Alien Body snatcher

watch out for the giant the hand

those paying attention would have noticed that this feature, dubbed Mirador, is a repeat from the Sculptures by the sea a few years back ( )

Check it out here : https://plus.google.com/+GerardBlacklock/posts/g6PDoARQetK

Designed by University architecture graduates Ivana Kuzmonovska and Rachel Couper. Each part was modelled in Rhino 3D – just for all you CAD junkies out there 😉

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s
ISO 100
out front – crazy alien dome

Worship

Devlis Cauldron - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklocj

Devlis Cauldron – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklocj
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 25s
out front – nude worshiping sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch and my bike lamp (red)

the devils cauldron where ….

Another view of this tiny little sculpture.

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 25s
out front – nude worshiping sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch and my bike lamp (red)

Alcove of the Faceless

Faceless - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Faceless – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 103 s
out front – no filters..just some crazy sculpture.

watch your back
I walked past this sculpture at some silly hour of the night and nearly fell off the cliff when I saw it, it was tucked away in a little alcove near the path ready to freak out the average passerby.

After recovering from a near heart attack as a result of it, i thought this sculpture would look mad with a little extra in the lighting department, so 5 minutes later after dangling some EL wire and a little selective coloured lighting I found the already scary white sculpture took on a extra dimensions of freaky-ness..

With camera right up against the guard rail the D750 tilt screen came to the rescue – i do wish it could swivel though.. 🙂 anyway at least it meant i did not have to hang my ass over the cliff to compose the shot. .

Lightpainting:
EL wire on the ground, white LED torch selectively applied on the bushes in the background, Red coloured LED torch also selectively applied. The key to remember with the coloured torches is that different colours require differencet amount of exposure, for example the red light takes only a small amount to show up in the picture whereas green takes a bit more time to really get it to show up..I could probably bore you with the theory behind this..but really.. who gives a crap 😉

Techie love data
Single shot
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 103 s
out front – no filters..just some crazy sculpture.

All along the watchtower

All along THE Watch tower - (c) Gerard Blacklock

All along THE Watch tower – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 19mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 104.4s
out front – no filters..just some crazy tall cubby houses
Lightpainting: coloured LED torch

Simplicity is often the best when light painting, like any aspect of photography, its all about the light, get it right and it makes the scene, get it wrong and even a strong composition is gonna struggle.

I took this shot whilst walking between sculptures, it was late and very few people around, the sky was bright and the simple adding of some coloured light brought the sculpture alive.

This year with the sculptures I tried very hard ot take fewer shots and nail the single shot rather have to cull thru several shots for each sculpture i shot. This is one example, this is the only shot I took of this, no retakes or second chances 🙂

Techie love data
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 19mm Aperture: f/19 and Shutter Speed: 104.4s
out front – no filters..just some crazy tall cubby houses
Lightpainting: coloured LED torch

Dance to the edge punks

Dance to the Edge Punks - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Dance to the Edge Punks – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 180.2s
out front – no filters..just in need of some pole dancers…
Lightpainting: EL steps, chaos’s fairy wands, coloured LED torch and some very faint EL wire.

pick a podium and run with it
Probably not quite the original intention of the sculpture artist but hey…. I reckon it looks pretty mad 🙂

The full moon played some havoc with the Electroluminescent wire which meant I went for another look using some stronger lights and my classic footprints.

Techie love data
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 180.2s
out front – no filters..just in need of some pole dancers…
Lightpainting: EL steps, chaos’s fairy wands, coloured LED torch and some very faint EL wire.

 

The Punisher

The Punisher - (c) Gerard Blacklock

The Punisher – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 17mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 74.9s
out front – no filters..just a burly looking dude 🙂
Lightpainting: selective light with a pencil torch on the man, coloured LED torch from various angels and the moon as the perfect rim light.

the dude you want on your side

The moonlight (full moonage) on the sculptures turned the landscape into a totally different scene, hence it was only appropriate to utilise natures light painting in a way to craft a moody scene surrounding this sculpture.
Another great sculpture let down by the positioning, whilst it makes a great silhouette from down below lookign up on the little hill, it unfortunately is very hard to get a nice clean shot with all the crud in the background. Now that I think o fit…this could have been a great candidate for the prime platform position where the bamboo wind chimes currently are.

Techie love data
Single frame
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 17mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 74.9s
out front – no filters..just a burly looking dude 🙂
Lightpainting: selective light with a pencil torch on the man, coloured LED torch from various angels and the moon as the perfect rim light.

+Sculptures By The Sea

Tranquility in a sea of mud

Tranquility in a sea of mud - (c) Gerard Blacklock

Tranquility in a sea of mud – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 117.7s
out front – no filters..just a funny dude with a branch sculpture :

I love these kind of sculptures, relatively simple concept, ie a dude holding a branch with some birds in it and lots of realistic detail – it must take the artist quite some time and skill just to actually fabricate the sculpture, let alone conceive it.
This one is a direct opposite, for me anyway, of the babies crawling up the hill on the other side of Mark’s park they looked great from the back the whole missing face/square hole just left me confused.

I had wanted to get right down low and really get this sculpture against the sky, however after planting a few steps down on that very deceptive looking grass (and sinking into 6 inches of mud) I had to settle for this composition, which was basically sitting on the pavement above the sculpture. It was strange that the curators chose to place it here, i think it could have really benefited from a more elevated viewing position – note +Sculptures By The Sea if you need some advice just let me know 😉 😉 . Thanks to Mickyg for the use of the spin and the stencils, really cool light painting tools. I can only take credit for the light on the grass (i mean mud) and the sculpture.

Techie love data
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 117.7s
out front – no filters..just a funny dude with a branch sculpture 🙂

The Watchers

The Watchers - (c) Gerard Blacklock

The Watchers – (c) Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 23.3s
out front – bare bummed sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch

pantless at that 😉
Sculptures by the Sea 2014
Ya gotta wonder what the artist has going through their head when they come up with various works like this – not in a bad way, just purely from a interest point of view.
By day and night the sculptures are plagued with photographers, the lighting painting aspect of the sculptures has seen a roaring increase in the last year of so and every time i have been out there have bee all manner of light painters from peeps with a single torch to pixel sticks and a trailer load of equipment!
On that note, as a lighting painting photographer I think we all have a responsibility to respect the art which we are photographing, I had a midnight chat with a few security guards who mentioned there has been some damage to various works from punters – including that cool bondi icebergs pool one which was smashed 🙁

This image is simply lit with a pencil torch and the moon, simply trying to highlight the sculpture.

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 32mm Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 23.3s
out front – bare bummed sculpture:)
Lightpainting: Pencil LED torch

Portal-licious

Portal-licious - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Portal-licious – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
143 frames (startrails) (2 frames for the foreground exposures)
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/5 and Shutter Speed: 60s (each star trail frame) and around 300s for the lighting painting frames.
ISO 800 for the trails. and 100 for everything else
out front – some funky windchime.
Lightpainting: lots of Blue EL wire around the base and EL footprints

super sized windchime
So I had a few hours to burn between jobs midweek so I ducked out for a quick squizzy at the Sclupture by the sea (http://www.sculpturebythesea.com/)
Things were pretty quiet and I had free reign of the place and only had to share this glorified wind chime with a few togs, including some dude doing some timelapse on a dolly, it would be very interested to see how they turn out, so if your the dude there msg me 😉
The lights on the sculpture are a bit of a pain and I did consider turning them off, but it would have been pretty obvious 😉 the red colour makes this tricky since this is the colour that burns out first, i really need to do some more research on blending the dark shots to the startrails, anyone got any good tips?

Exif/setup data:
143 frames (startrails) (2 frames for the foreground exposures)
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/5 and Shutter Speed: 60s (each star trail frame) and around 300s for the lighting painting frames.
ISO 800 for the trails. and 100 for everything else
out front – some funky windchime.
Lightpainting: lots of Blue EL wire around the base and EL footprints

Why

Why - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Why – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/6.7 and Shutter Speed: 294.7s
out front – funky ass sculpture
Lightpainting: Coloured LED torch beaming up, Blue (x 2) and red EL

because you can – the chaos has begun

Chaos: “dad?”
me: “yeah..”
Chaos: “whats that funny blue wire?”
me: ” thats EL wire sweetie”
Chaos: “oh…… what do you do with that dad?”
me: “well..I wave it around in front of a camera while i take a picture”
Chaos: “that sounds like fun, can I do that with you?”
me: “isn’t it past your bedtime?”
🙂

Single shot
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/6.7 and Shutter Speed: 294.7s
out front – funky ass sculpture
Lightpainting: Coloured LED torch beaming up, Blue (x 2) and red EL