Wanaka Nudgee Tree

breath

So, if you do a google search for 'wanka tree' (yes even with the incorrect spelling as I did 🙂 not deliberately either ) google throws you straight to a bunch of spectacular images of the famous tree in NZ, along with a few tours, on the other hand if you google 'nudgee tree' you get a few very nice images and mostly adverts for tree removal services 😉

Hence, here's my push for some tourist love for the Nudgee tree, rather than jostle with the 20 or so togs you will be with at the Wanaka Tree in NZ, you can have this one all to your self and if your feeling a little lonely just omit the inspect repellent fora whole bunch of instant friendships 🙂 you can have it with mud, or in a knee deep water, at sunrise or sunset.. the possibilities are endless 🙂

Exif love:
two shots blended together using luminosity masks
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 20s and 8 s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL, Lee graduated filter 0.6x

Ripples R us

Gerry vs mosquito's

gerry: 1
Mosquito's: 1

The tide has turned, both literally and also in the battle between mankind and the flying stinger of pain bug, the mozzie. Last time I came here I got hammered by mozzies, this time, i came prepared with DDT strength insect repellent 😉 On that note, the key thing with insect repellent is not he strength of it, but more the application of it, even the low strength stuff has been shown to be really effective.. providing its applied correctly.

You really need to apply it everywhere, even on your clothing since these little buggers sting you thru tee-shirts. This time around, I only got nailed 3 times, which considering i was trudging thru mud ridden mangroves in the dark is pretty darn good, also with only one face plant with a spider too, my guard was down 😉

Another sneaky session looking sneaky lonely trees.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.6s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL, Lee graduated filter 0.6x

Brumby Heaven

In light of the recent discussions and decisions (?) about the culling of wild brumbies in the Apline areas of Australia, i figured this image would be a fitting addition.

I really know very little about the brumbies down in the Kosciuszko National Park (damn that name is hard to spell.. i get to the first 's' and it like wtf…) and to be honest know very little about horses in general, however this talk of the culling got me thinking about it a bit more, particularly when I watched a very interesting doco on the can burner (sometimes called a qantas 737) back from brisvegas. Whilst jammed into row 30 on this sardine can, which by the way.. row 30 is… the last darn row.. with no recline, and a seat pitch of about 3mm which results in me spending a very uncomfortable hour and half with my knees around my ears, thankyou qantas for your automatic seat selection – maybe select seats based on pax size?). Back to the story, i selected this doco on Iceland which had a fair bit of stuff about the icelandic horses, most of which are wild and form a very integral part in the psyche of the people there, interestingly enough the animals are wild and roam the mountains areas (mostly in summer) and are brought back to the lowlands during winter after fowling where the farmers capture and break in new horses.

There are similarities between the horse in Iceland and the apline regions of Australia, both are introduced species and can be, at just about any age, domesticated, thats quite a interesting point, i don't think there is any other animal out there which can be domesticated after being in the wild half or more of its life..very cool (and useful)

Anyway, i don't think I am for the shooting cull of the brumbies in Australia, but obviously where they are damaging the natural environment and threatening other species clearly something needs to be done. Another interesting point about the horses in Iceland, one big reason they keep them wild is because it makes for a stronger more resilient horse than if one were to keep it in a paddock all year round, makes sense.. maybe this is one of the reasons why people want to keep the brumbies in the wild in australia, they must provide a very good stock of wild horses for people wanting great horses ?
I guess the diplomatic response to this would be reduce the numbers to a sustainable level thus ensuring you have some wild awesome brumbies but not enough to fundamentally damage the eco system.
Maybe capture the excess brumbies and send one off to each school in NSW 🙂 I know for sure my daughter would love a horse at school (maybe not that appropriate since its inner sydney 🙂 )

Anyways.. onto the imagery – heres a cool horse having a great time with its owner/rider at low tide.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/25s
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL, Lee graduated filter 0.6x

Hudgee Nudgee

Sometimes in life ya just get a result out, even if your not happy that its perfect

Thats gonna be my motto for the next day or so 😉 sometimes better to get a result out in a reasonable time frame then nothing at all…

I have a couple of shots from this morning similar to this one with various compositions etc, but have sat on them for quite a while, not quite happy with them, the sunrise is nice, but the composition is just not what I had in my head – hence whilst it is not what I necessarily wanted, better to get a result than none at all.

Exif love:
2 frames blended in PS
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 8s (over exp) 4s (normal exp)
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.6x) and Hoya CPL

Moreton Bay

The impossible light

Sometimes I see a shot and think that would be awesome, but achieving it from a technical stand point can be a bit of barrier, i suppose more correctly its probably a effort barrier now more than technical, i think this image sums that comment up nicely.

Its a 3 frame wide panorama and as you can probably imagine with the sun on one side and detail trees in the middle its a pretty high dynamic range scene, one that the human eyes sees and goes, 'wow sweet' 🙂 well mine do any way 🙂 but the poor old camera (even with its whizz bang technology) goes 'arrghh too much light and shadow whatcha doing to me? ' 🙂

So to help out the poor camera and in all honesty I did not really expect this shot to work out (to a level worth pursuing), I bracketed each shot, this left me with a 9 shot picture (3 frames bracketed (-3ev, 0, +3ev). I stitched up the panorama with the brackets as separate layers and then manually masked the bright and dark areas to increase the dynamic range, by this stage i was thinking the amount of effort is not quite proportional to the outcome, especially when comparing to the long exposure shot I took a few minutes afterwards (see here: https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/dUNKtPoh1Ay) the actually effort at the scene and also at the computer was significantly less for the linked image 🙂

anyway, it did all work to a level that at the very least deserved to be posted here on gplus 🙂

Exif love:
3 shot panorama (each frame bracketed)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 18s (over exp) 5s (normal exp) 1s (under exp)
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

We all bleed

We all Bleed - (C) Gerard Blacklock

We all Bleed – (C) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – LEE GND (0.9x)

I saw on some news/photography website yesterday that the famous ‘Philosophers Tree’ had been cut down by the farmer who owned the land where the tree was. If you have never seen a image of this tree, be sure to do a quick google and check it out, it is a wonderful subject, or at least it was.

Sadly, the reason for chopping it down, was ( it appears) partly due to the fact that so many photographers trespassed on his land..

Pretty sad state of affairs, but if that is the case, i cannot blame him, just shows you can love a tree to death I suppose.

So, in memory of the Philosophers Tree, here is my tribute, a shot taken when I was searching for those lone mangrove trees (https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/QcPubRyxLiS).

it was also between getting rained on, eaten by mozzies and contemplating just getting the car and grabbing a coffee instead.. i would have, but the coffee shop was not open yet 🙁

Exif love 😉
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
ISO 100
Out front – 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)