Rush to the bottom

Rush to the bottom - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Rush to the bottom – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8and Shutter Speed: 1s (neutral frame) 1/4s under exposed frame and 4s (over exposed frame)
out front – screw in circular polariser and the bottom quarter of the National Falls (the lower drop)

to swirl for what may seem like an eternity
Some might say that of some of our prestigious politicians 😉

I love this scene and the madness that is the water smashing on the rocks followed by the slow swirl around looking for the next way to the lowest energy point. Isn’t that one of the many laws governing the universe..? everything tends to the minimum state of energy 🙂

Another great set of falls close to Sydney, the National Falls, rather than try and convey the falls in their entirety and capture the scale and size, i chose to create a frame which had a few key elements and used the falls as the kicker. Sometimes visiting a location a number of times actually forces me to see things differently rather than hit things with the same brush which I think works.

This was created using 3 bracketed frames, in hindsight it could have been done using just one neutrally exposed frame, however I used the over exposed and under exposed frames just to take the edge off the shadows and the highlights, with the blend, rather than a full blend it was at about 50% opacity and heavily feathered…anyways thats getting a bit detailed for this time of the evening 🙂

Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8and Shutter Speed: 1s (neutral frame) 1/4s under exposed frame and 4s (over exposed frame)
out front – screw in circular polariser and the bottom quarter of the National Falls (the lower drop)

Thank you to those who stop by, look and comment, it is very much appreciated even when I don’t get time to reply 🙂

Heart Shaped Falls

its a jungle in there!
View large or go home 😉
Well you may not be able to see the heart shape from this angle, however rest assured, this little set of falls has been coined by +O. Sydney and from his composition, lower and and the left, it does resemble a Heart 🙂

The light was coming and going as the clouds roared over head and intermittent spurts of rain fell, this gave the opportunity to catch the shot whilst some areas were nicely illuminated giving that dappled type of light.

This style of processing and capturing images is becoming pretty standard for me and I think I do need to branch out and try something alittle different 🙂 Panorama image with a total of 5 frames stitched together, each frame bracketed to capture the full dynamic range, which you can see in the upper falls in the top of the image. As usual, manually blended to achieve the lighting that I recall seeing.

5 shot Panorama (bracketed)
Techie data:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 19mm – Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 31.5 (normal frame) 1/3s dark frame) and 6 s (bright frame)
ISO 100
Out front: Hoya Circular Polariser, lots of rocks, slippery ones, some vines and a trickle of water 🙂

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

It's a jungle out there

and a complex one , no straight lines or an order simply millions of years to just randomly arrange stuff. The lower portion of National Falls can be seen in the top left of the image and whilst its probably less than a 100 metrees away as the crow flies, it felt like a lifetime away given the boulders and vines between us and it.

I included +O. Sydney straddling the slippery ass rocks whilst composing the 'Heart falls' (as coined by +O. Sydney) to give an idea of the scale of the scene – otherwise it simply loses perspective.

Techie love:
4 frame panorama (single images)
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/11 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 4s
Out front: Circular Polariser, vines and bigass boulders…

Natural Frame

After spending quite sometime wandering around the lower part of the falls looking for a darn tree to frame the lower falls, this tree just jumped out and said frame me 🙂 Pure gnarliness – its like nature just knew what to do to make a nice image.

Once again, nature, 3.5 stars for you!

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