The rise of the Citadel

This premium little spot up on the headland between Bondi and Tamarama lends itself to pretty well anything you put in it, from the geodesic dome, to the big head blowing bubble gum to the wind chimes, they have all looked pretty sweet at this spot. I reckon tho, the dome was by far the best so far :)

This art installation is part of the sculptures by the sea 2015, its got mirrors on the other side which would look pretty cool at sunrise, but other than that I go not idea what it is or what its meant to do or represent :) but it does look pretty cool with a little extra lightpainting and torch work.

I timed this 450.6 second exposure with the moon just rising, i am pretty keen to do a set of star trails on this spot as well, even with this relatively short exposure (from a star trail point of view) the stars stand out pretty nicely.

Exif / shot love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/5.6 and Shutter Speed: 450.6 seconds
ISO 100
out front – sculptures by the sea art

The tail end of the Rainbow Serpent

the green end at that

So the story has it, the rainbow serpent lived in waterholes and was responsible for shaping and naming significant places in Australia. The thing I find interesting is that its a story that is consistent, with variations across all parts of aboriginal cultural, i also remember as a kid reading a few different versions of the tale. One such one was where the serpent ate lotsa people and while he slept (after eating so many peeps) he slept and the others came up and slit his belly and everyone got out :).. the serpent got cranky after that :(

weirded out yet ?

There is much more to it (Rainbow serpent story) than my lame 2 sentences, however the partially exposed rock at low tide with the green moss reminded me of the Rainbow serpent, hence the title.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 4s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Hoya CPL

The Hidden Weeding Wedding

yep, up there, thats a bride and groom in the throes of….

passion..whilst being photographed ;) well maybe not quite passion…

Hats off to the couple and the keen bean photographer's, its a fair old walk down here to the cape and the last time I wore high heels (ssshh.. ! :) ) i can imagine that it would have been hell for the bride :)

It was a quick grab shot as I was heading back up towards the golf course, I turned around and the photographer had perched them up on the edge with clear instructions to stand very still :) .. which was kind of them, meant they were not blurry in this 1.3s exposure.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Hoya CPL

Poled

Botany Bay

I think I broke every rule here :) central composition… disobeyed rule of thirds … man i am a rebel ;)

Its actually a 2 shot vertical panorama, I wanted that tall slim orientation (a bit like me ;) ) with alittle beach, some nice turquoise water and the fog/rain clouds overhead…

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 111.1s
ISO 100
Out front – no filters, the storm clouds were my graduated ND and the grey overcast pre sunrise dullness was my ND

Sneaky Bombo

Its been a few years since I have visited the now very popular location known as the Bombo Quarry, this time I got to see it in a different light. The first time I visited Bombo was years ago and I rocked up here well before sunrise with no clue besides a map on the phone and some cool aerial views of crazy looking rocks.

After checking out the cliche spot (where this one was taken :) ) I did have a look around the southern point and also on the headland, there is plenty of other interesting spots and it looks like there is some real potential on the southern side down on the rock shelf, mental note for next time.

I only had a short amount of time available and the light was very harsh, however the clouds were looking ok and the long exposure seemed to do the trick in adding some interest and/or originality to the frame :)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 155.7s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x, Lee Bigstopper ND filter and Hoya CPL

The path that time forgot

There is always a light side and a dark side to life, just like gaffa tape :)

These tessellated rocks are just near the ocean pool on the southern end of Whale Beach, its crazy how this stuff forms (geologically), it also reminds me of similar (albeit much larger) ones down near Coalcliff, nonetheless, they do make for interesting patterns and in this case, paths.
I had made it to this point in the morning without getting wet feet and whilst waiting for this 5 minute exposure to finish a sneaky wave came up from behind the rock I was leaning on and left me with a wet shoe, i mean c'mon it was the last shot of the day…. :(

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 329.7s
ISO 125
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x, Lee Bigstopper ND filter and Hoya CPL

Whale of a time

Whale Beach, NSW

Whale beach is tucked away up on the far far reaches of the northern beaches of Sydney, so far north I nearly needed a packed cut lunch ;)

I joined +Rodney Campbell , +Deb Mooney and Ron who had planned a morning session up here.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Hoya CPL

Hope

Stormy Sunrise over little bay..with a glimmer of hope.

hey look +Kitten KaboodleInc, there's another stick of death that I could do a selfie on ;)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 308.5s
ISO 250
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x, Lee Bigstopper ND filter and Hoya CPL

Seals? Botany Bay?

This is gotta be a first for me, in Botany Bay, Sydney – 3 seals just hanging out like its nobodies business :)

They certainly checked me out :)

I love this little old lens, the 135mm manual focus f2.8, such a compact lens and pretty damn sharp…

D750 coupled with Nikkor 135 mm f2.8 @ 135mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/1000s
ISO 250
Out front – 3 cheeky seals…

Surfs up

I am never surprised now to see surfers at the strangest locations, rest assured if there is a wave to be had, its guaranteed that some surfer will sniff it out!

As I was walking out onto Cape Banks I noticed the swell was pretty favorable on Cruwee Cove, which probably does not happen that often since its relatively sheltered from the open ocean, then sure enough the little dots bobby up and down in the whitewash were there…shark food?

That was not the only sight I saw, silly me thought there would not be many people out here on a Monday night :), so on I walked and past, one model shoot on the cliff top, one engagement shoot (i assume), one wedding couple next to the old shipwreck and finally a bunch of enthusiast photographers :) Definitely not the quiet stroll i was thinking of :)

Anyway's, out here on the gateway to Botany bay the waves were pumping, after setting myself up on a very large (and high) rock I was surprised to find that the rock I was standing on vibrated quite a bit when the waves smashed it at the base… after which I found another rock to rest my ass on, one which did not shudder everytime a wave came thru!

2 shot pano, it was meant to be a 3 or 4 shot one, but the poor old stitching algorithm in PS struggled with all that white water :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Hoya CPL