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Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve

Woke up nice and early at 0430 to train at the gym at 0530 – i figured since sunrise was at 0647 i may as well pack my camera gear and head down to the beach for a shoot, allowing me ample time to drive down there, set up and have a chat to the people out exercising on such a lovely morning.  The weather was nice and warm, perfect for shooting – no chilly wind to knock the tripod around.

The one thing I noticed was how polite people were, I was taking up the entire walkway with my tripod and my f-stop bag splayed over the footpath, nobody seemed to mind much, they paused, then asked me if they could walk in front of the camera.  The guy who was walking down the walkway (the one in the shot) noticed I was getting a bit dismayed as he was right in my shot and wearing red which would have been hard to photoshop out and then make the pier look perfect again, so he hurried up and apologised when he got to the end – totally unnecessary, but so nice to know that the Northern Beaches is full of gorgeous people!

Oh and they had the audacity to tell me that I should have been down here yesterday as the sunrise was sweet as…. grrrr…. didn’t need to know that 🙂

I got loads of shots, but this was my favourite panoramic, will upload an individual shot later.

Technical Specs: 11 march 2011, 6:54am, iso100, f/14, 0.6 sec, 24mm, canon l series 24-70mm lens, canon 1d mark iv, 9 images stitched

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Collaroy Beach

Taken at Collaroy Beach last night after sunset.  The tungsten lighting presents an issue when editing these shots, as it puts an orange/magenta cast over the image, but it can also work quite well.  I think I prefer this lighting effect for dawn rather than dusk, as the light is a lot softer and it compliments the environment.  Gorgeous evening to be out shooting, nice warm breeze, loads of people out swimming, running and just enjoying what is left of the “summer” weather.  If the cloud cover wasn’t so heavy I would have stuck around to shoot some star trails.

Technical specs: 9 march 2011, 1940hr, iso100, f/13, 24mm, 15 secs, 5 images stitched, ps cs5, canon l series 24-70mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, canon 1d mk iv

Jumping Castle!!

The St Ives Heritage Fair is held on the first Sunday of every month.  The kids love going for the jumping castles, big slide, pony rides, face painting, trampolines with harnesses for doing backflips, decorating cupcakes, checking out the tutus and batman capes, etc…  loads of fun … and it even tires them out so Mummy can have a rest in the afternoon!  I snapped this pic when they were playing on the jumping castle.

Technical Specs: 6 march 2011, 12:25pm, iso250, 54mm, canon l series ef24-70mm f/2.8l usm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec, canon 1d mark iv, hoya pro circular polarizer filter

Murwillumbah Legal Wall

Technical Data:11:03am, 10 february 2011, f/2.8, 1/100, iso100, 16mm, 16-35mm canon l series lens, canon 1d mark iv, hoya pro circular polarizer filter

Shot at the Legal Wall at Murwillumbah, NSW.  Some awesome urban art on these walls, definitely worth checking out… got some great shots this day.

Currumbin Rock

Every time I come to the Gold Coast, I relax too much and don’t get out and shoot enough, I thought today was a good day to set the alarm for 4:20am and head off to Currumbin Rock to get a nice sunrise shoot in.  Didn’t think I would make it as it was getting pretty light as I was driving past Palm Beach and was tempted to just get a beach shot in, but that’s not my style, so I kept on driving.  My 4-yr old son begged to come last night, so I woke him up at 4:25 and he reluctantly made it to the car and went back to sleep.  I hiked out to location with my 15kg backpack on (all my gear in it) and my 16kg son on my hip.  Thank god, I have been going to the gym or I would have been dead once I got there.  The sun took forever to come up, it was supposed to be sunrise at 5:28am, but it didn’t seem to breach the horizon til around 5:40am, which is when I got this shot.  Not an overly exciting sunrise to say the least, but I’m happy with the shot.  Loads of keen fishermen up at this early hour.  Technical notes: 5:40am, 14 february 2011, iso100, f/13, 1/5 sec, 24mm, 24-70mm canon l series lens, lee soft grad filter 0.9, canon 1d mark iv

 

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Shorncliffe Pier at Dawn

Shorncliffe Pier at Dawn, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

5:03am, 12 february 2011, iso100, 42mm, f/22, 30sec, lee soft grad filter 0.6, 24-70mm canon l series lens, canon 1d mark iv

Shorncliffe Pier Panoramic

 

Taken at Shorncliffe Pier: 6:37am, 12 february 2011, iso100, 24mm, 1/6 sec, f/13, 24-70mm canon l series lens, canon 1d mark iv, 7 images stitched

Not a very good morning for shooting sunrise, the cloud was very thick and high on the horizon, not letting the light through til way after sunrise.  The light was still nice pre-sunrise and I will process another shot, this time in colour soon.  Image can be purchased, by clicking on the photo

Gorgeous Byron Bay

Was keen to get a nice sunset to start off my Byron shots, but I got there a bit early and the sunset was nice but not intense.  This was my favourite shot of the day.  Shot it on my new Canon 1D Mark IV and it is an absolutely beautiful piece of equipment – was a bit stuck on a few settings, but once I got the manual out and figured out how basic it really was, and where all the buttons were, it was so simple to use and this was the result.  I love it!!!

Technical: 6:49pm, 9 February 2011, iso 100,  85 sec, 16mm, f/13, 16-35mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, lee big stopper 10, canon 1d mark iv

My Birthday Flowers

got some gorgeous flowers for my birthday and what better way to remember them – shoot macro!

100mm, f/2.8, iso100, 1/10 sec, canon macro lens ef 100mm 1:2.8l is usm, canon 5d mark ii