these things seem to be springing from thin air lately ;) with the hot property market in Sydney its very interesting watch private enterprise move so fast – if only our government worked this quickly on even just 10% of their plans :-/

I like this shot, from bunnings right through to the container terminal, its all there with a smattering of cranes to boot..

Exif love:
5 or 6 images stitched together in a panorama format
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300mm f4 +1.7 TC @ 508mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 1/1250s
ISO 800

Land of the long white … periwinkle

so, apparently Periwinkles are gonna become the next big seafood sensation :) I say, good luck with that, especially if your dealing with the dinky little ones like these…

I actually prefer my periwinkles on the rocks, these little guys are awesome for providing that little bit of extra grip when out on the low tide areas, their little hard shells and the super strong suction on the rocks provide that grip for my sneaky sneakers when balancing my ass to get the right composition…. so i put the call out leave the periwinkles there :) plus.. you know how many you would actually have to eat to actually make a half decent feed ?!!

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – and Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x

I do it outdoors

This dude was about half way through the 6,300 steps in the Charity fundraising event known as Stadium Stomp

The event is run in a number of capital cities, as part of the Sydney event the participants (thats the polite way of saying 'these crazy nuts who like to actually run up stairs') got to run around the Sydney Cricket Ground and also the smaller Allianz Stadium. I am sure the.. participants really enjoyed the fact they got to see the stadiums in very different views, but really i think the majority were concentrating on the pain involved with running up all those stairs.. ya know they invented lifts/elevators for a reason ;)

Anyhoos, the event did raise in excess of AUD65K in Sydney alone and around the AUD180K for the total thus far. They money I believe goes to a number of different charities, you can check out more at the webbie

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300mm f4 TC @ 300mm Aperture: f6.3and Shutter Speed: 1/1000s
ISO 160

Row MM

Row MM Stadium - (c) 2015 Gerard Blacklock

just bring your binoculars :)

Allianz Stadium, or whatever its gonna be renamed to tomorrow has some very nice curves and features, if you can keep it all together!

I have always wanted to try and get some shots within a stadium when its empty, particularly a symmetrical panorama. I learnt a few important lessons with this image and a few other panos I took, 1) technique has to be spot on in terms of camera rotation and position between shots 2) proper pano head would make life a crapload easier 3) Photoshop gets very confused when trying to straighten these kind of wide angle panorama’s ;)

This is a 3 shot (bracketed) pano using the Samyang 14mm f2.8, a real gem, damn sharp (even if you miss the focus like i did here) and then stitched and smashed over the head in photoshop to get the horizon kinda straight and the footy goalposts kinda vertical.

Taken as part of Stadium Stomp 2015 with O. Sydney

Techie love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s (normal exp) 1/5s (under exposed) 13s (over exp)
ISO 100
out front – a very bendy Allianz stadium

Jabba the Hutt


see if you can find jabba, the original slug from the Star Wars movie :) or maybe just a toad :)

I love these kind of scenes, lone rocks seemingly to resist the sea's surge to reclaim them to the depths.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 98.9s
ISO 100
Out front – and Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and some ND filter


This place reminds me of a waterhole where i used to go as a kid, myself and other suitably crazy friends would swim in ridiculous murky waters and jump off rocky overhangs – how i made it to adulthood is still questionable :)

Now, many years later, rather than looking at the scene with eyes for what I could jump off, now I look and see how nature has arranged stuff over the last few thousand years and how I can turn it into a worthwhile photo composition ;)

What I like about the panoramic format is 1) well its pretty damn easy to compose and 2) it naturally flows the viewer through the image without the need for complex lines or anchor points 3) there is no limit to the amount you can include in the frame :)

This particular location lent it self very well to a panorama, the rock on the right and the overhang on the left 'bookended' the scene and the falls under the morning light just naturally draws the viewer in, the lines of the water/rock edge also help send the viewer right to the good stuff.

Its a 4 shot panorama (landscape orientation), i did bracket the images so I had a slightly over exposed frame, however found that I did not really need it and I liked the way the left and right extreme frames naturally sunk into the shadows.

ya gotta view this large :)

Exif love:
4 images stitched in PS CC
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 22mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
Out front – and Hoya CPL

Fallen Black

I reworked this ( image into a BW version – I am not entirely convinced on the conversion and could not decide on whether to push towards a real dreamy scene where teh horizon was masked by the BW conversion or simply go with this, basically a straight BW conversion in LR.

+Chris Sutton this was for you – would have never seen the light of day otherwise :)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 186.1s
ISO 100
out front: Lee Biggstopper

King Queen of the Scooter Planet

Tickles has been steadily increases the use of her sisters scooter, so much that she has pretty well claimed it for her own, noting that now if her big sister even comes near it there is a guaranteed on ya back tantrum ;) Lucky I suppose that Chaos has out grown it :)

The phrase, "me scoot" has become synonymous with tickles, wherever we are, school, park, shopping centre, front door :-/ .. it's "me scoot"… I have even taken to ditching the pram in favour of the scooter, otherwise its me pushing a darn empty pram around half the time ;)

So, in tribute to your scooter prowess tickles, its only appropriate that you are given your own planet for it :)

tickles, queen of the scooter planet, a very Rocky Balboa moment :)

The Return

I keep coming back to this rock, it was such a awesome find, the tide was at a perfect level, the sky overcast and ominous, it just said photograph me… lots ;)

I have a whole bunch of compositions of this rock, from horizontal panos (yet to be edited) to vertical ones and straight portrait orientation shots, this particular one grabbed me due to the dinky little orange rock in the foreground, seemingly so dwarfed by the monster rock but also sheltered.

Exif love:
single image
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

Big Berther

I feel for all those stuck in Bali as a result of the Volcano ash cloud, especially those poor souls who elected to fly with Jetstar…. and… not have travel insurance,…you will have learnt two very valuable lessons from that trip. 1) do not fly with Jetstar, you will get what you pay for ;) 2) always get travel insurance :)

Remember the British Airways flight (9 i think from memory) that flew thru the ash cloud in da middle of the night then everything went awfully quiet, ie all the ponies stopped, yep all four ! they were damn lucky that they could restart one engine and limp to a airfield. Thus, why airlines are sensible about not trying to flight thru these clouds, volcanic ash + plane = scrap aluminum :)

I was having a nice stroll in the park when the Singapore Airlines A380 lumbered overhead, a slight mad dash to swap lens and I was in time to get this nice ass view ;)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300mm f4 +1.7 TC @ 508mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/1600s
ISO 320

Selfie Stick

I have been meaning to get back to this location for quite sometime, under the right conditions of course. It was only when I looked at the date when I went here last time did I realise that its been 1 year and 6 days, sheesh, time goes waay too fast!

This is the shot from last time:
and I vowed to go back and plant myself next to that fisherman's stick of death ;)

+Kitten KaboodleInc , this one is for you, no Britney boobies and pole dancing was a little difficult 'cause it was so fing cold.

A h/t goes out to +Phottix, i have the Aion wireless remote which at the time seemed expensive, however its usefulness and also its convenience has by far paid for itself. The only pain in the rear thing is when I stick it in my pocket and accidentally bump it I end up with all these random shots at the end of the day ;). Here i triggered the shot from about 20 odd metres away..

So, it was around dawn, i watched the waves for a while, picked my interval and made a dash for the stick, dodging the incoming wave, barnacles, slippery ass rocks and the golf ball from the nearby golf course.. ..yes whoever that ball belonged, your a freaking terrible shot, give it away… ;)

and there it is, single shot, no composite funny-buggers here, no added waves and no photochopping my ass in ;)

Stick of death -> check.

Exif love:
single image
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

Bean there


Just another variation on this rather large paddock with a lonely tree in it, oddly enough there are several trees in the same paddock but there are not really within walking distance if you know what I mean :)

This image was one of the first I took when hitting the field of beans, it was just as the sun was about to dip below the horizon and you can see the final shadows being cast on the beans. It started off as a much bigger panorama with another two full shots on each side, however at what was quite a wide angle there quite a bit of distortion in the bean rows and also the tree seemed to get lost. Thus, a judicious crop was in order, which left this frame, which is about 3 1/2 landscape orientation images stitched together.

Exif love:
single image
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/3s
ISO 100
Out front – 0.3x Graduated filter (i think) i am pretty sure I had that graduated filter on there, the light was very subtle since this was at 90 degrees to teh sun.