RIP GermanWings

They don't fly over here so this is just some random airliner (not even of the same type) flying over my backyard the other day, none the less, lately when I hear the whine of of the turbines, I can't help but spare a thought for all those people on board the Germanwings flight 4U9525. For all those who suffered at the hands of one messed up individual, who will, as he wished, be remembered and enter into the history books with the other pilots who have taken it upon themselves to end their life in a plane and take so many others with them.

you can make all the policies you like with multiple people in the cockpit and lockable / bullet proof doors, but if you can't trust the dude/gal up front, you are screwed.

Girls will be Girls

Manicure and Facial Session

Chaos has clued into my photographic ways in the last 18 months or so and for me trying to get a picture of her without pulling a face or doing a celebrity style face palm to me is hard work. However occasionally she will light up (with the camera there) and give me a natural smile and with a little extra tickling that uncontrollable laughter and smile appears :)

Covered in moisturiser and after having a massage session from mum she was looking pretty relaxed.

Fire and Ice

Dreamin' of Iceland

Over the years I have always dreamed of visiting Iceland, such a interesting place, did you know they are the only country to import Breastmilk (from Denmark or thereabouts from memory) ? well thats not quite the reason for me wanting to visit but hey, still a fun fact.
I actually now think rather than visiting Iceland I would rather visit somewhere like sweden or Norway, purely based on the fact they seem to be less represented in the photographic tour departments ;)
If I see another image of Gullfloss (or what ever it is) i think I am gonna barf, even if it is brilliant (which most are) :)

So on that note, i have dedicated this image to me moving past my desire to visit Iceland (ok there might be the other 10K price tag factor too but….), hence I'll be happy with Sydney for the moment ;)

Now this location is the unique Botany bay, the site of first white invasion in the country (yeah i know that'll rile some people up but relax, its history, deal with it :) ) But what I do like about it, beside being fairly local to me, is there are lots of cool locations, from the airport (for those plane nuts), to mangroves, to Bare Island, to industrial, something for everyone I say :) So.. at the crack of dawn I wandered down and was greeted by a local who said as he jogged away on his morning fitness run;
'ya picked a good one mate, its gonna light up nicely today'
So i found myself a nice little spot with my toes in the water, not really by choice, but I really wanted this composition which meant wet feet :) and.. waited for the promised colour. The dude was not wrong either, it turned out nice and I was outta there as the sun peaked over the horizon and home in time for pancakes with the girls. Nicely played I say ;)

This is a 3 image blend (+Adobe Photoshop ) one for the foreground (+2EV), one for the hot stuff in the middle (-2EV) and one for the rest (0EV)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 15s (0EV) 4s (-2EV) and 30s (+2EV)
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter

Choose the right Path

Damn, I have heard that a few times in my youth ;)

I have walked down many paths (not metaphorically now!) at all hours of the day and night and sometimes its nice to come across a path after bush-bashing through the scrub, gives oneself some feeling of comfort that your heading int the right direction :) well at least were someone else has traveled, you know… less chance of shakey snakes etc :(

These particular paths I suspect are pretty well worn by fisherman and local walkers, one of which I bumped into quite unexpectedly in the wee hours of the morning, I think she was as surprised as me to see someone else was crazy enough to be out.

I never planned these to be a triptych, however after reviewing the images it seemed like the appropriate means to present them, however I do like the first image and think it could work nicely on its own (wih that cool 'S'' curve and all), however thats for a rainy day processing session :) The trick with triptyches is to get the images to flow and match, which, is easy to say, much harder to do, one day I will go out with the specific purpose for this to make sure the horizons line up and the bits on the left and right of the frames are complimentary, rather then juggling and cropping them after the fact.

Exif love (typical for each image):
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 1/5s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter and some paths :)

Its wicked world

and there's tiger striped rock hiding behind the bushes out to get you :)

view large

I originally started with 5 landscape orientation images stitched together, this got cropped pretty ruthlessly down to what you can see now, which is probably only about 3 or 4 images overlapped 50%
I was not quite sure what composition I wanted when i took the shots, all I knew I wanted to included the element of the tiger rock, the foliage/bushes and the spooky star trek Enterprise shaped island in it :)

Exif/setup love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 30mm Aperture: f/14 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s
ISO: 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

Glass Lake

don't slip over the leaf or trip on the broken plank

I always love a good cliche jetty shot, couple this with a long exposure and for some reason the scene turns into something out of a dream. Maybe its the vanishing point, maybe its the lack of a boat or lack of a person, or the softness.. i dunno …

To be honest, its pretty well a lazy man's style of shot, not really pushing the envelope at all, but I still love seeing these scenes and they seem to never grow old in my head. I did try and include the leaf to provide a little catch ya attention and really spring that eye back from the vanishing jetty :) .

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 192.2s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter and the Lee bigstopper filter


no fear of rock pools and no fear of pulling out shells, periwinkles and whatever else lays within them.. :) gonna need to watch this one!

I just wish i could know what she was thinking, there was some very serious concentration going on here :)

ya like how we roll at the beach, singlet and all ? ;)

My little Angel

After attending a Funeral for a bloke who died way too early, myself and tickles went for a little walk in a greenspace to contemplate life.

Every leaf that falls is important and does not go unnoticed.

rest in peace hobbo (Steve)

All paths lead to

the land of fairies, mushrooms and elves

Chaos has volunteered to don the fairy wings and pose for the fairy and elves scene, so hopefully the the next iteration will include a real life fairy ;)

Exif/setup love:
5 Landscape orientation images stitched together in +Adobe Photoshop
D750 coupled with 24-70mm f4 @ 26mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 30s
out front – Hoya Circular Polariser

Its a long way to the bottom if ya wanna


a mere 160 metres of free falling water which for a drop of water takes only seconds to get to the bottom… me on the other hand….holy slippery ass steps batman! all 600 of them! and when you get to the bottom its like being in a shower anyway, hence turn around and walk right back up.

If i did that everyday I would be as buff as +Vin Diesel Club , well i suppose at the least my legs would like his arms :–/

In all seriousness, its a very nice waterfall, one of the highest in Australia and the best part about it…wait for it .. there is a Cafe at the top which has the best cheesecake…ever..
trust me, after you walk to the bottom and back again then eat a piece of Cheesecake and you will be in heaven :) and they are generous sized ones too, not like the crap you get in sydney where its the size of your little finger, another reason why the country rocks (compared to the city)

Exif Data ('cause i know your hanging out for it :) ):
2 frames (had 3 but only used 2) manually blended together to get the dynamic range.
D750 coupled with 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 1/30s
ISO 200
out front – circular polariser (Hoya CPL)


there is no happier moment than a child laughing uncontrollably

So here we are brushing our teeth, in the middle of the day of course :) it was just myself and tickles (her sister was at school) and someone thought it would be a great idea to grab a spoon and drink water from the bathroom sink. Normally i would stop this, however tickles has had a pretty fierce set of teeth coming thru and suffering from some bad fevers as a result so I thought I would let it slide, especially since she seemed to do a better job getting the water on the spoon and into her mouth than say.. her breakfast or dinner ;).

The first image is after me saying stop.. you can see the thoughts in her head "why eh ?"
The second image is.. well … I can't put it any other way.. blatant disrespect for authority (i wonder where she got that from ? mum ;) ? )
The third image… in adult terms is "haha screw you dad i just did it ;) whatcha gonna do?"

Great to see you smile tickles, i love it when you laugh (even if you don't listen to me :) )

D750 coupled with 85mm f1.4 @ 85mm Aperture: f/2.0 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s
ISO 400

Drop Lizard

Its funny when you get those moments when your alone in the bush and all is still and then you notice something which causes you to go 'holy crap batman' (well thats the PG version anyway). It was funny afterwards, but I almost walked face first into this dude who was cruising on a low lying branch at my head height, I think we were equally surprised :)
So, after several expletives I pulled the camera out and like a true star, he sat there for a few minutes while I could get a shot of him.. cheers cheeky lizard…

Exif love:
4 landscape orientation frames stitched together
D750 coupled with 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 1000
EV -0.3
out front – drop lizard ;)

The push back

After a pretty stunning landing where the Captain dropped this aircraft on the centreline, literally a nosewheel either side of the centreline, (thats pretty good btw :) ) It was a wait of several minutes to make sure the brakes were not gonna go up in a puff of smoke ;) – they had used pretty heavy braking to avoid the use of thrust reversers. Finally it was then time for the push back into the temporary resting spot, I guess they will drop the good engines out of it and then put in some time X ones and then push it into its final resting place.

3 Landscape orientation images stitched together

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 @ 290mm Aperture: f/7.1 and Shutter Speed: 1/800s
ISO 640
out front – 747-400