New Day

Its been quite a few months since I have done a sunrise session, my new seascape buddy was keen but probably more interested in the cool starfish and spotting whales then anything else :) It was nice to have some company and to have someone shine their torch in my eyes every 15 seconds.. apparently her torch was chasing mine :-/


ON the Edge

Always great to visit Cape Banks, the little streak of clouds was pleasant and complimented nicely with the southern side of the headland with a portrait orientation shot. I have missed the aussie seascapes :) but not the ball freezing weather.

This one is a 2 shot blended image, It could easily be done with a single image, however using two bracketed images means there is less noise and rubbish when pulling the detail out of the shadows, particularly in little pond which are in alot of shadow, it also means you can really bring the colour out as well.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 4s and 8s
ISO: 100


The Hidden Weeding Wedding

yep, up there, thats a bride and groom in the throes of….

passion..whilst being photographed ;) well maybe not quite passion…

Hats off to the couple and the keen bean photographer's, its a fair old walk down here to the cape and the last time I wore high heels (ssshh.. ! :) ) i can imagine that it would have been hell for the bride :)

It was a quick grab shot as I was heading back up towards the golf course, I turned around and the photographer had perched them up on the edge with clear instructions to stand very still :) .. which was kind of them, meant they were not blurry in this 1.3s exposure.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Hoya CPL


Surfs up

I am never surprised now to see surfers at the strangest locations, rest assured if there is a wave to be had, its guaranteed that some surfer will sniff it out!

As I was walking out onto Cape Banks I noticed the swell was pretty favorable on Cruwee Cove, which probably does not happen that often since its relatively sheltered from the open ocean, then sure enough the little dots bobby up and down in the whitewash were there…shark food?

That was not the only sight I saw, silly me thought there would not be many people out here on a Monday night :), so on I walked and past, one model shoot on the cliff top, one engagement shoot (i assume), one wedding couple next to the old shipwreck and finally a bunch of enthusiast photographers :) Definitely not the quiet stroll i was thinking of :)

Anyway's, out here on the gateway to Botany bay the waves were pumping, after setting myself up on a very large (and high) rock I was surprised to find that the rock I was standing on vibrated quite a bit when the waves smashed it at the base… after which I found another rock to rest my ass on, one which did not shudder everytime a wave came thru!

2 shot pano, it was meant to be a 3 or 4 shot one, but the poor old stitching algorithm in PS struggled with all that white water :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Hoya CPL


The Ballet Tree

So its been weeks since I have gotten a chance to get out and spend a bit of time taking some photo's, between work, kids and domestic duties its hard to even fit a Sunrise session in – I have now finally tested the Samyang 14mm for what I originally bought it for.. astro work :)

I had a recent job doing a bit of night chopper work, which gave me the opportunity to further scope out this super cool tree that i have seen many times times in the past but never really stopped to take a decent shot. Also +Michael Domaradzki had a cool perspective on it awhile back which triggered the idea for some astro stuff.

So, finally i got a leave pass for a night out and thought.. sweet as, i can go and take a sequence of images and spend a bit of quality time by myself, you know, soul searching/rejuvenation etc. and surely no one else is silly enough to head out in the freezing cold at night at this spot, even though it is in a city of 5 mil….

This is a bit of how it rolled – parked the car and there was no one there it was around 9 ish, got myself setup and taking a few preliminary shots and a young couple turned up :-/ sure.. this is where i would have brought all my potential hot dates lol… anyway happy to share my quiet time and space i suppose :) Shortly there after a bunch of dudes in the their cars rock up and I am like.. yeah great this is gonna be trouble.. but no.. they just rolled out with some torches and freaked out when they saw someone else out, ie me :) …and my torch was much bigger ;) lol. so my night out with a bit solitude was not so solitary… oh well.

I did not quite nail the right position with the earths axis of rotation here, i was trying to get it directly behind the tree, the tree itself is actually quite small and the camera is positioned only a few metres from it, its probably a 3 metre tree which has been sculptured by the sea breeze. The light at the bottom right is the industrial lights over Kurnell on the edge of Botany Bay.

My original scope out image : https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/KKZ3uh7TgDE

Exif / shot love:
184 shots over the space of 2 hours.
Images are stacked in +Adobe Photoshop just using the lighten mode, the foreground/black image needed a bit of work to ensure it looked sensible with the background.
The side lighting is kindly provided by the SLSA Rescue base :) could not have done it better myself, no additional torch lighting needed :)
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/3.2 and Shutter Speed: 50.5 seconds
ISO 500
out front – a very bendy tree and some cool stars



Land of the long white … periwinkle

so, apparently Periwinkles are gonna become the next big seafood sensation :) I say, good luck with that, especially if your dealing with the dinky little ones like these…

I actually prefer my periwinkles on the rocks, these little guys are awesome for providing that little bit of extra grip when out on the low tide areas, their little hard shells and the super strong suction on the rocks provide that grip for my sneaky sneakers when balancing my ass to get the right composition…. so i put the call out leave the periwinkles there :) plus.. you know how many you would actually have to eat to actually make a half decent feed ?!!

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – and Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x


Holy softness and the stick of death

welcome to the cotton-wool ball

I will be back for you little stick out in the ocean, i'll be back for my selfie :) and its gonna be epic (unless i get washed off, then not so epic, just tragic :) ) I need soem pole dancing moves, anyone know any good pole dancers that could give me some tips ;)

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 256.5s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9, LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.


Muted Fantasy

by the pole of death
I did want to take a selfie next to that pole of death out there (bit of pole work and all)…. but i did not want to get my toes wet :) next time.

Heavy cloud on the horizon muted most of the sunrise and most of the Focus crew packed up early and headed for the cafe.

Single frame
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 256.9s
out front – LEE graduated filter 0.9, LEE bigstopper and screw in circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.