A break from the sort of work I do often means an accumulation of cobwebs.
For some reason there is a sort of creative zone that needs to be acquired and sometimes it’s not easy to find after the camera has been in the box for a while.
This is one of the areas which I use for my photographic workshops. Its an area off the Glass Gorge road which runs from Blinman to Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges. It’s looking south-west towards the Heysen Range..and if you have followed this blog for a while you will know the area is often featured.
It’s a good place for a workshop too because there are so many ridges, valleys and mountain tops that it is not hard to find something worthwhile for a panorama.
Panorama photos don’t get their best showing on this page so a new segments has been added to the Sentimental Bloke that gives them a little more space.
They can be found under their own heading on the top line of this page.
Some of these have been made with the idea they’ll be printed to six metres wide, but all will make fine images to put on a wall that needs a lot of filling.
The 34 silver silos were standing at a wheat depot near the mid North town of Balaklava, 90 kilometres north of Adelaide.
It’s unfortunate panorama images like this get so compressed on the web.
This was one of the shots taken for the 6 metre wide panorama project early this year that did not get used.
Wilpena Pound and the central Flinders Ranges around the Aroona Valley area in all its early morning glory.
One of the 6 metre photos going up in the Greenwood Lodge visitor centre at Arkaroola.
This is going to lose a lot in the compression for the internet but it will give a fair idea of the broad picture.
East Mt Painter gorge in the Ridgetop area of the wilderness sanctuary with Lake Frome off in the far distance.
I’ve just completed quite a few weeks work with the installation of two, 6 metre long panormas showing some of the spectacular country that makes up the Ridgetop area on the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.
Each of the images was printed in four sections on a vinyl, with a peel-off backing.
Well know Flinders Ranges panorama artist, Jeff Morgan and his son Alex from Hawker agreed to put up the photographs.
Each of the panels had to match up evenly with the features of the neighbouring section as well as top and bottom…..an exacting task which took quite a few hours with a few nervous moments.
The two panoramas will be the main feature of an interpretive centre still under construction inside a redesigned Greenwood Lodge at the Arkaroola Village.
The centre will give visitors a chance to learn, at their leisure about the area beyond the village which has such significance to South Australia, as well as use a lounge area where they can sit and read from a library of of magazines and books.
First light on the eastern wall of the iconic Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.
Rawnsley Bluff on the left and Bonney Point to the right.
And about five kilometres closer to Wilpena Pound that the last two images.
The morning light once again and another eight shot stitching exercise.
The reason for so many pictures joined together – the ability to print really big with very clear detail throughout.
The challenge with these shoots is to get a good composition as well as the big panorama.
It’s worth noting just how much this country is bursting with life.
The morning sun highlights the distinctive formations leading from Bunyeroo Gorge, south to Wilpena Pound.
St Mary”s Peak is in the distance, one of the standout features of this Flinders Ranges icon.
I know there are a few people who like to know the technical details. This was shot at f22, 1/3rd sec ISO 100 using a Canon 5D Mk II with a EF24-70mm f2.8L USM lens.
After a lot of experimenting this is one of the first panoramas where I’ve used eight photos stitched together.
All were shot at a focal length of 50mm.
Confining the panorama to this blog page limits the effect a bit.