On the Edge

the road that is :)

I had this composition in my head before I went to this spot, however with most ideas in my head it looked nothing like it actually ended up.
The more I look at it, more I dislike it, i see all the dust spots, the stitching errors, the inconsistent colour smoothness..the noise..

I will chalk this image down to one of those ones which needed alot of beating over the head to get to the point where it looks like what you wanted it to look like… like the image in my head, but even then its not there. FYI, the image in my head was a large expanse of ocean with the road and cliff teetering on the edge of the frame.

Its a 5 shot panorama image at the height of the colour of the morning, which needed alittle help to really shine through :)

#‎seacliff‬ ‪#‎coalcliff‬

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 48mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 18s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.9x)

Waiting for dawn

watching

As Sydney comes out the other end of some wicked weather, it seems only appropriate to post this image.

Here it is, the dawn of the end of the wild weather. I hope ya'all made it through OK – my thoughts go out to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods/storms.

Exif love:
D750 (yeah i know the embedded exif says D610 :) ) coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO 400
out front – Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x

http://blog.avernus.com.au/waiting-for-dawn/

Waterfall Reserve

hidden deep in the gulley away from the blue sky, a trickle quietly creeps over the rocks

Its pretty cool when you can get to 30 second shutter speeds without filters and its 10am in the morning. Mount Wilson is well known for a few serious canyoning routes, this is not one of them ;) however you can certainly see how the area is well suited to it. The walk down is pretty mild and access to the various little falls is easy and there is plenty to see and photograph, but what I did like was the sweet greenness of the rocks contrasting with the deep black of the rocks – fav combo right there so i forgive the falls for being only a trickle.

single frame, no gimmicks ;) just alot of green rough balls..

Exif love:
D750 (yeah i know the embedded exif says D610 :) ) coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL

http://blog.avernus.com.au/waterfall-reserve/

Compete

When you turn up sunrise and its nearly an hour before the big S breaches the horizon, things can be a tad on the dark side, however, it is this time, also known as nautical sunrise, where you can get some stunning deep colour. Capturing it is easy, its getting all the stuff around it to be bright enough to even show up….

One solution is to take along a torch, which if you have any sense you would have cause its damn dark and you would stumbling around in the dark without one :) anyway you can take this torch and provide a little artifical illumination, its a bit of trial and error but the results can be OK… mostly I have found it pretty hit and miss, and in this case.. well things got a bit too cooked, hence the title compete the artificial rock takes over the image and just about drowns out the for sunrise :)

Another point to make about using your torch to light paint, and I bang on about this all the time, is to make sure you use it nice and low to the ground to get some texture, but also more importantly choose where you want the light to come from – don't do what I did in this case and be lazy and just stand next to camera and halfheartedly wave it around :) pick a spot well off to the side and give it a nice flow. Apply more light further away from the camera and less closer to the camera since the closer bit will light up much quicker.. you know light fall off as you get away from the camera.

Anyway, there you have it.. compete.

single frame, LED torch illuminating the rock fence from the right hand side, the other reason for the lazy man option was it was dark and I could not see much and.. there was some big potholes there .. anyways..thats the excuse I am sticking too :)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 97.8s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter

http://blog.avernus.com.au/compete/

Bilgola Bank Busters

Bilgola Bank Busters - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter

and not of the monetary kind :)

I really like the way the waves fanned out as the sun peaked over the horizon at 6:15am

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter

http://blog.avernus.com.au/bilgola-bank-busters/

Plateau

The Bilgola Shelf

Standing in water half way up my shins and with a third eye on the waves pounding the it was a fine balance between getting my ass wet and waiting for the right wave to come over the plateau. Its lucky I got long legs ;) 'cause there were a few grab the shorts moments.

Bilgola is a great little spot with some lovely cliff lines and interesting seascapes, whilst +Rodney Campbell and +Debbie Mooney worked on the Bilgola Pool, I slipped and slid over the shelf trying to line up the sky with the desired foreground ;)

I have hit this image for the initial impact, I loved the almost nuclear green seaweed in the channel and the moment the morning light moves from the warm crimson tones to catching some of the blue as the day really takes hold – and of course that water that flows over like alien tentacles.

Basically its 3 frame blended shot but there is a few tricks in there to get to the end result .. but thats all boring stuff, just show me the picture ;)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 6s (neutral) 1/2s (under) and 5s (for the water flow)
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter

http://blog.avernus.com.au/plateau/

Gold Door

Gold Door - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Gold Door – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
7 shot panorama, non bracketed, i was feeling lazy and hoped the awesome sensor on the D750 woudl come to my rescue in the highlight department.. which it did :)
Techie exif data love..
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/2.5s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) adjusted to all kinds of funky angles to bend around the building…. and of course Rodney and his white socks …

sneaky sunday sunrise sessions
Perched upon a sweet looking headland was this rather large residence with a private access door right onto the rocks – with the white fence to prevent potential intoxicated guest from meeting a bad end at the foot of the cliffs..must be a hard life ;)

The fence was not looking much chop by it self however +Rodney Campbell was working hard to bring something to life with it. I opted for a some pano and sky action thinking that the sky and that cool weather worn door could work. Doors never fail, just about any shot of a door works..that said, its gotta be one of my first :)

Rodney can be seen here in his trademark white socks photobombing my shot as usual ;) although he does add a point of interest.

7 shot panorama, non bracketed, i was feeling lazy and hoped the awesome sensor on the D750 woudl come to my rescue in the highlight department.. which it did :)
Techie exif data love..
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 1/2.5s
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) adjusted to all kinds of funky angles to bend around the building…. and of course Rodney and his white socks …