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.


Ever since starting out in photography I have pretty well used the same program (Nikon's CNX2) to edit the majority of my images , i use Photoshop a fair bit now and Lightroom even more, but given the fact that Nikon CNX has gone the way of the dodo I have been trying to ween myself off it, sadly, the more I do, the more I realise the few simple functions that CNX (and the Nik Plugins) can simply not be replaced (with the same ease) in either lightroom of Photoshop, now photoshop smashes all over CNX2 but the key point here is the ease and speed of use, for which CNX kills them (for me anyways).

So, in another step towards removing myself from the addiction with CNX2 I am trying to edit a fewlandscape/seascape image solely in Lightrrom and achieve a result that I am happy with. Now I typically use Lightroom for most of my family shots but these typically only have global adjustments and a few control points so its all good, however my landscape stuff can often have a few more complex steps involved. This image is from LIttle Austinmer which I have solely edited in LR – i now note that this has a few benefits, one of which is the reduction overall noise in the final image, I guess going from one program to the next does increase noise…

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 8s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

Some rock on the north coast

Its so cool when you go out to a location for the first time and you find all these kind of weird and unique geological gems, i do start to think about how and why they formed this way but then the time scales boggle me and my head hurts, I then finally just enjoy it. This is a rock on a little secluded beach up on the north coast where you are pretty well guaranteed to be the only person around – but you do have to share it with the snakes and spiders 🙂

4 shot panorama (landscape orientation)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL & GND


view large to see the pain only those who do not live in the blues point tower have to suffer
I wonder if anyone asked…"so whats this highrise gonna look like? will it spoil the view of anything in the harbour?……………..like the operahouse or bridge?" 🙂

I will welcome the day that this piece of building (Blues Point Tower) is gutted and filled explosive ready to be brought back down to the earth, then I will come back here take a much much nicer picture 😉

That is unless someone who lives there offers me a spot for New Years Eve 2015 😉 then I might consider retracting my opinion. 😉

In the meantime, when I get a bit more time and my photochop sklills are a bit better, I am gonna clone that building out and see what the view would really look like.

It will also be very interesting to see the view in a few years when the Barangaroo site is complete.

This was the last of only a couple of sneaky shots i managed to fit in before dinner, I would have loved to get a few more images as the blue hour really developed, however reality and kids bath time takes priority 🙂

Pretty easy going image, 6 landscape orientation images stitched together, its one of the few times I have used the LEE 0.6 graduated filter, normally I opt for the stronger 0.9 filter.

6 shot Panorama
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 55mm – Aperture: f/9.5 and Shutter Speed: 15 seconds
out front – LEE 0.6 Graduated Filter
Out to the right – sunset 🙂

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


An alternative view to the recent Cecil Hill series, rather than de-saturate the frame in this case i have accentuated the natural colour of the cracked dry earth and very recently bulldozed embankment.

Thanks to +Ian Browne for some great feedback on the previous shot which made me revisit a similar shot from the evening.

As with the previous image, this could be mistaken for being out west somewhere, not in the heart of western sydney a mere hour drive (pending traffic chaos) to the beach.

Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 17mm Aperture: f/8 Shutter 30 seconds
out front – LEE Graduated Neutral Density Filter

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

Adele Falls

One of three very quaint falls located at Lawson – these are excellent since they are not the most visited falls, like Leura Cascades or Wentworth falls, this equates to more time and room to move if your taking photos 😉

What I am really enjoying with waterfall shots is the fact that you often have to work pretty hard to find a really good composition or for that matter a original one, now throw in slippery rocks, rain, branches and a guaranteed challenge of not have a nice spot to plonk one's tripod and things get really interesting 🙂

At this time of day the Adele falls had the sunlight streaming off the top of the falls after 5 minutes of clambering around the falls i came across this position, after alittle branch housekeeping and with the falls dripping on me and my cap covering the camera I took this frame and also another selfie (but i'll save that for later 🙂 ), prolly too many 'and's in that sentence 😉

Techie data:
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm- Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 30s
out front -Hoya screw in circular polariser and neutral density filter (3 stops).

Sky Nodules

It was like the sky from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – the scene was encased in this envelope of cloud that reminded me of the sound proofing foam you get with the nodules looking like they would drip away in any second.

D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm (11mm) @ f16 ans 3 seconds with Lee Graduated filter (with sea spray included for free) and circular polariser.

The warm tones on the clouds were very subtle, it was a warm glow rather than a red burn and thus have tried to preserve the subtley and texture in the processing. A single frame taken to accentuate the water flow and capture one of the many sweet looking rocks at low tide whilst on the backdop of a nodular (ohh yeah.. bet ya never used that word before:) ) sky

I appreciate the comments that people leave and I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed!