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Crocodile Hunting at Nightcliff…

by on Aug.10, 2015, under Life, Photography

One thing my parents warned me of and I had to be cognisant of when photographing up here was the threat of being devoured by a crocodile whilst shooting seascapes. Something I definitely didn’t have to be concerned with when shooting in Sydney :).

Rising and Setting

Rising and Setting

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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.

When I’m taking landscape photos I’m pretty well completely singly focused on the task at hand, looking for and crafting compositions and working with the light. I spend my time patiently adjusting things, reframing slightly and getting things as right as I can in camera.

I’m not normally looking around to see if a crocodile is going to have at me…

This evening I was looking for compositions with single isolated mangrove trees and this fantastic leafless tree raised up at the waters edge was perfect for some sunset silhouettes.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/50 sec at f/11, ISO 100

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 8 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It was getting pretty dark now and not wishing to be left stranded at the waters edge in the dark in crocodile infested territory I figured discretion was better than valour in this instance and I headed off the rocks back towards the car.

I decided to take a last minute detour through the park towards the Nightcliff jetty. Just before the jetty is a boat ramp with this nice curved seawall with a small light beacon at the end. Time for a very late twilight long exposure with just the 0.9 GND and the CPL while there was still a touch of colour left in the sky.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm, 108 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Thankfully I survived the evening unscathed and I was no crocodile dinner this night…

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