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

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.

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

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

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

Bribie Island Sunset

I haven't been shooting much lately and the weather has been terrible.  We had 140mm of rain the day before and the clouds were starting to clear so we quickly ate dinner and packed everyone in the car for a trip to Bribie Island on the off chance that there would be some colour in the sky.

My family doesn't often come along on photo jaunts as it does get rather boring to the non-photographer but everyone seemed to enjoy it briefly; maybe it was just the novelty of an after dinner excursion.  E had packed here camera and stayed rather close to me as I was setting up and moving about looking for the right angle, I hope one day she will be a budding photographer.

4 Shot Panorama | Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | 15 sec | F11 | ISO100 | ND8 Soft Grad over Sky | Edited in LR5 and PSCC 

I have a soft spot for panoramic images but I really liked this single shot image of the Bribie Island bridge too.

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | 15 sec | F11 | ISO100 | ND8 Soft Grad over Sky | Edited in LR5 

Kondallila Falls

I headed to Kondalilla Falls this morning to create some vertical panoramas for a commission.  Packed the Nodal Ninja, 2x camera bodies, 10-20 zoom, 30mm prime, flash, and filters. 

It was a lovely morning up the falls, here are a few shots of the rock pool at Kondalilla Falls. I'm still working on the vertical panoramas but wanted to share these two images

Anzac Day Sunrise Redcliffe

I got up nice and early this morning for the dawn service at Redcliffe, a perfect opportunity to capture a sunrise and play around with my nodal ninja panoramic head.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 @ 14mm | 3 sec | F16 | ISO100 | Stitched in Autopano Pro 3 | Adjusted in Lightroom 5

Mornington, VIC

One of the perks of my work is I get to travel a little bit, this week I found myself on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Since it is the middle of summer sun down isn’t until really late, 8:37 to be precise, I made my way down to the bathing sheds at Mornington to take a few photos. 

I found my location and set up the camera on my tripod with a wireless remote and took a few test shots to get exposure and focus. The sky was completely blown out so I added a 3 stop soft graduated filter diagonally over the sun to darken the sky (the sun is still blown). I like to use hyper focal focusing when doing landscape shots, this is where you set focus so that most of the frame is in focus. Using an app on my phone I key in the focal length and the aperture that I wish to use and it determines where I need to manually set the focus ring, in this case it is focused at 1m which makes this particular set up easy to remember.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-12mm | 13mm | 1/25sec | F8 | ISO100 | 3 stop soft grad filter over sky