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Dimensional Rift…

by on Jun.11, 2018, under Life, Photography

OMG he lives!!! It had been over a year since my last “proper” landscape session – with other people… with Gerry… We’d both not shot anything in ages so we figured a sunrise session or some joint light painting (or both :)) was in order.

We wanted to do something at this bunker in Malabar (South Maroubra) so plans were set in motion. At first we were going to shoot Saturday morning (but the weather outlook was very grim), then Sunday morning (alas again…) and finally we took a punt on Monday morning.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 18 sec at f/8, ISO 200

The plan was a deck chair, an umbrella and a little steel wool action. We’d settled on an early start arriving at the car park just over two (2) hours before sunrise! We needed some dark time before twilight and with a 20 minute walk to the location settled on a 4:45AM meetup.

I’d also invited my daughter and my neighbours daughter to join us as they were both keen to practice some photography and learn some new skills.

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.

It was lightly sprinkling when we got out of the car and alas it started to rain for reals just as we arrived at the bunker :(. We took cover inside hoping the rain might eventually abate. Whilst we waited we decided to try something undercover – the end result is my daughter in “Fired” above. Steel wool burnage courtesy of Gerry and my daughter even survived without being set on fire which is always good :).

That complete it had stopped raining with semi clear skies above. We headed outside for the original plan sending my daughter sliding yet again into this dimensional rift. She reckons we’re channelling Dr Strange 🙂

Dimensional Rift

Dimensional Rift

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 40 sec at f/8, ISO 200

One more quick steel wool burn on the other side with the skies lightening rapidly as dawn approaches. Time now to switch to traditional sunrise landscape mode…

Transit Lounge

Transit Lounge

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 17 sec at f/11, ISO 200

Lastly some keen observers might be wondering about the settings used for these shots and why we were shooting at ISO 200.

Whilst the cameras my daughter, Gerry and I were using had a base ISO of 100 (and we would normally have shot there – to give us more time (shutter length) to play with) – our fourth shooter had an older camera with a minimum ISO of 200 so that gave us our common base.

We then just use Aperture to control the ambient light, exposure and light painting exposure – giving us a shutter range we can make use of.

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