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Forget turning back the boats, we need to turn back the continent.

I remember one or two things from high school. Bullies was one of them, the other is the theory of continental drift.  Now this is where modern politics is letting us all down. They are all bullies, oh wait sorry wrong rant.  Continental Drift is the biggest issue facing this country, that and boat people.

Australia is heading north at a rate of between 1 and 4cm a year, the gap between Australia and PNG is only 160.322 km.  I don’t want to alarm anyone, but in 4 million years give or take, boat people will be able to WALK HERE.

We know Rudd has suggested the PNG solution, (obviously he is just 4million years ahead of his time), Abbott has the turn back the boats (Update: Operation Sovereign Borders (because what our borders aren’t sovereign already, and don’t start me on being a republic!)), but both politicians are being short sighted.  Typically they are thinking in terms of electoral cycles not geographical ones.

The parties should get serious about this. Forget the race to bottom in who can treat genuine refugees the worst, by either shooting at them or sending them to a hell-hole concentration camp. What we really need is an Australia wide approach to this problem.


We need to turn back Australia.

Yes, mock me all you like, but the boat people won’t get on a boat for a 2000km sea voyage from Indonesia when they have to face the roaring 40’s on the way.

Yes, that is right; we need to drag Australia down south.  Way way down south. This policy may seem extreme, but given we are facing an invasion or is it a national emergency, I can’t think of anything else that would be more sensible to address this issue.

A major bonus to the sporting mad nation that we are is that the extra year round snow would ensure that we would become a nation of world class winter Olympians. No more hoping for a single gold or two at the Winter Olympics, we could take on the world.

As an added bonus, we will get more whale watching opportunities and the impacts of global warming will be dramatically reduced as we are much further south.

Currently the only risk is an increase in solo around the world sailors bumping into Australia, but then think of the cost savings in sending the airforce to look for them. And this in’t that much of problem there has only been 3 or so in the last 20 years.

This policy isn’t fully costed yet, but hey the election hasn’t been called so that doesn’t matter.

Remember Vote 1: Turn back Australia.

Missing from the EXIF: Docklands Fireworks

Docklands Fireworks 1/4It has been a while since I did one of these posts, actually it has been a while since I did any camera related posts to be honest, but twins do that to you.  Since the last post, there has been one small change, I can haz new camera.  Why yes, I have a new D7100, and wow am I loving it.  ( but that is another post )

First real get out and shoot something opportunity came a week and a day after I purchased the D7100, the Docklands Winter Fireworks.  I was going for the day after I purchased the camera, but #manflu got in the way.  Which is not a bad thing on reflection, as I had another week to play and get used to the camera.

This was my first set of long exposures taken with the D7100, and my trusty Tokina 11-16mm lens.

The biggest advantage of the Docklands fireworks is that you get more than one opportunity.  Last year they were only on in July, this year, they are on in July and August so I have a few more chances to get the shot right.  Although after this shot, I may just stay home on the next few Friday nights.

Of course I got there nice and early, got my gear set up and fired off a few test shots.  Then as is often the case, the environment changed.  Someone decided to put some extra lights on the wharf.  These lights ended up as massive lens flares in every test shot.  So I had 10 minutes to move to a new location before the show began.

Being a fan of the interval timer mode, I had test shots to check for lighting and referencing last years shots I knew the basic F stop and Exposure settings I was after anyway.  So click click click goes the camera.  Just near the end of the show I think, wow check out the reflection and quickly rotate the D7100 into portrait mode.  And bang there is the shot.

Someone on Twitter asked me what settings I had used, well here they all are, and all the tweaks I did in Lightroom.  Tweaks that took me less than two min. As I say got to love shooting RAW ( and oh yeah 6000×4000 300dpi from the D7100 does give me some wiggle room for crops )

Stage 1 – Import the RAW – The Image as is off the camera
Docklands Fireworks - Lightroom - Stage 1

Stage 2
fix the angles and lens correction, then auto tone
Docklands Fireworks - Lightroom - Stage 2

Stage 3

Tweak the White Balance to get the colours correct
Docklands Fireworks - Lightroom - Stage 3

Stage 4

Final tweet to Vibrance and Clarity and then hit export… time in lightroom, less than 2 min.
Docklands Fireworks - Lightroom - Stage 4



The EXIF Info:

Camera Nikon D7100
Exposure 5 Seconds
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 11 mm
ISO Speed 250
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire
Software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Windows)
Exposure Program Manual
Date and Time (Original) 2013:07:12 19:15:34
Exposure Mode Manual
White Balance Auto
Lens Info 11-16mm f/2.8
Date Created 2013:07:12
Time Created 19:15:34
Creator Tool Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Windows)
Image Number 830


and of course you can purchase this print:

From Redbubble as a print, postcard, framed or poster

and also from 500PX as a canvas print, or you can vote for it.