Black and White or Colour

Wattamola Falls - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Wattamola Falls – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm – Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 4s (normal frame) 1s dark frame) and 15 s (bright frame)
ISO 100

Wattamola Falls - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Wattamola Falls – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm – Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 4s (normal frame) 1s dark frame) and 15 s (bright frame) ISO 100

click thru for larger versions
Well polls seem to be all the rage, so lets have it BW or colour?

I am leaning towards the BW image, it seems to have more mood, which was in the forefront of my mind when processing this image.

3 shot Panorama (bracketed +2.0 – 0 – +2.0)
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm – Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 4s (normal frame) 1s dark frame) and 15 s (bright frame)
ISO 100
Out front: sinking sand, some filters, probably the CPL and thats it :)

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

All along the watchtower

All along THE Watch tower - (c) Gerard Blacklock

All along THE Watch tower – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 19mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 104.4s
out front – no filters..just some crazy tall cubby houses
Lightpainting: coloured LED torch

Simplicity is often the best when light painting, like any aspect of photography, its all about the light, get it right and it makes the scene, get it wrong and even a strong composition is gonna struggle.

I took this shot whilst walking between sculptures, it was late and very few people around, the sky was bright and the simple adding of some coloured light brought the sculpture alive.

This year with the sculptures I tried very hard ot take fewer shots and nail the single shot rather have to cull thru several shots for each sculpture i shot. This is one example, this is the only shot I took of this, no retakes or second chances :)

Techie love data
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 19mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 104.4s
out front – no filters..just some crazy tall cubby houses
Lightpainting: coloured LED torch

Dance to the edge punks

Dance to the Edge Punks - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Dance to the Edge Punks – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 180.2s
out front – no filters..just in need of some pole dancers…
Lightpainting: EL steps, chaos’s fairy wands, coloured LED torch and some very faint EL wire.

pick a podium and run with it
Probably not quite the original intention of the sculpture artist but hey…. I reckon it looks pretty mad :)

The full moon played some havoc with the Electroluminescent wire which meant I went for another look using some stronger lights and my classic footprints.

Techie love data
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 180.2s
out front – no filters..just in need of some pole dancers…
Lightpainting: EL steps, chaos’s fairy wands, coloured LED torch and some very faint EL wire.

 

Temporary Residents

Temporary Residents - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

Temporary Residents – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

or balls of steel

I could have sworn I was gonna see one of these peeps end up in the drink, but nope, for the entire time I was there, no dunkings, quite to the contrary they pulled out seveal fairly decent sized fish.

Techie love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

Snot sucker alternative method

Snot Sucker Alternative - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Snot Sucker Alternative – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/00s
ISO 100
out front – tickles with a finger in her nose

Tickles finally got tired of having mum get snot out with the snot sucker and decided..”screw you guys i am gonna do it myself”.

fyi, the best snot sucker out there is the little fess (http://fesslittlenoses.com.au/index.php/how-to-use/) and yes.. for that promo plug they should send me something ;)

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/00s
ISO 100
out front – tickles with a finger in her nose

The Punisher

The Punisher - (c) Gerard Blacklock

The Punisher – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 17mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 74.9s
out front – no filters..just a burly looking dude :)
Lightpainting: selective light with a pencil torch on the man, coloured LED torch from various angels and the moon as the perfect rim light.

the dude you want on your side

The moonlight (full moonage) on the sculptures turned the landscape into a totally different scene, hence it was only appropriate to utilise natures light painting in a way to craft a moody scene surrounding this sculpture.
Another great sculpture let down by the positioning, whilst it makes a great silhouette from down below lookign up on the little hill, it unfortunately is very hard to get a nice clean shot with all the crud in the background. Now that I think o fit…this could have been a great candidate for the prime platform position where the bamboo wind chimes currently are.

Techie love data
Single frame
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 17mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 74.9s
out front – no filters..just a burly looking dude :)
Lightpainting: selective light with a pencil torch on the man, coloured LED torch from various angels and the moon as the perfect rim light.

+Sculptures By The Sea

Tranquility in a sea of mud

Tranquility in a sea of mud - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Tranquility in a sea of mud – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 117.7s
out front – no filters..just a funny dude with a branch sculpture :

I love these kind of sculptures, relatively simple concept, ie a dude holding a branch with some birds in it and lots of realistic detail – it must take the artist quite some time and skill just to actually fabricate the sculpture, let alone conceive it.
This one is a direct opposite, for me anyway, of the babies crawling up the hill on the other side of Mark’s park they looked great from the back the whole missing face/square hole just left me confused.

I had wanted to get right down low and really get this sculpture against the sky, however after planting a few steps down on that very deceptive looking grass (and sinking into 6 inches of mud) I had to settle for this composition, which was basically sitting on the pavement above the sculpture. It was strange that the curators chose to place it here, i think it could have really benefited from a more elevated viewing position – note +Sculptures By The Sea if you need some advice just let me know ;) ;) . Thanks to Mickyg for the use of the spin and the stencils, really cool light painting tools. I can only take credit for the light on the grass (i mean mud) and the sculpture.

Techie love data
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 117.7s
out front – no filters..just a funny dude with a branch sculpture :)

The Watchers

The Watchers - (c) Gerard Blacklock

The Watchers – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 23.3s
out front – bare bummed sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch

pantless at that ;)
Sculptures by the Sea 2014
Ya gotta wonder what the artist has going through their head when they come up with various works like this – not in a bad way, just purely from a interest point of view.
By day and night the sculptures are plagued with photographers, the lighting painting aspect of the sculptures has seen a roaring increase in the last year of so and every time i have been out there have bee all manner of light painters from peeps with a single torch to pixel sticks and a trailer load of equipment!
On that note, as a lighting painting photographer I think we all have a responsibility to respect the art which we are photographing, I had a midnight chat with a few security guards who mentioned there has been some damage to various works from punters – including that cool bondi icebergs pool one which was smashed :(

This image is simply lit with a pencil torch and the moon, simply trying to highlight the sculpture.

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 23.3s
out front – bare bummed sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch

Crayon Evolution

Crayon Evolution - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock 5 frames D7000 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s ISO 200 out front - mayhem eating crayons and occasionally drawing

Crayon Evolution – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
5 frames
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s
ISO 200
out front – mayhem eating crayons and occasionally drawing

mmm tasty crayons….
Tickles has taken a partial interest in drawing, however the fun seems to be more focused on reaction she gets from us when she attempts to.. well lets be honest here.. takes a full chomp of the crayon! I am glad these things are toxic free :) and hopefully come out the other end with the sultanas :)

5 frames, all edited in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ( i love the way you can select multiple images and do global adjustments across all the selected images.. nice.)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s
ISO 200
out front – mayhem eating crayons and occasionally drawing

Green and Blue

Green and Yellow - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Green and Yellow – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 3s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

and the silver tail…
Some very luminous greenery was present on this particular morning at Austinmer, so green in fact I had to dial it down :)

I think green moss is a close second favorite to lone trees for me at the moment :)

Techie love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 3s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

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

Nature vs the poo canon

Tree vs Poo Cannon - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Tree vs Poo Cannon – (c) Gerard Blacklock
4 shot Panorama (non-bracketed, the light was nice and even
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 22mm – Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/4s
ISO 100

emotion, light and airy and smelling a bit like…
North Bondi, Sydney Australia, showing the ironic dichotomy (check that phrase out.. :) ) of a somewhat natural scape vs mans imposing structures.
The subtle colours, particularly the pink and purple really struggled to shine on this even, however this little tree standing proud and defiant against the man made version, I feel, give this mage something to offer. To me I see emotion here, yay :)

4 shot Panorama (non-bracketed, the light was nice and even
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 22mm – Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/4s
ISO 100
Out front:

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

Emotion

Tree - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Tree – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
Panorama – 3 frames (non bracketed) stitched together in Adobe PS CC2014
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.0s
ISO:100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

After being fortunate enough to get to the Focus Awards (http://goo.gl/hBQtGQ) on the weekend (Thanks Ray for the tix), there was a very interesting talk by David Oliver (http://www.davidoliver.com.au/) regarding the idea of creating emotion in a image, this was quite insightful but also quite confusing since as a concept, emotion in landscapes is one tricky concept. For landscape images that have a person or human connection this idea of emotion can be more easily achieved, but a landscape with no human elements and true in the sense of a landscape this idea just about escapes me. Looking at the winning images, which are all quite stunning I feel the term mood could be used in place of emotion for a landscape, particularly where there there is no person or human connection.
I also think the mood is something a bit different to the ‘wow factor, for me a image that makes me go wow is often a result a of the initial impact, often generated by distinct processing or colour, the mood however is something which is more on the lasting side then initial impact, for me the wow factor/initial impact often wears off as I analyse a image and dissect it. The mood, however is something that develops and improves with the age of viewing the image, a bit like a good wine ;) take this example,

Hence, I have promised myself, at the very least for the next few weeks while I remember :) I am going to try and look at a landscape with the specific purpose of capturing and conveying this idea of ‘a mood’ – now exactly how I am gonna do this is, I am unsure of, but it would seem the use of light and selective application of light and often not what you can see but what you can’t is something that can go a long way to getting this mood…. So, here’s a image which i think has no mood in it :) I like it, but I am not happy with it, for me it rates a little better than a snap. It has my favourite element, a single tree but is missing something.. here is a image that I think has mood, but, its created by peeps :) http://blog.avernus.com.au/park-life-2/

How would you generate mood in a frame like this? long exposure it? BW conversion? selfie? I did try a BW conversion, but I can’t bring myself to destroy the colour….

Techie love:
Panorama – 3 frames (non bracketed) stitched together in Adobe PS CC2014
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.0s
ISO:100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

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