A nice peaceful image from one of my favourite short walks in the Cradle Mt area. The Dove Canyon track starts from near Cradle Mt Lodge and follows Pencil Pine Ck through beautiful Myrle Forest for the first kilometre or so before heading along the top of the Dove Canyon.
The full walk is quite a hike in places but takes you through some magnificent highland country but everytime I am in the area I always go for a short walk along this track because it is such a peaceful place and I am hoping to one day catch a glimpse of a faerie because I am sure they inhabit the area, or maybe a troll!
This will be my last post for a little while as I am off to visit Europe and hopefully Scotland for a month and hopefully return with some good images!
See you all soon!
Over here in Queensland it is as dry as a chip! No decent rain for a few months and it looks like being a hot,dry summer. I am hoping for some wet season rain just to green things up and give the streams & waterfalls a much needed flush out! Sitting on the cusp between La Niná and El Ninó conditions means the chance of good flooding rains is not great.
This is an image I have had on file for quite a long time. I have always passed it mover for more “conventional’ looking stream images. although I have always liked the lighting in the image. Going through my archive the other day for some new calendar images, I looked at this and thought “Why not!”
After very little post processing,here is the result.
At the moment this spot has no water flowing down it, bring on the rain I say!
On my way home from Lucinda, I had a little bit of time up my sleeve so I headed into the mountains to see if I could find some waterfalls of which there are many in this area. About halfway up the Paluma Range, I came across this beautiful rainforest stream by the name of Crystal Creek.
Spent a rather enjoyable couple of hours here before the busloads arrived and this was the last image taken before the rain settled in with a vengeance! By the time I made it back to the car, I was sopping wet but my camera gear survived. Good onya Lowepro! Made it back home just before the rain covered Nth Queensland for the next week and flooded most of the roads.
This is a nice little spot in the Tasmanian wilderness that I have known about since I was a kid but had never been to before. Beautiful walk into the falls through Myrtle forest and even though I was there pretty early there were already 4 other photographers there with the same idea!
Definately go back there next time I am down that way!
This image is of a spot just above Cedar Ck. Falls here on the Whitsunday mainland. About 10 ft behind me is a 15m drop. For most of the summer this little spot has been a raging torrent due to a very active wet season and it was only the other day I could finally get into here.
Looking around and seeing where the water level was in full flood, it would have been pretty awesome to see, but you would need a helicopter to access it.
If it doesn’t rain again in the next couple of weeks this will probably dry up, so this is about the optimum waterflow for photography purposes.
Hope everybody has a safe and happy Easter!
(After a suggestion by Tony Middleton, a cropped version of the image has been inserted)
I imagine you have all seen the amazing footage of the destructive power of water coming from Sth. Queensland! Jaw dropping stuff indeed.
Thought I would post an image of water in a more benign state although when this creek is in full flight the water level in this pool rises another 2-3 metres above this level!
There is something about waterfalls that calls out to your soul. From the awesome power of places like Victoria Falls also known as “Smoke that Thunders” to a hidden little cascade that burbles merrily through the forest, I reckon they are places of mystery & hidden power that can stir your imagination like few other places!
I was out at Cedar Ck Falls the other day taking some close-up images of the falls as well as some timelapse images. While processing this image I tried a selenium tone preset. As soon as it came up on screen, images from “Lord of the Rings” started flashing through my head as well as many other fantasy novels that I am quite partial to!
Not your normal green lush waterfall image I know, but I can nearly see Orcs, Elves or Wizards in a setting like this!
Yesterday I went for a drive out to Cedar Ck. Falls and as I expected there was no water coming over the falls, but it is a nice little spot to potter around anyway. No people around which made it very peaceful indeed.
Moving around very slippery rocks with a walking stick and a tripod over my shoulder was a bit of a challenge at times,but that’s all part of the fun!
Downstream from the falls there is another creek which was still running and this little eddy caught my eye.
While reviewing it on the screen, I was reminded of a recent news item.
A couple of days ago a yacht made of recycled plastic and water bottles sailed into Sydney after a 4 month crossing of the Pacific. Along the way they sailed into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is an oceanic eddy, full of flotsam and jetsam such as plastic bags, bottles, nets etc, but on a much grander scale. It is estimated that this garbage patch covers the area of NSW and VIC. combined which is a lot of rubbish just slowly spinning around in a giant circle!
While plastic is undoubtedly a great modern material, unfortunately a lot of it ends up in our seas and causes lots of problems, but because it is in the sea, out of sight,out of mind!
So, next time you go fishing for example, make sure you put your plastic bait-bags in the bin or take them home with you for disposal instead of leaving them at your fishing spot as many people do because it is too messy to deal with!
This is another image from the same spot but with much more water flow.
Both were shot at 3s @ f8 100ISO.
This is another stitched pano from the same day as the last post. The one thing I have noticed about these falls is the colour of the light reflected from the plunge pool and surrounding trees. It has a “swampy” quality to it, quite unlike any other falls I have shot.
A little bit of white balance and HSL work in Lightroom seems to have improved it.
6 image stitch. Processed in PtGui and LR2
After all the rain we have had over the last few months, I thought I would go out to one of the local swimming holes at Cedar Ck and try a few stitched panaoramas.
The falls were running well and there were not too many people about which was a bonus.
I like this one because of the shape of the trees in the foreground framing the pool and falls. the girl standing in the water was just in the right spot as well.
As the light around the falls is often a murky green which is sometimes hard to deal with effectively I thought monochrome would work better and concentrate more on the shapes of the treees.
5 image stitch,PtGui and Lr2
This is probably not an image that is normally associated with the Whitsundays but there are areas in the hinterland that are as beautiful as anything found on the islands.
We have had some steady wet season rain that has transfomed a landscape that 6 months ago was brown and as dry as I can remember.
This little area on the O’Çonnell River north of Mackay was a nice little find for me after following my nose down an obscure country road.
It even has some of the wierdest acting cattle I have ever come across! Probably eating the wrong mushrooms.
5 image stitch, Processed in Lightroom 2
I’m going to back track a little here. If you have been following the blogs of Christian Fletcher and True North Mark you will have seen some great images of the Kimberley Coast.
I was very surprised to see that neither posted an image of what I consider to be one of the most spectacular sights along this coastline, the entrance to the Hunter River.
It’s a little difficult to get a sense of the size of these two peaks but believe me they dominate the landscape! No official names that I know of, but variously known as the Ninepins or Indian Hd. If you look at the right hand one you can see the face in it.
The next image is another rockscape taken on a beach near here.
You could spend a lifetime photographing the rock formations along this coast!
Well I decided to bite the bullet and purchased a version of PTgui stiching software, can’t believe I didn’t do it earlier!
Very user friendly and does a great job, no more weird skies or ghosting.
I can see why every body stiches images, now i need to start looking at things a bit differently but that’s not such a bad thing.
The viewpoint of this image could have been more to the left but I didn’t have any choice unfortunately.
This landscape really is a land that time forgot!
The Kimberley coast is such a huge area that it is sometimes difficult to convey the scene in front of you in one frame. I can well understand why a lot of photographers use panoramic cameras or these days stitching to capture what the see in front of them!
As this seems to be the thing at the moment I thought I may as well have a crack at it as well.
Bear in mind that the only stitching software i have at the moment is a Canon bundled software called Photostitch which is barely adequate for the job.
With trepidation i fed some files that I had shot specifically into the application just to try it out. My laptop groaned and mumbled at all the work i had thrown at it and finally threw out an image. I was surprised at how well it had done and with a little tidying up in Lightroom and Elements this is the result.
Waddya reckon Christian, good enough to go in your gallery?
Stop laughing and answer me!
Ok, so I have a way to go and PtGui looks like a good investment, but you gotta start somewhere.
5 image stitch, handheld from a boat.
An image of sunset on the cliffs above Porosus Ck, which is a tributary of the Hunter River.
Porosus is one half of the Latin scientific name for the estuarine crocodile of which there are plenty in this creek! Some of the best scenery on the Kimberley coast in this area. Handheld, so if sharpness is suspect, did the best I could at the time.
Awesome river this one! Eight miles of sheer cliffs like these, fresh-water falls, salt-water falls, billabongs, crocs! Any images I have taken do not do it justice, love to do a low-level flight along it with a gyroscopic mount one day………..