Hows the Serenity

Standing here as the tide came in with my shoes hanging in a tree, the sound of mozzies swarming, crabs coming out to play…. and i thought 'now thats all a bit nice' then the roar of a A380 overhead made it complete ;) luckily I like aircraft noise I suppose…
photo..tick.
time with nature…tick
interaction with the wildlife…tick.

Its a giant….tadpole..:)

This is the pastel paradise that is….Kurnell and the sydney container port, I am surprised the security guards from the port were not here hassling us about pointing our cameras in the direction of the new container terminal ;)

you can see +Rodney Campbell 's version over here:
https://plus.google.com/102418874970398612673/posts/1PAZqprvmpH

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 60.7s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL and Lee 0.9x Graduated Filter

http://blog.avernus.com.au/its-a-giant-tadpole/

Rolling Hills of Kurnell

view large and smell that clean air ;)
Taken adjacent to a little old lighthouse perched on a hill near the cliffs of Kurnell , you can probably just see it in this shot: https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/TjrckK8cvha

I love the stark contrast of the scene, from the natural rolling hills to the oil refinery to the container terminal to finally the CBD of sydney, I do wish I had a lens with a longer focal length, but Rods 27-70 had to suffice.

3 shot panorama
Thanks to +Rodney Campbell for the loan of the 24-70 for this shot.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a Nikkor 27-70 f2.8 @70mm Aperture: f/6.7 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 1/250s
out front – bushes..oil refinery botany bay some container terminals, mascot, randwick and somewhere behind that the city ;)

Life on the Edge

a pastel window into the world below and the world up on the cliffs
View large or go home ;)
The pod of whales (and the elusive seals which I only heard but never saw) did not hang around to complete the panoramic scene ;)

Just about every time I have visited Kurnell and and walked along these cliffs I have spotted a whale or two, maybe its just that I only come here in the winter months :) nonetheless, if you are in sydney, Kurnell is a great spot to whale watch, not only is the actual clifftop scenery awesome the whales typically come quite close to the cliffs, as they did this morning, close enough that I could hear there blow holes going, rest assured its along way down too.

Still in the forefront of my mind was the French guy (Fabien Ardoin)
who fell to his death a few weeks back whilst taking a photo in the Royal National Park (south of here), always a timely reminder to take care near heights, particularly the very crumbly sandstone that Sydney is built on. RIP buddy.

3 frame (non-bracketed) panorama :)
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 17mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 6 seconds
out front – LEE 0.9 Graduated filter and Screw in HOYA circular polariser

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed and always appreciate the time people take to have a look, plus and/or comment.

The horn of Kurnell

the faces of the cliffs
Apparently, according to chaos, if you tilt your head the right way there is a chicken in there ;) I can see a eagle with a beard, but it is late ;)

The cliffs that adorn the sydney coastline are always full of surprises and unique subjects for a photographer and it is this that draws me back every time. The pools of water are always a great subject and when coupled with predawn light can really come alive.

One would never guess that only a few kilometres away are some serious industrial plants, the Sydney Desalination plant (aka we need a nuke plant to run it ;) ) and of course the Kurnell refinery. I am not sure whether its absolutely amazing that these two environments co-exist or just down right depressing.

2 frame Manual Blend.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11.5 mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 152.1s (foreground) and 22.3 seconds (mid-sky)
out front – LEE 0.9 Graduated filter and Screw in HOYA circular polariser

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

Sweetness and light

Wisps of souls lost and the path to..
Last shot of the morning, no clouds, mid morning and the sun was climbing – another example of transforming the seascape into something that the human eye just cannot observe.

I really wanted a isolated rock in the ocean, however things were getting a bit hectic down there on the green, hence I had to make do with what I had.

This is Kurnell, adjacent to the outflow pipes ;)

Single frame – i think i better clean my sensor, when the clone tool starts putting in dust spots you know its getting a bit crowded in there :)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 182.4s
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.

How the other Half Live

Towra Nature Reserve – home of the Little Tern bird
This point has been reamed by humans, from attempted grazing, corn crops, to a radar station to oyster farming and finally recognized as a significant wetlands of the Sydney Basin with a little island now home to a thriving population of Little Terns :) and the occasional pelican.

3 shot landscape orientation panorama.
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 135mm f2 @ 135mm Aperture: f/11 Shutter 1/90 seconds

panorama

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed and always appreciate the time people take to have a look, plus and/or comment.

Jervis Bay Vs Botany Bay

Jervis Bay vs Botany Bay - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Artist license is something every tog uses, whether it simply be the way a image is framed or the way it is processed, images can and do lie :-) – this one is no exception, this spot on the East side of Botany bay is probably the only spot I have seen that is not strewn with washed up bottles, rubbish and general crap, just the other morning I was standing in a spot several kilometers to the south of here and all around me on the shoreline was all manner of rubbish – and that was in the Nature Reserve section of the Bay :) So, this is not really a true representation of the true nature of Botany Bay.

However, I have chosen to try and portray this particular composition as something one would see at Jervis bay, a place which I wish I could visit more often :) For those not familiar with Jervis Bay, it does apparently have some of the white-ist sand in Aussie land and whilst a bit full of old naval junk it is pretty clean ;-)

So here you have it, Botany Bay, from Kurnell, the city lights and new shipping terminal just in sight on the horizon.

4 shot landscape orientation panorama.
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55 mm f2.8 @ 17mm Aperture: f/8 Shutter 2 seconds
LEE Graduated Filter out front.

panorama

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed and always appreciate the time people take to have a look, plus and/or comment.

Smooth Botany

Not much out there in Botany Bay to really fill the foreground to complete a shot, however on several of the little headlands (essentially man made due to the breakwalls) there some nice grass knolls. There was also some nice colour developing out on the left.
Was a tad unexposed really needed about twice the shutter time, but was running outta time fast!

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @911mm Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 84s
out front – LEE Bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

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

Watching Night Turn to Day

A large rain cloud sneaked over Botany this morning, spreading like a cancer snuffing all light and warmth that was meant to be..sunrise.

Single image – triggered using a Phottix Aion wireless remote, these things are great for this kind of thing, heaps of range and pretty consist, works thru the pocket too :)

techie love:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1.5s
out front – LEE Graduated Filter (0.9)