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Us and Them

by on Jul.15, 2019, under Life, Photography

Us and Them

Us and Them

DJI Mavic 2 Pro L1D-20c + 28.0 mm f/2.8 @ 10.26 mm, 1/80 sec at f/4, ISO 100

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.

Visual interest almost anywhere…

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Farmers Eye

by on Jul.14, 2019, under Life, Photography

Farmers Eye

Farmers Eye

DJI Mavic 2 Pro L1D-20c + 28.0 mm f/2.8 @ 10.26 mm, 1/80 sec at f/4, ISO 100

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.

Another clear day, another opportunity to practice flying the new drone

Even a farmers dam can be interesting if shot from an interesting and unusual angle

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Heaven’s Vineyard

by on Jul.13, 2019, under Life, Photography

These are the star trails I was aiming to photograph whilst staying on our friends property. One which would include the little vineyard they have on site

Heaven’s Vineyard

Vineyard

NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 61 sec at f/2.4, ISO 1000 x 130 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.

They have a neat paddock of wine grapes planted, and one of the rows is directly in line with my favoured lone tree on the hill

It was a perfect location and a perfect night for shooting these trails. Very clear skies, no clouds, almost no light pollution and it wasn’t to freezing 🙂

Even better I only had to shoot the test shots, the light painting frames and then start the trails shots. I then went inside to the warmth of an open fire and had dinner. All I had to do was come out just over two (2) hours later to collect the camera. The perfect way to shoot startrails if you ask me 🙂

I’m about to head off into very dark skies territory on a ten week trip through north west Australia. It’s an ideal opportunity to shoot as much astrophotography as I can sensibly fit in :). So here I’m getting a little practice in with the new camera (Nikon Z7) and lens (Samyang 14/2.4). So far I’m quite happy with the combination and the results

Last time I went on a trip like this (4 years ago) there were a few key things I didn’t have or take. This time I’m taking my Novoflex Pano Rails (which will make taking angled panorama’s much easier and multi row pano’s possible). I’m also taking the Star Adventurer Mini star tracker (for some tracked astro shots)

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Arch Loop

by on Jul.13, 2019, under Life, Photography

Visiting some more caves at Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. This time at the other end of the Reserve

Arch Loop

Arch Loop

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 24 mm, 1/25 sec at f/4, ISO 180 x 6 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.

This is the Arch Cave a short walk from the picnic area. This is the easiest cave to reach if you’re driving, it’s just a two minute walk from the car park

This is a quick little handheld panorama, consisting of six (6) vertical frames stitched horizontally

That dark area up on the left is the entrance to a dark cavern with stalactites, stalagmites and columns inside, bring a torch (or your phone)

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Sparks

by on Jul.12, 2019, under Life, Photography

Sparks

Sparks

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 42 mm, 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 64

A little sunset magic lined up through the fork in this tree

This is actually an HDR exposure blend of five (5) exposures at 1EV intervals taken handheld

A bit of trivia – right in front is also pretty much the spot I took the previous nights astro shots. The cool lone tree in those frames is 90 degrees directly to my left and up the hill a bit

Those clouds you see pretty much ends any thoughts of shooting astro tonight (plus it’s soooo cold this evening)…

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