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Out of Time

by on Aug.03, 2022, under Photography

Out of Time

Out of Time

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 663 sec at f/8, ISO 100

We ended up doing two takes of this composition. Alas Gerry managed an unusual user error this evening when his first exposure of this was accidentally shot at f/2.8 instead of f/8. Thus blowing out the frame

I actually preferred almost everything about the first take we did (except the way I did the outer square pattern around the orb). I rectified this in the second take, but here I’ve posted the first take. You can check Gerry’s feed for his shot of the second take

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Spider Time

by on Aug.02, 2022, under Photography

Spider Time

Spider Time

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 123 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Gerry on a steel wool spin inside the spider filled tunnel, with a little selective torch work afterwards. I even added some red torch into the water in that channel in the middle at the bottom. It however ended up being way more subtle than I had anticipated

The spiders were really quite large (some as big as your outstretched hand). Alas all of the spiders were still there spookily watching us from the walls and roof even after the three steel wool spins. So they appear to be impervious and cared not one iota…

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

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Dark Svirls

by on Aug.01, 2022, under Photography

Gerry and I out light painting again… finally…

Dark Svirls

Dark Svirls

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 15 mm, 955 sec at f/8, ISO 100

So this is a new location I’d found scouring Google Maps (looking for urban tunnels in the Sydney metro area we could use for light painting)

This one is under a fairly major multi lane road and is part of a series of bush walking tracks

So during this nearly 1000 second (16 minute !) long extravaganza we have…

I’m doing my slowly being perfected LED umbrella orb. Gerry’s lighting the tunnel behind me and adding the blue EL wire madness. I’m highlighting a green EL wire river. There was actually quite a lot of water flowing here so the EL is basically just floating along in the rapidly moving water. Gerry’s doing some much more delicate lighting of just the mossy rock covered island in the middle. This actually took quite a bit of finessing and multiple practice takes 🙂

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

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Full of Pastels

by on Jun.03, 2022, under Photography

Full of Pastels

Full of Pastels

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR @ 200 mm, 1/25 sec at f/9, ISO 450

Taken whilst visiting relatives in South Australia back in March. All of the native Nikkor Z lenses have been fantastic. Game changers even. I now have six (6) of them with another on order

This was shot with the “lowly” Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR all in one ultrazoom lens. Handheld at 1/25 sec at 200mm with the full moon just rising quickly above the horizon just on sunset

Shooting in twilight just after sunset you can get some beautiful pastels in the sky

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

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Beam Me Up – Vivid Sydney 2022

by on Jun.01, 2022, under Photography

Beam Me Up

Beam Me Up

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 55 mm, 15 sec at f/9, ISO 64

I wanted to redo the “beam shots” version of the Opera House I’d taken before Vivid opened. So I returned to the scene and this time I adjusted my position like I wished I had after shooting last time

Here I’m situated again in the middle of the four projection booths. But instead of shooting at the same height as the projector front elements I’ve dropped to floor level. So the camera is position just above the floor and about 1m below the level of the projectors. Thus instead of the beams coming in from the side and over the projection itself I’ve got the beams coming down from above

To me this results in a much better composition and it doesn’t introduce as much haze over the projections on the sails

Beam Me Up

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 55 mm, 1/6 sec at f/5, ISO 2000 x 73 Frames

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

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