Dragon's Perch

This small trail of rocks etched out of the sand at Collaroy reminded me of a kids fairy tale of a place where a dragon should be sitting, right out there on that rocky outcropping, ready to lunge and eat up any child who did not bring home their lunch containers… i'm looking at you here Chaos 🙂 . Scene is complete with greenish yellow dragon poo, aka seaweed 🙂

The overcast conditions and the 267s exposure time left the scene with a soft glow and completely removed that lady (who I would call crazy) swimming out in the murky seaweed infested water 🙂

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 267s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee bigstopper, Lee 0.9x graduated filter and Hoya Circular Polariser

Manly Pipes

Boom!!.. double bunger pipes

I am surprised that these outflow pipes still exist here, given that Manly is one the top tourist spots of Sydney I would have thought they would have moved or found another solution for them… oh well, it gives the local photographers something I guess

D750 coupled with Nikkor16-35 f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 218s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Lee Bigstopper

Buried

A bit like the 80' music that I have been listening to whilst editing the image, which is 3 long exposure shots stitched together into a panoramic format. 80's music is just something which will never be repeated (probably for the best) but has also, i reckon anyway, produced some the most awesome music, film clips and of course hair! I just finished watching 'Countdown' by Europe and man, they should be advertising shampoo and conditioner! The hair flicks, the makeup and leather pants just scream the 80's 🙂 I did follow this up with Alice Cooper's 'Poison'.. hit after hit which the teeny boppers of today just can't compete with 🙂
Don't get me started on Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi 🙂 Don't stress though, I did get to some quality rock ballads by U2 🙂

Anyways, here is Manly's (Sydney NSW) outflow pipes, I have always wanted to grab a few pictures of these, I had a particular image in my head which this one kinda ended up as but was hoping for a bit more cloud action.

It was a bit tricky to get these to stitch without getting some funky bending distortion, I even used a nodal rail to help, next time I will take several steps back and use the 24-70 to get more of a 'flatter' panoramic rather than a wide angle.
D750 coupled with Nikkor16-35 f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 144.2s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Lee Bigstopper

Smooth Botany Bay

Somebody went and whacked a bunch of nets on my lovely isolated, minimal poles 🙁 oh well, on the bright side, you can now swim here without the fear of being chomped by a narky sharky.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 272.4 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.6x) and Lee Bigstopper and Hoya CPL.

Crazy Dreams

under the moon

It's like you can see the end and you know the road is crumbling, but there is nowhere else to go..

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 68.9 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.6x)

Stillness within the noise

sometimes, if you just wait long enough, all the noise just disappears into a sea of stillness.

on another equally depressing note, I just finished watching that 4 Corners report on hunting in South Africa, irrespective of whether you agree with it, think that its a good way to fund the increase in rhinos populations or whatever, i just cannot get it around my head the fact that people get enjoyment out of shooting an animal. Whether its a canned hunt, a ex-petting cub, or even just the cow you gonna eat, i just cannot see how one would get enjoyment out of killing an animal.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14and Shutter Speed: 245.9 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.6x) and the LEE fat stopper

Side-washed

Side Washed - (c) Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds 🙂 246.8 seconds to be exact
ISO 200
Out front – Lee Bigstopper, Hoya CPLand LEE GND (0.9x)

I have a whole bunch of titles for this one, but really the only appropriate one is side-washed, ’cause I did end up getting soaked from a incoming sneaky side wave 🙂 conveniently enough, the exposure had just finished when the wave hit so this is the resultant shot, not my favorite from a long shot, but I will remember it 🙂

It did also provide a good incentive to actually give my camera bag and other non electronic items a good run thru the washing machine, so i now have a bag that smells like daisy’s, rather than stinky dad smell, as coined by Chaos 😉 ..I have to admit it did smell a bit like back sweat 😉

Cheers to the Rodney, Tom and Kitten for the company, was good to meet up and we must do it again 🙂

Exif love 😉
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: lotsa seconds 🙂 246.8 seconds to be exact
ISO 200
Out front – Lee Bigstopper, Hoya CPLand LEE GND (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)

Poled

Botany Bay

I think I broke every rule here 🙂 central composition… disobeyed rule of thirds … man i am a rebel 😉

Its actually a 2 shot vertical panorama, I wanted that tall slim orientation (a bit like me 😉 ) with alittle beach, some nice turquoise water and the fog/rain clouds overhead…

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 111.1s
ISO 100
Out front – no filters, the storm clouds were my graduated ND and the grey overcast pre sunrise dullness was my ND

The path that time forgot

There is always a light side and a dark side to life, just like gaffa tape 🙂

These tessellated rocks are just near the ocean pool on the southern end of Whale Beach, its crazy how this stuff forms (geologically), it also reminds me of similar (albeit much larger) ones down near Coalcliff, nonetheless, they do make for interesting patterns and in this case, paths.
I had made it to this point in the morning without getting wet feet and whilst waiting for this 5 minute exposure to finish a sneaky wave came up from behind the rock I was leaning on and left me with a wet shoe, i mean c'mon it was the last shot of the day…. 🙁

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f13 and Shutter Speed: 329.7s
ISO 125
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x, Lee Bigstopper ND filter and Hoya CPL

Hope

Stormy Sunrise over little bay..with a glimmer of hope.

hey look +Kitten KaboodleInc, there's another stick of death that I could do a selfie on 😉

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 308.5s
ISO 250
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x, Lee Bigstopper ND filter and Hoya CPL