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Something’s Cheesey…

by on Mar.19, 2014, under Life, Photography

I’d heard of a place along the coast in the Royal National Park at the southern edge of Sydney which was called “The Cheese Block” and sometimes as “The Wedding Cake”. My eldest daughter was very keen to go see this marvel of modern landscape but unfortunately I didn’t know exactly where it was and online searches only returned images of the location but no actual details for how best to get there

Thankfully my good frond Gerry texted me the exact GPS go-ordinates and with this in hand we made a plan to walk out there when we got a break in the weather. We drove to the corner of Bundeena which was the closest to where we wanted to go and started walking through the bush to the coast. Google Maps indicated it would only take 30 minutes for the walk – definitely not the case (perhaps only if you decided to do it at a run :)). We arrived mid afternoon and whilst the conditions weren’t great we could easily see why this area of white limestone gets it’s name

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

A selfie to start things off

A Slice of Me

A Slice of Me

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/80 sec at f/11, ISO 100

The Cheese and I

The Cheese and I

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

and now my daughters turn

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It actually feels pretty precarious standing out on the block since there is a very large crack going right around the block – it feels (pardon the pun) rock solid but I’m not exactly sure how much longer that entire chunk of rack is going to remain here

and finally it was BigStopper time to see what a long exposure would do for the scene – Lee BigStopper stacked with a Lee 0.6 GND and the Heliopan CPL (and still we only get it out to 51 seconds at ISO 50 and f/16 – yes it was very bright :))

The Cheese Block

The Cheese Block

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 51.00 sec at f/16, ISO 50

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