Burning Galaxy

Probably the last of the images of the 'gerry tree' which I will post, however similarly to Rodneys version I did take a partial liking to the vertical composition and also the option for a milkway background to the wool spin. This image was taken from a recent trip with +Rodney Campbell and +Suren J to the Stockton Dunes, by the way chaps, it is quite possible to walk to the ship wreck too, keen? ;)

Two frames manually blended together, one for the milkway and one for the steel wool spinnage.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a sand filled Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/6.7 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 169s (steel wool)
Aperture: f/2.8 ISO 3200 and Shutter Speed: 25s (milkyway)
out front – nada,

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

Cosmic Rays

Light speed down the railroad ;)

I always wanted to try this technique, its pretty simple, just zoom the lens whilst the shutter is open – a couple of tips, which i will use next time (i learnt the hard way) to hopefully improve it.

– carefully zoom so not to move the camera/lens, otherwise you get non-straight zooming stars :)
– time the zoom sequence to fill up the shutter speed, also try starting slow and speeding up to create a ramp down effect.
– slightly defocus the lens to get more prominent zoomage

you basically need 3 shots for this , one with the zooming star trails, one for the foreground and one for the sky (under the zoomage), simply stack and mask out the zoomage where it kits the foreground, otherwise it looks like gamma rays.. you know the ones that past thru everything…or is that alpha rays? anyway, you get the idea.

3 shots
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm

Shot 1 (foreground, twilight ) Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 1/3 seconds
ISO: 100
Shot 2 (background) Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 45.5 seconds
ISO: 3200
Shot 3 (zoomage) Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 45.5 seconds
ISO: 3200 with lens zooming

Lovely jubbly and thanks for looking – 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.

Snowballs at Mount Canobolas

When my mate +David Brodrick tells me there is gonna be snow down to 600 metres I am inclined to believe him, since he has some experience in weather forecast stuff ;) Dave runs a very successful weather information service out of sunny Narrabri and is much more than a bunch of data mined from government BOM site. +Oz Forecast(http://www.ozforecast.com.au/) is great site with a clean simple interface, i recommend adding this one to your bookmarks, there is also some very useful webcams from various weather stations(not on the BOM site).

We had planned to try and get up Mount Canobolas, however with quite a significant amount of snow falling over night meant access was closed, hence the local park at the base of the mountain had to suffice, needless to say there was still no shortage of snow (for australia anyway).

Chaos had a ball playing in the snow (for the first time), but soon realised that whilst snow may appear very fun, it is also very cold and in this case wet – nonetheless this did not deter the snowball making exercise, note the lack of gloves to start with ;)

Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 85mm f1.4 @ 85 mm- Aperture: f/4 and Shutter Speed: 1/1500s
ISO 400
out front – lots of snow and a bit of drizzle.

Candyfloss

A conveniently placed cloud at sunset on the dunes of Stockton beach made for which my daughter now refers to as the fairyfloss picture ;)

Single frame
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm- Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/3 seconds
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9

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

Zenith Beach

It was certainly a bit of a struggle this morning, harsh dynamic range in the light and a significant lack of clouds, I can usually deal with this but the light did not even develop any nice pastels :( anyway, enough whinging :) the saving grace was the location!

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

Camp

We have all seen it, most togs have been here at one stage or another and today… +Rodney Campbell and I went there ;)

First shot off the rank, just as the sun disappeared over Manly or somewhere thereabouts!
Standy by for the triptych, 3 images of this little shed looks much better than one :)

Anyone know what the hell this shed is actually used for? sewerage pump ? nav station, shark net storage, drug running? ;)

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 238s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9, LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser
out to the right – Rodney Campbell

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

Its not until you view from afar, do you realise that even when surrounded by many you are still very small

Its a bit like a molecule lotsa space between stuff :) view large

I have been reading a photography book (a fairly recently published one) which was a recent gift and was filled with very nice images and lots of very interesting information (most of which I have forgotten already ;) ) however the images within reminded me of a saying which a few peeps who know me are probably sick of me saying.. but anyway, basically its simply that I reckon its pretty easy to take a nice picture of a stunning location – take iceland for instance (and not knocking anyone who has been there, i would love to go) but I reckon I could give my 4 yro bundle of chaos a point and shoot camera and she would come back with some fairly nice keepers.
Now one aspect I have always tried to aspire to and I seen a few photographers over the years, mainly ones who just ooze talent so much that you hate them ;) who can make stunning images from nothing, from regular scenes, from walking down the road, a unspectacular sunset, they always come away with something dynamic, different and soemthing I would call art and go 'wow'. That is a goal that strive for.

Anyway all that waffle has a point, and you guessed it, its related to this image ;)

Trying to make something from nothing. This image was a bit tricky, it is several images stitched to make a pano, however large expanses of water and very little fixed items makes the old +Adobe Photoshop struggle a bit, however, after some bashing over the head it did my wishes and squeezed out the desired pano, with a few errors (not too shabby tho)

D7000 coupled with Nikkor 105mm f2.5 @ , yep yo guess it 105mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/500 of a second
ISO: 100
out front – a cliff.

Thanks for looking – 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.

Cosmic Railway

Its a dizzy ride to the centre of the galaxy

I learnt a few lessons from the last star trail session at the sandy side of Anna Bay, firstly.. go somewhere where there is no sand, tick. secondly set the timer correctly, tick
(note the malfunction from last time was actually due to the fact that I set the camera mode to single shot, this meant I missed an interval every shot and hence the 40 second gap between shots in my last one. It needs to be set to continuous low or high.
I still have a slight gap in the extreme view of the frame, but still better than the other attempt.

So with those key points addressed – for the next star trail session I think i need the following.. warmer location :), set the white balance to something consistent ;) and take care of local wildlife or farm animals ;) There was a cow terrorising this railway the following morning :-)

This was a set of images from a fairly short time period, just over 2 hours, I do have another set at over 5 hours, however the moon rose within that period and there was some pretty funky autoWB changes throughout that set, thats for a rainy day processing session!

techie stuff
192 images stacked together using the statistics method in Adobe PS CC
(see here https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/VnN5muFSypj)
The foreground image included a bit more on the bottom which gave me the ability to get a slight vertical pano shot happening.

D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm- Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 45.5 seconds
ISO: 3200
out front – long metal things commonly referred to as railway tracks.

Lovely jubbly and thanks for looking – 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.

Gathering

view this large and count the kangaroos – perfect for those with super panoramic view across multiple monitors:)
Life at 300 mm.

So, here i was, stuck in the car after volunteering to drive Tickles around while she slept, you know, never wake a sleeping baby etc, thus a little drive thru the countryside proved interesting and also an opportunity for some good recon of locations for the day when I have lots of time and the kids have grown up ;)

I did find a awesome old barn, a sweet dead tree conveniently positioned and a cool windmill in the perfect position for some southward facing star trail action. However, on the drive back i noticed this lonely big tree up on a ridge and a bunch of what I first thought were cows, however after slowing and further inspection it became apparent it was a bunch of grazing roos. Now this tree was a long way away and with the car now stopped there was a real danger of this baby waking up, however i could not let a lone tree like his go un-photographed…ya never know it might not be there next time ;)

So with some sneaky sneaking i popped the boot and got the 300mm lens out and whacked out a several vertical frames to stitch into a pano, after only a minute or so I turned back to the car and who was peering out the window with a big grin on her face ? yep thats right.. tickles, that was the end of that, I quickly ducked back into the car and took off, luckily she went back to dream land for another 20minutes, especially since it was boobie time and well.. i ain't no good in that department ;)

This would have been spectacular at sunset, however sometimes you gotta just take what you can get, this was pretty well at midday.
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 300mm f4 @ 300mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/750s
ISO 100
out front – one tree, some grass and a bunch of funny roos.

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

Why you can never trust a Cheetah

'cause they are cheat-ahs :)
Our guide Graham had all the awesome 'dad jokes' :)

This animal could bore a hole in your head with that stare! let alone what it could do to ya with that set of teeth.

Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 300mm f4 @ 300mm- Aperture: f/4 and Shutter Speed: 1/6000s
ISO 400
out front – thankfully a freaking fence ;)

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

The final Moments

like a baby drifting off to sleep
Ya might as well view this large since it really should be viewed in full pano glory ;)

I never was much of a kid person ;) however one of the defining moments for me was (and still is) holding my child (and not so recently version 1 – Chaos) and rocking her to sleep. I love the moments as I gently rock, pat and sooth (i am pretty good at that now ;) ) and every now and then I catch her eye and a sly smile erupts from her only to have her bury her face in my shoulder – I know sleep is close – this reminds me of the final moments of a beautiful sunset before it disappears for another day. Sleep tight little tickles.

As for Chaos, when she goes to sleep now, its like a tornado going thru the house ;) (in a good way of course) I guess I'll have to photograph one of those soon ;)

There was not much in the way of clouds this day, however the small amounts of clouds and the classic QLD evening turned on a very nice show of warm and cool colours all within the space of several minutes.

Techie data:
3 shot bracketed panorama (3 sets of 3 images, manually blended together)
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm- Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.5s, 1/6s & 3s
out front – nothing but some light fog

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

Salamander Bay Mangrove

lonely tree
This location gave me flash backs to Beachmere QLD – located just inside the entrance to Port Stephens this little stoic magrove was hold it's own against the gale force winds, which btw ruined my long exposure shot ;(

D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11.5mm- Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/30 of a second
out front – LEE 0.9 Graduated filter and Screw in HOYA circular polariser

Multi-selector

I finally got jack of my multi-selector button on my camera intermittently working, after a few screws removed and the problem is quite apparent. So, anyone got access to Nikons spare parts ordering? ;) I am sure if I tag Nikonaustralia i'll be barred from Nikon service for life for attempting a repair myself ;)
It's safe to assume that I have typically used the down button on the multi selector most since this is one that has worn substantially. The good news is that the with some cleaning and contact reno's things are working again (except for my down button – but I can live with that)

Galaxy Bounce

smile.. your on camera Galaxy

I could use all the cliche terms and phrases like ..there must be life out there, one in a million..billion? blah blah blah.. buts its freakin Monday and my jaw is killing me from my dentist visit – on that note, I gotta say dental care in this country is pretty good value really, when you think of the technology they have at their fingertips (and have had for quite some time) in terms of instant x-rays, Local anesthetic etc its pretty amazing that you walk away for a few hundred bucks ;)
anyway that never makes me feel any better when the dudes pointing a horse sized tranquilizer needle in my mouth :), its all good tho, just a few renos on a few old fillings.

This image is from a recent run to the stockton dunes, which btw the way is due for another visit very soon :) The image was was the last of the evening at this spot before making the long walk out with +Rodney Campbell and +Suren J. To be honest I really only bothered taking this pano image 'cause +Rodney Campbell was taking so freakin long with his fishy images ;)

Techie love:
8 odd frame (non-bracketed) panorama :)
Stitched in PS CC.
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm- Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 21.4 seconds
Iso 3200
out front – nada.

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.