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Gerard Blacklock
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Following on from my first composition ( of the these falls this was the second in my limited 5 compositions, I was looking for a panorama image, but just could not quite see the landscape version at this point, I did eventually find a landscape version after this one.
I really liked the rocks and the little ferns and wanted to include this with the classic scene that is Somersby falls, at 16mm I could not get it in, hence I opted for a vertical panorama :)

This was 3 portrait orientation images stitched together, strangely enough adobe PS could not stitch them, so I had to use PTGUI, which I really like, however I only use for bracketed panos etc since it adds another step and program to the process. That said, I can almost guarantee if PTGUI can't stitch it.... and (this is important) provide good perspective control then it just ain't gonna work :) h/t +PTGui , love your work.

Exif love:
3 vertical shots stitched each as follows:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f/18 and Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO 100
out front - Hoya CPL

#somersby #somersbyfalls #landscapephotography
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The Hungry Caterpillar
1 juicy leaf, 2 tart plums, 3 juicy strawberries...

I took this shot for tickles, we have a book called the hungry caterpillar, of which I am sure there are a few variations, ie counting etc but this one we have which belonged to Chaos, counts to 5 and then turns into a beautiful butterfly. It also has a little puppet where you can put your finger in to make the the little puppet caterpillar wiggle around (which tickles loves)... in my case its my little finger since the authors clearly did think about catering for those with larger hands ;( c'mon people equal equality ;) lol..

I saw this caterpillar going gangbusters on this leaf and in the space of several minutes he had nailed the entire leaf and was heading for a second helping! I thought it a great supplement to our hungry caterpillar story at home and i am sure it will become a useful midnight settling tool :-)

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single shot
D750 coupled with 55mm f2.8 micro @ 55mm  Aperture: f/22 and Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO 800
Up top: SB600 flash unit
out front - a fat grub and a leaf

#hungrycaterpillar   #caterpillar #macro
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thankyou +Patrizia Melis , tickles does like it, however expects it to move :)
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Its a giant....tadpole..:)

This is the pastel paradise that is....Kurnell and the sydney container port, I am surprised the security guards from the port were not here hassling us about pointing our cameras in the direction of the new container terminal ;) #sydneyports

you can see +Rodney Campbell 's version over here:

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 60.7s
ISO 100
out front - Hoya CPL and Lee 0.9x Graduated Filter

#laperouse #kurnell #landscapephotography
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Cows with guns mist

view large and find that cow ;)

I had just emerged from some pretty thick forest on a very wet and muddy road, i had not passed another car for the last half an hour but was instead greeted by a bunch of dairy cows across the way. It really was quite a away :)  this shot was taken with the 300mm lens and consisted of about 16 portrait orientation shots, it was cropped pretty heavily from there but still is pretty enormous, the fog made it quite challenging to achieve a good autofocus and the pressure was on since the rain was getting pretty heavy.

Due to the rain I took only one set of images for this scene and jumped back in the car and almost got bogged since I had pulled over into a pretty soft edge. Thankfully the old falcon did not let me down, with mud flying and wheels spinning and a fist in the air I gave those cows a farewell ;) well they really did not care i guess...but makes for a better story ;)

Exif/setup love:
16 portrait orientation images stitched and cropped
D750 coupled with 300mm f4 @ 300mm  Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/640s
ISO 250
Out the front, mist, mud, cows and rolling hills

#comboyne #landscapephotography #cows #mist
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The Flying Moustache

Its great to see more public awareness of this cancer that affects a large portion of the male population, whilst I have enjoyed all the Breast Cancer awareness campaigns , ie the pink Dash-8 and pink water bottles etc its good to see this type of cancer awareness get some airplay... get it, aircraft.. airplay ..ok that was a bad #dadjoke :)

I do reckon they could have done a better job on that Moustache tho..c'mon +Qantas I wanna see a real set of handle bars on it :)

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D750 coupled with 70-200mm f2.8 @ 280mm  Aperture: f/5 and Shutter Speed: 1/2000s
ISO 200
EV -0.3
Also had the 1.7 TC attached too.

#qantas #prostatecancer
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 i dabble there ;) truth be told I was just on the way home and thought why not - i miss taking pictures of planes..
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just for wordless Wednesday :) #wordlesswednesday

Exif love:
banged this one over the head real hard to remove that blue colour cast inherent to the Lee bigstopper :)
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f/10 and Shutter Speed: 433.9s
ISO 100
out front - Hoya CPL, Lee Graduated 0.9 Filter and the Lee bigstopper filter

#littlebay #landscapephotography
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The forest
view large to find the yowie, he's in the blurry bit

There's this mountain up the coast called Middle brother, that's the name given by Captain cook anyway, I am sure the Birpai people have another name for it, as story has it, it was named after one of the brothers killed by the witch Widjirriejuggi. Anyway back to the point, its the site of a state forest which has been logged a bit over the years, I suspect its survived moreso than other surrounding state forests due to its limited access and rather hilly terrain.

I have been up there once before and there is place in there called the Bird tree, which by all accounts is one of the largest surviving black butt trees around, the tree it self does not appear that big, but when you look at the volume of wood thats in it (these have very thick trunks) you can see why its probably considered so large, this is also the reason for its desire as a timber product over the years, lots of yield in each tree I guess.

I do digress tho, whilst driving up this mountain, in the wet I saw this awesome stand of relatively young trees 30 or 40 years I guess which were covered in mist and positioned nicely for a pano shot, this is not the shot of them unfortunately :) i drove right past because it was so wet and I was on a bit of deadline, i did however promise myself to get a shot of them or similar on the way home. I did finally get to the Bird tree and I did not take a picture there either... because it was absolutely pouring down rain and I was already soaked cause I had to move a bloody large branch off the road to get through. Did i mention that after looking on the NSW environment site that they say 4wd vehicles in the wet only :) oh well.. i did get out eventually :)

Onto the picture, this is off a similar location further inland on a equally slippery ass road, i spotted some very similar gums (same sort of age, quite young really) growing in a gulley and thought yeah I ain't gonna miss these ones, hence got out took a few shots. It turned out alright, however it was not until I got home I realised one of the frames was slightly blurry from camera movement...bummer, its still alright but it annoys me when that happens - oh well just another excuse to go back :)

I should have used ISO 800 just to get that shutter up a bit more..

Exif love:
4 landscape orientation frames stitched together
D750 coupled with 24-70mm f2.8 @ 44mm  Aperture: f/6.3 and Shutter Speed: 1/40s
ISO 400
out front - no filters, just trees, yowies and mist.

#forest #landscapephotography
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 just checking to see if you were reading it ;) that was my typo, should actually read 44mm
cheers mate
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its a long walk home when the location is crap and the sunrise even crappy-er ;)

Some-days it just ain't on and on this day it was certainly not on, however on the bright side whilst walking back +Rodney Campbell noticed this curvy path which begged to be photographed, all we need now is a real model (no offense Rod) and some sweet light

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D750 coupled with 70-200mm f2.8 @ 200mm (thanks +Cameron Fong )  Aperture: f/4 and Shutter Speed: 1/400s
ISO 500
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 and +mary g Cadigan aww ya not that old.. just past 21 old that's all ;)
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and tripodless

I do get a lot of questions from people regarding the processing and filters on many images (not only mine), I do understand why since when I standing in the same spot as them and they fire off a few on their smartphone and then the comment comes as why their images are so different, ie you must Photoshop them ;) or have filters

So here's a recent image , no filters, yes it is processed (albeit minimally and not in photoshop lol), however every image out of a camera has some form of processing - I only found out the other day my smartphone had beauty face turned on.. i was wondering why i had the glamour glow look whenever I took a smartphone selfie ;)

So, its a 3 shot panorama, handheld, no filters (ie they funny things out front) and processed in Capture NX2
View large and check out that detail in the rock.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f/9 and Shutter Speed: 1/50s
ISO 200
out front - nada but rocks and bigass cliff

#littlebay #landscapephotography
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enjoy the freshness

I think its a Tallowood tree, I saw this tree many many years ago and the only thing that has the moss, its got a little less than before...oh there was also some more bush litter (branches leaves etc) but really... all those years could have just been a few days for all I know. As cliche as it may sound, time really does stand still in forests like this, time in the scale of humans anyway (unless they cut it down)

I took a number shots of this tree, i bracketed this particular frame thinking that I may need to blend the images together to achieve the full dynamic range, however the D750 did a pretty good job with a single shot, and this particular moment had some nice filtered light thru the trees and a small amount of fog rolling through the undergrowth..

I did get a few strange stares from the bushwalkers as I stood in a mozzie infested creek amongst the forest tree litter, but for once, my mozzie repellant worked... i only got bitten about 100 times rather than a million ;)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm  Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO 100
out front - Hoya CPL....

#tallowood #tree #landscapephotography
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 I think its just about (only just) worth the bites :) thanks for having a look and commenting :)
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Gorillas trees in the mist
Some days it feels like there are monsters hiding in the shadows just waiting to pounce

On a lonely drive across the hills of Comboyne , through many muddy roads and intermittent rains showers I noticed this small tree perched on the hill. It looked so vulnerable sitting there almost encased in the fog with the large trees looming behind, seemingly wanting to take its place on the ridge.

Only moments after taking the picture(s) the ridge and tree disappeared and the rain caught up with me...

This image is a panoramic image made from 3 frames, something I learnt with this image and scene was that when +Adobe Photoshop (or i guess any other stitching software) attempts to stitch the and blend the frames its does a good job except it never quite gets the blending right in that pea-soup grey area and results in banding, not particularly evident until contrast is added. It kind of makes sense , blending a gradients would be quite tricky. Thus a future note - I am not sure how to avoid it, but in teh post processing one thing that minimises the telltale signs of it is to locally reduce the clarity or midtone contrast in the banding area.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 300mm f4 @ 300mm  Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/500s
ISO 250
out front - a ridge, a farm, a tree and some fog :)

#comboyne #tree #landscapephotography #blackandwhitephotography
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Good work here +Gerard Blacklock :)
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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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