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Even when things seem hopeless, always persevere

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 #googlemaps 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

#longexposure #botanybay #sansouci  

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Ahh another excellent Blacklock production +Gerard Blacklock​! It's that #SensitiveNewAgeGerard coming out in you again isn't it? ;-)
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Standing in one's Shadow

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+Panduranga G L I can relate .... feeling the same ... but still , we need human connections more than anything else  . Its the LEARNING process, what makes us feel so alone ... to learn how to 'select' and find the people who makes us feel better stronger, happier and to avoid the rest of them . Wish You good luck,
don't go to those only who can hear what you're saying  ^o^
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As I regularly say to my daughter, you have a number choices which will lead you down different paths... in the case of the waterfall... into the same place, for my daughter :) not always the same place :-/

I did like the twin flows here, there was very little water, but i think it gives the rocks a bit more limelight.. and really its about the journey over the rocks not the end destination right? :)  A really nice little set of falls at Mount Wilson NSW, Australia.

2 image shot, bracketed, just to capture those highlights and preserve the shadows, i could have done it with the underexposed version, however sometimes it's nice to be able to process with a full dynamic range there without having to wrangle the shadows too much.. shadows don't like being wrangled very much  and tonight.. they deserved a break ;)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30s (normal exp) 15s (underexpose)
ISO 100
Out front - Hoya CPL

#mountwilson #waterfall #landscapephotography  
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+Gerard Blacklock absolutely superb Big G :)
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Stick family..

So my eldest daughter after looking at the picture, says to me...
'hey dad, that looks like our family, the big one is you and the little ones are me, tickles and mum' :)

Even though she certainly lives up to her nickname 'chaos' with just about every day its a soul searching test of my patience, i still sit down at the end of the day after shes gone to bed and reflect quietly on the fact that I am lucky to be part of her life and a privilege to know..

way to go chaos... :)

Single shot, long exposure.

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 186s
ISO 100
Out front -  and Hoya CPL and Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x

#landscapephotography #slyvania #longexposure  
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Thanks +Winnie Young  I hope you also had a great weekend.
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Greener Pastures

I wonder whether these dairy cows ever have the desire to check out whats on the other side of the fence? what you can't see in this image is there is nothing between me and this paddock of cows besides a cattle grid, which I only recently learned about how they actually work. Cows have a great field of view with those eyes on each side of their big heads, however the disadvantage of this 360 degree view is that their binocular and depth vision is pretty crap, hence when they see a cattle grid, its not that they cannot balance their dainty udders across, its more they get the perception thats its very uneven due to the high contrast in light...

so waddayaknow.. you learn something new every day ;)

anyways onto the picture, some cows really enjoying some very lush grass..

5 shot pano, all landscape orientation.

#cows #landscapephotography #sale  
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 yeah true right! i could get over how much of a difference there was between the paddock and the roadside / surrounding areas.. chalk and cheese..
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On top of the world
love makes the world go round

I did always have this planetoid in mind when creating the pano :)

#tinyplanets #planetoid #blackandwhite  
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Touch my icecream and i'll....

Among many things on this day, I made two mistakes;
1) I offered tickles a lick of my icecream.
2) I asked for it back
needless to say i had very little icecream :(

her we can see her scoping left then right to ensure there is no threat to her prize:) (noting that her sister and her mum were on the left and right :)

#tickles #mayhem #icecream #tarongazoo  
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This is just hilarious +Gerard Blacklock​!! :D Man, talk about "what chu lookin' at you doity rats" hehehe ;-) Another classic for the 21st album! (Seriously you could syndicate a series on these pics of your girld hehe!)
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I cruised around to Glebe to take some shots of the Anzac Bridge from over on the expressway, which I did once before many years ago when I first got a camera - however I found that the view is now blocked by a great big boat maintenance shed :-/ so I wandered over to the very western side of the bay to see what was there and found myself in some boat yard thingy, probably private land, but the gate was open and no big dogs there :) . The morning light was about as dull as it could get and to be honest, the cup of coffee post photo taking could not come fast enough :)

However, my motto has always been, a good photographer will always come up with a decent image irrespective of the conditions, hence I persevered ...I am not overly happy with it, but its better than sending them all to the electronic trash can :)

The colours were ok, but the strong variation in the sky meant the blues and yellows were very mottled detracting from the scene, hence simplifying it with a BW conversion seemed to be the right option and pushed the interest back onto the composition. I did like the way that the scene conveys all the different verticals, hence the title, of the masts, the bridge, the city skyline (particularly the Tower) and the finally the trees..

Exif love:
4 shot panorama image, single exposures.
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm  Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 15s
ISO 100
Out front - Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x)

#glebe #anzacbridge
#rozellebay #panorama  
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+Gerard Blacklock nice B&W pano mate! Love the reflections and the vertical elements! I know the timber yard you're talking about, it's just down the road from my parents' place, off the Crescent.
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The Ballet Tree

So its been weeks since I have gotten a chance to get out and spend a bit of time taking some photo's, between work, kids and domestic duties its hard to even fit a Sunrise session in - I have now finally tested the Samyang 14mm for what I originally bought it for.. astro work :)

I had a recent job doing a bit of night chopper work, which gave me the opportunity to further scope out this super cool tree that i have seen many times times in the past but never really stopped to take a decent shot. Also +Michael Domaradzki had a cool perspective on it awhile back which triggered the idea for some astro stuff.

So, finally i got a leave pass for a night out and thought.. sweet as, i can go and take a sequence of images and spend a bit of quality time by myself, you know, soul searching/rejuvenation etc. and surely no one else is silly enough to head out in the freezing cold at night at this spot, even though it is in a city of 5 mil....

This is a bit of how it rolled - parked the car and there was no one  there it was around 9 ish, got myself setup and taking a few preliminary shots and a young couple turned up :-/  sure.. this is where i would have brought all my potential hot dates lol... anyway happy to share my quiet time and space i suppose :) Shortly there after a bunch of dudes in the their cars rock up and I am like.. yeah great this is gonna be trouble.. but no.. they just rolled out with some torches and freaked out when they saw someone else out, ie me :) ...and my torch was much bigger ;) lol. so my night out with a bit solitude was not so solitary... oh well.

I did not quite nail the right position with the earths axis of rotation here, i was trying to get it directly behind the tree, the tree itself is actually quite small and the camera is positioned only a few metres from it, its probably a 3 metre tree which has been sculptured by the sea breeze. The light at the bottom right is the industrial lights over Kurnell on the edge of Botany Bay.

My original scope out image :

Exif / shot love:
184 shots over the space of 2 hours.
Images are stacked in +Adobe Photoshop just using the lighten mode, the foreground/black image needed a bit of work to ensure it looked sensible with the background.
The side lighting is kindly provided by the SLSA Rescue base :) could not have done it better myself, no additional torch lighting needed :)
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm  Aperture: f/3.2 and Shutter Speed: 50.5 seconds
ISO 500
out front - a very bendy tree and some cool stars

#landscapephotography #startrails #capebanks #tree
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+Gerard Blacklock​ love the startrails mate! You got close to nailing the position! Have you got any astro apps on your phone? They may help pinpoint the South Celestial Pole. I have Star Walk & puniverse on my iPhone. It sure helps when trying to use an astro tracker! 😉
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nothing quite like enjoying the serenity and quiet of a lake when you live in Sydney underneath the flight path...

#landscapephotography #wellington  
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+Gerard Blacklock​ another stunning image mate! ☺
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Stadium Stairs

Its a long way down... and a lot further up.. lookign back on this, i can just feel the calf muscles burn.

Processed using +Nik Collection by Google hdrefex, great allrounder for automatically blending images.

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D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm  Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1.6s (normal) 1/5s (under)  and 13s (over)
ISO 100
out front - Allianz Stadium

#allianz #allianzstadium #stadiumstomp2015 #stadiumstomp  
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other than that I am pretty boring, currently spend my spare time (what is not used up chasing chaos around) taking the odd picture and the rest is working in the salt mines ;) . I like just about anything that flys (the metal and composite type) and love getting outdoors.

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