pano it :)

3 shot panorama view.
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 45mm – Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: multiple ( 3 brackets) – however I did only end up using one image – the lighting was diffused and even enough that a single raw file had all the required dynamic range needed (for me)
out front -Hoya screw in circular polariser and Hoya ND8 Neutral Density filter

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.

Lead me to

After nearly getting rick-rolled by a freak wave I was determined to wait for the next one so i could nail a sweet waterfall off this little rock face.. well, i wait… and waited…and waited, in the end the sea won, i gave up and took what I had and tried something else ;)

The waves did (well one of them) breach the rock face and flow over the edge into the channel which was very cool, nicely shaped a 'S' – well, next time i will get it.

On another side note – RIP for the French bloke (Fabien Ardoin) who died just north of here (cheese rock) the other week, very sad to see a young man with lots of potential have his life cut short.

As with all shots this morning, taken under the protection of a umbrella, with a barrel load of water on the filters and camera.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 1.5s
out front – a very wet 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.

Smoothness is

Little Marley on Saturday morning ;)

I love the way a long exposure transforms a scene, it is the greatest tool to a tog for simplifying a seascape. Not only can it transform a raging sea into a mellow bed of fluff it can also create mad effects with the sky (not so much in this image)

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 134.6s
out front – wet and miserable LEE graduated filter 0.9, LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser

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