The world doesn’t change in front of your eyes, it changes behind your back.

Sunset- (C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Thursday Burn – Sydney Park Skyline

Thursday Burn-(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

Thursday Burn-(C) 2019 Gerard Blacklock, all rights reserved

There is alot of pain in the world, but this week seems a bit worse, in the space of a couple days in Oz we have a had:

A crazy crash on the M5 motorway killing one child in a car with another one not far off – drove past that in the opposite direction and i wondered how anyone would walk away from that (3 cars and a truck).
One of two twins dying in their parents bed, the second fithing for their life still..
2 young children, toddler and baby perishing in a locked car (QLD) and another in a separate car…

Long Jetty Sunset

ya gotta view this one large!

I used a pano head to capture the shots which made it alot easier to stitch the frames together, in this case I used PTGUI, however even with the pano head there where still a few dodgy stitch errors, one you can see if you zoom next to the sun you can see the horizon is not quite perfectly aligned (did not notice this until it was all finished :( ), however another issue was the slight misalignment of the jetty poles and also the distortion in them, even after using PS adaptive wide angle to correct the image and straighten things up there was still some funny bent jetty poles, not that bad, but just enough to be annoying. I used a new technique (for me) to tweak this, I used the liquidify filter in PS to just to squeeze the poles back to a straight profile, worked relatively well i reckon .

Exif love:
5 landscape orientation shots stitched together (each shot is bracketed 0EV and -3EV)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16
Shutter Speed: 4s
Out front – Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9X

Mosquito heaven

Mozzie Heaven - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds :) was about 4.5 minutes – 306 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

I love mangroves and particularly the lonely trees you often find, what I don’t like is the mosquito’s, I don’t think I have ever seen a swarm of mozzies like I did when was at this place.
Trying to prevent them from eating every inch of uncovered skin was hard enough, but to make matters worse lots of them just planted themselves on the front filter.
Whatever animals eat mozzies, birds? we need more of them.. lots more and they need to come out for sunrise

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds :) was about 4.5 minutes – 306 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

End of the line chaps

End of the Line Chaps - (c) Gerard Blacklock

End of the Line Chaps – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 273.2s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

careful where you put those toes..

I need to have a word to the engineer who cobbled this up, firstly, ya coulda made it just that little bit wider, surely rubble ain’t that expensive ;) – lucky i don’t suffer from vertigo (don’t fret, that’ll come
) cause i reckon i would been in the drink if I did.

Secondly, and this is probably pretty obvious, but when I do fall in its gonna be kinda hard to get out with those nicely smoothed sides.

Exif love ;)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 273.2s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Bigstopper and LEE GND (0.9x)

Jetty

long

I learnt two things from a nice old bloke who I met at the very end of this jetty. 1) you can catch some awesome prawns here smile emoticon (but don't tell anyone else :) ) 2) They shipped houses over on barges to get to the suburb of 'Long Jetty' – no prizes for the reason why they called it Long Jetty.
Its always great to meet a local, they can really give a insight into a place that can't be had from reading stuff online or in tourist literature. The other interesting point he made was regarding all the weeds in the water, which extended out past the end of this jetty, apparently these are only fairly recent (that could be 20 years given the age of this bloke ;) ) and are a result of increased nutrients in the water from surrounding suburbs.

I gotta say, these jetty's (and this one is one of the shorter ones) are really really long and looking at them from someone who has never been there before they seem kinda strange, however given that they were typically built back in the 1940's era when there was no access road to area and there was no bridge to the north it makes sense since everything was barged/boated in. It's a cool legacy to have and I bet all the local hobby fishermen love these jettys to go out and fish on.

Now that I know where this spot is now, I'll be sure to visit again, its actually not far off the freeway and makes for a great spot to spot on the way back from up the coast.

Exif love:
5 landscape orientation frames frames stitched together
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 35mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

The final Moments

like a baby drifting off to sleep
Ya might as well view this large since it really should be viewed in full pano glory ;)

I never was much of a kid person ;) however one of the defining moments for me was (and still is) holding my child (and not so recently version 1 – Chaos) and rocking her to sleep. I love the moments as I gently rock, pat and sooth (i am pretty good at that now ;) ) and every now and then I catch her eye and a sly smile erupts from her only to have her bury her face in my shoulder – I know sleep is close – this reminds me of the final moments of a beautiful sunset before it disappears for another day. Sleep tight little tickles.

As for Chaos, when she goes to sleep now, its like a tornado going thru the house ;) (in a good way of course) I guess I'll have to photograph one of those soon ;)

There was not much in the way of clouds this day, however the small amounts of clouds and the classic QLD evening turned on a very nice show of warm and cool colours all within the space of several minutes.

Techie data:
3 shot bracketed panorama (3 sets of 3 images, manually blended together)
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm- Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.5s, 1/6s & 3s
out front – nothing but some light fog

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

The Shelly Culprit

Beachmere
A variation on the recent subject tree, in this case I really wanted to portray what I had just spent the last 15 minutes walking over, a mix shells delicately placed in the mud by the recently receding tide.

3 shot manually blended image
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm- Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 4, 8 &15 seconds
out front – absolutely nothing

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

Shooting Sunsets with Chaos

Dunbogan
Normally for me photography is a opportunity to gain some solice, some time to myself, however this is often not possible with the family and two young girls. Hence I have taken to asking chaos (the older one) if she would like to come along and help, well I don't need to ask her twice.. :)

Soooo.. i think I can call it a success, time well spent with chaos and i did get a few shots I like out of it, which leads me to the next point – I did not actually press the shutter button for this panorama, chaos had control of the wireless remote and pressed it for the 12 shot bracketed pano :) so technically she probably holds part of the copyright :)

It was enjoyable, if not alittle frustrating :) instructions were given to press the shutter remote when I was ready and said so.. well she took immense enjoyment and plenty of giggles at pressing the shutter release midway me setting the shot up or swivelling the camera for the next bracket which left me with lots and lots of shots of random compositions :)

Anyway, this pano did work out ok, thanks for the laughs chaos.

Techie data:
12 shot bracketed panorama (4 sets of 3 images)
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 19mm- Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 0.5s, 1/8s & 2s
out front – LEE Graduated filter (0.9)

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.

Narrabeen – contemplation

After a very wet day there was little promise of a interesting sunset however I have wanted to check out this spot for sunset for sometime and since I was in the area I thought I would give it a go. I reckon its probably one of the most photographed seascape locations in sydney and its hard not to see why, a nice sea pool, a great gorge in the rocks (which is next on the cards for me) and Turimetta just next door :)

Conveniently positioned people adds a little interest and there has the slightest hint of colour before it return to a dark and gloomy finish to the day.

Panorama made up of 4 landscape shots stitched in CC.
D7000 coupled with 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/4s
out front was the LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser