Its closing in

Closing in - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Closing in – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 168s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Lee Bigstopper

The only reason I got to see this tree , let alone photograph it was due to work (which I am sitting her currently doing, the joys of on call) with a little luck (as strange as it may seem 🙂 ) I may not revisit this location for quite some time, however in the meantime its a location with many memories and still plenty of un-processed images sitting on the harddrive. I am sure down the track I will get to several of the other images that are tagged ‘to do’ but for now as the night closes out and morning approaches – a image to match my mood.

Single image, long exposure, processed exclusively in +Adobe Photoshop using the +Nik Collection by Google
(I did add the border in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 🙂 )

Techie love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 168s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Lee Bigstopper

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

Emotion

Tree - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Tree – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
Panorama – 3 frames (non bracketed) stitched together in Adobe PS CC2014
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.0s
ISO:100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

After being fortunate enough to get to the Focus Awards (http://goo.gl/hBQtGQ) on the weekend (Thanks Ray for the tix), there was a very interesting talk by David Oliver (http://www.davidoliver.com.au/) regarding the idea of creating emotion in a image, this was quite insightful but also quite confusing since as a concept, emotion in landscapes is one tricky concept. For landscape images that have a person or human connection this idea of emotion can be more easily achieved, but a landscape with no human elements and true in the sense of a landscape this idea just about escapes me. Looking at the winning images, which are all quite stunning I feel the term mood could be used in place of emotion for a landscape, particularly where there there is no person or human connection.
I also think the mood is something a bit different to the ‘wow factor, for me a image that makes me go wow is often a result a of the initial impact, often generated by distinct processing or colour, the mood however is something which is more on the lasting side then initial impact, for me the wow factor/initial impact often wears off as I analyse a image and dissect it. The mood, however is something that develops and improves with the age of viewing the image, a bit like a good wine 😉 take this example,

Hence, I have promised myself, at the very least for the next few weeks while I remember 🙂 I am going to try and look at a landscape with the specific purpose of capturing and conveying this idea of ‘a mood’ – now exactly how I am gonna do this is, I am unsure of, but it would seem the use of light and selective application of light and often not what you can see but what you can’t is something that can go a long way to getting this mood…. So, here’s a image which i think has no mood in it 🙂 I like it, but I am not happy with it, for me it rates a little better than a snap. It has my favourite element, a single tree but is missing something.. here is a image that I think has mood, but, its created by peeps 🙂 http://blog.avernus.com.au/park-life-2/

How would you generate mood in a frame like this? long exposure it? BW conversion? selfie? I did try a BW conversion, but I can’t bring myself to destroy the colour….

Techie love:
Panorama – 3 frames (non bracketed) stitched together in Adobe PS CC2014
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.0s
ISO:100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

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

Nothing lasts forever

Nothign Lasts forever - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Nothign Lasts forever – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/14 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s
ISO:100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

time is nigh
I do like bold and punchy landscapes, however from time to time I come across a scene where saturation, even as it may well be in reality, does not quite match the scene and also the mood.
This scene of the mangrove appearing to be on the final straight I think needed a saturation level that matched the mood, whilst the pre-sunset colours were shaping up nicely and there was some very tidy warm colours in the upper part of the sky I chose to desaturate the image so that the colour did not detract from the composition, particularly the roots in the foreground.

I found the punchy bold coloured version left me as a viewer missing some of the finer detail, like the texture in the roots and left me in a confused state (not hard on a good day) about the intent.

Techie love:
I actually bracketed this shot and merged the frames, but in revisiting it, i found the single neutral frame was all goo, in terms of dynamic range, the sensor in this camera (D750) is certainly a improvement to that of my older camera (D7000)
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/14 and Shutter Speed: 1.3s
ISO:100
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

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

Bold

Bold - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Bold – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
Techie love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/13s
ISO 640
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

yet shedding
Sneaky Wednesday Sessions at Beachmere, I had a hour to smash before hopping on a burner to come home, I wish I had more time to explore other areas, like Bribie Island and a bit further north but alas not this time.
There is something relaxing about doing a seascape shoot and i find it quite therapeutic after a long day, the sensation of mud, shells and water under foot (excluding that fing sharp oyster shell – needs another session in the washing machine) washed all the worries away (except for that one that i better not be late to grab the plane)

Its a popular tree and I had wanted to visit another tree nearby , however upon closer inspection it would appears its fallen on its bum…so that one was out ( you can see it here
http://blog.avernus.com.au/solitude/)

For this shot I needed a quick shutter to freeze some of that water, rather than a blurry mess, which, btw looks alright, hence i need to bump the iso abit to keep things at f13 since i now know that the 16-35 is crap at f4 😉

I timed it to get that dinky little leaf, but was a bit too slow, I really wanted it further up in he frame oh well..the CPL was key here to get some clarity thru the water.

Techie love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/13s
ISO 640
Out front: Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya Circular Polariser.

man that tilt screen is worth every cent… 🙂

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

Pastel Paradise

A prelude to the image within this post :
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/9JtSDbseytS
This shot was the first one from the evening and when the pinks of the sun going down over my left shoulder were most intense.

This was certainly a tricky image to process, 3 shot panorama with each shot bracketed, there were no filters used and as such the dynamic range was still fairly high and I really wanted to preserve the shadows on the mud yet maintain that pastel pink, which is exceptionally easy to lose even when the frame correctly exposed (hence why i often use minus0.5 bais on the exposure).

However fun only started when trying to stitch this bracketed shot, even with some good overlap between images it always resulted in some serious mismatch in the tree resulting in multiple tree trunks ;( Thus an alternative method was needed, I loaded each bracketed shot into a stack and manually blended the frames, this had to be carefully done to maintain a nice even exposure over the three frames of the panorama this was then flattened and then pano merged with PS photomerge, alas some parts of the horizon were a bit wonky, luckily in PS with the photomerge it lets you adjust the actual parts of the photomerge blends, consequently after some manual blending of the panorama frames it was looking better, ie straight horizon etc 🙂

from then on, a simple matter to preserve the tones and process per my usual style.

Manually blended and manually stitched 🙂 nothing like doing it all ya self 🙂

Next time I'll be sure to simply use the Lee Graduated filter to save using multiple bracketed frames 🙂

3 frame (bracketed) panorama
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 20mm- Aperture: f/11 and Shutter Speed: 1/10, 1/45 & 1/3 seconds
out front – absolutely nothing but gerry madly wiping the lens to get the condensation off it 😉

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.

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.

Learn the Lesson

View Large and fill that 16:9 screen with what its meant to be filled with – panorama love 🙂

A number of lessons I learnt (or re-learnt) on this day 😉 1) A camera lens continue to fog up for a good 15 or 20 minutes if it has been stored in a airconditioned room at 18 degrees then brought out in the QLD winter weather that is 27degrees (yeah thats winter lol) – and that was with only 50% humidity! doh.
2) just because its mud does not mean the oyster shells don't hurt any less when you walk on them in bare feet 😉 3) Damn mozzies in QLD are freakin insane..wear insect repellant fullstop.

I love this tree, its so photogenic, i would walk over oyster shells with no shoes to even photograph it, oh wait… i did that 😉

My last visit to this awesome spot was timed at high tide, see here:
https://plus.google.com/100975265940134223422/posts/d7AcfUcRSop
This time it was low tide and I had 40 minutes or so to burn so I took the opportunity to get out on the mud flat and get up close to my favorite tree – rest assured, I will be back for more when the opportunity arises 🙂

I think this is a great example of image that you can take without any special equipment, this was with no filters, no polariser, no bracketed shots – it was simply the right time of day with the right light and right place.

Techie data:
3 shot panorama (probably should have added a few frames for some more overlap – but i was being carried away by mozzies)

D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 19mm- Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 4 seconds
out front – absolutely nothing but gerry madly wiping the lens to get the condensation off it 😉

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

Graveyard

I can only imagine what this place looked like 50 years ago, all those other mangroves would have looked awesome when still standing.

Hopefully I will get to revisit this location at low tide soon which will create an entire different feel to the images.

techie stuff:
D7000 coupled with 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 185.5s
out front – LEE bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

Suggestions, comments and improvements? they are always warmly welcomed!

Last man tree standing

View large, its a crime to only look at the thumbnail 🙂

Pretty much the first shots of the morning, as you clamber over dead wood dodging spider webs laid out over night this is the first isolated tree out in the bay. The tide was coming in, which I noticed very quickly since between the first shot and last shot of this pano the tripod was being inundated. The second issue was after the first shot the mozzies tracked me down and proceeded to make a meal of my legs..and it was certainly a serious meal ;(

It was only about 30 minutes before sunrise but the subtle hues of the blue night sky and the golden horizon were disappearing fast, this image was made from 3 landscape orientation images stitched together in PS CC.

techie stuff:
D7000 coupled with 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 30s
out front – LEE bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

I do appreciate all the feedback people leave and do very much appreciate those who go out of their way to critique and provide suggestions to my images.
I do try and at respond to everyone 🙂 Rest assured I am always checking out my commenters streams (when i probably should be doing something else 🙂 ) even when I don't directly respond 🙂

Solitude

A state of isolation or seclusion – well i would have felt like this at this location however I had enough mosquitoes to literally carry me away.

Pretty much cloudless except for a few fluffies wandering past but i still liked the pastel tones coming off the predawn sun.

techie stuff:
D7000 coupled with 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 229s
out front – LEE bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser (just 'cause i would have had to swat 15 billion mosquitoes whilst getting it off 🙂 )

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

Thankyou to you all who comment and plus my posts, I do appreciate it and do try and at respond to everyone 🙂 Rest assured I am always checking out my commenters streams (when i probably should be doing something else 🙂 )