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.

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

Gold Coast Getaway

We spent a few days on the Gold Coast for a brief family holiday, it seems to be a yearly occurrence which we look forward to greatly.  I had some time alone with the camera, it has been quite some time since I have had a chance to get out and shoot.

Newcastle, NSW

While visiting Newcastle for work I had some spare time in the afternoon to drive around and do a bit of sight seeing.  I've been to Newcastle many times over the past few years but they ave only ever been fly in fly out day trips.  After work I headed to Nobby's Lighthouse, I could have spent a whole day photographing around this area; there is so much to look at from debris on the beach to patterns in the rocks and train lines in the sand dunes. 

As the light levels were dropping I found myself at King Edward Park amongst some of the WW2 ruins.  I would love to explore the war time ruins a little more but would want to go with a second person if going underground at night.

I think I need to get back to Newcastle sometime just for photography, there is so much more to see such as the ocean pools.

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