Sisterly Love

Face Painted - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2and Shutter Speed: 1/400s
ISO 100

So I come back after leaving chaos and mayhem together for a few minutes and find someone got face painted with a crown and rosy cheeks and got loaded up with some crackers…
I should have known better than to leave them together alone, these two are gonna live up to their nicknames I reckon :)

I see some similarity to “Ben and Holly” here :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2and Shutter Speed: 1/400s
ISO 100

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with 135mm f2.5 @ 105mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/500s
ISO: 100
Out front: nada, just a puppy dog and a happy owner / feeder.

mans best friend
view this one large, since panos lose their impact here on gplus.

This guy had the right idea, getting the puppy dog out for a walk early in the morning before the heat hit, the two of them sat on the edge of the cliffs for a some time enjoying the beautiful cool morning, which was convenient for me since I had time to swap lens and bash out a few shots for a panorama view of the scene.
I really do like these spontaneous shots of people, however my photographic aversion to crowds means the chance of them happening is slim ;)

Techie love:
3 shot panorama.
have used this lens quite a bit since going to FX format :) lucky, since it was on the sell list until the other week.
D750 coupled with 135mm f2.5 @ 105mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/500s
ISO: 100
Out front: nada, just a puppy dog and a happy owner / feeder.

Crowded

Crowded - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

D7000 coupled with Nikkor 105mm f4 @105mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/180s
ISO:800
This also included the PK-13 extension tube.

 

there is always someone who strives to be in a different place and some who who don’t quite make it :)

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 105mm f4 @105mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/180s
ISO:800
This also included the PK-13 extension tube.

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

 

Wave Power

Wave Power - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Wave Power – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 319 seconds
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Lee Bigstopper and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

a man born well before his times

After posting my previous version of the Lurline Channel image (http://blog.avernus.com.au/lineup-lurline/) and incorrectly and ignorantly labelling it some sewer channel it got me thinking (as rare as that is) about why the channel was there, so off to mister +Google+ it was for some research, it was very quickly apparent that the channel was anything but a sewer outlet, in fact it was part of a very historic moment in time and also very much about a man, Peter Bates who was well ahead of his time. Peter, designed, built and successfully proved that wave powered electricity generation was possible and potentially feasible at this location – Lurline Bay Power Generation.

It is quoted ‘the Lurline Bay power project was a remarkable story of human perseverance and , ultimately , bitter disappointment’. I don’t entirely agree, disappointment maybe.. but remarkable achievement all the same, especially given the era.

Peter was, in the true sense of the word, a engineer, with no formal training, he was a man with the natural tendency to think like a engineer and harvest scientific information and engineering skills, his feats on the Lurline Bay Power project (and other smaller projects, moving eyes for dolls, rock drilling…) just go to show that simply a university education is not enough to be able to quality yourself as a engineer – that is another whole story in itself btw :)

After quite a life of engineering, importing scissors, singing family and kids among other things, and at the ripe age of 51, Peter turned to concentrating on his Wave Generation project. In 1920 he submitted a patent titled “Improvements in and Relating to the Utilisation of Wave Motion”. In 1921 he really got cracking and with a 5 year leave pass from his wife :) , a sidekick to help and also some funding he managed to successfully setup a system consisting of vanes, pumps and turbine / dynamo to produce enough electricity to power a single light :) .. well we gotta start somewhere right!

The project continued to develop past the 5 year leave pass (1929) from his wife (man I am glad i was not there asking for another 5 years!) but successfully managed to refine the design and system to produce a peak power of 5,000 watts.. that’s pretty respectable for that era. This is basically where it ends it would seem…

As part of the design and probably something that took up a large portion of the time was the building of the channel, this was cut from Sydney sandstone, which by stone types is actually quite soft, but I am sure when your cutting it by hand it is still bloody hard. Anyway, the channel is obviously still there today with some of the original brickwork (and pole) and is the main feature that I noticed when doing some research for a sunrise photoshoot here.

So there you have it. This location is part of the renewable energy generation.. nearly 100 years too early :)

Here’s to you Peter Bates, h/t.

Onto the image, this is the composition and the position of the sun I have been waiting to capture for some moths, it lines up nicely in the months of November and December, I had taken a few conventional shots prior to this and the sun was just starting to peek over the thick band of cloud on the horizon, to slow things down a bit I used the Lee Bigstopper to really extend the exposure time, however, I made one cardinal sin (in addition to all the others I have made ;) ) I did not cover my viewer finder with the DK-5 cover, this is the only feature that nikon needs to be beaten over the head for when it comes to the D750. One has to remove the eyecup and place this fiddly little plastic cap on the viewerfinder, what a pita, really nikon, you could have just stretched it to include a viewfinder bind…

Anyway, as a result of not covering the viewfinder, I ended up with a nasty vertical streak in the frame (top to bottom), after swearing profusely to Rodney and wishing a thousand papercuts to the nikon engineer who designed the D750 without a view finder blind I resigned myself to another ruined 4 minute exposure…

Later, when processing a few of the images from the morning I was looking at this streaky frame thinking, ‘can I salvage this?’ I decided to give it a crack.. after about 30 minutes of tweaks, adjustments and voodoo magic I got it to a point where the vertical band was… well .. less noticeable..

So, can you pick where the vertical band was??

 

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 319 seconds
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Lee Bigstopper and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

for more info about Lurline bay:
http://lurlinebay.com.au

Its closing in

Closing in - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Closing in – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 168s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Lee Bigstopper

The only reason I got to see this tree , let alone photograph it was due to work (which I am sitting her currently doing, the joys of on call) with a little luck (as strange as it may seem :) ) I may not revisit this location for quite some time, however in the meantime its a location with many memories and still plenty of un-processed images sitting on the harddrive. I am sure down the track I will get to several of the other images that are tagged ‘to do’ but for now as the night closes out and morning approaches – a image to match my mood.

Single image, long exposure, processed exclusively in +Adobe Photoshop using the +Nik Collection by Google
(I did add the border in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom :) )

Techie love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 168s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Lee Bigstopper

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

Worship

Devlis Cauldron - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklocj

Devlis Cauldron – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklocj
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 25s
out front – nude worshiping sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch and my bike lamp (red)

the devils cauldron where ….

Another view of this tiny little sculpture.

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 25s
out front – nude worshiping sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch and my bike lamp (red)

Gold Door

Gold Door - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Gold Door – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
7 shot panorama, non bracketed, i was feeling lazy and hoped the awesome sensor on the D750 woudl come to my rescue in the highlight department.. which it did :)
Techie exif data love..
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/2.5s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) adjusted to all kinds of funky angles to bend around the building…. and of course Rodney and his white socks …

sneaky sunday sunrise sessions
Perched upon a sweet looking headland was this rather large residence with a private access door right onto the rocks – with the white fence to prevent potential intoxicated guest from meeting a bad end at the foot of the cliffs..must be a hard life ;)

The fence was not looking much chop by it self however +Rodney Campbell was working hard to bring something to life with it. I opted for a some pano and sky action thinking that the sky and that cool weather worn door could work. Doors never fail, just about any shot of a door works..that said, its gotta be one of my first :)

Rodney can be seen here in his trademark white socks photobombing my shot as usual ;) although he does add a point of interest.

7 shot panorama, non bracketed, i was feeling lazy and hoped the awesome sensor on the D750 woudl come to my rescue in the highlight department.. which it did :)
Techie exif data love..
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/2.5s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) adjusted to all kinds of funky angles to bend around the building…. and of course Rodney and his white socks …

Lineup Lurline

Channel - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Channel – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11and Shutter Speed: 15s over exposed frame 5, 2 and 1 second for the highlight details shots. All manually blended in +Adobe Photoshop ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

Welcome to the channel of pain
Many months ago after doing a sunrise session at Maroubra I drove around the headland and noticed this little dinky bay tucked away amongst some very expensive property, whilst I am sure its not the first time the place has been photographed it certainly has to be on the lesser known and abused list of spots.
After some reccy on google I noticed this mad channel penetrating the ocean, from the satellite view it look natural, however, as one can see its pretty clearly man made (something not noticed until on site)…. for what? probably a obsolete poo dump pipe :)

It has taken a few couple failed attempts to get here, mainly due to sleep motivation issues ( +Suren J I am looking at you here) but finally I made it :)

and.. ya know the real kicker? there were no hordes of togs there ! – well I don’t count +Rodney Campbell more than twice, so no hordes… just two :)

It was one of the really nice mornings to be out, nice colour, muted sunrise by a large bank of cloud cool rock formations and plenty of sweet green slippery ass moss (don’t quote that outta context)

As part of the reccy on +Google+ and the photographers ephemeris (photoephemeris.com) I noticed that towards the end of the year the sun lined up with the channel… hence the need to get there now-ish :) There are several other nearby locations like this which come alive with the sun lining up channels and crevasses…all which are on the cards for the month of december :)

anywhos… onto the obligatory image info..

This image is captured from 4 different exposures, even with the graduated filters onboard the super dynamic range of the nikon D750 there is still the need to bracket to capture all the dynamic range without pushing the limits of the sensor range and raw files.

This was also taken using my 11-16mm DX lens since my 16-35 is currently being assessed for repair..which by comparsion was not as sharp (well mostly) as my DX 11-16mm…

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11and Shutter Speed: 15s over exposed frame 5, 2 and 1 second for the highlight details shots. All manually blended in +Adobe Photoshop ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

 

Park Sunset

Chaos - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Chaos – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300m f4 @85mm Aperture: f/5.0 and Shutter Speed: 1/800s
ISO 400
out front – chaos in the wind @ sunset

So Chaos says to me:
“are you taking some photos of sunset today?”
me: “hmmm, I had not planned to, why?”
chaos:” can we go and take pictures of sunset… pleaaaasseee?”
me:” sure why not.. its not a school night”
(i don’t take much convincing .. :) )
after some negotiations with the boss we were off :)

Anyway, there was not much photo taking but lots of running up and down hills, rolling down hills and getting burrs/bindies in the hair :)

So, I definitely wore chaos out.. but geez.. i think I am gonna have to go to fitness class, its getting to be a struggle to keep up with her :)

On another note, the dynamic range of the +My Nikon Life D750 is pretty astounding, this shot was straight into the sunset and I was going for some silhouettes, however i was surprised at the dynamic range straight out of the camera not to mention the ability to pull shadows and highlights from the raw file – which now, by the way is supported by +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom straight out of the box. Alot of my processing is being done solely in LR5 now thanks to nikons poor form in not making CNX2 compatible.

Anyway.. the dynamic range is a substantial jump from my other crop sensor camera… the D7000 nicely done nikon.

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300m f4 @85mm Aperture: f/5.0 and Shutter Speed: 1/800s
ISO 400
out front – chaos in the wind @ sunset

Not quite shorts and a singlet

Not quite singlet and shorts - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Not quite singlet and shorts – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/1.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/2500s
ISO 800
out front – dressed up tickles..

Grandmothers have alot to answer for, including pretty little dresses :) I think Tickles was more comfortable in the shorts and singlet (and just shorts mostly) but I must admit she scrubbed up nicely with the dress.

Looking pretty plush mayhem !

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/1.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/2500s
ISO 800
out front – dressed up tickles..

Alcove of the Faceless

Faceless - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Faceless – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 103 s
out front – no filters..just some crazy sculpture.

watch your back
I walked past this sculpture at some silly hour of the night and nearly fell off the cliff when I saw it, it was tucked away in a little alcove near the path ready to freak out the average passerby.

After recovering from a near heart attack as a result of it, i thought this sculpture would look mad with a little extra in the lighting department, so 5 minutes later after dangling some EL wire and a little selective coloured lighting I found the already scary white sculpture took on a extra dimensions of freaky-ness..

With camera right up against the guard rail the D750 tilt screen came to the rescue – i do wish it could swivel though.. :) anyway at least it meant i did not have to hang my ass over the cliff to compose the shot. .

Lightpainting:
EL wire on the ground, white LED torch selectively applied on the bushes in the background, Red coloured LED torch also selectively applied. The key to remember with the coloured torches is that different colours require differencet amount of exposure, for example the red light takes only a small amount to show up in the picture whereas green takes a bit more time to really get it to show up..I could probably bore you with the theory behind this..but really.. who gives a crap ;)

Techie love data
Single shot
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 103 s
out front – no filters..just some crazy sculpture.

Rush to the bottom

Rush to the bottom - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Rush to the bottom – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8and Shutter Speed: 1s (neutral frame) 1/4s under exposed frame and 4s (over exposed frame)
out front – screw in circular polariser and the bottom quarter of the National Falls (the lower drop)

to swirl for what may seem like an eternity
Some might say that of some of our prestigious politicians ;)

I love this scene and the madness that is the water smashing on the rocks followed by the slow swirl around looking for the next way to the lowest energy point. Isn’t that one of the many laws governing the universe..? everything tends to the minimum state of energy :)

Another great set of falls close to Sydney, the National Falls, rather than try and convey the falls in their entirety and capture the scale and size, i chose to create a frame which had a few key elements and used the falls as the kicker. Sometimes visiting a location a number of times actually forces me to see things differently rather than hit things with the same brush which I think works.

This was created using 3 bracketed frames, in hindsight it could have been done using just one neutrally exposed frame, however I used the over exposed and under exposed frames just to take the edge off the shadows and the highlights, with the blend, rather than a full blend it was at about 50% opacity and heavily feathered…anyways thats getting a bit detailed for this time of the evening :)

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8and Shutter Speed: 1s (neutral frame) 1/4s under exposed frame and 4s (over exposed frame)
out front – screw in circular polariser and the bottom quarter of the National Falls (the lower drop)

Thank you to those who stop by, look and comment, it is very much appreciated even when I don’t get time to reply :)

With only the moon to watch over you

With only the Moon to watch over you - (c) Gerard Blacklock

With only the Moon to watch over you – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D7000 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/6s
lets see who notices that funky combo ;)
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x)

time to contemplate your position in the world
i’ll save you some time :) …your one in about 7 billion odd people, be thankful for what you have and not what you don’t :)

My favorite park bench – for which one must be patient and wait for a moment of solidarity since its so damn popular with the dog walkers..runners… walkman junkies (yeah thats for you over 30 peeps)…and the rest of the park lovers ;)

This is Sydney Park, my often ‘go to’ location when I have little or no time, its always a wealth of compositions and the rolling hills give me a sense of being somewhere else than in the middle of the inner west of Sydney, which as great as it is…can be a drag some days ..

view this full size, viewing guaranteed :)

5 shot panorama, just as the sun was blazing down amongst the western suburbs
Techie exif data love..
D7000 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/6s
lets see who notices that funky combo ;)
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x)

Colony by the Sea

Colony by the Sea - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Colony by the Sea – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 6s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

Risking life and limb to capture the little sea creature huddled on the shore of the raging river :) ok probably a little over exaggeration, but i did get my right toe a bit wet waiting for the right wave to flow over the rock shelf.

The sun had already set over the city skyline that is north Coogee and the subtle pastel colours were coming out to play. With one foot delicately balanced on the only somewhat not submerged rock and the other skating on slippery-ass moss I tried to capture the little shells (which by the way, my daughter loves to pick up, collect and relocate ;) ) coupled with the S curve of the water flow and the lines of the rock to point the viewer to nice pastel serentity that is… nightfall over the clovelly rockshelf.

Techie love:
Single shot.
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 6s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

Heating up

Heating up - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Heating up – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
4 shot panorama with each shot bracketed, processed using Google’s +Nik Collection by Google 
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 28mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s (neutral frame) 1/2000s under exposed frame and 1/30s high key frame.
Out front: bigass chopper

Another shot of the skycrane (S-64), panoramic view from down low.
The fire season is in full force now and the airport is a hive of chopper activity :)

Techie love:
4 shot panorama with each shot bracketed, processed using Google’s +Nik Collection by Google
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 28mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s (neutral frame) 1/2000s under exposed frame and 1/30s high key frame.
Out front: bigass chopper