Botany Bay

the underside

The many breakwalls placed in Botany bay to try and prevent sand shift and loss create a strange view but also do create neat photo ops and also handy fishing outcrops for those so interested in catching fish 🙂

At low tide you can see all the cool little sea creatures that have also turned up to make the basalt boulder wall their home, unfortunately its also slippery as a freshly greased bearing so one must take care not to slip over.

This image is a kind of panorama, i took one image for the foreground at an exposure to get the detail in the rocks and another exposure captured for the sky in particular to maintain the highlights on the clouds. I was too lazy to bother bracketing each one 🙂 and the post processing was as simple as stitching the two together and some manual blending to get the exposure correct between the images.

D750 coupled with Nikkor16-35 f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/3s and 6s (or thereabouts) for the foreground
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Hoya CPL.

Here I'll stand, and here I'll stay

Let the storm rage on

For those in the know, or should i just say, if you have a child around the age of 6, then these words would be pretty familiar. Its a excerpt from the song "Let it Go" in the Disney's animated movie Frozen.

I hear this song about.. 15 times a day now, so i pretty well know the lyrics off by heart 😉 But, I gotta say, I can't get it out of my head now, those chaps and ladies at Disney who write these things have a lot to answer for , damn catchy tunes which just stick in your head. Next I will be doing the movements!

Anyway, i found the words seemed to fit with this image, originally starting life as a 6 shot panorama it was then cropped down to get to the view you now see and mixed with a little bit of gerry's special sauce processing and voilà there you have it. The little nav aid standing out there, just where it will stay, while teh storm (or fog) rages on 😉

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x


Probably not the best to compare a bunch of poles in the bay with ones family, however when I took it, i had them in mind 😉

On the left we have my wonderful partner in crime, in da middle is chaos and on the right tickles aka mayhem.

I really gotta break this minimalist phase.. every where i look at the moment everything seems.. cluttered 🙂 my new challenge is to portray clutter with a sense of minimalism 😉 now thats a task worth tackling 🙂

Originally a 4 shot panorama, the images cropped down to about 3 landscape orientation images to get the right positioning of the poles within the frame, oh btw, the rule of third gods will be pleased with me 😉

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 48mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO 100
Out front – nada…

+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Tony Phillips +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D

Even when things seem hopeless, always persevere

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 247.7s ISO 100 Out front - Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Lee Bigstopper

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 247.7s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Lee Bigstopper

Life throws alot of things at you, some good, some bad.. in the absence of any useful advice, persevere is the only course of action…well thats what I reckon anyway 😉

Cruising down the parade at Sans Souci on the edge of Botany bay things seemed pretty dire from the photographic perspective; the clouds were heavy, rain was falling and sandy shore and picnic areas were littered with rubbish providing that extra incentive to drive on..

However in the face of crap-ville (photographically speaking, Sans Souci is not really that bad 😉 ) I pulled up at the carpark that I had found on google maps just near the ruins of a old sea pool / shark net..damn i love google maps, its like a treasure trove of stuff that when viewed from a dinky little satellite could be either nothing or something, in any case, without the maps i would not be there 🙂

I donned the rain coat and whacked my camera rain cover (code for plastic ziplock bag and rubber band) on and headed out into the rain. The location is actually pretty cool, fitting well with my minimalist phase 🙂 there are a number of old poles which previously held some kind of shark net which just make for awesome subjects.

I forgot my freaking polariser which would have helped a bit in this scene, but, one must deal with these kind things…

Single shot, long exposure, the rain cloud had just passed and engulfed the opening of Botany Bay, i took a test shot, of 3 minutes, in which time a small wave sunk my tripod, so this was the second take on the shot

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 247.7s
ISO 100
Out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.6x and Lee Bigstopper