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Drone over Water .. or not?

After a lovely family lunch we headed south to catch up with our good mate and mad photographer Mel from Left of the Middle Photography. Mel has recently joined the drone craze and has been a lot more adventurous then i have been game to be, so we figured we’d laugh about it together and try a few more things!

After a few location changes due to wind and airspace usage we settled on Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie.

I haven’t really messed around with many of the settings so today, i decided to see how i would go using the manual settings on the camera

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First shot – not so good, the highlights on the waves are blown out badly.

The next batch are still a little blown out but not as much.

I’m flying with the DJI Spark, which is an awesome little piece of gear, and it was the size that drew me to this one, so i could pack with us when we hike and travel, however the downside is doesn’t RAW files for photos, which mean the photo files are less forgiving, so getting it right in camera is really important.

You can see with these two the sky is quite blown out which is a shame because the waves are awesome!

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Looking north back towards Newcastle

I haven’t been real keen on getting my little Sparkie out over water, so Mel’s challenge for me today was to get it over water. This was about as close as it got so if over the high tide line counts i passed.

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Nature’s own version of lace
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Even got a bit fancy with a 3 image panorama.
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The people help to give some perspective, and this was shot at probably the highest i’ve been about 75m.
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Someone was digging for a very long time!

I definitely feel a little more confident with the drone so here’s hoping for some good weather, spare time and legal airspace to get it up in the air again soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Instameet – Redhead Beach

Even though the weather had been terrible all morning and it wasn’t looking like it was going to get any better, I packed all my gear and headed off to our scheduled I’m at a meeting, after all it was scheduled for cuppa and cake and sunset 😊

The weather wasn’t any better across the tracks and down the coast when we arrived at redhead. The cafe looked after us nicely with hot drinks and hot chips and we all looked after the laughter and fun under the shelter of the surf club.

The weather was coming and going but the light was amazing and perfect for some long exposures. I grabbed my gear out the car, loaded up a 3 stop NiSi Filter and headed to the water.

I started off shooting the patterns created by the run off from the car park down to the ocean.

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I then spotted the lovely green moss on this rock.

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The tide was going out but there was still quite a swell so you have to keep your wits about when you’re playing in amongst the rocks as its easy to get you’re gear damaged or even written off if the sea claims it.

There is a little hole on one end of the rocks at redhead that the ocean has slowly carved out that on the right angle looks like a heart and i was keen to try and get a shot of the water coming through it.

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As always seems to be the case I like to get in amongst the flow and by doing so I usually end up wet and today was no exception. Given the outside temperature the water temps were quite pleasant.

Mel, known as @leftofthemiddle in the Insta world had managed to get her hands on some Wilde gluten free beer.  They make a Raspberry Pale Ale and a straight Pale Ale, which is really good timing i guess given my recent move to a Gluten Free diet.Of course we made sure we got a group photo with the beer – props only of course 😊

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The weather came back through so we retreated for a little while and once it cleared I headed to the northern end of the beach as I hadn’t shot there before and the wave action across the rocks was looking pretty sweet. _DSC0842

It’s important to watch the waves for a bit before you start shooting so you can see the sets and where the water is coming in as well as going out, because if the in and out flow collide you can find yourself in a bit of trouble pretty quickly.

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It was about this point that I went from having wet ankles to being drenched to the thighs, but I got the shots I wanted and get me gear dry and safe.

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We topped off a great afternoon with a hilarious dinner and a few drinks at the Mattara Hotel.

 

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Crescent Head – June Long Weekend

After an awesome weekend away in Walcha we were all keen to turn the camera’s onto some new scenery. Trev had done some research and the infamous cave at Crescent Head was due to line up with the sunrise over the June long weekend.

Crescent is a small seaside beach community about 3hrs north of Newcastle with plenty of photo ops.

Trev had organised a house for us all to stay in, and the families were coming along as well, so it was a full house literally. I finished work a lot later then i had hoped too, so it was well after dark and dinner by the time we arrived, which meant everyone had settled in and had already starting making some plans for sunrise.

An early start for sunrise and we headed to Pebbly Beach, a beautifully curved beach with glossy black rocks surrounding it leading around to a big headland at one end, called Big Nobby. The sunrise didn’t have much colour but those big black rocks didn’t disappoint.

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Sunrise breaks over Pebbly Beach
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After sunrise on Pebbly Beach

After a hearty BBQ breaky we headed off into Goolawah NP, where we took a lovely stroll along the beach up to Delicate Nobby.

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The view from our house
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Look at those clouds!
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Delicate Nobby
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A bad selfie  at Delicate Nobby

We continued on down towards Point Plomer checking out the coastline.

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A drinking dinosaur .. maybe

We headed back to town, had some lunch and then made a decision to head north to South West Rocks, particularly Trial Bay Gaol.

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Way too Cute!

With us all feeling the effects of the early start we headed back the Heads, to line up for sunset at the infamous cave. As we descended down the cliff, i wasn’t sure if the boys had a hidden plan to hide our bodies, but after scurrying around two blind rock faces, whilst trying to beat the rushing water and waves we made it into the cave, or tiny little space that wasn’t made for four photographers and their gear ! It was well worth it in the end.

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Inside the Cave
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Just outside the cave
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Second Bay as sunset starts to fade on the horizon

We had a hearty chinese dinner, dragged our weary bodies back up the hill, readying ourselves for another sunrise.

With legs like concrete after a reasonable amount of walking we hauled ourselves back down the hill to Pebbly Beach again, as the sunrise wasn’t predicted to be brilliant we stayed close to home. A local photographer also joined us for the morning which was brilliant.

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A nice moody sunrise
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Using the moody light for some long exposures

With another sunrise under our belt, we headed back to the house for another beaut BBQ breaky, and to make plans for a “slow” day .. hmmm … didnt exactly turn out that way! Because a slow day means schlepping over sand dunes apparently LOL

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Grassy Sand Dunes
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Those black specs are people, yep these dunes are huge
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Some cool dead trees, with the kids in the  background.

We stopped in at Hat Head, because who can resist old wooden bridges!

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An incoming tide

After heading back to the house, a couple of us headed out for a drive along the beach, before deciding on the old (now busted and broken from the previous weeks huge east coast low) wooden bridge for sunset back in Crescent Head.

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Putting my NiSi Filters to good use at sunset
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Trev had called it  and was packed up, and then this happened 🙂

We had now been shooting pretty well from sunrise to sunset for two days, and we were beat, so it was pizza and an early night, before embarking on our third sunrise – yes we are gluttons for punishment.

Despite the weather predictions, we headed out to Delicate Nobby, and as we walked onto the beach there were a few sprinkles and an ominous looking sky. Not deterred we setup and grabbed a few frames.

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The clouds looked threatening all morning
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As I’m getting my feet i see the sun breaking through

I move around the rocks to see what shot i can get with the  sun breaking through,and  boom, these magnificent Crepuscular rays (g-d rays) appear on one side and the threatening storm on the other of Delicate Nobby.

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Crepuscular Rays

After a quick breakfast we,  packed up and took a leisurely drive via Port Macquarie and Camden Haven -where we had an outstanding lunch at  Sandbar Cafe – and then it was back to the highway and home.

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Annual Christmas Sunrise

With Christmas approaching at a rate of knots, it was time for the Newcastle Sundance annual Christmas Sunrise at Redhead Beach, just to the south of Newcastle.

After a week of storms and clouds I really wasn’t sure what weather would great me at 4am this morning but much to my delight the stars were twinkling and the clouds were no where to be seen.

Fire twirling is always a favourite at sunrises and this morning was no different.

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As the light changed twirling became wandering trying to find ‘the spot’.

I had a new (well like new) lens on – a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, a nice wide angle lens. The widest I had been able to shoot at previously was 16mm and 17mm so I must say unwashed surprised how much difference that 11-15mm actually makes.

It has been a little while since I have managed a sunrise, so combine my rustiness with a new lens and a sunrise that just wasn’t happening I really wasn’t feeling it all today. The swell was a also quite big for a low tide at Redhead so the rocks were less accessible without getting significantly wet and risking waves on the gear.

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Once daylight had well and truly broken we lines up for the traditional photo (Photo Credit: Stephen Tyler)

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Then a few more photos and then breaky on the portable bbq trailer kindly dragged along by one of the members.

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Overall a good morning with new and familiar faces, and getting back in the swing.

Merry Christmas Sundancers

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Keeley & Chase

I was lucky enough to be invited by some wonderful fellow female photographers to be involved in a maternity for a gorgeous young couple – Keeley and Chase. Keeley’s mum Ali also came  along and we managed to get her in a few shots as well.

We headed south a little bit to Redhead for a sunset shoot, we weren’t sure at first that the sunset was going to play, but at the last minute we got some nice colour to play with.

Keeley and Chase were just gorgeous and so wonderful to work with.

Here are a few pictures from the shoot and the full set is available here.

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