Rural Scenes: Shadows on the landscape

The light this afternoon was something else, lots of clouds in the sky playing shadow games on the hills and pastures. My trip home from Toowoomba took a little longer for the numerous photo stops along the way.

I have been travelling to and from Toowoomba once a week for the past month for work.  Some of the trips are fairly boring when I have to go to and from the office and travel up the main highway from Brisbane, but there has been a few occasions when my journey coincide with home time and I can take a leisurely back road drive through the country.

Leaving Toowoomba in the afternoon I turned off at Gatton and headed out through ESK on the way to Kilcoy and eventually home to Caboolture.  I stopped quite a few times on the way, scouting a few locations for future options.  Coming into Kilcoy from the north I was quite distracted by the shadows over the rolling hills and had to quickly find a safe place to pull up and cross the road.  I spent about 10 minutes here just watching the light and taking a few shots, the large landscape makes you feel so small.

Ok time to leave here and continue my journey homewards, I got as far as the other side of Kilcoy before I stopped again.  This time there was a pocket of light in the middle of a paddock of cows, and as luck has it as soon as you find a spot to pull over, the light is gone.  I waited here for another 10 minutes for the light to change and the pocket of light eventually returned.

I drive and travel a lot for work but don't usually stop to sit and watch the landscape, maybe I should take more time out.

P366 Week 05: Inspiration Week

My favorite shot from from this week is 037/366 Dual, an image of two concrete trucks parked nose to nose on a building site; what a find.

031 Texture: Car Wash

032 Frosty: Beer

033 Folded: Paper bows

034 Coarse: Grinding Discs

035 Rocky: Shorncliffe

036 Smooth/Silky: Whipped Egg white

037 Dual: Concrete Trucks

P366 Week 03: Light

Week Three of the P366 daily photo challenge is Light.  The majority of my shots this week come from the Gold Coast as I have been to and from quite regularly this week; a lot of travel.

17 Light: Old School Light Bulb

18 With The Sky: Cranes against blue sky with cirrus clouds

19 Side light: Sunrise over Burleigh Heads from Miami

20 Under: Underground carpark

21 Back Lit: Fishing at Night

22 Artificial Light: Surfers Paradise city scape

23 Dappled: Ballpit

P366 Week 02: Colour

Week two of the Capture Your 365 daily photo challenge.  This week was all about colour and while I felt that the start of the week was fairly average, the end of the week came together nicely.

10 Monochrome: Graffiti 

11 Complimentary: Toy frog

12 Draw: City Scape

13 Mostly White: Corella

14 Black and White: Love Locks at Burleigh Heads

15 A Treasure: Vintage Cameras

16 Sepia: The Hut

P366 Week 01: Personal

Here we go again with another photo a day project, what am I thinking?  I don't know but as much as it is frustrating I really enjoy the ongoing challenge and feeling more and more creative.

Week one is personal week from January 01 through 09;

01 Fresh Start: Coffee

02 One Word: Family

03 This is So Me: Self Portrait

04 I Need This: First day of work, I need a beer

05 Makes Me Happy: These two

06 Pushing Myself: Running on Empty

07 Good For Me: Tempted

08 Where I Stand: Beach

09 Relationship: Kathy and I

Even older cameras

Adding more and more cameras to my collection, these are some of the oldest ones that I have;  a Japanese Beautycord TLR from the early 50's and a Kodak Brownie Model 2a from the mid 20's.

The Brownie was found on Ebay and is in excellent condition with the original box, I don't think it has been used much at all since the mid 1920's as the leather is still in really great shape.

The TLR was found on Gumtree and bought off an older gent who received it from his father many decades ago.  When I collected it he was reminiscing about his youth and the many great shots he had acquired hen using it; he was sad to see it go.

Melbourne Holiday - September 2015

The family and I spent five nights in Melbourne which was a fantastic break even though the weather was far from delightful.

I found myself taking a lot of long exposure images of the city; here are Flinders Station, St Kilda Pier and Docklands.  All these images were taken in daylight and are between 1 to 1.5 minutes.

Old camera collection

My vintage camera collection is constantly growing; either by searching op shops, ebay, gumtree or from family and friends passing on their old gear.

Here's a small selection of the collection; Olympus OM2, Olympus Trip 35, Practika LTL, Minolta Himatic 7s, Minolta 16 and a Lucimeter light meter.

Seems I have a penchant for 1970's silver and black cameras.

Caboolture Camera Club - Hunt and Shoot

The Caboolture Camera Clubs' annual Hunt and Shoot was on again and as usual is always a fun activity.  A list of 8 subjects are given to you moments before starting time and you have 2.5 hours to capture something for each subject... but there are some rules.

1. All images must be taken in order and have consecutive file numbers (no deleting)

2. Must be within a set zone/location - we were limited to how far we could walk from Shorncliffe beach.

All these images are straight out of the camera and have not been edited in post.

Shorncliffe Sunrise

Visited a new spot that I haven't been to before at Shorncliffe and thankfully it paid off. Located halfway between the old pier and Baxters Jetty is a rocky wonderland; a photographers delight everywhere you turn. Add to that a cracking sunrise and I am one very happy guy this morning.

Nikon D610 | Nikon 18-35G @ 26mm | 5 sec | F11 | ISO50 | ND8 soft grad | edit in LRCC

Caboolture Historical Village

Visited the Caboolture Historical Village this morning for their annual Gem Fest held by the Caboolture Gem Club. It's always great to visit the village, especially with the kids.

I spent some time watching the blacksmiths working the metal, looks like hard yakka.

Nikon D610 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 70mm | 1/250sec | F4 | ISO1000 | Edit in LRCC

New lens test at Brighton

I headed down to Brighton this morning to test out my new Nikon 18-35G lens on the D610. I headed to a few spots around Redcliffe and Woody Point before settling in at the western end of the Hornibrook Bridge. The sun put on a great show throwing a fair bit of colour into the clouds before the rain set in on the horizon.

The first shot was taken with just grad filters and the second was shot using an ND400 filter to blur the clouds and water giving a completely different feel to the morning.

Nikon D610 | Nikon 18-35 F3.5-4.5G @ 24mm | ISO50 | 1 sec | F11 | ND4 + ND8 soft grad

Caboolture Car Show and Swap Meet

A yearly ritual for me is to visit the Caboolture Car Show and Swap Meet.  It's a bit of a family morning out with my Brother In-Law and Father In-Law taking their cars to get primo parking at the show'n'shine so we don't have to walk forever to get to the swap.

I decided to try something different and make a collage of different headlights on all the classic cars; how many can you recognize?

Superior 4WD Racing - Elimbah


I attended the Superior 4WD Racing finals just to see what it was all about and was glad I did - What a hoot.

The weather was pretty average but I made a last minute decision to drive up and check it out, it was only 3km from home.

I spent 3 hours in the confines of the tiny viewing area which did not give great scope for different locations.  I set up on the inside apex of a big sweeping corner and captured most of the cars broad sliding their way through the mud - highly entertaining.

Rolling Hills | Mt Mee

A lovely sunset on Friday evening from Settlement Road at the top of Mount Mee.  

I took Friday off to take the family to the local show (helps to avoid crowds with young kids), we spent the morning there and then decided to take a drive up the mountain to check out the views.  

I had been searching for rolling hills and went in search of them in the local landscape, this particular location on Mt Mee is only a 30 minute drive from home and the scenery changes dramatically.  It was peaceful at the top, in the fresh mountain air watching the sun set in the west, I think the kids had a good time exploring the fence line and the country roads.

Nikon D610 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 70mm | 1/50sec | F8 | ISO200 | 13 shots stitched in LRCC and shot using a Nodal Ninja NN5

Natural Bridge | Springbrook

I visited Natural Bridge at Springbrook in the Gold Coast Hinterland while on family holiday on the Gold Coast. I woke up early and made it to the trail just before sunrise, it was a chilly and I was glad I wore thermal pants under my hiking pants, a fleece under my jacket, and beanie and mittens.  

The cave was spectacular, cold and loud, and I spotted about a dozen glow worms overhead.  It was serene and surreal, sitting by myself for an hour inside the cave watching the sun rise and only getting a tiny bit of light filtering in to where I was sitting.  The water running through the hole in the cave roof was gushing quite a lot and was sending a fair bit of spray throughout the cave. 

I set up my tripod with the nodal ninja attached and mounted my new camera and 24-70 lens, I checked my exposures for outside, inside and the cave roof before working out the rotations.  I decided on doing twelve shots angled at 10 degrees up and rotating every 15 degrees to capture a full 180 degrees, taking 3 different exposures at each point.  I then repeated the process with the camera facing 10 degrees downwards resulting in 72 images to be stitched.

I have found that Photoshop cannot handle the larger multi-row / multi-exposure images so I choose to stitch these panoramas using Kolor Autopano Pro and then get to work on the image editing using both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.

Nikon D610 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | Various exposures | F8 | ISO 200 | 72 images using Nodal Ninja NN5 | Edited in Kolor Autopano Pro, Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC

Story Bridge, Brisbane | Sunrise

I had an early start and needed to pick up some materials for work around Hendra so I headed in super early to Wilsons Outlook a the top of Bowen Terrace overlooking the Story Bridge. I set up my Nodal Ninja to take a series of panoramas, I especially like this one as the sky was just changing and the stars were still visible in the sky.

It took about 30 minutes for my fingers to thaw once I was back in the car.

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 30mm F1.4 | 15sec | F8 | ISO200 | 12 images stitched in LR CC