The Long Walk Home

September 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm


Mild weather, without frosts, coupled  with recent rains in the ranges have almost ensured a good wildflower season this spring.

Already  many plants and scrubs are beginning to bloom.

The country looks very lush and green.



The Oratunga

August 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Oratunga 1

The lightness of the Fuji X-Pro and a carbon fibre tripod is making a big difference here. Same lens and similar settings to the previous post. ©Copyright Peter MacDonald. All Rights Reserved

As often happens in the Flinders Ranges, the morning can see a bank of cloud over the eastern ranges while there’s clear skies to the west.

There is a sharp contrast from the previous post but not much time between the two photos. The cloud bank is most obvious though.

It’s taken from the same sharp ridge with another glimpse of the creek referred to in the previous image.

A much more dramatic photograph that better illustrates the ruggedness of the country.

Getting to the creek will have to wait, because even from here it is a long hike back to my car.

Running Water

August 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Oratunga Ridge

I’d never taken the trouble to explore this area before. It’s between the Glass Gorge Road and the Parachilna Gorge in the central Flinders Ranges.

Rugged country and certainly some grand views of the Heysen Range in the background…….a typical Flinders Ranges scene.

However it was the little glimpse of water that caught the eye. Even up so high on a sharp ridge , the distinct sound of running water was coming from the valley.

It was this running water which would lead to finding a most beautiful stretch of creek bed that would take quite a few days to explore and photograph….The Oratunga.


A bend in the Creek

August 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Light on Creek bank

Fuji X-Pro camera, 35mm prime lens, f11, 1/15 sec ISO 200. ©Copyright Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

A simple scene, yet one that I find quite interesting, mostly because of the light falling across this bend in the Parachilna Creek .

Of late I have become aware of many landscape photos that are a composite of two or more images which have been over worked in Photoshop to the point where they look unreal.

I guess this is a trend like any other but is seems more like graphic art than photography.

I had taken some shots of this location previously but I had missed the light and my composition wasn’t particularly good.

A few minutes of interesting light and a single shot in a location that is passed by many people daily.

It probably wouldn’t win an award but I’m pretty happy with it..which is enough

Photo Workshop – Arkaroola April 2015

August 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm



A photo taken on one of the previous workshops along Arkaroola’s spectacular Ridgetop track. A day’s shooting along this track will be one of the highlights of the April 2015 event.

A chance for some forward planning.

The workshops at Arkaroola in the northern Flinders Ranges have been a great success but I realise for many people it is a big undertaking to attend.

I will be conducting only one workshop at Arkaroola next year. That will be in mid-April if there are five people wanting to attend.

I have picked mid-April because it is arguably the best time  of the year to be in this wonderful location.

Apart from the dates, all the details about the workshop and what will be covered can be found in the right hand column of this page.

If you are looking at this post on an email go to the Sentimental Bloke website

The cost of $950 for the three day event, not including accommodation, meals etc. remains the same as this year.

I would like expressions of interest from any photographers who might want to do this course before finalising plans.

Anyone interested can contact me at [email protected]

Worth the Wait

August 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm
View from Moolooloo 2

Fuji X-T1, 55-200mm lens fully extended f 16, 1/15 sec ISO 400. ©Copyright 2014 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

From a vantage point high on a slope on Moolooloo Station near Blinman in the central Flinders.

Three days at the same spot, waiting, waiting…freezing cold and a bitter wind. You’ve got to be nuts.

Despite the discomfort and the conditions, the Fuji X series cameras and lens have now been through a scorching, dusty  summer and this cold and wet  winter with flying colours.

I am confident that this image and the earlier landscapes taken with either the X100s, true X-Pro  or the X=T1, the three prime lens and the 55-200mm zoom are all capable of turning out high quality images which in turn means large, high quality prints.

For a bloke with a crook back, the size and weight is the icing on the cake.


A Little Drop of Rain

August 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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The changing landscape. Different colours altogether where rain has fallen on the vast plains of the Great Victoria Desert.

In No Great Hurry

August 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fuji X100s. ISO 3200, f2.8, 1/80th sec. Copyright 2014 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Inspired by the work of New York Saul Leiter who died late last year. For any student of photography, Leiter’s work is well worth studying. There’s a documentary about Saul Leitter just released, called “In No Great Hurry: A quick look on the internet will find many of his pictures, life story and the movie, which you can download for about $10.

Winter Hues

August 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Glass Gorge

Fuji X-T1, 55-200mm lens f14, 1/250 sec, ISO 400. ©Copyright Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved

A crisp winter’s morning along the Glass Gorge road between Blinman and Parachilna where I have been working on and off for several weeks.


August 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Chinese take-away tonight

Winter Rains

July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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The effects of passing showers on the desert landscape in far north South Australia.

Winter Hues

July 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm
View from Moolooloo

Fuji X-T1. 55-200mm lens fully extended. f16, 1/15 sec ISO 400. ©Copyright 2014 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

View of the Heysen Range from Moolooloo Station near Blinman in the Flinders Ranges.

On a Clear Day

July 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm
View from Sillers

Fuji X-Pro, 35mm prime lens f11, 1/125 sec ISO 800. © Copyright 2014 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

On a clear day you can see for a hundred kilometres or more.  A real sense of space.

The vista taken in by tens of thousands of people over the last fifty years who bounce along in vehicles on Arkroola’s famous Ridgetop Tour.

The stark contrast of the mountains of the northern Flinders Ranges on the left. Wooltana cattle  station on the plains. The white buildings of the Beverley Uranium mine can be seen about three quarters of the way to the horizon and the salt of Lake Callabonna in the distance.

Siller of the most spectacular views in Australia.

A Sense of Place

July 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fuji X T-1 35mm prime lens f4.00 1/2000. ISO 400 ©Copyright 2014 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved

The Place – Commonwealth Hill station. the second of my assignments for the Best of Outback Stations publication.

Commonwealth Hill is a really interesting and remote location, and without going into all the details of the story, a station that has rarely been seen in print before.

The photo – early morning drafting of some of the 25,000 sheep brought in from the far flung paddocks of the station for shearing each March.

A Sense of Space

July 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Birdsville Track

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The Birdsville Track gives a sense of never-ending space as it passes Dulkaninna Station homestead.

The Photograph was taken while shooting an article on the Bell family for the “Best of Outback Stations” publication back in April.

The Bell’s can trace their heritage back to the first European establishment of pastoral properties on the Birdsville Track in the 1890s.

Best of Outback Stations, featuring an in-depth look at life on 11 pastoral properties  is now out at newsagents around the country.

Regarding the query on the technical details of the photo in the earlier post entitled Outback Station, the answer is in the comments section of that post.





Still Life

July 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm


House-bound on a wild and woolly winter’s day is no excuse for not taking a photo.

Light coming from a window can often be the best for shooting indoors, whether it be a person or object like a couple of old cogs collected from some discard machinery.

The flu of a slow combustion stove was the other prop.

Photoshop finished off the work  to remove  indistinct details of the background.



Light Falling on Leaves

July 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Gum Leaves

It’s all about the light really….here falling selectively on a few common gum leaves

Water Reeds

Similarly a flower from an unidentified water reed selectively lit by dappled light  along a tree-lined creek in the Flinders Ranges.

Summer Storm

July 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Summer Storm

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Over a number of years from time to time, I have passed this lonely skeleton standing in a tree-less plain and thought it needed a dust devil to complete the picture.

Dust devils are quite common here but none came close anytime when I was there ..until by chance the God of summer storms smiled on me.

Outback Station

June 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Outback Station

Pre-dawn,  the calm before the start of another  busy day on Commonwealth Hill sheep station, Great Victoria Desert, far western South Australia.

Organic Portraits

June 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Photo details f2.8 one fifth of a second, ISO 6400. ©Copyright Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

I don’t know why the term organic…maybe they grow on trees.

It’s a simple process for portraits that’s been around for a hundred years or more….putting the subject in their environment.

Harry Hookey is quite at home with his guitar in front of a microphone.

He’s one of the up and coming stars of Australian music and on a tour round the country with his his two brothers, Sam and Jack

An impromptu concert in front of a few lucky guests at the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna and a good example of the Fuji X100s cxamera working in really low light.

Harry’s pretty laid back and flash would have killed the atmosphere.

The slight blur from the low shutter speed, using black and white instead of colour and the grain of a very high ISO caught Harry at play.