Changing Seasons

April 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm
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Showers rolling in along the hills south of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges. © Peter MacDonald 2015

In some ways the change in  seasons is gradual. In others it comes quite quickly. It’s no so hot anymore and you realise summer is gone. The first cold weather, showers, the end of daylight saving all indications winter is not too far away.

Still autumn is really the best time to be in the Flinders Ranges or further afield in the Outback.

Pictures are a bit hard to come by at the moment. I have been involved in a couple of projects where for one reason or another, I can’t use images that I’ve recently  taken.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Photographer?

March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not against marriage, as long as its other people and I don’t have to be the wedding photographer.

I learnt a long time ago that I wasn’t the right stuff for the cut and thrust life of a wedding photographer…far too stressful for a bloke who isn’t doing stress anymore.

So how did I end up shooting the wedding of Marie and Vincent a few months back on Arkaba station south of Wilpena?

Good question…. one that I am unable to answer.

Arkaba is a great venue for such events. The hosts Brendon and Kat smoothed over many of the details for the occasion including a scrub fire caused by lightning strikes that nearly wiped out the ceremony site.

Fortunately for me too it wasn’t one of those ‘bigger than Ben Hur’ affairs.

The happy couple seemed delighted with the pictures and I was able to retire gracefully.

One thing to keep in mind though. If you are planning your wedding anytime soon, I’m fully booked on that day.

Of course I’m not against weddings.

A Sense of Calm

March 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Less painterly than the image in the previous post. More minimal but a strong sense of peacefulness.
The people in the water are there just to break the transition from the calm waters to the sky.
I’m printing more and more images these days.
There’s something much more rewarding having a printed picture in your hands than a image on a computer screen
The size I most prefer is 50 x 40 cm but this one, in the right location has the potential to look most effective printed quite large.

Painterly

March 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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There are  two elusive qualities that can make a good landscape.
One is a painterly-like feel to the image.
The other is a sense of peace about the scene.
This image taken of Port Willunga on Adelaide’s southern beaches comes reasonably close on both counts.
Perhaps its the beach-gowers that add that little extra touch even though they are so small.

If there was the luxury of painting the scene, the clouds would probably have looked a little more effective positioned closer to the horizon.

On The Road – Peak Hour

March 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Rock Wallaby

March 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Aah, the morning sun, a favorite rock hole out of the breeze….the perfect place to prepare for the day ahead.

One of the many yellow footed rock wallabies that have grown in number around the Arkaroola waterhole in recent times.

They seem to be quite used to people. I made no attempt to hide my presence as it went about its business quite happily.

Nevertheless it was gone in an instant when it needed to.

Summer Rains and a Carpet of Green

March 11, 2015 at 10:07 am
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The recent rains have opened up all sorts of opportunities that have kept me on the road or in the air over the last few weeks.

The most obvious result of those rains has been the greening of the countryside over a wide area of the Flinders Ranges and Outback.

It is something of a shock to see such areas of green when you are so used to the brown and yellow hues that normally cover the land.

From the air it is very evident.

The Wooltana Station homestead nestling up against the foothills of the Flinders Ranges is surrounded in a Green carpet

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After rains the vegetation takes on a rather striking shade of green.

It’s almost iridescent as seen here on both side of the Nepowie Range near the Gammon Ranges National Park.

The time of day could have a bearing on this.

The image above was taken mid afternoon..the other two, top and bottom, in the early morning.

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Further north you could almost imagine playing an extended round of golf on the plains near the Beverley Uranium mine.

The bunkers could be  a bit savage though.

In the world of digital photography, green seems to be the colour most difficult to capture correctly. Whether that’s an Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom thing I am not sure. It could be just me.

However I have found that taking  care to get exposures right is the best way round this.

Mt. Alec in the Mist

March 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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Mt Alec in the Elder Range is often photographed. It’s formation is spectacular, highlighted in the morning by the rising sun.
A different view of the mount this morning, its peak almost hidden in the clouds still hanging around from the night’s previous storms.

There has been summer rains several times in the previous weeks around Wilpena and Mt. Alec, the green healthy vegetation quite noticeable.

Before, during and after bad weather is always a good time to be out looking for interesting light.

Outback Floods in Summer

February 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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Only six creek between me and home and the rain is falling so hard the windscreen wipers are struggling to clear the water.

Summer in the Flinders Ranges and for another thousand kilometres north means occasional  unpredictable rains, swollen fast running creeks and what seems like oceans of water.

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The next day the sun is shining but water is everywhere. Dirt roads have turned to sludge, creeks are still flowing.

This guy didn’t even stop for a chat.

 

Surf Fishermen

February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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The Murray Mouth is being dredged at the moment so a landscape photo was out the the question.

However the dredging wasn’t stopping these blokes.

You might think there only two chaps out there…in fact there’s four.

Extremely brave or mad they may be, but they are keen fishermen.

Battling the tide, the surf, rips and currents caused by the water flowing from the Murray, they are after Mulloway or Jewfish, which can grow up to 2 metres in length.

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Over the years there’s been a few fishermen who have lost their lives, caught by freak waves, changing current and bad weather.

When they catch a fish, rather than wade into shore, the catch is clipped to a belt around their waist. I have been told that a shark or two cruising in the surf have snaffled an easy meal from the dangling fish.

Not for the faint hearted.

Coorong Blue

February 20, 2015 at 11:44 am
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The Sentimental Bloke staggers along on a routine of sorts. These days, time is set aside, usually on one day to choose pictures and write posts which are scheduled for weeks in advance.
It’s the only way to do it, if you want to keep taking pictures.
The dilemma is whether to lay it out in chronological order or some other way. I opt for the dog’s breakfast approach.
I have an interest in photographing the Coorong….the waterway which is a series of lagoons connected to the Murray River mouth and Lake Alexandrina that extend about 130 kilometres into the South East of South Australia.
Exploring the Coorong is not without its difficulties…you need a boat and a guide with lots of time on his hands to start with.
The above picture was taken about an hour after sunset on Hindmarsh Island again demonstrating the versatility of the Fuji X100s with a 6 second exposure.
It was taken at f11 with an ISO of 400 for a sharp image and no noise.

Thanks to Simon Cardone for his local and boating knowledge.

Corellas In Flight

February 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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Little Corellas like galahs, fly in flocks particularly towards nightfall….circling to find a roost for the night.

The sun’s rays catching their white wings against a darkening sky…perfect for a black and white photo.

 

The Waiter

February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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A little Vietnamese restaurant I frequent  in Adelaide, the Yen Linh in Field Street,

There’s several elements of  composition illustrated in this picture …..the main one being figure to ground or using light and shadow to let the viewer know the central figure.  A concept covered in depth in workshops I conduct.

 

The Photograph.

February 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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There’s a resurgence of interest worldwide in black and white photography…a medium that has fallen  from favour in the digital age.

Taking the colour out of an image and using the contrast available can sometimes make a much more power photograph.

This is the first of a three part black and white series of images …… three lads connected by the  photograph that’s on the  camera’s screen.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…No 6

January 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Experimenting with angles and light.

The window is about 5 minutes before there is a dramatic change in the landscape.

The Ridgetop track, Arkaroola as not often seen.

Buggered!

January 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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25-thousand sheep brought in from all parts of a 10-thousand square kilometre station, shorn over 40 days and on their way back to the paddocks.

The last day of this mammouth task shows in the eyes and stance of the station manager who’s orchestrated it all….until the same time next year.

Simon Robinson, Commonwealth Hill Station. Woomera Prohibited Area, South Australia.

Blood Red On the Birdsville Track

January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Sometimes out here you could imagine being the only person on earth.

Dulkaninna Station, Birsdville Track.

In the original image the colours are far richer than seen here.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…No 5

January 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Acacias to the fore…the  amazing formation of the Elder Range and Mt Alec on Arkaba Station outstanding in the background.

Sunrise at Commonwealth Hill

January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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The calm before the start of a hot, dusty day shearing on Commonwealth Hill Station in South Australia’s far west.

There’s an article including photos I took for that story in the current edition of the R.M Williams Outback magazine. Not a bad read if you are interested.

Urban Sunrise

January 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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South Parklands, Adelaide. ©Copyright 2015 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved