The Waiter

February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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A little Vietnamese restaurant I frequent  in Adelaide, the Yen Linh in Field Street,

There’s several elements of  composition illustrated in this picture …..the main one being figure to ground or using light and shadow to let the viewer know the central figure.  A concept covered in depth in workshops I conduct.

 

The Photograph.

February 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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There’s a resurgence of interest worldwide in black and white photography…a medium that has fallen  from favour in the digital age.

Taking the colour out of an image and using the contrast available can sometimes make a much more power photograph.

This is the first of a three part black and white series of images …… three lads connected by the  photograph that’s on the  camera’s screen.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…No 6

January 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Ridgetop aerial

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Experimenting with angles and light.

The window is about 5 minutes before there is a dramatic change in the landscape.

The Ridgetop track, Arkaroola as not often seen.

Buggered!

January 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Simon

25-thousand sheep brought in from all parts of a 10-thousand square kilometre station, shorn over 40 days and on their way back to the paddocks.

The last day of this mammouth task shows in the eyes and stance of the station manager who’s orchestrated it all….until the same time next year.

Simon Robinson, Commonwealth Hill Station. Woomera Prohibited Area, South Australia.

Blood Red On the Birdsville Track

January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Sometimes out here you could imagine being the only person on earth.

Dulkaninna Station, Birsdville Track.

In the original image the colours are far richer than seen here.

The Spectacular Flinders Ranges…No 5

January 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Acacias to the fore…the  amazing formation of the Elder Range and Mt Alec on Arkaba Station outstanding in the background.

Sunrise at Commonwealth Hill

January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Shearing Dawn

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The calm before the start of a hot, dusty day shearing on Commonwealth Hill Station in South Australia’s far west.

There’s an article including photos I took for that story in the current edition of the R.M Williams Outback magazine. Not a bad read if you are interested.

Urban Sunrise

January 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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South Parklands, Adelaide. ©Copyright 2015 Peter MacDonald Photography. All Rights Reserved

 

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.

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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.