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Ålesund

The home of Rollo (some viking dude) whilst appearing to be hundreds of years old is mostly less than hundred years old, back in the early 1900's there was a fire which destroyed pretty much the entire built area on this island. The island which forms the old town and the touristy area of Alesund is fairly large and back then covered with predominantly wooden structures, much like most of Norway, makes sense when you see how much wood they have :) durign that fire there was also a gale force wind, described as strong enough to blow a man over, thus you can only imagine how fast a fire would propagate through nice dry Norwegian timber and it did.

We stayed at the big white one off to the left, not a bad view from it, especially in the dining area, this one of the few we stayed in during our visit to Norway and whilst expensive, it is comparable to Sydney so not that bad I suppose.

This was shot well after sunset, from memory about 11pm and the glow from the sunset, which seems to last for hours , glowed off the hotel strip and created some very nice reflections off the water.

#alesund
#norway


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Fields of green

Little Bay, NSW where the photographers are keen and the fisherman even more so, it is great to see them doing the right thing with life jackets.
Luckily I cleaned my filters, lens and sensor the night before

#landscapephotography
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Politics Filter

I need a politics filter on my SM feed, here is a great idea, we need a social media plugin that can game the system to filter out certain stuff, like for example if your sick of cat videos with cucumbers you can filter out 'cucumbers' and 'cats' or if like me you sick to death of post with dumb politics in it you could filter 'dickhead', 'politics', trump' etc. Any app designers out wanna have a go? maybe a alternate FB app, one which you control the shit you see ;) I'll go ya halvies :)

I reckon you would be in a great place if you were sitting over there on that little jetty, getting ready to take your boat out on the lake for a spot of fishing, a bit photography or picnic or whatever takes you fancy.

Here is a interesting photography tip, this shot is 4 landscape images shot in the landscape orientation, handheld at 31mm in aperture priority mode, as a result of the aperture priority mode there was a fairly large difference in the exposure between the very left frame (quite bright) and the far right frame (quite dark). With pano stitching, often when the exposures are quite different you can get some not so nice line joins in the pano, usually the software (PS) is pretty good and blending them together, however in this case I tried to stitch it with both Photoshop and PTgui, however both had this rather nasty line where it could not nicely blend the images, I did not really want to spend 30 minutes trying to manually blend them together - time is precious when your kids seem to wanna stay up until 9pm :) - so I had pretty much left this one to the dustbin, however I thought I'll just give the Lightroom software a go and low and behold it came out perfectly. So my tip, you don't always have to got to the hardcore software, sometimes that one click automated stuff works just fine :) It is also, bar a few clones on the bottom right all edited in Lightroom, whilst it still does not quite have all the finer controls tweaks that I am used to from other software, it can do a marvellous job very quickly, and that counts for alot :)

Now remember, you can zoom in and check out all the detail, see if you can find any dodgy stitching errors ;)

#norway
#smfilter





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Navigation Aid

.. on the edge

#cremorne
#navaid

10 Shot (vertical orientation) panorama using a neat little pano kit, details to come soon.
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Trondheim

This is for the peeps on the northern half of the planet... where, apparently, its a bit cold at the moment.. I gotta say, it was a beautiful day when we flew into Trondheim, shorts and tee-shirt weather and a town with a whole lot of history and buildings on the water without a straight line between them ;)

#trondheim

8 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 1/320s
ISO: 100
Out front: cool buildings

#norway
#landscapephotography

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Sydney
view large and spot the bridge climbers

Its a pretty wild place. Driving back from a sunrise session the other day I passed the local 7-eleven just up the road from where I live and noticed a news crew setup out the front. I did not think much of it at the time but found out later that someone took to two people there with an axe, crazy stuff. I reckon they might need to change the sign back to 'The Wild West' from the 'Inner West'. I still remember the old days in Newtown and surrounds, certainly not the latte sipping culture it is now :)

Its pretty shit that you turn up to a 7-eleven to grab some late night goodies and get attacked by some nutter, hopefully the two that were attacked do make a recovery and return to some resemblance of a normal life again..

Anyways, here's a whole bunch of images stitched together into a panorama of Sydney Harbour, quite nice after the sun (well what there was of it) had gone down and lights of the city cut through the scene. No axe wielding peeps out there on this night, just the couples armed with cold pizza and wine for a romantic evening on the harbour...or thats what it seemed :)

#sydney
#wildwest


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Buried.

A bit like the 80' music that I have been listening to whilst editing the image, which is 3 long exposure shots stitched together into a panoramic format. 80's music is just something which will never be repeated (probably for the best) but has also, i reckon anyway, produced some the most awesome music, film clips and of course hair! I just finished watching 'Countdown' by Europe and man, they should be advertising shampoo and conditioner! The hair flicks, the makeup and leather pants just scream the 80's :) I did follow this up with Alice Cooper's 'Poison'.. hit after hit which the teeny boppers of today just can't compete with :)
Don't get me started on Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi :) Don't stress though, I did get to some quality rock ballads by U2 :)

Anyways, here is Manly's (Sydney NSW) outflow pipes, I have always wanted to grab a few pictures of these, I had a particular image in my head which this one kinda ended up as but was hoping for a bit more cloud action.

It was a bit tricky to get these to stitch without getting some funky bending distortion, I even used a nodal rail to help, next time I will take several steps back and use the 24-70 to get more of a 'flatter' panoramic rather than a wide angle.
D750 coupled with Nikkor16-35 f4 @ 20mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 144.2s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and Lee Bigstopper

#manly
#landscapephotography
#longexposure

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Bat Cave

Damn I hate when the technical side of photography gets in the way of taking a shot. I have had a few goes at editing this panorama and it a real challenge, much more that the usual drama of a scene with really dark and really bright areas. I suppose doing it on an overcast day and in the morning or evening would certainly help - prolly help with the crowds too :) although great see so many people out enjoying thee natural wonder of SE QLD.

I have seen some really nice images of this place over the years and during a recent visit to northern NSW we decided to drive and have a squiz.

I reckon they may have had problems with people swimming and jumping the fence here, I don't think I have seen a tourist place with soooo many signs saying no swimming and keep to the track :) I think one of the main reasons is the colony of bats in the cave, which both tickles and chaos were very excited to see, even if it was in the dark at the end of the cave and they barely visible. The cave is surprisingly large and, thankyou mother nature, rather tall, no loss of brain cells for me that day :)

This image is probably about a 160 degree field of view and about 3 quarters of the entire cave. The panorama is made up of 5 frames (landscape orientation) with each frame bracketed, this way there is some hope of capturing both the really dark parks of the cave and the really bright outside and falls, which were in full sun. Editing was a real challenge to try and get that natural blend from light to dark and not get left with a flat HDR's style image, this is my third crack at the shot from here, i have a few others of varying composition, but i think I will leave those for a rainy day :)

#naturalbridge
#SEQLD

D750 with Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 @ 26mm
Shutter speed: 1s (normal exp), 8s (over exposed) and 1/8s (under exposed)
Aperture: f/8
ISO 100
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Sand Pumping Jetty

4 or so shots merged into a panorama, using a sample Leofoto Panoramic Kit, this was just using the panning clamp and the rail since it was in the landscape orientation. This setup is actually really nice and lightweight and providing the pano is level about the horizon ie, not tilted up or down then it works fine.

D750 coupled with Nikkor17-35 f2.8 @ 17mm Aperture: f20 and Shutter Speed: 25s
ISO: 100
Out front: Lee Graduated Filter (0.9x)
#landscapephotography
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Fingal Head Sand Pumping station

After becoming bored with the monster jetty, which I was not allowed to walk on - it did have a sign that said "No Entry! This means you!" I thought, really, are they talking about me ? :)

So a way down the beach, past the crazy dude on a bicycle and the driftwood shanties there was this neat tree stump washed up, well it was neat 'cause it was.. the only other thing on the beach other than that big-ass jetty, so I took a few pictures of it, this one is a fairly large panorama, which you can see several anomalies due to the inconsistent waves and/or my lack of timing :)

#fingalhead
#driftwood 
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