There wasn’t a lot of time to get this shot at the Arkaroola Village. It was hand held with mostly the settings in the camera that were there when I grabbed it from the case. The ISO was cranked up to the maximum because of the fast fading light.
F22 @ 125th sec ISO 6400
Munyalana Valley on Wooltana Station, northern Flinders Ranges.
This one was shot on a tripod with a little more preparation time.
f22, 1/18th sec, ISO 100
The old shearers quarters on Angorichina Station, near the town of Blinman in the central Flinders Ranges.
The Patawarta Hill in the background was first first brought to prominence by renown painter, Hans Heysen in his work “Land of the Oratunga, a water colour painted in 1932.
I am please to be able to now do photographic workshops at Arkaroola.
If you are visiting the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, these will be done on an ad hoc basis any time of year depending on my availability. It’s just a matter of letting Arkaroola know before or when you get there.
Check out the details under the ‘Workshop’ heading on the top row of the page.
Barrarina Gorge in the northern Flinders Ranges is one of those places created by untold amounts of rushing water over countless centuries.
The water has gradually cut a twisting ravine deep into a mountain to reveal the geological events on earth over many millions of years.
The height of the walls of Barrarina Gorge are impressive.
They too have a story to tell.
It’s hard to imagine this sheet of rock, pointing straight to the sky, was once the sea floor complete with all the ripples and swirls of sand you’d find on a shallow beach today.
Because the walls are so high, the winter sun does not light up the floor of Barrarina Gorge until late in the morning.
This is a bit of a handicap for taking good photos, but not impossible.
I had to abandon the tripod and there were a few apprehensive moments carrying an expensive camera and lens while teetering over a rock pool, but well worth the effort
Or where do old trucks end up? The lorry spent its declining years in an Outback collection of old vehicles until some civic minded citizens decided it was an eyesore.
It was, I suppose, originally destined for spare parts but it seems not too many of it’s ilk are still running.
The town’s looking a lot better for the old girl’s departure but it had a certain charm even in dilapidation.
It’s now just a photographic memory.
Like toys in the sandbox….but this was the scene on the rail line between Leigh Creek and Port Augusta a couple of weeks ago.
23 cars carrying thousands of tons of coal from the Leigh Creek mine derailed.
The train and its cargo destined for the power station at Port Augusta is getting through again but the repairs go on.
Two special vehicles which check the rails and the sleepers using laser technology, have been lifted onto the line and are working along the section damaged by the derailment.
These two vehicles weigh around 34 tons each, requiring a bit of heavy lifting to get them into position.
Here’s the link to the earlier pictures of the derailment.
Thanks to all those people around Adelaide who emailed or commented on the Postcards segment on Channel 9 last night.
If other followers of the Sentimental Bloke would like to see the segment you can view the episode by clicking on this link or the preview image below:
Thanks too, to the Postcards producers for making the filming of the segment a fairly painless process.
The TV Programme “Postcards” might be familiar to people living in parts of Australia.
On the Adelaide edition of Postcards next Sunday night the show is featuring the Sentimental Bloke.
Postcards reporter Lisa McAskill and producer Allen Hickey spent a morning with me a while back shooting the segment which goes to air at 5.30 on Channel 9.
Great sunsets are a dime a dozen around where I live but you could imagine this to be a mythical winged creature moving across the sky.
I was taken though more for the four layers of light complete with rain shower in the distance.
f20 ( mainly to get good depth of field in the plains) @1/250 sec, ISO 400.
Anyone who has passed through Parachilna , that tiny town on the western outskirts of the Flinders Ranges, will probably have enjoyed the hospitality of Grant Rasheed at the Prairie Hotel over the last five years.
Grant is off on a new adventure but couldn’t resist stepping back behind the bar on a recent visit.
Grant has been organising and will hold his first exhibition of aboriginal art work in Italy in a few weeks time.
Not much water, a few gum trees but some gorgeous light falling through the leaves this early morning.
It made for speckled patterns and reflections…..a simple scene easy to find in the northern Flinders Ranges with all the water about these last few months.
f29 @1/15th sec, -2/3 exposure compensation, ISO 400. Canon 5D Mk II with Canon 28-300mm L IS USM lens.
While there are more spectacular locations to be worked, this seemed to be worth the effort just for its simplicity.
The other half of the big panorama presentation in Arkaroola’s Greenwood Lodge project referred to an earlier post last week.
This panorama features Mt Painter on the left, Mt McKinlay in the Gammon Ranges in the far background, and the controversial uranium issue centred around Mt Gee slightly left of the tree on the right.