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.
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 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.
On High on Arkaba Station, that spectacular country just south of Wilpena Pound, Central Flinders Ranges
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.
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.
It’s unfortunate how some shots drop beneath the radar. I had completely forgotten this image until someone who had done their homework on this website, ordered a print to redecorate a room. It was the red rocks in the foreground together with the tones of the afternoon sun falling on the mountains that did the trick.
It was taken on Arkaroola nearly seven years ago. It was printed for someone around that time and finished up in the archives shortly after.
Dangerous place, the archives.
On another matter, all the spots for the April workshop at Arkaroola have now been taken. There’s a waiting list and plans for another in October at Arkaroola. More later
If you are still looking for a good Christmas gift and are familiar with the pictures on the Sentimental Bloke web page then this book is worth considering.
“I Once Met a Man” is a reprint of a book by legendary Australian figure, R. M Williams that has been illustrated by another photographer and me, which has turned it into a quality coffee table style publication.
Pictures posted on the internet are always compressed and colours vary from computer or tablet screen to the next so this book, now in the bookstores provides an opportunity to see a lot of my images more or less full size and with their real colours.
Melbourne based travel photographer Ewen Bell is the other contributor and the book has been put together by publisher Harper Collins who were a pretty good mob to work with.
Dymocks store in Adelaide is hardly giving it pride of place but if you are looking for it, the illustrated version of “I Once Met a Man” by R. M. Williams is in the Australiana section on the bottom shelf.
One of the fabulous landscapes accessible on my next workshop at Arkaroola in April.
Autumn is one of the best times to visit the northern Flinders Ranges, ideal for making great images and enjoying the Arkaroola experience.
Previous workshops have been very rewarding with plenty of time to visit some of the spectacular places on the sanctuary, practise your camera craft and develope skills to work with when you return home.
This workshop is limited to 5 photographers. There are still three places left but plenty of time to plan an excursion to this exciting part of Outback Australia.
Pre workshop – get to know session at 5.30 pm April 21 with the option of continuing over dinner
Day 1 April 22 Shooting from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM including a discussion and demonstration using your first images on the digital darkroom.
Day 2 April 23 Shooting starts from 6am – 3 pm. The day includes an in-depth discussion on composition for photographers. In this session we will look at the work of the masters of photography, why their work has stood the test of time and how you can use these techniques to produce solid and quality images.
Day 3 April 24 An all day exploration of the Arkaroola’s world famous Ridgetop tour area. This has got to be the highlight for any aspiring or experienced landscape photographer.
There will be daily reviews of your images to assess the improvements you are making with the techniques we cover.
What To Expect
- Expect to develop your photography and the way you see.
- Expect to be have clear understanding of composition and how to use different factors to make stronger and more interesting photographs.
- Expect to find a whole new world of master photographers and artists.
- You will be able to spend many happy hours exploring their techniques, their lives,their passions and draw inspiration from them.
Most importantly, expect to have an enjoyable experience on this workshop, take in the wonders of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and make some images you will be happy to take home. To book a place, contact Peter by email [email protected] or telephone 0429703693
Accommodation for the workshop can be booked through Reception at the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary (08) 8648 4848. Details about types of accommodation and other information can be accessed through the website www.arkaroola.com.au
Three Day Workshop Cost: $950.00 per person
After 3 days with Peter MacDonald at the sensational Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary I have revised most of my paradigms concerning my photography …and I anticipate now to produce images at another level to my pre workshop standard.
The difference with Peter? You are his complete focus for the entire workshops. He would rate as one of the best teachers of photography I have encountered , so tenacious is he in ensuring you completely understand the messages he is delivering, be it technical , location shooting or post processing. This tenacity is carried into the field where Peters eagle eye will not miss a think you are doing …and he’ll work side by side with you to ensure you can demonstrate that you have thoroughly understood his message.
Outside formal workshop times Peters rich life is the basis for fascinating anecdotes on the Outback , its people and places.
Peter is never off duty – ready and willing to help with questions or the tiny uncertainties lingering in your mind. Peters mission is to make you a better photographer. And he will! ( go with an open mind!). He is completely focused on achieving that end with every participant.
I cannot express my appreciation any more than to write this testimonial, communicating the impact Peter has had on my photography, so that others will confidently commit to signing up now ..you will never look back!
Chris Hind, Personal Outback Tours
What an apt name for a photographic company. Peter MacDonald is a ‘bloke’ that just loves the Australian bush and what it offers; his passion for photography together with his sincere attitude towards his clients made it a memorable experience to work side by side with him for 3 days; if only it could have been longer.
We received informative sessions followed by practical experience in the field with each complementing each other. Our group traversed spectacular scenic country; a combination of ‘easy going’ and ‘extremely rough’ terrain by comfortable 4WD vehicle; with only a few short easy metres to walk to each of the photographic hotspots; physically, it made it all too easy.
Peter introduced and showed us the simpler, smarter and more efficient ways to capture wonderful photographic images. The use of our own specific camera gear and techniques was made simple and easier to apply. At each field location Peter concentrated on our personal techniques, always observing us and offering advice in a kind and gentle manner; it was a great way to enhance our skills and images. Peter was always, there; first for his clients and second for himself.
I would strongly recommend participation in ‘The Sentimental Bloke’ workshops for the ‘new’ and ‘not so new’ photographers. I have had a camera in my hand for 3 years and yet learnt so much from Peter MacDonald.
Thank you greatly Peter,
Every bird in sight was feasting on sea life. The fish were visibly all around. But not so much as even a nibble.
I am out in South Australia’s wonderful waterway, the Coorong hopeful for a picture to fill a commission. But like the Gods of fishing, Huey was also not smiling down. Grey skies, glare and washed out colour were working against the photograph I was looking for.
Nothing left to do but break out the fishing tackle…but sadly the only catch of the day.
Expressions of interest are still open for my planned workshop in Arkaroola mid to late April 2015.
Bookings for the workshop will open in the next month and there’s still plenty of time to plan on making the trip to the northern Flinders Ranges.
April is one of the best times of the year to visit the area and there will be plenty to learn and practise during the three days of the workshop.
You can email me at [email protected] to indicate your interest.
The final day of the workshop will be spent photographing along Arkaroola”s famous Ridgetop track.
Can’t say why, but I find this quite beautiful. I can imagine it being painted by Tom Roberts or Hans Heysen and being worth a tidy sum.
There must be at least a million photographs, probably more, taken each day of sunrises and sunsets.
Why there’s even websites devoted to these images.
Trouble is, they become a bit like selfies and waterfall that have frozen milk or cotton instead of water….they become a bit boring after a while.
If you can take all the colour out of a sunrise and it still has that drama…God forbid…another trend.
There’s nothing beautiful about Claws. It makes an interesting profile if the sun is in the right place and all the dirt and grime is hidden from view.
It’s all steel and hydraulics, real power for the job it was created for…….ripping up old sleepers on railway lines and replacing them with new.
It would pay to keep well away from the claws that do most of the heavy work on the line repairs between Port Augusta and Leigh Creek in South Australia’s north.It might now be the largest machine on the line, but without it, the coals trains don’t run
In times of heavy rains the water that comes out of the mountains in the background is immense. It’s got to go somewhere and Lake Torrens is the lowest point anywhere close by.
Watercourses like this one on Edeowie station to the west of the Flinders Ranges are hardly noticeable but they have been carved deeply into the plain over time.
This is near the Brachina Creek overflow and the flood water must suck most of the goodness from the soil because not much grows in these channels.
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.