Reverse Grad Cloud

Reverse Grad Cloud - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x) and natural reverse grad :)

For those who are not in the know about filters for cameras – oh yes we use those to distort reality too ;) A reverse graduated filter is simply a filter which darkens the sky and then also has a even darker band that can be aligned with the horizon to really reduce the exposure on the sun (the brightest part of the scene) during those sunrise and sunset time, those leave one with a nicely exposed frame.

Now, i don’t have one of these since they are pretty specialised and really can only be used in a few cases anyway – you can also replicate the filter with a couple of normal graduated filters…

anyway there is a point to all that, there are some mornings when the cloud and sun gods shine upon you (hahaha did see what I did there ;) ) and you get a scene like this where the band of cloud along the horizon provides you with a natural part of the reverse graduated filter :)

nicely played clouds and sun :) its a bit of boring composition but I could not really find anything else nearby to jazz it up and by the time I would have climbed down the rocks the light could have been all gone :)

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x) and natural reverse grad :)

Little Tree @ Little Bay

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s ISO 100 Out front - Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x)

I love my lonely trees on hills – this one is part of the golf course at Little Bay. I was visiting there with +Rodney Campbell , +Tom Testone and +Kitten KaboodleInc and I noticed that were some pink pastels developing off to the west so a quick change of location and position I got this tree nicely silhouetted, the pastels did not really eventuate, however it was a bit of bonus to get the moon in there too.

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x)

The opposite of long is short

The Opposite of Little is .. (c) Gerard Blacklock

Exif love:
3 frames stitched together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s
ISO 100
Out front – CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9X

big, bold and bright

The shot before this one
https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/E91Wh8Xf2Aq
slightly wider, taken as 3 shots to get a slightly wider view on things, mainly to just capture the sun in the frame as well.

Exif love:
3 frames stitched together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1/2s
ISO 100
Out front – CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9X

Energy to Burn

Energy to Burn - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Energy to Burn – (c) Gerard Blacklock

So, its the end of the weekend, well it is for the folk in this timezone :) and I gotta say, its probably lucky the weekend is only 2 days long, I don’t think I could physically take much more than that ;)
Amongst the plethora of activities this weekend was a visit to the Sydney Botanic Gardens where they are celebrating the centenary of a whole bunch of trees, I always enjoy the gardens, there is always something new to see and its a great place for a picnic, i think I can even get over the cost of parking nearby, but I guess there is always a premium price for convenience.

So, wandering on through the gardens Chaos had a whole bunch of questions (per usual and at the usual rapid fire rate), one of which was, ‘how do you know how old the trees are’ sounds sensible, i dunno really know, thankfully the good folk at the gardens had made this answer somewhat easier with little special signs on trees which had clocked over 100 years. Some highlights were the big Hoop Pines and the weird looking cedar tree, i think we came up with a pretty good gauge for a old tree, if you can’t reach around it, its probably pretty old ;)

Now the next question which had a fair amount of currency was, ‘can i climb this one?’ to which the response was, ‘if it ‘aint in a garden then yes’

So in typical Chaos style, no shoes and no fear she was into them :) This tree was a South American variety, the name which slips my mind atm. But it had these awesome roots which were just perfect for climbing up into the tree.

If you do check them out, be sure to have a look at the native Australian bees (non stinging too) they have a great hive there where you can get up close and personal to them.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 85mm f1.4 @ 85mm Aperture: f2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s
ISO 640
Out front: chaos and the tree

Side-washed

Side Washed - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds :) 246.8 seconds to be exact
ISO 200
Out front – Lee Bigstopper, Hoya CPLand LEE GND (0.9x)

I have a whole bunch of titles for this one, but really the only appropriate one is side-washed, ’cause I did end up getting soaked from a incoming sneaky side wave :) conveniently enough, the exposure had just finished when the wave hit so this is the resultant shot, not my favorite from a long shot, but I will remember it :)

It did also provide a good incentive to actually give my camera bag and other non electronic items a good run thru the washing machine, so i now have a bag that smells like daisy’s, rather than stinky dad smell, as coined by Chaos ;) ..I have to admit it did smell a bit like back sweat ;)

Cheers to the Rodney, Tom and Kitten for the company, was good to meet up and we must do it again :)

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds :) 246.8 seconds to be exact
ISO 200
Out front – Lee Bigstopper, Hoya CPLand LEE GND (0.9x)

Harvested

Harvested - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f9 and Shutter Speed: 1/125s
ISO 100
Out front – CPL only and a lonely tree.

this is how my brain feels nowadays :)

I love a good lone tree buried in a agricultural crop of some kind… but I am thinking the average factory farm operator not so much :) I think having a lone tree in the middle of their paddock does not really serve much purpose other than to cause pain when sowing and harvesting.

If I ever meet a farmer I will happily point out that having that lone tree may be a pain in the ass, but jeez they make cool photographic subjects ;) think of the artistic merit :)

I wold love to come back top this spot for sunrise or sunset, rather than midday, but one must make do with what one is presented with :)

Exif love:
a whole bunch of frames stitched together…
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f9 and Shutter Speed: 1/125s
ISO 100
Out front – CPL only and a lonely tree.

Mosquito heaven

Mozzie Heaven - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds :) was about 4.5 minutes – 306 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

I love mangroves and particularly the lonely trees you often find, what I don’t like is the mosquito’s, I don’t think I have ever seen a swarm of mozzies like I did when was at this place.
Trying to prevent them from eating every inch of uncovered skin was hard enough, but to make matters worse lots of them just planted themselves on the front filter.
Whatever animals eat mozzies, birds? we need more of them.. lots more and they need to come out for sunrise

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds :) was about 4.5 minutes – 306 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

Beans

Beans - (c) Gerard Blacklock D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/100s ISO 100

Beans – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/100s
ISO 100

Ironically, I did the shopping the other day and needed to get some beans but was bitterly disappointed at my large supermarket monopoly store when they had none left, I could have just picked a few from this field ;)

So, if you ever wanted to know what mass produced beans look like? well wonder no more, ’cause here they are, rows and rows and rows of beans which seemed to stretch endlessly into the hills.

This shot is from 5 vertical frame shots stitched together, luckily for me a cloud had just come over the field and blanketed the beanscape with some less harsh sun that was beaming down on me minutes before..

Exif love:
a whole bunch of vertical frames stitched together…
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/100s
ISO 100
Out front – CPL only and lotsa of beans

Cecil Plains

This is the Hard Stuff - (c) Gerard Blacklock D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/160s ISO 100

This is the Hard Stuff – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/160s
ISO 100

this is where the hard stuff is made

Exif love:
a whole bunch of frames stitched together…
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/160s
ISO 100
Out front – CPL only and some dodgy shack and lots of croppy stuff….prolly sorghum

End of the line chaps

End of the Line Chaps - (c) Gerard Blacklock

End of the Line Chaps – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 273.2s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

careful where you put those toes..

I need to have a word to the engineer who cobbled this up, firstly, ya coulda made it just that little bit wider, surely rubble ain’t that expensive ;) – lucky i don’t suffer from vertigo (don’t fret, that’ll come
) cause i reckon i would been in the drink if I did.

Secondly, and this is probably pretty obvious, but when I do fall in its gonna be kinda hard to get out with those nicely smoothed sides.

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 273.2s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

Kids Portraits ain't meant to be perfect

I have kinda learnt this over the years and come to accept that 99% of the photos of my kids will have them in some form of dissarray, this is a pretty classic example, the hair is half out, that said there is a clip still in there which is actually pretty good for her :) a nice crusty nose and the remnants of the morning tea baby-cino are evident.

but.. and its a big but.. theres a smile and shes happy and that makes me happy :) nicely played tickles

* Stick, Stuck in the Sand*

So, whaddya reckon you find out on the sand dunes in Oz? (animals that is)

Well, i would not have believed it if I did not see it with my own eyes, but frogs… yep, way out here on the dunes with the occasional stick aka long gone tree there are a army of the frogs. Hopping each and every way, this one just one very small patch of dune which had half a dozen frog tracks, multiple this by 4 dunes (which I walked over) and thats lotta frogs!

so zoom on in and take a look if ya don't believe me :)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f9 and Shutter Speed: 1/160s
out front : frog tracks :)

Figure 8 Pool

Fancy a dip ? I dunno whether I would like to be the first one to have a crack at it, knowing my luck there would be a blue ringed octopus or something in there ;)

On another note, this spot is/was made famous recently by some freak waves that wiped a few peopel out and consequently resulted in a couple of helicopter rescues.

https://youtu.be/v39j49d-N8M

Exif love:
3 images blended together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f18
Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 s sky and 6 s for the shadows and the some extra highlights
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

Hidey Hole

watch where you step

It takes a special kinda dedication to get up at silly-oclock after 3 hours of sleep and drive 45 minutes and then walk another 45 minutes (in the dark to) a awesome spot knowing full well there would be no clouds :) (shoulda done startrails). But i was pleasantly surprised, if you look carefully there is one cloud down there on the horizon wink emoticon Thanks mother nature ;)

I guess one positive was the nice pastels you get when there are no clouds, however you gotta look fast 'cause they disappear very quickly.

This is a 3 shot image, the extra frames were used ot bring out some more exposure in the rock pool.

Exif love:
3 images blended together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 13s sky and 30s for the shadows and the soem extra highlights
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

Angles

I don't mind a good jetty, I only realised after taking these shots at 'long jetty' how long its been since I have stood on a jetty. I also now realise the complexities of taking a shot of a jetty with a handrail, wtf your thinking ;) well you see.. to get everything to line up nicely, ie the bottom of the jetty planks to line up with the corners of the frame, the handrail to be 1/3rd up the frame and the vanishing point to be .. well where it is ;) is actually more than walking out and plonking your dinky tripod down and firing off a shot, there is a lot of up tripod, down tripod… tweak camera position etc…
so the next time ya walk out on a jetty, think of the complexities ;) (yeah, first world problem i know)..
‪#‎longjetty‬ ‪#‎jetty‬

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x