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Thats a big dude on the side of a building

Now, this is art - two simple reasons, 1) cause the first thought is.. how the #@^& did they do that? and 2) #$@& that looks awesome
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and thats why I am such a sought after art critic.

note, this shot is only half the height of the artwork, there is a person kneeling on his back which reaches the third floor :)

I really should get out more and explore my neighborhood, there are so many cool things to look at.

#myhome #streetart #enmore  
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Looking forward to more of your street shots, dear Gerard!
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A warm side...
and a dark side
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Very nice, love the spill of water coming towards the camera..
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Ravaged

Somersby is always a great spot to stop along the freeway, so much more rewarding that the rest stop at Ourimbah ;) I have seen lots of images from here over the last several months, particularly during some pretty heavy rainfall periods, this has all had an effect on the area with a few of the trees coming down and changing the face of this familiar and popular waterfall. I last stopped here about may last year and pretty well took the identical image - without realising it, that's the great thing about getting old, is that you simply forget the spots and compositions you take, hence it always feels new ;) well thats my theory and I am sticking to it ;)
The image from last year is here, check out the canopy and also the growth on that little landing rock :)
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#‎somersby‬ ‪#‎verticalpano‬ #landscapephotography  

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Out front - somersby falls with a Hoya CPL
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yeah pretty damn sweet there, soo much to see and explore too, its also cool cause you can have a whole bunch of people there and it does not feel too crowded.
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Sans Souci

Sneaky Sunset Sessions
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great street art - not sue about the crop or chair  but it makes you think- that's wot art is all about!!
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Reclaimed
The lesser loved tunnel

The tunnels at Helensburgh are quite the popular tourist spot now, I remember years ago trying get info on them and it was a little more challenging and also not so well known. The other thing I did not realise was how close to the current trainline a few of them are - i have always driven there so never actually saw the current train station..

So, I had to make a somewhat impromptu train ride from the south coast back to Sydney and thought, sure why not, I'll jump off and take a few photos at Helensburgh.

Now, firstly, its been years..like really more than I can remember (sheesh I feel old now) years.. since I have been on the train down this way and I gotta say its actually quite a picturesque trip, i was gonna bury the head in a few serious sessions of Zombie call or crossy  but found myself burning away the minutes away staring out the window at all the cool locations.
The train line follows the coast and often you have the escarpment on one side and the sea and rockshelves on the other - from the green dairy style fields near Gerrigong, to the fantastic view of Bombo and Kiama thru the industrial world of wollongong and finally up into the narrow strip of land where Austinmer and the seacliff bridge is, its not boring by any measure. It does not end there either, its then a tranquil run into the Royal National park dotted with various short tunnels.

The other great thing is you could actually just jump off at places like Coalcliff and its a short walk to the Seacliff Bridge and nearby rock shelf and beaches, time it well with the trains and you could just spend a couple of hours and then hop back on for the next spot :) now only if they ran in time for sunrise sessions ;)

Anyways, ya probably gathered I am a bit of a fan of it :) I do recommend it, its so much nicer than driving :)

Anyways, onto the image, everyone goes and looks at the Vera St tunnel, its more picturesque and you can walk into it, hence its poor neighbor (this image), which is covered with bog, blocked off and not as good for selfies gets much less attention - this is one side of it, the other side is pretty cool, but with a large steel pole fence and lots more water. I would have just climb over it but I did not particularly wanna get stinky wet feet for the rest of my train ride home :)

So, here's to you little forgotten tunnel, someone should really open you up and put a cafe or something there :)

This one is about a 10 shot panorama (vertical frames), I really like the cool roots of the trees which are reclaiming back the scar in their land.

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Out front - Hoya CPL and one poor lonely tunnel.

#helensburgh #tunnel #panorama  
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This wonderful image has been chosen to be shared on#PhotoManiaAustralia +Photo Mania Australia curated by +Ed Cobb & +John Hunt   (Photo Mania Australia is a part of +Photo Mania Global) Ed Cobb
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Some Rock in the Ocean
with his little friend way out there

There is nothing quite like a lonely rock in the water and the sun trying to smash its way though.

It's always interesting to see the phases ones photography goes thru and how sometimes one gets stuck ;) what I like about this image is that it manages to isolate the rock without a super long exposure and maintain that dreamy feel to the frame, the sun peaking though just topped it off. The shot is a bracketed shot since the foreground was quite dark, particularly the closest side of the rock, given the flat horizon it was a very easy blend to increase the dynamic range.

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#littleausti #landscapephotography #sunrise  
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Transition

Ever since starting out in photography I have pretty well used the same program (Nikon's CNX2) to edit the majority of my images , i use Photoshop a fair bit now and Lightroom even more, but given the fact that Nikon CNX has gone the way of the dodo I have been trying to ween myself off it, sadly, the more I do, the more I realise the few simple functions that CNX (and the Nik Plugins) can simply not be replaced (with the same ease) in either lightroom of Photoshop, now photoshop smashes all over CNX2 but the key point here is the ease and speed of use, for which CNX kills them (for me anyways).

So, in another step towards removing myself from the addiction with CNX2 I am trying to edit a fewlandscape/seascape image solely in Lightrrom and achieve a result that I am happy with. Now I typically use Lightroom for most of my family shots but these typically only have global adjustments and a few control points so its all good, however my landscape stuff can often have a few more complex steps involved. This image is from LIttle Austinmer which I have solely edited in LR - i now note that this has a few benefits, one of which is the reduction overall noise in the final image, I guess going from one program to the next does increase noise...

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 24mm  Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 8s
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Out front - Hoya CPL and LEE Graduated filter 0.9x

#landscape #landscapephotography #littleausti #austinmer  
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 yeah CNX has had a history of being bog slow, however I have found the recent releases coupled with good hardware really makes it sing. I also agree that CNX really had/has an advantage when processing raws, LR is pretty good, but I always feel its just missing a bit.
What i really liek about CNX is the step processing, where each edit is a definable ietm which you can go back and edit. I really struggled with LR where its like a global adjustment / configuration to a image.
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Jetty
long

I learnt two things from a nice old bloke who I met at the very end of this jetty. 1) you can catch some awesome prawns here smile emoticon (but don't tell anyone else :) ) 2) They shipped houses over on barges to get to the suburb of 'Long Jetty' - no prizes for the reason why they called it Long Jetty.
Its always great to meet a local, they can really give a insight into a place that can't be had from reading stuff online or in tourist literature. The other interesting point he made was regarding all the weeds in the water, which extended out past the end of this jetty, apparently these are only fairly recent (that could be 20 years given the age of this bloke ;) ) and are a result of increased nutrients in the water from surrounding suburbs.

I gotta say, these jetty's (and this one is one of the shorter ones) are really really long and looking at them from someone who has never been there before they seem kinda strange, however given that they were typically built back in the 1940's era when there was no access road to area and there was no bridge to the north it makes sense since everything was barged/boated in. It's a cool legacy to have and I bet all the local hobby fishermen love these jettys to go out and fish on.

Now that I know where this spot is now, I'll be sure to visit again, its actually not far off the freeway and makes for a great spot to spot on the way back from up the coast.

#longjetty #pano #sunset

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#landscapephotography  
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It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
I am one with the wind and sky

I am putting that out there for all those who don't instantly recognise the above lines, i think its my duty .. as one who has suffered (many times over), to share with the good people that I know the joy of the song 'let it go'.
Now if you still dunno what the hell I am banging on about, just plug 'let it go elsa song' into your favorite search engine, sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy (seriously :) )
After climbing a few dunes, sliding down a few and getting my ass crack filled up with sand I decided enough was enough and this was gonna be the dune I took a photo of. So, the connection to the song, sadly, as I stood atop this not so inspirational dune, the only think that stuck in my head was ... 'It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small' ... ahh $%# ... so instead walked further and took some cool pictures of frog tracks in the dunes instead ;)
(seriously, now go and put it into the search engine, trust me, money back guarantee)

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2 frames blended in +Nik Collection by Google using #hdrefex  - well done +Nik Collection by Google , the options to remove ghosting and movement worked perfectly here.
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm  Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s and 1/8s
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Out front - me

#selfie #dune #darkespoint
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+Gerard Blacklock​ a good compromise in the circumstances! I feel your frustration! 😉
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Its a long way to the beach

This image, for me, sums up how far camera technology has come, even in the recent years the advances in dynamic lighting and increased dynamic range still blows me away. Now, if only they could get rid of those flare spots ;)

Single image, pretty well straight outta the camera

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Out front - some poor animals plight to reach the ocean
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Engaging.
I admire your way to master more different techniques, the result of an elaborate and complex work. +Gerard Blacklock 
Outstanding and fascinating shot.
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Vera St - Tunnel Madness.
ya gotta view this large at 11 vertical frames its a crime not to

This certainly a sweet little tunnel, I have been here 3 times over the years and it never disappoints, each time I have come away with something different - it even has glow worms.. well i hope it still does. I battled the crowds on this day, a lazy Sunday afternoon meant there were plenty of people stopping to take a look inside the tunnel nail a few selfies, I even meet a nice lad doing a photo project for his HSC.

I have previously been here in the dark to do some light painting (with glow worms) https://flic.kr/p/eh1rgq and when its pretty well flooded https://flic.kr/p/oTW41f , this time I only had limited time and I really did not want muddy feet, so I opted for the view from right back at the entrance to this part of the tunnel, it also meant I could get the, rather new, Helensburgh sign in the shot as well.

I am sure I will be back in a few years again and I do wonder how it will have changed and what composition will take my fancy :)

11 shot (vertical orientation) panorama, only mildly cropped, I did have two layers (normal exposure and under exposure) in it, but my poor computer complained and refused to save it :(

#helensburgh #tunnel #panorama  

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11 vertical frames taken on a pano head
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm  Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/3s
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Plane Doctor, Frustrated Photographer and Chaos and Mayhem chaser - Sydney, Australia [insert clever tagline here later]
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6'6" and pretty hard to miss in a crowd (thats cause I am so damn good looking ;) )

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.

Interests: Photography, engineering, aircraft and getting outdoors.

I really enjoy discussions about photography, images and basically anything related to them, I originally joined google plus to broaden my photographic horizons and connect with like minded people. I have met lots of very interesting people here and I really enjoy the stream of images from my circles and the connections with those people.

If I have not circled you but you believe we have a common interest please do not hesitate to drop me a message, I am always looking for original and quality connections out there in google plus :)

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Still alive.....still with the woman I love and still have some of my sanity left. 🙋
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