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I feel old and tired

well, thats what I reckon he is thinking ;) maybe its actually,  "i am tired of being locked up in here" or "hurry up and feed me" , "or i'll eat one of those kids banging on the window" ;)

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Hygrocybe lanecovensis

Found in pretty well only one place... listed as endangered in 2002.

I really needed a few extra frames in the focus stacked image (front focus) , however these little red 'shrooms grow in really tight areas and it was a struggle to even get the camera near them without doing any damage.

even with these at f22 and 15 images it was a struggle to capture the full depth of field... these are really tiny by the way.

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15 frames focus stacked.
D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f22 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 500
Lightning goodness : SB600 off to the right triggered thru onboard flash bounced off the dirt ;)
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+Gerard Blacklock​ for the Pringles can adapter you cut it to the length you need with a 45° at the end. Cover this in rice paper. The silver tube delivers the light into a direct overhead light source which is then softened by the paper. Not ideal but a great budget fix.
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Branching out

Single image, no focus stack, taken with a clapped out old 55mm f/2.8 macro lens which i bought years ago for a few bucks..

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f20 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 400
Lightning goodness : SB600 on camera with a diffuser kinda attached but swinging in the wind...

#fungi #park
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I can imagine, how tiny the space was in this situation, +Gerard Blacklock. ;-)  I've seen these little reflectors and think they are pretty clever and will provide a bigger area for diffusing the light than any reflector that's attached directly to the flash - unless it's a regular sized softbox of course.
Good job! :-)
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Day to Night
under the windmill

I can still smell the cow dung in the air...the dust of the road and the sharp cold as the last of the sun disappeared over the horizon.
...... experiences which are lost to the city.
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Now that's an outback sunset! :) +Gerard Blacklock lovely colour!
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I have many plans for you little tree... just you wait :)

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Thanks +Justine King  and thats a cool observation / interpretation of teh image - i think I will use that title for the next session with that tree :)
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tread carefully

As I stood on the edge of the lake, perched on a few partially submerged rocks with the gentle sound of bird wings rushing through the air over my head I thought.... 'I am going to have to start wearing pants rather than shorts 'cause its fing cold...' ;)
 Having grown up in a fairly cold area it has not bothered me so much and hence most often throughout winter I can be seen wearing shorts (with other stuff also for the record;) ), however this particular morning, I really wished I had something a bit more :-/

Getting back to the car and looking at the OAT (outside air temp), i realised that...  yeah probably 1 degree Celsius is probably close to the cutoff temperature for short wearing...

This lake was, for the most part, like a mirror - in the mind numbing cold i really knew I wanted to capture the subtle tones of the sunrise (around 30 minutes before sunrise), however this is tricky, the  dynamic range is such that the horizon, whilst not bright to the naked eye is quite bright for the camera and hence to nail the warm horizon colours you had to sacrifice some of the detail in the sky and water.

I did not use any filters here, no polariser, (I wanted the reflections) and no graduated filters, but a reverse graduated filter would have probably been useful..

The final image is a vertical panorama using three vertical frames, each one with the poles in the frame, since that was pretty well all that could be common between the frames for the software to stitch.

The little dark dots on the horizon are actually trees :) the distance and the mirage effect causes them to appear like floating boogers ;)

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 32mm  Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 8s
ISO 100
3 frames stitched together in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  as a blended panorama.
#lakewellington #sale #panorama #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography Community
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Absolutely gorgeous so loved. Thank u so much
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The view from Kirribilli
view large .. or go home ;)

I think I stood at this very spot almost to the day, 2 years ago! I was looking at a picture I took in mid 2012 from the exact same spot and its very interesting to see how much things have changed in the way I take a photo...not very much ;)
The city skyline on the hand, its really taking some change, over on the right at the Barangaroo site there are some serious skyline protrusions appearing :)

ya gotta view this one full size .. and zoom in, its not quite full res, but you can read the writing on the buildings ;)

6  landscape orientation images stitched together - the polariser really gives the sky a kick here, whilst its has created a slight dark area in the middle which had ot be adjusted in post, I think the overall deepening of the sky colour worked nicely.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm  Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.6s
ISO 100
Out front - Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL

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Watching, waiting

This young lady came prepared, she had two cameras and was pumping out some panorama images, probably be a darn sight better than mine :)

It was a chilly evening, however it certainly did not deter the tourists and photo enthusiasts down on the northern side of the harbour, i was cruising over the bridge on the regular sunday run with the girls and noted that the sky was looking potentially photo worthy :)

It is hard to get something different here, well i think so anyway, there are so many awesome shots of the city skyline which are hard to compete with - so after taking the usual panoramic shots I thought I would go for the vertical panorama style instead...not overly different, however the human element and the pretty wicked sky gave it a little extra kick in my books.

I hope ya'all had a great weekend

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm  Aperture: f9 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.3s
ISO 100
Out front - Lee graduated filter (0.9x) and Hoya CPL (this really helps draw out that deep colour in the sky.

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When I was a kid I listened to alot of music, particularly at the end of my schooling and as a result alot of songs trigger different memories, of different times and experiences, which is really cool, a song comes on and instantly without much effort i am taken back to the time, experience and feeling. Now, with less time for more music and possibly music replaced moreso with imagery, I now find that images have taken that space and now trigger memories of a time and/or experience. I hear ya, saying, 'der of course they would', but its still cool i reckon :)  as i look at this image, it represents a few days in my life that I am sure I will look back in years to come and reminisce over, for good or the bad :-/

This one tree, or what was left of it, was sitting out in a sea of emptiness with its comrades way off, out of reach, seemingly so sad and lonely, just handing on to the what it once was.....

SIngle image, long exposure and I can't decided on whether I actually like the BW version better :)

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 70mm  Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 186.1s
ISO 100
out front: Lee Biggstopper
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Where is the Fairy?

Probably one of the better focus stacked macros I have done, this one is created from 10 shots in total, each taken with the flash off camera to the right diffused with a white diffuser thingy..

I had the camera pretty well sitting on the ground and used the live view to compose the shot, I then reverted back to viewfinder to achieve the focus on the stalk since the liveview focus can be a bit flakey, then simply wound the focus ring in and out to get the depth of field, each time I just checked the image to see where the focus slice was and when it had past the front of the fungi I knew I had enough frames..

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 400
Lightning goodness : SB600 off to the right triggered thru onboard flash

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The Indicator

I always knew that frogs were a environmental indicator, however I have been educated in the fact that fungi and also a key environmental indicator, specifically relating to air quality. Whilst this little specimen is healthy and happy growing on the side of a bit of bark in the damp, dark undergrowth, there are are some fungi which when exposured to pollutants grow and age in a different way, one of which causes the fungi gills to grow/form on the top creating a rose shaped fungi, which is called Rosecomb... apparently this is bad :(

Focus stacking, on the other hand is good for fungi :) it allows a much greater depth of field in a macro image, particularly where the subject is super small :) did you like that segway ?

This image is a stack of about nine shots, basically all it is taking a slice from extra picture which is in focus and blending them together to create a nice sharp image with the whole subject, in this case the fungi and a bit of the bark. I find that +Adobe Photoshop does a good job, however often there needs to be a bit of the manual alignment to get things to look decent.

The process goes alittle like this...

--> find cracking little fungi -> position camera, tripod and body as close as possible, the challenge here is to do it without getting dirty and without moving fungi ;)
--> take several shots with the focus changed a know.. start with the stalk in focus then work forward and aft of that.

Load into stack --> autoalign --> select layers --> auto blend (with stack) --> manually brush in bits where photoshop lacks awesomeness... :) --> edit per normal process.

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D750 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @ 55mm  Aperture: f/29 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 400
Lightning goodness : SB600 off to the left triggered thru onboard flash with gerry holding a diffuser in one hand, kneeling on the ground and pressing the shutter with the other ;)

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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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