you.. have got 5 minutes

I heard alot of that from Sarah, tickles and chaos as I pulled over said ' i gotta take picture of this' Lucky I was driving and in control, or else i would not have gotten to stop every 5 minutes :)

So, as my 5 minutes was ticking, it was bit like.. oh my gosh.. oh my gosh.. oh my gosh.. whadda i shoot.. whadda i shoot.. :) followed by, don't these people know it takes longer than 5 minutes to take a photo.. sheesh.. i gotta find my spot, without falling the water. setup me tripod compose the shot.. etc.. and then my 5 minutes is up :(

anyway on the up side, this little stream and cute bridge was pretty well the first and only shot from this spot :)


Pink Jackets

Right who let the dude with the pink jacket in ? I guess to be technically correct it is probably 'peach' so I guess that gives him some relief..

The only straight lines you will find in Trollveggen are on the tourist visitor centre and the newly constructed walk path and look out :)

5 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor16-35 f4 @ 16mm
Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/80s
ISO: 200
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Hoya Circular Polariser



The home of Rollo (some viking dude) whilst appearing to be hundreds of years old is mostly less than hundred years old, back in the early 1900's there was a fire which destroyed pretty much the entire built area on this island. The island which forms the old town and the touristy area of Alesund is fairly large and back then covered with predominantly wooden structures, much like most of Norway, makes sense when you see how much wood they have :) durign that fire there was also a gale force wind, described as strong enough to blow a man over, thus you can only imagine how fast a fire would propagate through nice dry Norwegian timber and it did.

We stayed at the big white one off to the left, not a bad view from it, especially in the dining area, this one of the few we stayed in during our visit to Norway and whilst expensive, it is comparable to Sydney so not that bad I suppose.

This was shot well after sunset, from memory about 11pm and the glow from the sunset, which seems to last for hours , glowed off the hotel strip and created some very nice reflections off the water.


Politics Filter

I need a politics filter on my SM feed, here is a great idea, we need a social media plugin that can game the system to filter out certain stuff, like for example if your sick of cat videos with cucumbers you can filter out 'cucumbers' and 'cats' or if like me you sick to death of post with dumb politics in it you could filter 'dickhead', 'politics', trump' etc. Any app designers out wanna have a go? maybe a alternate FB app, one which you control the shit you see ;) I'll go ya halvies :)

I reckon you would be in a great place if you were sitting over there on that little jetty, getting ready to take your boat out on the lake for a spot of fishing, a bit photography or picnic or whatever takes you fancy.

Here is a interesting photography tip, this shot is 4 landscape images shot in the landscape orientation, handheld at 31mm in aperture priority mode, as a result of the aperture priority mode there was a fairly large difference in the exposure between the very left frame (quite bright) and the far right frame (quite dark). With pano stitching, often when the exposures are quite different you can get some not so nice line joins in the pano, usually the software (PS) is pretty good and blending them together, however in this case I tried to stitch it with both Photoshop and PTgui, however both had this rather nasty line where it could not nicely blend the images, I did not really want to spend 30 minutes trying to manually blend them together – time is precious when your kids seem to wanna stay up until 9pm :) – so I had pretty much left this one to the dustbin, however I thought I'll just give the Lightroom software a go and low and behold it came out perfectly. So my tip, you don't always have to got to the hardcore software, sometimes that one click automated stuff works just fine :) It is also, bar a few clones on the bottom right all edited in Lightroom, whilst it still does not quite have all the finer controls tweaks that I am used to from other software, it can do a marvellous job very quickly, and that counts for alot :)

Now remember, you can zoom in and check out all the detail, see if you can find any dodgy stitching errors ;)


Lone Tree

Well, its Norway's version anyway.. you either get a forest of trees or none at all in that country :) hence for my lonely tree starved soul I found this, way across the lake a lone tree dead amoungst the living. Don't read any weird sh$t about me through that statement, it just sounded good in my head ;) The seaweed was what caught my attention, that stuff is so thick you could just about walk on it, although, imagine falling into that and trying to get out, i hate brushing up against seaweed when I am snorkelling or swimming (think of those cat videos and cucumbers ;) )

#Valsøytunet try and pronounce that one!


Cabin on the Lake

The first day in Norway was one the most vivid, i sometimes wonder why people rave so much about Australia when there are places like Norway. Whilst I love this sunburnt country of ours (any it'll probably give me skin cancer 'cause of it ;) ) I found a real connection with the still lakes, towering hills and the simple housing, plus the sun did not burn, even in the middle of summer :)

Its funny, months later, I can still grab a point on google maps and find my way to any one of the many beautiful spots we visited, like this one, just on the edge of Vinjeøra, not the most spectacular fjord, just a run of the mill one, but still beautiful.



This is for the peeps on the northern half of the planet… where, apparently, its a bit cold at the moment.. I gotta say, it was a beautiful day when we flew into Trondheim, shorts and tee-shirt weather and a town with a whole lot of history and buildings on the water without a straight line between them ;)

8 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1/320s
ISO: 100
Out front: cool buildings



So apparently this rock is pretty famous and a favorite for photographers, however they neglected to mention that to get the cool cliche shot you really need to be there at sunrise to capture it with nice light, which in summer, is kinda not realistic with small children :) However, what is amazing is the level of detail that cameras can bring out nowadays, you can pretty well underexpose the shot to capture all the bright bits then draw out the shadows, even in this scene, which is the worst for it, shooting right into the sun i was amazed that you can bring out so much detail and make it a bit edgey to boot :)

So here we have Chaos with her tourist pose on doing a great job of showing off the scale of this rock, which by the way is a lot smaller than it looks in pictures.

Apparently it has formed over thousands of years by loose rock washing up against it in the tides hence 'necking it'



Complex scene of lines, I spent a barrel load of time, moving alittle this way, alittle that way, up down, all to get the lines of the rocks, fallen trees and the waterflow to line up. Its a bit like natures jogsaw puzzle, however they do not always have a complete solution :)

Made from 8 images stitched into a panoramic view, view it large :)


Boats r us

and why they are better than shopping trolleys

Where ever you drive in Norway there is always some form of water course and sure as another tunnel will come up in the drive there is always a boat moored in teh middle of nowhere. They seem to float about waiting for some to jump in and go somewhere, maybe here, across the fjord to the village…

So what does this have to do with trolleys? well these boats are everywhere, like trolleys at my local shopping centre – caution rant ahead – but unlike these nice little boats which seem to be moored anywhere, trolleys left anywhere (except in the designated trolley bay) at the shopping centre are a pita and those who can't be arsed pushing their trolley the 4 metres to the trolley bay deserved to have a thousand trolleys rain down in their front yard :) I do my shopping late on a week night, best time ever, no crowds, no queues and always specials on perishables :) the other night I noticed a couple push their trolley to their car, unload it, leave the trolley immediately behind the car and drive off – it was literally 5 metres to the trolley bay :-/ anyways, sure enough, 30 seconds after they drive off, it was like a magically trolley devil intervention, the trolley rolls back into the car on the other side of the carpark road :-/

So, if you go to a shopping centre, be sure to put your trolley in the bay and don't hesitate to put some other clowns incorrectly left trolley in the bay..even better take your kids for a spin in it on the way to the trolley bay (I can't confirm or deny doing circle work in a woolies trolley on the top level ;) )

Rant finished – onto the image – heres a nice picture of a fjord with one of the many little boats waiting for someone to go an explore the snowcapped hills. 5 shot panorama.



There has a been a whole bunch of discussion as of late regarding what is photography, specifically in regard to processing or photo manipulation – you just need to search AIPPA and the name of a famous australian landscape photographer to get the gist of whats going on.

Its been great to see these discussions and also get a insight into what people think, not to see what side people are on, if thats even possible since to have sides there must be a line, but more to understand what is the drive behind them when they generate images.

It has also been interesting from a introspective view trying to understand what I enjoy about photography and drives me to continue doing it, for me its the process of being out there and taking the image and also the interpretation of that image through the processing, from a long exposure, to panoramic to a… dare I say it.. tiny planet or whatever, whatever I can come up with :) the final result, the finished image which gets dumped on social media, is but a mere 5% of the whole process and reason. That said its awesome for a having a timeline and collection of images since I could not organise or find any image on my hard drive beyond a few months ;)

so here we have a picture from Geiranger, Norway, its a wide angle panorama, using 4 frames to get the wide angle, each frame was bracketed to give 3 images, (one over exposed, one normally exposed and one under exposed) these were then automatically aligned and then manually blended (to preserve the bright areas and keep the dark areas) – is it reality? dunno, what if the mountains were tweaked to make them bigger ? everyone has a line when it comes to photography and art, simply because it might not be the same as your line does not make it right or wrong, just different – and just like opinions, this is just one :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 0.8s, 1/5s and 3s
ISO: 100


Sneaky little mountains

There were a few mountains in Norway which did try and hide from us (prolly mostly me and my camera ;) ) but in this case my rally driving skills in the Skodastation wagon managed to pull over at the right time to nail this one trying to escape without ending up in some dudes hay field :)

I dunno where this was or what mountain, they all seemed to blur together after awhile, but this was pretty typical of every road in Norway :) Probably somewhere near Kristiansund…

6 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 38mm Aperture: f8 Shutter Speed: 1/50s
ISO: 200
Out front: just another little Norwegian Village

Aksla Viewpoint – Alesund

Aksla Viewpoint - Ålesund - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Aksla Viewpoint – Ålesund – (c) Gerard Blacklock

ya gotta view this large and zoom in

The view from above the town of Alesund, a beautiful spot for sunset at 1030pm. I met a real nice young chap from Poland whilst up here, he was over for a few days on some cheap flights and apparently there is a direct flight from over there to Alesund. I reckon people who live in Europe do not realise how lucky they are being able to travel only a short distance to see such varied places, scenery and and also demographic. Try flying the 22 hours to Oz ;)

8 shot panorama image with each shot bracketed (0EV and -0.7EV)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 60mm Aperture: f16 Shutter Speed: 1/2.5 seconds Normal exp and 1/10s for the underexposed bracket
ISO: 200
Out front: Lee Graduated filter 0.9X

Alesund – At the midnight hour.

Ålesund, Midnight Hour - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Ålesund, Midnight Hour – (c) Gerard Blacklock

At the midnight hour.

Alesund is a real pretty city perched out on one of the many little peninsulas on the west coast of Norway, some say its the most beautiful city in Norway, it certainly has some very cool old buildings in the main touristy area which is the older part of town.
We stayed in the Alesund Scandic Hotel just around the corner from this spot, it was one of the few hotels we stayed in whilst in Norway, although it was definitely dated, it did have a nice outlook and a pretty darn good breakfast :)

When you think or search for Alesund the most common image that comes up is the awesome scene which can be seen from the lookout that is situated above the town, its a bit of walk up alot of stairs, but worthwhile, the next image will be from that spot and you will be able to see just where this little vista is located with respect to the rest of the town :)

The best thing about shooting sunset.. or more correctly twilight here was that most people were in bed so whilst normally the stop is teeming with people I was able to enjoy some quiet time to get a few snaps, this one is a 12 shot panorama which each frame bracketed to get the highlights and shadows. No reflections artificially generated :) it was glassy still.


Extreme Waterfalling

at the extreme sports headquarters of Norway

The home to 'veko' (Ekstremsportveko – Extreme Sports Week), Voss, where crazy's get their craziness on and do crazy things like jumping off cliffs with dinky little parachutes and going over cliffs with water in little plastic buckets ;)

Not this little black duck tho, the most extreme thing I did whilst in Voss was stand on a slippery-ass rock and take a photo ;)

6 shot panorama just on dust with a nice glow in the sky.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 50mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO: 100
out front: Hoya Circular Polariser