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Pilbara Textures

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Pilbara Textures

This is honestly one of my most favorite image I’ve ever taken, it’s definitely more of an arty/abstract image then I’d usually take, but screams Pilbara for me. Anywhere in the Pilbara you are greeted with scenes like this, white gums upon ridge lines, with spinifex nestled at it’s feet. Once the day gets to the golden hour at the end of the day it simply explodes with colour and character.

I was taking a few shots at this location when I simply turned around, and was greeted by this amazing sight. I couldn’t set the tripod up quick enough! And after firing a couple of shots I knew I had what I was after. The subtle curve of the spinifex leading to the white gum standing majestically on the ridge, the subtle highlights in the clouds and even the natural vignetting with shadows and clouds adding to the impact.

It has the appearance of more post processing then i’d usually do with my images but literally has nothing more then my usual dash of contrast, saturation and sharpening to bring the image to print quality. The amazing thing is, that I was incredibly happy with this image from the second I took it, that once loading it onto my mac I managed to forget all about it until about 6 months later!!! Incredible ashamed to admit that, and baffled as to how it happened but I guess sometimes things get away from you!

It’s ended up being a successful and popular image too with this image getting runner up photo of the year with the Gem Camera Club and being voted as the viewers choice in the recent Spring in the Hills photo exhibition recently held in Kalamunda. Hopefully this continues and you all enjoy this as much as I do. I must admit it takes me back to the Pilbara each time I look at it hanging on my wall in all it’s glory ๐Ÿ˜€

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Newman landscapes

Hello to you all in blog world, if anyone checks in here anymore anyway. It’s been far too long between posts unfortunately, and quite funny to think that a year ago I was hoping to post an image a day…. I didn’t even manage one a week i’m afraid.

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Newman Isolation

After a crazy year to say the least, i’ve returned to Perth from Newman where I called home for about 14 months. I’ll return for sure when the time is right, but just for now I need to be in Perth. I was privileged to see some amazing locations, and experienceย  some absolutely once in a lifetime experiences.

This image is from just out of town, I loved so much how I could finish work and 10min later be in a place such as this, a place seemingly untouched by anyone. It’s a perfect spot to unwind and leave the worries of the day far behind. On this particular day after the sun had just gone below the horizon the clouds lit up in beautiful fashion.

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Is that a unicorn?

Well no, but probably something as rare as one! A image post from me! lol. Funny when I look back as I was preaching I was wanting to do a 365 like project, and do a post a day during my time in the Pilbara. Something I’ve not even got close to doing, just simply not enough time in a day i’m afraid. I’ve still managed a bit of time to get out and take some photos of my amazing surrounds, so I will endeavor to get this blog back up and running with some sort of regular posts.

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Ancient Lands

This is an image I really strived for upon my arrival in Newman 12 months ago. I believe my photography went up a level during my original visit- but that was all in the gorges. You really can’t do much wrong in there. So I wanted to focus above ground, and especially some daytime images as oppose to all sunrise/sunset photos. This I believe has helped me to achieve that.

It was taken back in March on my trip around Tom Price and it’s surrounding area’s. An amazing weekend of driving, climbing hills and taking photos. As I was driving along, the light turned, and I pulled over straight away and headed into the bush. The hills caught my eye with their amazing folds and ridges, topped off with the spinifex in the foreground. The head high spinifex shoots caught the light in spectacular fashion.

I’ll try and do an update post soon for you all, i’m currently in Perth painting my house- so this is as good a reason as ever to get away from it for a few minutes! lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lucky Light

This is an image I was quite lucky to get. Returning from Karijini a couple of months ago I was watching the light to see where I could stop for a shoot. Nothing was grabbing me until I saw the light start to hit a large hill to the South West. There was no way i’d be able to get a shot so I continued driving until finally, I saw a hill close to the road.

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Newman Sunset

Parking up I grabbed my gear and sprinted, hoping to catch the last bit of light. Hoping a barbed wire fence in my haste, I continued up the hill. Anyone who has walked through spinifex country will know what I mean when I say it’s not easy to run through haha. I got to the top and set up, waiting for the light to cast it’s gorgeous light on the last bit of shadows. Which was unfortunately not to be as the angle was not quite right.

Not to be wasted though, I turned around and the hill to the East was cast in magnificent light. As was this stunning white gum. I loved how the light hit a few of the higher tufts of spinifex in front of and around the tree.

 

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Funky Tree

Plenty of area’s in the Pilbara are burnt, quite a surreal landscape to see- and quite different to the usual Savanah/Spinifex landscape the Pilbara is known for. The burnt area’s are so vast and baron, and you could very easily imagine being on Mars, with hill after hill of red rock.

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Funky Tree

This is one of the burnt area’s, in fact it is on the entrance road to Karijini National Park. There still are some tree’s on the hill, and this big tree in particular caught my eye as the sun went down.

 

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Another from the competition

Here’s another Twilight image from the Pilbara. I really do love the soft light that follows the sun setting, and in this region it seems to have that magic afterglow most nights.

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Pilbara Twilight

To the other bloggers out there, can you think of why the re-sized images come up so soft like this? Click on the image and view in it’s full size and you’ll see what I mean. They never used to go this bad but i’ve noticed it a bit lately… :-/

 

This image is from just out of town, I went out storm chasing and found myself at the top of a hill. The sunset was pretty uneventful, and the storms that were going off were simply too far away. I hung around anyway and once the soft light hit I was able to capture this image, the hill I was standing on cast it’s shadow through the bottom of the image, which I felt balanced out with the darker clouds in the top half. It got a 77 in the Landscape 500.

 

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Here’s a new image from The Pilbara

This is one of my favorite images from the Pilbara, and quite different to others of this vast landscape. It’s got the white gums I love, mixed with some amazing twilight light after sunset. I took it a couple of months ago now but was waiting until the results from the Landscape 500 came back before I posted it.

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Bronze in the Landscape 500- Score 79

The sunset on this particular day wasn’t anything too special, but I hung it out as I really love the twilight light, and it really has an amazing effect on the Pilbara Landscapes. This day did not disappoint, and my patience was rewarded. There was some wind which gives the tree it’s surreal look. Mixing moving leaves with the stationary trunk. A trunk which has shone beautifully in the soft light, and the rocks which still have incredible luminescence taking into consideration there is no direct light on any of this scene.

Just missed out again on Silver, but still a result i’m happy with ๐Ÿ™‚

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Some oldies get Bronze

Here’s a couple of other images that I’ve had for quite some time that went ok in the recent Landscape 500 photography competition held by Christian Fletcher.

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Bronze in Landscape 500- Score 77

The first image here is from a while ago down in the Stirling Ranges. Read my previous post for info on this image.

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Bronze in the Landscape 500- Score 77

I also took this image a while back in Albany. For the full post check out this post.

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They’re watching me

As I mentioned in my last post, i’ve copped a serious case of Pneumonia, thanks to a viral bug I managed to get a few weeks ago now. Literally the last thing I thought i’d manage to get in the Pilbara haha. So unfortunately i’ve simply not managed to get out and get any fresh shots. After work, which have been pretty long days unfortunately- i’ve literally only managed to get home and get to the couch. So have simply not been well enough to do any photo shoots for far too long now. I did head out yesterday, and a 1/2km walk left me exhausted, coughing, spluttering and dry wrenching haha. So not sure if i’ll try it again this afternoon.

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Rainbow Serpent- click to view large

So anyway here’s a older image. You may recognize this remarkable place from my earlier post. It’s from a place near Mount Magnet, where I stopped on my way up here back in September. When I head down at Christmas I think i’ll be stopping off here again for another magical sunset. I went into some details in the post about the emotions I was going through at that stage, and it really was like a spiritual moment for me. This area is heavily involved with aboriginal history-more then a lot of other area’s that would also have aboriginal history Flem, before you go getting all cheeky again! haha.

The Badimia tribe used to call Mount Magnet their home, and the granites area was used for ceremonies, with a large number of rock art to be found. In the twilight light the area really felt mystical, and I felt quite privileged to be standing there. As a matter of fact I had a few of the locals standing on the cliff face watching me. Locals in the form of goats on this occasion however.

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Pilbara Storms

One thing I really look forward to here in the Pilbara, is the storms. I’ve always had a fascination with weather, I guess it goes hand in hand with photography, and hiking- which are my 2 main passions. But it’s just something I love all round. I’m forever on the BOM site, and various other weather sites, always tune into the Foxtel weather channel in the morning, and usually throughout the day to. I’m a nerd haha. Well when it comes to weather anyway.

So many times i’ve heard about the Pilbara Storms, but yet to experience it for myself. In the last week however, she decided to give me a small taste. So out I went, eyes wide open, big smile on my face. There are quite limited routes to go, literally North, South and one other road that kinda goes North North East. So that doesn’t make it easy to get into good positions, but I could still experience it anyway.

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Pilbara lift off

The first image is of the storm building. I was heading North, when I checked the side mirror and saw this beast looming behind me. So I pulled over, and sprinted up the first hill I could find, not really getting the view I was after I followed a bush track for a couple of minutes before once again sprinting up a hill. This time I could capture the storm.

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Pilbara UFO

 

From here I continued to go North, there were actually 2 storms, another one about a km behind me when I took the 1st image. They were heading towards each other so I thought they were going to collide- and hopefully go extreme!! This never eventuated, but I came across this scene anyway. This cool little valley had lightning going crazy at the end of it. Unfortunately once again, this ceased as soon as I set up lol. But then this wicked little cloud formed, and in this particular shot- was rimmed entirely by some in cloud lightning. It’s given that definition to it, and separated it from the rest of the cloud.

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Pilbara Blues

The last image here is from earlier this week. More storms fired up in the arvo- so out I went again. This time I headed South, before spotting a small hill just off the road. I found some tracks that headed towards it, and then actually went right up the side as well. So into 4wd I went, and up the hill I go. Saved me a run on this day which was good, running through spinifex with camera gear isn’t exactly my thought of fun haha.

There was a big cloud just out of frame of this image, and as a result the cloud behind was tinged with the most amazing blue. The images I took of it are going to be one’s I think i’ll forever be asked if it was the colours I saw, and if I did any adjustments in post processing. That I can confirm is a definite no- these clouds were freeking incredible! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a weird week for me. It honestly feels like a holiday, despite working full time. So as most of my trips last 2-3 weeks, it felt all week like i’d be heading home soon, back to the people I care about, and back to my normal life. So it’s now hitting home that I am here for good- here for a while anyway. Ready to explore the depths of the Pilbara as I go. And I can’t wait! ๐Ÿ˜€

Make sure you open up the images to the large size as the wordpress compressions play around a bit with the smaller images.

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