Morning – The Oratunga Gorge

January 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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One of the photos left over from a group posted last year.

It’s almost mid morning before the sun climbs over the mountains and hills that line  the Oratunga Gorge in the central Flinders Ranges.

Oratunga Creek 3

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Turn 180 degrees and the creek flowing through the gorge rises to the surface then disappears again a couple of hundred metres away.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…No 4

January 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Munyalana Valley

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The scrambled foothills of the Gammon Ranges. The Munyalana Valley on Wooltana Station to the left. The Gammons are just a small part of the larger Flinders Ranges.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…..No 3

January 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Scene along the Glass Gorge Road which runs from Blinman to Parachilna in the central Flinders Ranges. Taken from Moolooloo Station along the road to the Nuckalina Mine.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…No 2

January 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

 

Freeling Heights aerial

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The dawn of a New Year…..

To everyone who follows the Sentimental Bloke, best wishes for a happy, peaceful and healthy year ahead.

The Freeling Heights, northern Flinders Ranges.

 

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges ….No 1 in a Series

December 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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On High on Arkaba Station, that spectacular country just south of Wilpena Pound, Central Flinders Ranges

The Beautiful Butterfly Bush

December 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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One of the shots taken the last time I was in the Flinders Ranges. The delicate blooms of the Butterfly Bush a couple of months ago before the heat of summer set in.

A Purple Patch

December 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Looking for something entirely different but found this little beauty instead.

My attention span doesn’t reach as far as finding out the name  of the flower  with a purple centre….too busy trying to get a photo that separates the bloom from the background and deal with a bit of a breeze as well.

The Himeji Japanese Garden in Adelaide’s south parklands is a little haven away from the city rat race.

After Sundown – The Blue Hour

October 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Sunset

Eye Catcher

September 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Moss Rock

 

Standing on a desert plain surrounded by an untold number of rocks – all various shapes and sizes.

And then, there’s one in a million. Covered in lichen, tiny colourful flowers and the sun falling at just the right angle.

The Roy Orbison of the Rock World.

 

 

 

The Running Brook

September 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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This stretch of water was a real surprise. Such a beautiful and peaceful scene.
When I photographed the Oratunga Creek from the ridges above a few days earlier, it looked quite tiny.
Up close it is substantial as far as creeks in the Flinders Ranges go.
Despite the tranquil waters, the stream flows quickly and noisily among the rocks.
This was the point where the waters appeared above ground. It was quite a way upstream.
Further into the ravine the bed is dry but there may be places even further upstream where it reappears once again.
However in this photo it is easy enough to see the steepness of the slopes all around.

Old Timers

September 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Old Shearers

First day with the Fuji X-T 1 camera. ©Copyright Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved.

In an ideal world the bar that drives the shears could have been better positioned but this was not a posed shot.

I was more interested in framing the photo to include the dog, the window and the sponteneity of the two old shearers in conversation.

It is one of my favorite images from the Commonwealth Hill Station shoot in Outback South Australia I did for the R M Williams publication “Best of Outback Stataion”s back in March.

The old chap on the right is 73 years of age. He’s been shearing for 53 years and his tally is over a million sheep shorn in that time.

The Oratunga Gorge

August 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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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.

 

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.

 

Along the Parachilna Creek

August 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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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 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.

 

Winter Scene – Flinders Ranges

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.

 

Saul Leiter

August 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Brolly

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 Leiter 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.

The Desert and 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.

Heysen Magic

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.

For just a few moments the view of the Heysen Range from Moolooloo Station near Blinman in the Flinders Ranges is a sight to behold. But just as quickly as night descends, its gone.

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 Lookout..one of the most spectacular views in Australia.