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Overcast Light…

by on Aug.26, 2016, under Life, Photography

Our last day in Mollymook and we rose to some grey overcast skies. Frankly it wasn’t looking good and it was threatening to rain at any moment.

Still an intrepid bunch made their way down to the southern end of Mollymook beach to see what the morning might bring. We arrived ad walked right out to the point very early (by 5:30AM)!. I was already up and shooting in the dark well before sunrise at 5:40AM.

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

NIKON D750 + @ 20 mm, 95 sec at f/11, ISO 200

I must have been in the mood for seaweed this trip because yet again I grabbed a bunch to include in my foreground with foreboding overcast grey overhead. On the plus side we were getting pockets of really interesting light reflecting through the clouds in places.

The following was my favourite shot of the day. This is almost straight out of camera but it just symbolises the mood of the morning. Really overcast but with hints of that really beautiful light both in the clouds and all around. With a subtleness of colour and tone and an almost calm stillness to the world. The waves just slowly swished and washed back and forth inexorably dragging this small patch of grassy seaweed out across the wet sand to sea.

Swept

Swept

NIKON D750 + @ 20 mm, 31 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It’s just simply fantastic being out on mornings like these…

I first processed a colour rendition of the following and it had a similar look and feeling to the image above. This time however I decided to give it a much more sinister and moody interpretation with the dark monochrome conversion.

Washed

Washed

NIKON D750 + @ 19 mm, 10.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Finally the sun had well and truly risen (not that you could tell – it was still 100% overcast and the sun was really nowhere to be seen). I’d recced this spot much earlier in the dark when I’d first arrived. So I headed back to see if I could craft a composition here looking out through this gap to sea with the tendrils of water snaking in and out through the narrow channel.

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

NIKON D750 + @ 19 mm, 1.30 sec at f/11, ISO 400

Thus it was the end of another really excellent camera club weekend away. So looking forward to the next one later this year.

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Entropy – A Measure of Disorder…

by on Aug.25, 2016, under Life, Photography

Entropy – A Measure of Disorder

One concept; 9 Photographers; 9 Interpretations

I’m a member of a small group of passionate Sydney based photographers (Parallaxis). We have been working towards an exhibition of our work in September this year. The theme is “Entropy” and we’ve each been interpreting and mastering our bodies of work.

Entropy – A Photographic Exhibition

Entropy - A Photographic Exhibition

Entropy - A Measure of Disorder

Entropy can be simply defined as “A measure of disorder in a system”. Each of us nine exhibitors have presented a panel of photographs that reflect our individual responses and interpretation of the concepts of entropy.

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 below.

Less than two more weeks to go before the big day – it’s getting really exciting now :).

This is our official flyer for the exhibition and our formal invitation for you to attend :).

Details:

Our exhibition will be at The Art Space on the Concourse @ Chatswood (Sydney’s North Shore). It’s showing from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 18th September 2016 and entry is Free. If you can make it we’d love to see you there.

You may also like to check out all the other fantastic events going on in our city during September. We are exhibiting as part of Willoughby City Council’s Emerge Festival. The program lists the more than 30 events all through September celebrating emerging talent, arts, culture and community.

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Narrawallee Dreaming…

by on Aug.23, 2016, under Life, Photography

We woke early to head down to Narrawallee beach for sunrise. This spot was literally just up the road from the houses our group was staying in over the weekend.

I started out on the rocks in the middle of the beach looking for something interesting to include in my foreground. I found this nice little still pool filled with these nice jangles. A little bit of light painting with the torch to lift it out of the darkness during this three minute plus exposure. It’s 6:30AM and time to move on to another composition.

Bigfoot

Bigfoot

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 195 sec at f/8, ISO 200

I moved out onto the sand to look for some separated rocks in the sand at the waters edge. Another long exposure lets me smooth the slow ebb and flow of the water. Again with a little light painting to lift the black rocks from the darkness.

Mercury

Mercury

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 147 sec at f/10, ISO 100

Just after 7AM the sun began to hint that it was going to crest the horizon. As it did the sky began to light up in pinks and fiery reds. It was going to be one of those mornings.

I’ve found myself this nice little crater shaped rock formation to include in my foreground. As a result it was just a matter of composing everything else around it.

For the image below I’ve light painted the foreground and set my shutter for a nice bit of water streaking around me.

Narrawallee Earthfire

Narrawallee Earthfire

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 3 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Finally a more centred composition with a better unobstructed section of water between my crater and the rising sun. All the rockage is pointing towards my hero the rising sun in the sky. The pinks in the rippled clouds were forming nicely but the sun was very bright. As such I bracketed a set of frames here. I took five exposures from -2 & 2/3EV to +1 & 1/3EV. Finally in post I manually blended the exposures on layers in photoshop. Using a little manual blending plus some luminosity masking produced this final result.

Earthrise

Earthrise

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 6 sec at f/16, ISO 100

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Mollymook Meanderings…

by on Aug.21, 2016, under Life, Photography

At least once or twice a year my local photographic club has a “weekend away” – this year we were heading to the southern coastal village of Mollymook.

Out to Sea

Out to Sea

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + @, 1/600 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

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

Our “weekends away” are often a touch more than a weekend (three of four days). It’s great to just get away with like minded (read photographic enthusiasts) people. Just as important is to just focus on photography for a few solid days. There’s lots of good food, good company and lots of opportunity to go out together and shoot. When you’re getting up two hours before sunrise or staying out in the night to go shooting you’re definitely NOT the odd one out :).

Seaglow

Seaglow

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 10 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Mollymook is located within Shoalhaven city on the South Coast of New South Wales, approximately three hours drive south of Sydney. The little village of Mollymook is very close to the coastal towns of Milton & Ulladulla.

On the friday evening we headed south of Mollymook, south of Ulladulla to the southern side of Warden Head for a very nice little sunset. The angle of the land here made it better suited for a westward facing shooting position along the coast towards the setting sun.

In the image above I’ve focused on this nice bundle of seaweed as my foreground interest in this vertical composition. Some nice colour in the sky and a lovely reflection provided by nature. A 3 stop reverse grad to hold down the sky and a CPL to tame the reflections and boost the colours.

Blue Daze

Blue Daze

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 13 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Then I moved out into this very nice pool of still water. It was perfect for some reflections, especially with some longer exposures. Here the trick was to get the polarisation angle right with the CPL. You need to adjust so that you can see down into the water where required (to see those fantastic underwater rocks and weeds). All the same whilst also maintaining the coloured reflections of the sky and clouds above.

Sweetness

Sweetness

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 52 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It wasn’t one of those fiery sunsets. However those serene smooth colour tones in the sky are good for the soul. Not too shabby for the photographer either :).

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Autumn Light…

by on Aug.20, 2016, under Life, Photography

Each year I usually like to get out and shoot some autumn colour when it’s peak time here in Sydney. There’s not actually a great deal of autumn colour in Sydney itself. There are a few good locations for photography in and around Sydney. The best spots in our local area however are up in the Blue Mountains at places like Mount Wilson. It’s always a very popular spot for photographers and you have to get up there very early in the morning (read before sunrise). If you are lucky enough to be there on those few days when the leaves are in their peak and still on the trees you can get some magnificent images.

We’d actually missed most of the autumn prime being overseas (in Japan) during the peak time. So this year I didn’t get out to shoot any autumn colour at all.

Autumn Light

Autumn Light

NIKON D750 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm, 1/500 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

I was however fortunate to be in this right place at exactly the right time. It’s actually on the grounds of the school my two elder daughters attend. We were waiting with my youngest daughter for an event there.

It was late in the afternoon when I saw these fantastic trees being lit up by the later afternoon light. If I could just place my daughter in the right spot where she’d be lit up as well with the epic 70-200 shooting wide open…

Sometimes the autumnal gods do shine their light upon me…

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