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 Lookout..one 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.




Micro or Macro

June 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Because I took the photograph it is pretty clear to me what it is.
As far as abstracts go its far from the more unusual but surprisingly, there are a lot of interpretations about what it is from people who see the photo for the first time.

November Workshop – Arkaroola

June 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

E Mt Painter 2


The last scheduled three day photographic workshop of the year at Arkaroola will be November 1, 2 and 3.

I have picked early November for several reasons; the busy season will be over and it is far enough advanced for people to be able to plan a trip around the dates….accommodation easier to get, temperatures should still be moderate and photography should be at its best.

This workshop is limited to 5 photographers so I can be spend time with each photographer  individually.

Flinders Ranges

Like the last very successful workshop in May,  participants  can expect to develop their photography and the way they see, have clear understanding of composition and how to use different factors to make stronger and more interesting photographs.

Participants will have also immediately improved results.

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.

All the details about my photographic workshops and the 3-day Arkaroola workshop  can be found  over on the right-hand column of this page.

For further information my email address is [email protected]



Golden Minutes

June 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm
E Mt Painter

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Photographers talk generally about the Golden Hour – that hour around  dawn or dusk when photography is at its best.

In this case it could be filtered down to just a few minutes after the sun has risen.

East Mt. Painter Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges, taken in those few precious minutes at a time when this was part of plans for a uranium mine.

The picture was part of a panorama which shows the whole majestic area. Unfortunately panoramas lose a lot of their impact on internet posts like this.

Last Job of the Day

June 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Sharpening the Comb

Fuji X-T1 camera with 50mm prime lens. f4, 1/800 sec. ISO 1600 Peter MacDonald Photography – All Rights Reserved

I  had the good fortune recently to shoot an extended article on Commonwealth Hill station for the R. M. Williams publication “Best of Outback Stations”.
Commonwealth Hill is a vast 10,000 square kilometre sheep station in  South Australia, north of Tarcoola.
It is in the Woomera rocket testing zone.
While I was there they were shearing 25,000 sheep.
This is a portrait of one of the shearers sharpening the combs of his shears at the end of a long day in the shed.
Best of Outback Stations will be out in early July and you can read the full story there.



Red Hat

May 28, 2014 at 9:17 am


Red Hat-Arkaroola

It is not often I get the chance to include people in a landscape, so I take the opportunity when it arises.

The touch of red from the artist’s hat is a nice splash of colour amongst the stark rockface and the reflections in the waterhole.

It’s been a hectic three months and it is not over yet.

I was back at Arkaroola shooting aerials after the successful workshop there a few weeks ago.

Because the window for that was so small, there was plenty of time to revisit one of my favourite places there…..Nooldoonooldoona waterhole