Bridal Veil Falls

Taken a few years back when there was a bit more rain about – for some reason I was looking for a image deep under some magnetised bits of my hardrive when I found this folder and had a look in, plenty of unedited images sitting around waiting for some love (and time).

Located at Leura just under the main Falls (which I think is actually the Bridal Veil ones) its only a 30 minute walk down, a bit longer up since its mostly stairs :)

Nikon D7000 with the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO: 100

Bat Cave

Damn I hate when the technical side of photography gets in the way of taking a shot. I have had a few goes at editing this panorama and it a real challenge, much more that the usual drama of a scene with really dark and really bright areas. I suppose doing it on an overcast day and in the morning or evening would certainly help – prolly help with the crowds too :) although great see so many people out enjoying thee natural wonder of SE QLD.

I have seen some really nice images of this place over the years and during a recent visit to northern NSW we decided to drive and have a squiz.

I reckon they may have had problems with people swimming and jumping the fence here, I don't think I have seen a tourist place with soooo many signs saying no swimming and keep to the track :) I think one of the main reasons is the colony of bats in the cave, which both tickles and chaos were very excited to see, even if it was in the dark at the end of the cave and they barely visible. The cave is surprisingly large and, thankyou mother nature, rather tall, no loss of brain cells for me that day :)

This image is probably about a 160 degree field of view and about 3 quarters of the entire cave. The panorama is made up of 5 frames (landscape orientation) with each frame bracketed, this way there is some hope of capturing both the really dark parks of the cave and the really bright outside and falls, which were in full sun. Editing was a real challenge to try and get that natural blend from light to dark and not get left with a flat HDR's style image, this is my third crack at the shot from here, i have a few others of varying composition, but i think I will leave those for a rainy day :)

D750 with Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 @ 26mm
Shutter speed: 1s (normal exp), 8s (over exposed) and 1/8s (under exposed)
Aperture: f/8
ISO 100

Plane catcher

This image is a single shot of one the larger sculptures this year known as 'Signed' by Jonathon Leahey. The lighting in this one is pretty simple, lots of blue EL wire on the ground and flowing out from the pole, this effect is pretty easy to achieve by holding one end of the EL wire to the pole and shaking it slightly then letting it go and dragging it across the ground towards the camera, or radially away from the pole.

The red colour at the base and also on the top is by shining a red torch. The great thing about these kind of shots is that they are super easy to edit, very little required and all the hard work is done during the capture of the scene.

Exif / shot love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm
Shutter speed: 452.0s
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO 100
out front – sculptures by the sea art with a bit of EL wire and coloured torch

Sand Pumping Jetty

4 or so shots merged into a panorama, using the Leofoto Panoramic Kit, this was just using the panning clamp and the rail since it was in the landscape orientation. This setup is actually really nice and lightweight and providing the pano is level about the horizon ie, not tilted up or down then it works fine.

D750 coupled with Nikkor17-35 f2.8 @ 17mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 20s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x)

Fingal Head Sand Pumping station

After becoming bored with the monster jetty, which I was not allowed to walk on – it did have a sign that said "No Entry! This means you!" I thought, really, are they talking about me ? :)

So a way down the beach, past the crazy dude on a bicycle and the driftwood shanties there was this neat tree stump washed up, well it was neat 'cause it was.. the only other thing on the beach other than that big-ass jetty, so I took a few pictures of it, this one is a fairly large panorama, which you can see several anomalies due to the inconsistent waves and/or my lack of timing :)

Centennial Glen

Just a small small little waterfall, which, when the rain really does come, would be a absolute cracker, the only downside, you would not be able to stand here, on the slippery ass rock :)

6 or so shots merged into a panorama, using the Leofoto Panoramic Kit, more details on that one to come.

D750 coupled with Nikkor16-35 f4 @ 19mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 4s
ISO: 100
Out front: Hoya Circular Polariser

Camdenville Paddock Garden Party

Camdenville Paddock Garden Party

(C) 2016 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved
We had a great time helping out at the Camdenville Paddock Community Garden with the bike powered smoothie/frappe stand supplied by Cheeky Transport, wish we could have spent the whole day there :)

There were some really great stalls there from little homemade cookies (tickles loved these and even shared some with me :) to awesome coffee from Belljar Coffee which certainly kept me buzzing through the rest of the day :)

Its really great to see a vibrant community come together around a really simple cool concept as a community garden buried under the flight path in the inner west :)


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Emerging…. like my Telstra Internet

I shall not delve into the recent terrors of dealing with my favourite Australia Telco (Telstra) regarding my cable modem upgrade (not by choice) other than to say, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.

I cannot even claim victory, but at the very least my internet works.,.. and works the way I want it too :)

I really like this scene, but its a hard one to convey in an image, the depth and light are just something I accept will only be truly understood by being there.. the warm light, the warm tree in a sea of grey, unrecognisable twisted net and the soft (well its actually a bit spikey but hey) green grass…

Centennial Glen

Sooo, mother nature, i got a bone to pick with ya, I love how you have made all these cool places, like this neat little canyon buried on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the Megalong valley, but, and its only a little but, you could have cut the height of the dinky ledge to get to the end of it another 12 inches higher, thus accommodating me a little better without looking like a praying mantas who has rolled through the 360 loop at wet and wild :) Given that it would have taken you 10 thousand years to do it, i reckon its not much to ask :)

Centennial Glen and Porters pass, what a great little spot, one that would be particularly awesome with a bit more water.