Scenes Along the Mala Walk
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robsb

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Ayers rock or Ulura as the Mala people call it,is an interesting area. Besides seeing Ulura which is impressive in itself, you can take scenic walks nearby, one of which is Mala walk which had me snapping images as I went. This is a scene near an ancient water hole. D700 with 35-70 f/2.8 at 70mm. F/7.1, ISO 400, 1/60s hand held. Processed in CNX2.
· Date: Fri 25-December-2009 · Views: 1022 · Filesize: 183.3KB, 421.7KB · Dimensions: 798 x 1200 ·
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Keywords: Mala Walk, Ayers Rock, Australia
Camera: D700
Lens and Filters: 35-70 f/2.8 zoom @70mm
Film and/or ISO: 400
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/60
Location: Ayers Rock Australia
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Additional Categories: Australia, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Architecture
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louis

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Fri 25-December-2009 08:53

Unusual shot.Great compo and play of textures and colors. Well done!
robsb

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Fri 25-December-2009 01:29

Thanks louis.
glxman

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Sat 26-December-2009 02:27 Rating: 10 

I like this one Bob,


You have done well to get this one with the limited time that you had, leave alone the searing heat,


Unfortunately, for a lot of landscape in Australia, I've found that you need a lot of time to get the right light, especially in the outback which is dry and like a desert most of the time and cloudless at the wrong time of the year,


You have done well with this one!


Regards,
Gary
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Sat 26-December-2009 02:48

Gary as a person who takes travel tours not designed to be photo tours, I have learned to always be on the lookout for a photo op and also to lag behind the crowd (a trick that drives my wife nuts). Not having a tripod because it is dead weight on a trip like this, I rely heavily on the D700 to allow me to keep shutter speeds in the range I can hand hold. Since like you say I don't have the luxury of picking the time and place, I am often shooting at the worst times unless it is during free time on these trips. It was a VERY hot day for this, well over 106 degrees F. This is an ancient watering hole, just below the bottom of the picture is water. I started taking pictures as soon as we arrived, some including the water and some not. I then tried to simplify the image and capture the symmetry of what I saw. This was the result and the one I liked the best of this particular location. I was not rushed, as we probably spent 10-15 minutes here. The sun was strong, but not a particular problem with this view but with many others. I also rely heavily on my post processing skills to bring out the best in my images, which sometimes look just awful before post, usually needing an exposure adjustment downward. This one in particular did not need much work. What struck me here was the lone tree among all this textured land, and that you could see parts of the path the water takes when there is water flowing.
glxman

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Sat 26-December-2009 05:59

Thanks for the info Bob,


My PP skills are poor at the moment but gradually getting there by trial and error, one thing I did notice, was how well you got the texture of the rock,


Your right about the tree/bush, just amazing how they survive, it is located in the right location,


In my old wedding days, I could shoot and scoot, as long as I nailed the exposure, got the eyes and nose right, which I don't how but I used to get it right every time,


30years on, the skills have gone and landscape plus PP, is a learning curve all over again,


I was lucky in my past as I was taught by a Russian cine photographer who new how to shoot in the most trying conditions,


Landscape is my aim, and if budget gets better, a longer lens,


You have done very well here,


Regards,
Gary