* P u r e C h a o s*

I don't think i need that many words to describe this, chaos meets chaos ;)

4 shot panorama image (handheld) from our Nations Capital, the place with all da junk :)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f4 @ 48mm Aperture: f5 and Shutter Speed: 1/1250s
EV -0.3
ISO 100

Out front – Spagetti Chaos


the view that I like

The new Barangaroo green space has been on my list of things to check out, even moreso with it being made famous by Ken Duncan ;)
Sunrise for me can be pretty hit and miss, quite often the alarm goes off and I just roll over and go back to sleep, especially when you know you got a full day with Chaos and Mayhem (also apparently known as my children), anyway, I had tee'd up to do a sunrise with +Rodney Campbell and in his usual disturbingly organised fashion he wanted to know where and when ages in advance, geez i usually work that out at 11pm ;) So, Barangaroo it was.

After waking up at stupid oclock, doing my ninja sleath moves down the hallway to avoid waking chaos, note; who seems to be able to hear the click of the front door whilst fast asleep but struggles to hear me at any other point of the day ;) to finally hauling my ass out the front door when I thought… I shoulda just stayed in bed!

Anyway, long story kinda short, its a great spot down there at Barangaroo, with lots of sandstone blocks around, more rock than green methinks, but still cool. I could not find myself a good composition or spot with the Sydney Harbour Bridge (an original one that I was happy with anyways), so went with something different and tried to capitalise on the nice pastel colours (in the other direction to the bridge) that were present for a few minutes.

I processed this with a quote in my head from Adam Williams (http://www.australianphotographer.com/) (stuffed if I can find it now) but it went something along the lines of… don't be restrained by what others think the boundaries of photography are, but set your own boundaries if any. Btw check out his stuff, its pretty cool :)

I have a BW version of this, but I feel it just loses something in the conversion.

note, we did not get hassled by security either, even after standing in front of the security camera with our tripods ;)

Long Flash Back

Cheers to Rodney for bringing back the memory of this morning – I probably should edit a few more from this session, there were some very nice clouds this morning are great for the long exposures.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 252.9s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL, LEE GND (0.9x) and Lee Bigstopper

The Landing Pad


Photography for me is often a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, in any given scene (no matter how crap it looks :) ) there are a bunch of pieces ready to be assembled into some kind of coherent scene that is hopefully pleasing to the eye.

Now if were as simple as the average jigsaw puzzle where you can spread all the bits over the table and work out what goes where then it would be all too easy. Nature and scenes like this image mean you are constrained by where you can physically get to, where you can set your tripod up (without it falling and smashing everything ;) – thats bad ) and finally the limitations on your gear, ie lens focal range etc.

There is one other point to make, unlike a jigsaw puzzle, real life scenes can have infinite number of solutions and consequently infinite final framings, I guess this is one of the driving factors for me and something which keeps me at photography, bit like golf ;) . A whole bunch of people can go to the same spot with different gear and all come away with a different 'jigsaw' solution, some better than others (depending on your perspective).

This particular scene is buried down below Horseshoe Falls and is a great example, there is a bunch of really cool elements (rocks, falls, vegetation, ponds etc) which you can include in your scene/frame, but its how you assembly these items together which determines if the final image is alright and pleasing to the eye. I quite like this composition (at the moment anyway) and I took a long time moving around and adjusting the position slightly to get what I felt was the right combination of bits. I positioned the at big rock in front so that it dominated the scene (hence the landing pad title), the falls and flow of water down to the little pond in the foreground were positioned so it has that nice 'S' curve to lure the viewer up and flow thru the image, the little bit of brightness up the top was included to subtly pull the eyes up and away from the dominant rock in the foreground help them travel thru the image. The lines on the foreground rocks all lead in towards the centre of the image, again leaving that poor viewer with nothing but the option of getting drawn in :)

The image is created using three exposures, the over exposed and under exposed frames were only needed for a few small sections of the image (the top bright bit and the super dark areas (under the falls and rocks).

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 5s (normal exp) 1/1.6s (under exp) 30s (over exp)
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL


Whale Beach

This shot is clutching at straws – 3 shot pano, the exposure on each frame was all over the place, the graduated filter not in the right spot, the water was a mess, the polariser playing havoc with the sky! however I thought it best to give it a go :)

3 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 19mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 5s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x)


I did plan to hit this place for a completely different reason, there is a cool channel near here which during the December month lines up with the sunrise. I did get it last year, but was not overly happy with the result… its amazing that a whole year has gone past since then, damn it went fast! anyways, so I thought I would go back, however rather than capture it with a bunch of clouds and very little sunrise, I really want to get a nice sunrise with some cool colour, hence, it will have to wait.. probably until this time next year lol.

On the upside, whilst it was rainy and cloudy the tide was fairly low (and coming in) which meant this nearby rockshelf had quite nice conditions with the waves spilling over the shelf. The scale is a bit deceptive, its actually quite larger than it looks, if you look carefully you can see a crazy fisherman stick out there on the left where they hang onto whilst catching breakfast ;)

This particular image is a 3 shot panorama, 3 landscape orientation images at 21mm, it took a bit of time to get the same wave action in each frame such that when it stitched it did not end up with funny join lines. Its not perfect but still somewhat acceptable.

Exif love:
3 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 21mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.6x)

Pinlight of hope

its a bit like that small amount of hope in the back of your head when sitting in the dentists chair that it 'aint gonna hurt… but it then gets squashed…;) damn I hate going to the dentist ;)

The sun made a brief appearance on this particular morning before succumbing to the thick blanket of clouds.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 15s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL