Horseshoe Falls

I have a image of the same falls from way back in 2013, but its taken from behind the waterfall, I would link it here, but google+ has just become craptastic and you cannot find your freakin' lunch let alone a post from a few years back. Flickr on the other hand makes it easy, so here's a link to it on there :) https://flic.kr/p/eYyVAD

Anyway, the relatively minor amount of water coming over the falls meant that I could get right up close and personal with the falls, it was a bit of a challenge to capture the full dynamic range, even with the overcast day there was plenty of shadow under the ledge. This shot is a 4 shot panorama with each frame bracketed, the picture then manually blended to maintain the shadows.

4 shot (landscape orientation) panorama

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 13s (normal exp) 1.6s (under exp) 30s (over exp)
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL & ND

Edith Falls

I needed to get my photography fix on the weekend, waterfalls have been on the mind with all the great rainfall we have had lately, however this rain was followed up with some crazy hot days and pretty well dried everything out ;)

Anyway, not to be deterred, i punched on and picked some random locations from googlemaps, one of which was Edith Falls at Woodford, I think i must have taken the long route after parking the car, however it was mostly on fire trails which made for a walk which was nice change from collecting spiderwebs on my face :) Edith Falls is pretty small, there was very little water flowing over it, however this kinda worked to my advantage (well thats the story I am sticking to) since I could get up real close without getting my toes wet.

It was fairly late in the afternoon and quite overcast, the falls are buried deep under vegetation with only the trickle of water exposed which means you get this nicely selective light applied to the falls. This shot gives the impression that the area is more spacious then it really is, i was actually crouched under the branch you can see on the right things were pretty tight, however the panorama option just opened the frame up and let the two bigass rocks gently lead you right into the falls.

4 shot (landscape orientation) panorama

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL & ND

Tasty Crayfish

what a feed ;)

Well something had a very nice dinner on this freshwater crayfish, you gotta zoom in a bit to see it in all its… well gutted detail, but its there and its a pretty big one at that.

I knew there was freshwater crayfish in the mountains, but geez, never knew they could get this big.. this one, which had been cleaned out completely (except for the claw), was at least the length of my shoe.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL & ND

Big Sis

As with most siblings, tickles and chaos certainly do get into arguments, now that tickles can verbalise alot more things are certainly getting interesting ;)

However, one thing which has always comes through is chaos's need to protect her little sis, and consequently tickles (little sis) absolutely adores her big sister, so much so that see can do no wrong – well almost, stealing her icecream or dessert is where she draws the line!

This little snapshot at the zoo on the cable car just encapsulated chaos's care for her little sis. Nicely done chaos!

Fancy a seat anyone? electrified at that

enjoy the view while your there

Another installment in the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. The tree was very cool, the delicate construction of the sculpture has me amazed :)

Pretty simple lightpainting on this one, some blue EL wire on the chair and a coloured torch applied at selective spots, finally a white torch applied from the right hand side to give the sculpture some depth.

Exif / shot love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/6.3 and Shutter Speed: lazy 157.3 seconds
ISO 100
out front – sculptures by the sea art

The Pure White Sands of

botany bay

Surprisingly enough botany bay does have some very nice fine white sand, slightly reminiscent of the sand down at Jervis Bay, just a shame its been polluted and filled with rubbish from storm water runoff and inconsiderate beach/bay goers.

There are not many places on the Sydney coastline that have not been photographed extensively so its always a challenge to find somewhere different to go. This spot is just around the corner from the Port Botany Shipping terminal.. there's story about that too…I had see it once before when driving past, there is a nice little beach and a what looks like a sea pool with quite a large wall which the local kids seem to love jumping off, its certainly not your Bronte beach or Coogee, but it does have parking and its free :)

This little channel was exposed nicely at low tide and the greenery of the alley and rock just screamed at me to photograph it :)

So, to the story about the container terminal.. i parked up in the carpark and as I came back, tripod and camera in hand sure enough, my good mates from the container terminal security cruise by… like yeah there is no one but me there… anyways the dude pulls up and starts the spiel about not taking pictures of the terminal, it took all my patience not to lose my shit at him, so with a polite, 'yeah I can read the sign mate, i was taking pictures of the rocks' i hopped in the car and took off.
Seriously and i think your security services would be better placed somewhere else rather than chasing down photographers with tripods and cameras.. ;)
this is the second time too :)
https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/1fbqjX4xG5n

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Hoya CPL

Storm Runner Triptych

The basic concept of a triptych is to link or tell a story with the images, for me, i started with triptychs mainly since I could never decide on what image I liked out of a series, this has morphed into triptychs that mostly follow the landscape or, more likely a series of images of the kids which lays out what happened :)

Sometimes, and only sometimes, do a get a few images that are related and when combined create a story or a link.

I reckon this is one such example, now whilst the viewer may not know the 3 images are all from the same location but basically lookign in different directions, this fact is not really important to anyone else but me. In this image the flow of the land lines up between the images to form a landscape, the seat and the building create points of interest and raise question marks for the viewer, the middle image throws in the human context and links the two.

Taken at Sydney Park, one of the City of Sydney Councils success stories, lets hope the west connex interchange that they are putting next door does not stuff it up :)

3 images
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/50s
ISO 400
Out front – umbrella, rain and lclouds