Cloud

Cloud - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Cloud – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
3 frame Stitched Panoramic , each frame timed to have matching waves :)
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1s
out front – Hoya CPL. and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x (3 stops)

Its like a rain cloud following …just you
view large :) see if you can pick any stitching errors on this one ;)

3 frame Stitched Panoramic , each frame timed to have matching waves :)
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1s
out front – Hoya CPL. and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x (3 stops)

Timing

Timing - (c)  2014 Gerard Blacklock

Timing – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s, 4s, 8s and 20s
out front – Hoya CPL.

I waited pretty well all year to get this shot, at this time of the year the sun is at its most southerly point (when rising off the eastern horizon) and it just lines up with this channel at Little Bay NSW.

After today, it (the sun) basically starts heading north again and becomes obscured by the cliffs on the left of this picture. I had only one opportunity to get this shot, I had planned to get to the spot numerous times in the past weeks, but life, family and work came as a priority. I would have been pretty bent if the sunrise was crap, which it nearly was, sprinkling rain threatened to dislodge my plans, but fortunately it came together and there was just a thin band of clear sky on the horizon allowing the sun to sneak through for only a few minutes.

Nicely done mother nature, where would I be without ya :)

Pretty tricky scene, lots of lines and uneven horizon and a super bright spot where the sun was. For this image I blended a few images together to capture that dynamic range in the sun., All manually blended in +Adobe Photoshop

4 frames
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s, 4s, 8s and 20s
out front – Hoya CPL.

 

The Long walk home

The Long Walk Home - (c) Gerard Blacklock

The Long Walk Home – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/6s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL.

Friday is almost here, almost time to go and smash some more light :)

Single shot
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/6s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL.

Mayhem with a Mower

Scooter Chaos - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Mayhem with a Mower – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2.0 and Shutter Speed: Typically either 1/800s or 1/2000s
ISO 100

We provide a very professional service, it all starts with a giggle, but they we get serious and get the job done, well we do a few strips anyway :)

way to go tickles :)

4 images, assembled into a quadtych
Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2.0 and Shutter Speed: Typically either 1/800s or 1/2000s
ISO 100
out front – mayhem with a mower….

Chaos on a Scooter

Chaos on a scooter - (c) 2014

Chaos on a scooter – (c) 2014
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
ISO 100

 

In light of recent events in Sydney and the very much unecessary death of two innocent people, one with a family of young children my thoughts and best wishes go out to the family, now one without a mum and also another without their son.

My 5 year old daughter said to me on the way to her last day in pre-school, ‘did you hear about those people trapped in the cafe’
i said ‘yeah its very said and two people got killed’ she thought for awhile and said ‘alot of people did get out though’, fair enough i thought and replied with ‘ I feel very sad about those poor children now with out a mum’ to which my daughter, chaos, said ‘ I will give them a cuddle and let them know that their mum is in heaven with jesus and uncle’ :) …. the conversation then turned to whether you can die once your in heaven :) damn.. all these questions which I am supposed to know. Its amazing the empathy even a young child can have, one not clouded by political BS and society’s judgmental views
I hope you never lose that chaos and I am sure i can learn alot from you :)
support the tag and make sure only good comes out of these events.

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85 f1.4 @85mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
ISO 100
out front – chaos on a scooter

 

Indian Canyon

Indian Canyon - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Indian Canyon – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/20 and Shutter Speed: 20s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

I had the foresight to bring a umbrella on this session, after viewing the rain radar which basically indicated there was some nasty red stuff gonna hit me right about sunrise, it was a good idea :) t rained and I still got wet :(

I took 4 or 5 shots here and in the space of the 3 or 4 minutes the sky was covered with fog rolling off the hills behind me, this shot one the only one that was clear of said fog, some nicer water action in the Indian Channel would have been nice but… you take what you can get.

There is also a reason why those rocks in the foreground are black, wet and slippery… its ’cause the waves come over it every big set :( I got wet feet :)

Single shot
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/20 and Shutter Speed: 20s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL.

Rail-roaded

Rail Roaded - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Rail Roaded – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s (Neutral image) 1/3s (underexposed) 5s (over exposed)
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and a krusty old bridge

Following on from some cliche jetties, I think its only appropriate to add a rail road and rail bridge in the mix :)
I have driven past this bridge numerous times, but never stopped to take a picture, it was well past sunset and the sky still had a fraction of warmth in it so pulled in and rattled off a couple of shots. I have a BW version too, which I umm and arrr’ed over but ended up choosing the colour version since the rusty colours of the bridge really made it pop alot more.
Simple and cliche composition with pretty well no thought put into it – I really should try something different from the norm but some days its easier just to run with the tried and true options :)

This is 3 images processed in +Nik Collection by Google‘s which for scenes like this just make processing the image a dream, the only thing needed to be cleaned up was some funky blue in the left tree.

3 frames automatically blended
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s (Neutral image) 1/3s (underexposed) 5s (over exposed)
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and a krusty old bridge

 

Cauldron of Death

Cauldron of Death - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Cauldron of Death – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
10 shot panorama (vertical orientation)
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/20s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

Well, if you survived the fall in there you would be hard pressed to get out even if fully capable, its either out that opening over there on the right (straight into the raging sea),or back towards the ocean directly underneath where this image was taken, under the natural arch/blowhole. In any case, a world of pain I think.

Probably only taken 20 thousand years for this to form :) I reckon it will still be there when I come back for a sunrise :)

10 shot panorama (vertical orientation)
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/20s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

 

Not quite straight

Not quite straight - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Not quite straight – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x)

Nothing like a cliche jetty, this one is a bit special, tucked away under the bushes and only a 12 inch plank to get to this part of the jetty – there was some balancing required ;). There were also some nice clouds rolling on in, I would have loved to hang around, but alas I had to be elsewhere and this was a sneaky on the way home session :)

Single shot
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x)

http://blog.avernus.com.au/not-quite-straight/

Safe Passage

Safe Passage - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Safe Passage – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

there is no ferry across this river

Whilst I would not say i get to all that remote places (I call the Gibb River Road remote), i do go to the out of the way and less visited spots (mainly to avoid the hordes of photographers – sydneys northern beaches i am looking at you here :) ) but it never ceases to amaze me that where ever I go I often see the remnants (and functional) tools or provisions placed on rocky outcrops or shelves by fisherman (or others?).

I am left wondering who would bother to drag down metal poles, a rock drill and cement to install tether point… or in this case a place to put a rope crossing between the mainland and this natural arch.

Whilst it is a little difficult to see in this image, there is a mating post/attach point on the rock off to the right of frame to join to the rusty pole in the foreground. It would be a pretty hair raising experience getting across there on a rope ;)

so i dubbed this little river my version of the greek mythological river the styx.

Single shot
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

Time stands still for no man (or woman)

 

Time stands still for no man (or woman) - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Time stands still for no man (or woman) – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 243.9s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x), Hoya CPL and LEE bigstopper

Summer brings with it very early sunrises, like in the order of 5:30am kinda early, this does make it a challenge to get up, travel to a location and get there in time for some sweet light. Throw into the mix the variable weather and of course the prospect of non-sweet light and its one more factor for staying in bed :)

I have been trying to get back to this location for some years now and finally I had the opportunity to do so, with no regard for weather or sunrise time I made the venture out, noting that the weather radar indicated showers, just my luck. There is always trepidation arriving at a location (alone), even one with I have been to before, in pitch blackness armed with a torch, a pair of shorts and camera gear, even moreso when its a hike in through the bush, things can look very different in the day :)
But, today was different, i had a freshly purchased mozzie repllant spray ;) which I applied in excess amounts to my bare skin, which consisted mostly of my legs :) I thought.. yeah this will thwart them f’ing mozzies :) and it did… for the first 15 minutes :(…but they were the least of my worries, battling my way thru the dark with one tripod leg held high i was doing hard battle with another forest fiend.. .. the mighty spider that hangs across the path waiting for the unsuspecting walker to face slap..now these are probably pretty harmless (or not who knows?) but the fact that they are fat.. hairy and large and on your face will make even a grown man squeel :)

Anyway enough of the bush bashing stories, just imagine me arriving at this stunning location with remnants of spiders on my head and a swarm of mozzies in tow and you get the picture… segway, speaking of pictures, this cool rock formation and some sweet cloud action provided some very nice atmospherics for a short time, all of which screamed at me to be photographed.. so I did.

Single shot
Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 243.9s
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x), Hoya CPL and LEE bigstopper.

The Magic Island

Magic Island - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Magic Island – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 16mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 289s
Lightpainting: coloured LED torch from various angels

step carefully
they maybe strange things in the water

Techie love data
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 16mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 289s
Lightpainting: coloured LED torch from various angels

 

Nice day for tinny ride

Tinny Ride - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Tinny Ride – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 0.6 seconds (neutral frame)
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

boating on Gordons Bay
Following on from my previous version of this composition with a long exposure (http://blog.avernus.com.au/muted-maritime-dreams/) I also made a ‘conventional’ style shot, I really wanted the lines of the boat rack to shine through and compliment the little aluminum boat but trying to get enough space around it was difficult and it felt like my lens was never quite wide enough :)

The clouds did come to the party in this case and put on a nice show as the sun rose behind them (you can see this in the LE version too), even with the sun being shadowed by the clouds the dynamic range in the scene was still very large and as a result this frame is the culmination of 3 bracketed shots to maintain the the shadow detail, particularly in the foreground below the boat.

I don’t like to present two shots of the same composition, but I think it’s a good example how the mood of a shot can be drastically changed by the shutter speed, plus my pano of this location failed to stitch :( so single vertical composition it is..

Nice day for a little boating adventure too.

Exif/setup data:
3 Bracketed shots manually blended in +Adobe Photoshop
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 0.6 seconds (neutral frame)
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

http://blog.avernus.com.au/nice-day-for-tinny-ride/

‘S’ is for Summer

 

S os for Summer - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 s
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

and s-curves of course

Some nicely greenery and rocks on the edge of Lurline Bay bathed in the warm afterglow of a fiery red sunrise.

Exif/setup data:
Single shot
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 s
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

 

Muted Maritime Dreams

Muted Maritime Dreams - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 248 seconds
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Lee Bigstopper and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

smoothing out the rough seas with a very long exposure.

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 248 seconds
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Lee Bigstopper and the Hoya Circular Polariser.