Waterfall

Fed by the Curra brook, which is only several kilometers long and is usually a trickle most of the year due to the very small catchment, but, sometimes it comes alive..

Hole – Figure 8 Pool

Figure 8 Pool

Figure 8 Pool

Hole.

All this talk about compositing images and dropping skies in has done only two things for me 🙂

1) made me try it, and

2) convinced me it ain’t that hard 🙂

I guess its for some – but the wholesale dropping in of the sky – as I have done here, opens a new door to image creation but also another level of complexity of trying to create and capture images..

Anyway, for complete disclosure, which it what seems to be the key outcome of most discussions, this image is made from two completely separate images from completely different locations.

The processing was as simple as 4 layers in PS, a graduated mask and a duplicate mask to cleanup a few spots on the hill.

Figure 8 Pool

Fancy a dip ? I dunno whether I would like to be the first one to have a crack at it, knowing my luck there would be a blue ringed octopus or something in there 😉

On another note, this spot is/was made famous recently by some freak waves that wiped a few peopel out and consequently resulted in a couple of helicopter rescues.

https://youtu.be/v39j49d-N8M

Exif love:
3 images blended together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f18
Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 s sky and 6 s for the shadows and the some extra highlights
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

Hidey Hole

watch where you step

It takes a special kinda dedication to get up at silly-oclock after 3 hours of sleep and drive 45 minutes and then walk another 45 minutes (in the dark to) a awesome spot knowing full well there would be no clouds 🙂 (shoulda done startrails). But i was pleasantly surprised, if you look carefully there is one cloud down there on the horizon wink emoticon Thanks mother nature 😉

I guess one positive was the nice pastels you get when there are no clouds, however you gotta look fast 'cause they disappear very quickly.

This is a 3 shot image, the extra frames were used ot bring out some more exposure in the rock pool.

Exif love:
3 images blended together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 13s sky and 30s for the shadows and the soem extra highlights
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

Rush to the bottom

Rush to the bottom - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Rush to the bottom – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8and Shutter Speed: 1s (neutral frame) 1/4s under exposed frame and 4s (over exposed frame)
out front – screw in circular polariser and the bottom quarter of the National Falls (the lower drop)

to swirl for what may seem like an eternity
Some might say that of some of our prestigious politicians 😉

I love this scene and the madness that is the water smashing on the rocks followed by the slow swirl around looking for the next way to the lowest energy point. Isn’t that one of the many laws governing the universe..? everything tends to the minimum state of energy 🙂

Another great set of falls close to Sydney, the National Falls, rather than try and convey the falls in their entirety and capture the scale and size, i chose to create a frame which had a few key elements and used the falls as the kicker. Sometimes visiting a location a number of times actually forces me to see things differently rather than hit things with the same brush which I think works.

This was created using 3 bracketed frames, in hindsight it could have been done using just one neutrally exposed frame, however I used the over exposed and under exposed frames just to take the edge off the shadows and the highlights, with the blend, rather than a full blend it was at about 50% opacity and heavily feathered…anyways thats getting a bit detailed for this time of the evening 🙂

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8and Shutter Speed: 1s (neutral frame) 1/4s under exposed frame and 4s (over exposed frame)
out front – screw in circular polariser and the bottom quarter of the National Falls (the lower drop)

Thank you to those who stop by, look and comment, it is very much appreciated even when I don’t get time to reply 🙂

Slippery Crossing

choose your path carefully

3 frame manually blended image
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 8s (mid frame) 2s (bright area) 30s shadows and under rocks 🙂
out front – screw in circular polariser

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

Record

I think this is officially a record for me, the same location 3 times in the space of 18 or so months 🙂

I am becoming more partial to returning to the same location, but there is always that hesitation about whether I will come away with a better shot than last time 🙂 Conditions are always different and also the time of the visit can vary how good the location is, this is a the same location from the last two visits, noting each time I have forced myself to try and take a different composition, angle or perspective.

03FEB2013
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/NBmEciaobfS

02DEC2013
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/JnWJVhjQCmZ

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 6s
out front – screw in circular polariser

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

Old Wood

Darn hard shot to compose – I was squatted down under some very wet branches trying to get a enough perspective on the falls to eliminate that bright sky, camera was nearly on the ground and in the end I had to crop some off the top to remove the blown out mass of white up there anyway. Even with a bracketed exposure there was too much dynamic range in the light so I let it go free 😉

In anycase it does leave the opportunity for the log so shine and be the star actor in the image, nicely done loggy 🙂 and fully supported by a team of orange leaves

3 frame manually blended image
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 8s (mid frame) 2s (the upper falls and bright area) 30s shadows and under rocks 🙂
out front – screw in circular polariser and hard wood.

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

It's a jungle out there

and a complex one , no straight lines or an order simply millions of years to just randomly arrange stuff. The lower portion of National Falls can be seen in the top left of the image and whilst its probably less than a 100 metrees away as the crow flies, it felt like a lifetime away given the boulders and vines between us and it.

I included +O. Sydney straddling the slippery ass rocks whilst composing the 'Heart falls' (as coined by +O. Sydney) to give an idea of the scale of the scene – otherwise it simply loses perspective.

Techie love:
4 frame panorama (single images)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/11 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 4s
Out front: Circular Polariser, vines and bigass boulders…

Lushness

is the under side of the National Falls

with my bum balanced on one rock and feet planted somewhat precariously on moss covered slippery ass rocks either side – I tried to capture this journey the water takes after death defying ride over the cliff edge 😉

3 frame manually blended image
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 8s (mid frame) 2s (the upper falls and bright area) 30s shadows and under rocks 🙂
out front – screw in circular polariser
down below – slippery ass rocks.

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

Deer Pool

View Large and fill that 16:9 screen with what its meant to be filled with – panorama love 🙂 – if you can find a deer in there you win a prize 😉
Its very interesting story how deer ended up in the Royal National Park and their subsequent survival, decline and then expansion over the last 100 odd years. I would never had though it that difficult to eradicate the relatively small number from what is, really a pretty small park – I guess logistics, process and bureaucracy have played an important role here.

Anyway, whatever the case with the deer, there is still one place named after them, that is, Deer Pool, a nice serene pool with a small waterfall and beach, btw that waterfall looks like it would make a mad waterslide, pity about the big rock at the bottom to take your tailbone out 😉

It was quite a difficult set of falls to shoot for me, the size of the falls within the frame is quite small and I needed to zoom in quite a bit to really fill the frame, as such, when all else fails, pano it 🙂

3 shot panorama view.
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 45mm – Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: multiple ( 3 brackets) – however I did only end up using one image – the lighting was diffused and even enough that a single raw file had all the required dynamic range needed (for me)
out front -Hoya screw in circular polariser and Hoya ND8 Neutral Density filter

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.

Lead me to

After nearly getting rick-rolled by a freak wave I was determined to wait for the next one so i could nail a sweet waterfall off this little rock face.. well, i wait… and waited…and waited, in the end the sea won, i gave up and took what I had and tried something else 😉

The waves did (well one of them) breach the rock face and flow over the edge into the channel which was very cool, nicely shaped a 'S' – well, next time i will get it.

On another side note – RIP for the French bloke (Fabien Ardoin) who died just north of here (cheese rock) the other week, very sad to see a young man with lots of potential have his life cut short.

As with all shots this morning, taken under the protection of a umbrella, with a barrel load of water on the filters and camera.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 1.5s
out front – a very wet 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.