Blue and White

This will be the next star trail location for sure, just gotta get the time and the weather to line up :)

3 minutes in the life of a dutiful lighthouse, another in my quest to conquer midday images :)

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 182.5s
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

Eyelashes

..really serious eyelashes at that!

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @52mm Aperture: f/3.3
ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: damn fast ;)
out front – tall thing with 4 legs.

It's a jungle out there

and a complex one , no straight lines or an order simply millions of years to just randomly arrange stuff. The lower portion of National Falls can be seen in the top left of the image and whilst its probably less than a 100 metrees away as the crow flies, it felt like a lifetime away given the boulders and vines between us and it.

I included +O. Sydney straddling the slippery ass rocks whilst composing the 'Heart falls' (as coined by +O. Sydney) to give an idea of the scale of the scene – otherwise it simply loses perspective.

Techie love:
4 frame panorama (single images)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/11 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 4s
Out front: Circular Polariser, vines and bigass boulders…

Lushness

is the under side of the National Falls

with my bum balanced on one rock and feet planted somewhat precariously on moss covered slippery ass rocks either side – I tried to capture this journey the water takes after death defying ride over the cliff edge ;)

3 frame manually blended image
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 8s (mid frame) 2s (the upper falls and bright area) 30s shadows and under rocks :)
out front – screw in circular polariser
down below – slippery ass rocks.

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

Silver splatter

the return to Wattamola
Very different conditions from the last time I was here:
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/T6j8Ymj9xxT

Cheers to +O. Sydney for the invite and company, perfect day for some waterfall chasing, this little spot up on the jumping spot was perfect and after seeing +O. Sydney jump about with glee at the composition and falls I had to check it out :)

It was getting close to twilight, well as much as you could see with all that cloud and occasional rain shower coming thru :) but the light was divine for a whiles :)

3 shot Panorama
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 23mm – Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 30 seconds

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

Float on

Even if things get heavy we'll all float on alright

I dared not step out further to isolate that little levitating rock for risk of 1) getting wet 2) sliding on my arse on sharp rocks :)

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/9.5
ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 175.3s
out front – LEE Graduated Filter 0.9x ,LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser and… a the magical levitating rock.

Can't see the forest for the trees

paperbarks
What really caught my attention with these trees, common paperbark trees (which are not actually that common 'cause all the bush has been cut down :( ) was the fact on this side of the road there had been a bushfire which had gone thru blackening the trunks, but on the other side were virgin untouched trees, it was a real cool contrast, guess ya had to be there huh :)

One thing which was very neat, there was nobody around for miles :) the quiet, the serenity.. simply put.. awesome

9 shot Panorama (vertical composition)
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm – Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/90s seconds
out front – HoyaFilters CPL and lots of dry paperbark trees.

One Chance

Continuing on theme of midday seascapes and long exposures! I was perched up on the headland (seen in the top left of the image) watching a paraglider glide on the updrafts from the old quarry cliffs, he certinaly had more balls than me! There was not that much breeze about and it reminded me of those fake skydiving rigs you can go on, you know,.. the ones where you get in a vertical wind tunnel and balance on the updraft only to roll off it and come crashing down… – anyway he did no crash downt, which was good :)
However, back to the original point, as I was up there watching him, I spied this thumping great big log..no, more correctly..a complete tree, roots and all washed up on the beach, i thought 'there's no way I was gonna leave that un-photographed' :) I was however running on borrowed time hence I made the decision to take a single shot, no second chances, one shot, forcing myself to actually stop and think about the shot (which i rarely do :) ), plus it took me 15 minutes to get to the darn thing.
So, the result, I could not get the whole tree in it was that big, hence I ran with misty leading lines of the main trunk, partially buried by the sand.

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 182.5s
out front – LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser and… a big tree in the middle of the beach.. who would have though :)

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

Tunnel of death

view large

maybe this is the river to the other side? how cool would it be to setup a shot here with a boat and have a dude on board with a rusty old lamp, very spooky, anyone got a old row boat they wanna to lend me?

Techie love:
4 frame panorama (bracketed)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/8 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 1/10s (neutral frame)
Out front: Circular Polariser, water and tunnel of death

Life on the edge

Defiance against time

Whilst struggling back to the car with my shoes full of sand I noticed this small little tree standing proudly against the stiff breeze, standing only 4 or so foot high I was nearly laying on the sand to get some perspective on it.

And there you have it, 3 minutes in the life of a little tree perched on the edge of dune.

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 182.5s
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

Turbulent inrush

This is the ocean saying to Gerry, ''dance skinny white boy or your gonna get wet ' :)

……… and i danced..and still got wet, might need to improve the dance skillz methinks.

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s
out front – a 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.

Shelf Life

burning time

Carrying on the theme of midday seascapes and attempting to shoot something half decent when all the light is well.. just flat and pretty wrong, this was a quick long exposure while trying to un-snag my fishing rod…. again, by the way I caught absolutely zilch, methinks fishign and photography kinda go together, you have to do them at ridiculous times of the day to nail one :)

The chaps out there fishing where kind enough to hang five while the 3 minute exposure finished off, there was some post work to sharpen them up a bit since there was some blur there, however all in all it was ok.

I really loved the green stuff in the foreground but wanted to get close to use that line of the rock to lead my image right up to the fisherman, however in the interest of safety and not needing to get wet, I elected to include the green slippery stuff for my foreground. If there was a stick out there to hang off, +Kitten KaboodleInc i would have done it :)

Single shot
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 19mm – Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 182.5 seconds
out front – Hoya CPL and B+W bigstopper.

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.

Ghosts in Heaven

RIP for the Rock fisherman who lost his life at North Curl Curl over the weekend.

After a interesting discussion on +Dylan Toh post regarding heavy ND filters, I thought I would get my B+W filter out again which has been very infrequently used since buying the LEE slide in option.

I really love the warm (i would say natural) tones this filters gives in comparison to the LEE bigstopper.

2 shot Panorama
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 55mm – Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 167 seconds
out front – +HoyaFilters CPL and B+W bigstopper.

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