Tonight there was an epic sunset over Western Australia. Tonights photograph isa HDR taken at Hillaries Marina, Perth, Western Australia.
Ever wondered what Death Valley looks like? This photograph is taken at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. This is an 11 image stitch of Zabriskie Point. Death Valley looks like the planet was really angry when it created this part of the world. There isn’t much around, and shade is a pretty scarce thing to find. These ripples in the earth are around 6-12 feet deep, and are made up of volcanic ash, saline mud and gravel. The black mountains in the background are the Band Lands and are lava topped. Apparently around 5-9 million years ago this was all under water as there was a big lake. Furnace Creek is a 10 minute drive and has the record for the hottest place on the planet (56.7 degrees), and averages 46.9 degrees during summer.
Our first destination on our USA holiday was Santa Monica, this would also end up bing one of our favourite destinations. Great location, great beaches, good restaurants, fantastic weather and nice people. One of the famous landmarks is the Santa Monica Pier. The amusement park on the pier was great and kids loved it. More photo’s from here will follow later.
We are back from our USA holiday and I was wanting to process some images of places which left a real imprint in my mind. Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona was definitely one of those places. The day that we visited it was blowing a gale and we were getting blasted with sand and gravel. It was really quite scary standing at the edge, as the wind was blowing from every direction and coming through as gusts. The drop from the edge down to the water is around 300m. It was too windy to even consider opening my camera bag to pull out my filters, let alone setup a tripod on the edge of the cliff in those conditions. I managed to muster up the courage to get close to the edge a couple a couple of times and squeeze off a couple of sets of bracketed photographs. It would have been great to explore the area more, but the afternoon we were there the conditions were really bad and you were trying to hide you body from being sand and gravel blasted.
- Nikon D4
- Nikon 16-35 f/4 VRII
- 3 Shot Bracket, -2,0,+2
- Processed in Photomatix Pro, Nik Dfine2, Nik Raw Pre-sharpener, OnOne Perfect Photo Suite, managed inside Lightroom 5.
Currently we are travelling around California, USA and having a blast. I thought I would post something from the holiday. I am taking photo’s but not really editing them on the road, so I doubt I will post many whilst away… but then again I don’t seem to post many anyways. Below is an extract from Wikipedia on the Lone Cypress:
Standing on a granite hillside off California’s scenic 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach, the Lone Cypress is a western icon, and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. The tree is located between Cypress Point Golf Course and the Pebble Beach Golf Links, two of world’s most well known golf courses. Possibly as old as 250 years, the cypress has been scarred by fire and held in place with cables for 65 years.
Wow, what a wet and windy start to the weekend! 100km/hr plus winds recorded on the coast and over 22mm rain. I was a little stir crazy this afternoon and my trigger finger was a little itchy and wanted some action, so I popped out for 30 minutes (not according to my wife, it was actually closer to an hour). Anyway, after getting drenched with sea spray and rain I decided to pack-up my wet gear and head home. The waves and spray coming off them today was huge! The photograph below looks like it wasn’t too bad a day… but it was rough!
Below is a photograph of the sails on the Sydney Opera House. I thought the angle was a little different to the normal.