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Japanese Wall Garden

I don't reckon you could arrange a Terrarium scene better than this :) perched about 3 foot off the ground on the side of a fern trunk was this red little fungi, I wish I had taken a wide angle shot to give it all some context, but for now you'll have just do with my dodgy description :) needless to say, it was a fairly easy little fungi to spot and was one of the first I noticed walking down this track, its crazy just to see where these things spawn from and more impressively where they survive, albeit only for several days.

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Go West

Ever remember that 80/90's band the Petshop boys? and the song Go West with that crazy ass film clip. This little fungi reminded me of the dudes doing that motion :)

you go little fungi, rocking the world.

PS. now go and watch the film clip and re-live some more that naughty nineties action

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Your all hands

Its another world down there on the bush floor, in the space of a few square metres the number of diverse (that's my politicially correct way of saying it) fungi striking a blow for freedom is amazing, all of which you would miss unless you stop and get down to the ground level and look around.

This fungi was particularly colourful and caught my eye for looking like a bunch of hands reaching up out of the ground, a excellent image for some kids bedtime stories when they refuse to go to sleep ;)

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Tight on the Narrowneck

This is one location where you cannot move around alot given that you have only several square metres of rock to stand on and its pretty well straight down cliffs either side, hence getting some variation in the views can really only be done with going wider, or getting tighter, which this shot is.

5 shot panorama
D750 with 24-70 f2.8 @ 70mm f10 2s
Lee graduated filter 0.9x.

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Evans

So.. if I told I walked for days and nights to get to this spot just to great the right time of day blah blah blah.. would it the image any better. I'm gonna say no, the experience of getting the image, definitely worth it…

I stopped in here on the way home only because the traffic was equivalent to what the M5 is like …. at.. lets say.. anytime of time day when there is daylight.. its a $4.20 parking lot. Hence 10 minutes off the highway is Evans Lookout which I have not been to in about 10 years, I think the last time I went here Sarah Joy and I walked the Grand canyon walk. I spent the last 30 minutes of daylight enjoying the view without having walk more than 100 metres :) I call that smart photography ;)

back to the M5 – i reckon the tolling should be based on travel time, ie if the collective masses are not travelling over say 70kph than the amount tolled decreases proportionally to the average travel speed – given all the cool data they capture for traffic (including google) it would not be hard, think of it like a KPI for the M5 operator.. :)

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Descent

the wide view – Castle Rock

Following on from the previous image, this one is a super wide panorama view, basically the view you get before descending down towards Castle Rock, you can see the path on the right there, what you can't see is the sheer drop off to the right and to the left :)

This view represents nearly a 180 degree field of view.

9 shot panorama (vertical frames) using gerry's special pano rig :)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 f4 @ 16mm
Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Hoya Circular Polariser

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Carved

ya gotta view this one large :)

So how long do ya reckon it takes water (mixed with a few rocks and sand) to carve out an alcove like this ?

I thought about it for a second then realised.. who gives a crap, it looks awesome and will definitely be the same well after I'm gone :)

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Can't see the forest for the trees

I walked past this standing of trees, stopped and walked back and forth about 5 times – such a awesome view with the super contrasting whites of the tree trunks with the greens and earths of the surrounds, a bit hard to portray the real view, but I think the panoramic option helps. I needed a pair of sunnies it was soo white, even tho it was overcast :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 @ 44mm Aperture: f9 and Shutter Speed: 1/30s
ISO: 400
out front: a Hoya CPL and a bunch of funny white trees :)

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Unique

After coming back from Norway, home of freaking awesome mountains, I did not think I would ever be able to look at the Blue Mountains the same way again, however whilst the blue mountains pale in terms of size when compared to say Dalsnibba (the hill that looks over Geiranger) there is a uniqueness to the Blue mountains which gives them a pretty big draw card. The sheer sandstone cliffs, the gums and the ancient history of the people that walked here before, all something which is not replicated anywhere else in teh world – after visiting just about anywhere in the mountains it leaves me thinking I am very lucky to live so close and be able to enjoy such neat scenery and it should not be under appreciated :)

This is a spot looking over the Jamison Valley from Narrowneck, I could basically walk 50 metres and view the Megalong Valley side (https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/gDPVmCCg5dX) or this side.

Some pretty cool light on this evening too, really lit up the clouds which were honking across the valley..

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO: 100
out front: Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x)

Terrace Falls and Salote Pool

Salote Pool - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Salote Pool – (c) Gerard Blacklock

Its been a few years since I have done this walk down to Terrace Falls, its a great little spot and quite accessible (especially when you have busted foot) without too many people, unlike some spots further up towards wennie falls and katoomba. Not much water running, however all the pools down to Picnic point have absolutely crystal clear water and lots of freshwater crayfish.

I would say view this large and zoom in, however google in their infinite wisdom have removed the ability to zoom in the newer version of google plus. So, at the very least, view it full screen :)

This image is an absolute bundle of shots, 21 shot panorama, its basically a 7 frame (portrait orientation) image with each frame bracketed (under, normal and over)
Now, one might wonder, why not just take a shot at 16mm and get it all in one frame ? yes you can do that, however one significant disadvantage (ignoring the resolution thing) is that when in wide angle things in distance look really small, hence in this case the small falls would have been represented as tiny tiny falls :) Thats a big thing for panos, it does change the perspective alot (and for the better).
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 62mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 10s for normal exp, 1.3s for the underexposed one and 30 sec for the over exposed, this is the one that gets the detail in those dark rock cavities :)
ISO: 100
out front: Hoya CPL