Lone Tree

Sometimes sunrise is not overly spectacular and there are no colourful clouds, however on the flipside you often end up with really nice hues in the direction away from the rising sun.

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.

Peaks

I had a very enjoyable first visit to Crescent Head on the mid north coast of NSW, lots a really cool spots with very interesting rocks, even met a another crazy photographer nut out in the rain :)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f20
Shutter Speed: 10s
Out front – Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9X

Storm

I got very wet this day, in the space of a few minutes a front of rain crept up behind me and and dumped a load, then to add insult to injury the sun came out :(

It was very dark and the sun was trying it's hardest to pierce the clouds, it was meant to be a larger panorama, but the edges just sucked out some the juiciness from the headland and sunrise :)

Exif love:
4 landscape orientation shots stitched together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16
Shutter Speed: 4s
Out front – Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9X

We all bleed

We all Bleed - (C) Gerard Blacklock

We all Bleed – (C) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.9x)

I saw on some news/photography website yesterday that the famous ‘Philosophers Tree’ had been cut down by the farmer who owned the land where the tree was. If you have never seen a image of this tree, be sure to do a quick google and check it out, it is a wonderful subject, or at least it was.

Sadly, the reason for chopping it down, was ( it appears) partly due to the fact that so many photographers trespassed on his land..

Pretty sad state of affairs, but if that is the case, i cannot blame him, just shows you can love a tree to death I suppose.

So, in memory of the Philosophers Tree, here is my tribute, a shot taken when I was searching for those lone mangrove trees (https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/QcPubRyxLiS).

it was also between getting rained on, eaten by mozzies and contemplating just getting the car and grabbing a coffee instead.. i would have, but the coffee shop was not open yet :(

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.9x)

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

Some Rock in the Ocean

with his little friend way out there

There is nothing quite like a lonely rock in the water and the sun trying to smash its way though.

It's always interesting to see the phases ones photography goes thru and how sometimes one gets stuck ;) what I like about this image is that it manages to isolate the rock without a super long exposure and maintain that dreamy feel to the frame, the sun peaking though just topped it off. The shot is a bracketed shot since the foreground was quite dark, particularly the closest side of the rock, given the flat horizon it was a very easy blend to increase the dynamic range.

Exif love:
2 images blended together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.6s sky and 8s for teh shadows
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

Gap

hello little sunrise, fancy seeing you here

There was a brief moment this morning when it actually felt like sunrise, for a few fast minutes the sun crept out from behind the clouds and said hello.. then disappeared … and then it rained… again.

I sat in this spot trying to get the right composition and avoid getting rained on for quite some time, finally I worked out that I needed to be in the water to get the right perspective, so I battled a river of seaweed and the shifting stands and all in all it was rather fortuitous since all that time stuffing around the sun finally came out.

Note, seaweed around a tripod leg can create some mad vibrations in the tripod when under some strong current ;)

Exif love:
3 shot panorama (landscape orientation)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 10s
ISO 100

Swirl

I did plan to hit this place for a completely different reason, there is a cool channel near here which during the December month lines up with the sunrise. I did get it last year, but was not overly happy with the result… its amazing that a whole year has gone past since then, damn it went fast! anyways, so I thought I would go back, however rather than capture it with a bunch of clouds and very little sunrise, I really want to get a nice sunrise with some cool colour, hence, it will have to wait.. probably until this time next year lol.

On the upside, whilst it was rainy and cloudy the tide was fairly low (and coming in) which meant this nearby rockshelf had quite nice conditions with the waves spilling over the shelf. The scale is a bit deceptive, its actually quite larger than it looks, if you look carefully you can see a crazy fisherman stick out there on the left where they hang onto whilst catching breakfast ;)

This particular image is a 3 shot panorama, 3 landscape orientation images at 21mm, it took a bit of time to get the same wave action in each frame such that when it stitched it did not end up with funny join lines. Its not perfect but still somewhat acceptable.

Exif love:
3 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 21mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE GND (0.6x)

Pinlight of hope

its a bit like that small amount of hope in the back of your head when sitting in the dentists chair that it 'aint gonna hurt… but it then gets squashed…;) damn I hate going to the dentist ;)

The sun made a brief appearance on this particular morning before succumbing to the thick blanket of clouds.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 15s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL