Sweet, delicious pineapples and the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Fresh locally grown pineapples on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland = DELICIOUS.

This series of photos (the first three) includes a pre-dusk image, then a blue-hour image including light-painting, then a startrail and light-painting image.

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Cheers 🙂

FARMS, NOT COAL – Breeza, on the Liverpool Plains of NSW, Australia.

‘nuf said?

The Liverpool Plains is a prime food and fibre producing area that is under imminent threat from several coal mines – at least one of which, the Shenhua Watermark mine, is foreign-owned (Chinese). These companies seek to rape and scar the land, deplete and contaminate aquifers, then pack up and leave once the destruction is no longer financially viable. Never mind that there are farmers, you know, living breathing hard-working people, with families and dreams, enduring incredible stress as they seek to remain being outstanding stewards of the land they sweat for. How and why our political “representatives” allow this is beyond me – I suppose it goes along with their belief in continued economic growth year on year. Well, let’s inform them that exponential growth is unattainable and to seek it is ignorantly irresponsible (but I guess it is politically astute?).

I am not against mining, per se, however I do have issues with “the commons” being over-extracted for the profits of a few whilst the landholder has little recompense for the invasion, and the people of this nation see very little direct financial benefits. As another roadside sign in the area states: “Wrong mine, wrong place.”

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A pre-dawn light painting at Breeza, on the Liverpool Plains, NSW. Breeza 2AM-001230 ©Andrew McInnes.

 

Silos at dusk. Breeza 2AM-001216 ©Andrew McInnes.

 

I hope you enjoyed these images.

Cheers 🙂

Springsure, Queensland – including a light-painting episode.

This is overlooking Virgin Rock and the town of Springsure in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland, Australia – as seen from Minerva Hills National Park. As is my want, I hiked in a few hours too early with all the required equipment and froze my bum off, waiting for dusk’s blue hour and the town lights to be on, in order to light-paint this scene…

This is the “before” image, taken on iPhone 5:

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And this is the subsequent light-painting image.

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The remaining images here are different views of Mount Zamia escarpment, incorporating Virgin Rock:

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This is a light-painting of the entrance to Springsure Golf Club.

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Springsure 2AM-008319 © Andrew McInnes

 

For the following shots it was 1 degree C, and silly me, I was out photographing in thongs (i.e. Flip flops, not the underwear variety), light summer fishing pants, t-shirt and an old hoodie! Brrr.
On the left is Virgin Rock – a feature of the Mount Zamia escarpment.

The following two images are essentially very similar compositions, but were taken  50 minutes apart.
different light = different feel.

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Springsure 2AM-008359 © Andrew McInnes

 

Hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse of this beautiful area of Queensland.

Cheers.

 

Murphy’s Haystacks – Streaky Bay, South Australia.

Near Streaky Bay, South Australia, there is a farmer’s field containing numerous pink granitic rock formations – known as inselbergs (or monadnocks for those of you in the U.S.A.) and are located between Streaky Bay and Port Kenny on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

Both of these images are light paintings.

For this first image I wanted to create a look of Aboriginal rock art being illuminated by fires in the recesses between the boulders. This is a stacked image.

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Murphy’s Haystacks 2AM 6674-6675and6678-6679 stack. © Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

For this second image I wanted to create the look/feel of a giant wave breaking over a boulder on a beach (hence the use of the blue gel on a flash) – the light-painting was a duo effort, one with an orange lights, one with a LED light.

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Murphy’s Haystacks 2AM-006698 © Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Posting #6 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Into the Kimberley Region…

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China Wall – a quartz outcrop.

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China Wall 2AM-002820. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A light painting of China Wall.

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China Wall 2AM-002895. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The very refreshing, and aptly named, Palm Springs.

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Palm Springs 2AM-002836. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A ‘selfie’ in Palm Springs – lovely safe place for a dip.

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Palm Springs 2AM-002832. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Mulla mulla wildflowers along Duncan Road, Halls Creek.

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Mulla Mulla Flowers 2AM-002861. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Mulla Mulla Flowers 2AM-002823. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

One of the water crossings along Duncan Road, Halls Creek.

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Duncan Road 2AM-002841. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Sawtooth Gorge is a beautiful and secluded camping/visiting area- well worth the short bumpy dirt road in.

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Sawtooth Gorge 2AM-002827. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An iconic avian species – the Wedge-tailed Eagle – perched on a termite mound outside Fitzroy Crossing.

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Wedge-tailed Eagle 2AM-004698. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An iconic boab tree at dusk on the Great Northern Highway – a common Kimberley vista.

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Boab Sunset 2AM 2791 and 2793_pano2. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

 

Posting #3 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

This post contains images from my express visit to Coral Bay and Exmouth, Western Australia.

 

Ah, the tropics 🙂

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On the Minilya – Exmouth road. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A ‘short’ road train delivers supplies to Exmouth. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

These next three images are from Coral Bay – a stunning and simple place.

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The front of the image is shallow water over a sand substrate; this then abruptly drops off into a deepish lagoon which is protected by Ningaloo Reef (Australia’s “other” reef) in the background. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A mooring line and buoy – the cerulean water deepens rapidly here, making for fantastic swimming. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Two youths paddle in the tranquil waters behind Ningaloo Reef. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Unfortunately I only spent about 8 hours in Exmouth which is nowhere near sufficient. Nevertheless, here are some scenes of this fascinating area.

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A light-painting of Yardie Creek (Cape Range National Park) during dusk’s blue hour. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Pebble Beach, Exmouth. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Pebble Beach, Exmouth. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

A light-painting of the retired (non-functioning) Vlamingh Head Lighthouse – Exmouth. The evening air was thick with moisture from the Indian Ocean as it pounded Ningaloo Reef so I thought I’d make an image to suggest how the light from the lighthouse may have appeared to mariners of yore. During the 30 second exposure I mimicked a beam of light from the lighthouse by aiming my spotlight on the structure for a few seconds, allowing the moisture in the air to appear as a beam.
This image includes the Southern Cross (and pointers), along with a portion of the Milky Way.

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© 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Star trails caress the retired (non-functioning) Vlamingh Head Lighthouse – Exmouth, on a blustery and balmy autumn night. This is a stacked image consisting of 61 images (each image f4 for 30 seconds at ISO 800). © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

More posts from this road trip to follow this.

 

 

 

 

Posting #1 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

I recently embarked on what turned out to be a quite a drive with the purpose of visiting an old mate from my teenage years whom I have not seen for more than 20 years! My old vehicle (1984 Toyota Hilux diesel) logged 9,193 km (5,712 miles) doing my return trip from Fremantle – Kununurra – Fremantle, Western Australia.

With an esky full of water and assorted sandwich-construction material, plus spare diesel, oil, etc., I essentially drove until it was time to find a bush-camp for the night. I’d awake early and continue northward, repeating as required until I arrived at Kununurra.

Subsequent blog postings will present more images from the trip to the north of this bloody big state.
Theses images document my travels up and back – I hope you will find them appealing.

 

It isn’t long until these emblematic signs present themselves, with varying fauna presented.

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Iconic Aussie Wildlife (sans koala which is not native to WA) – Indian Ocean Road. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Having previously visited and photographed The Pinnacles (click here to view these) at Nambung National Park, near Cervantes, I chose to revisit and shoot more images from this amazing ‘moonscape’ before moving on and finding a place to camp for the night.

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Early evening light bathes a portion of the calcium carbonate structures at The Pinnacles Desert. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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This image contains part of the Milky Way, plus the Southern Cross, a meteor, and Magellanic Clouds which are irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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© 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A long exposure for pin-wheel stars. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

This leaning tree is but one of many around the Greenough area. These River Gum/eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) have horizontal trunks due to exposure to strong and near-continuous southerly winds.

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Leaning Tree of Greenough. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Should you find yourself anywhere near Geraldton or Walkaway, I thoroughly recommend a visit to Ellendale Pool, be it for a day trip or a place to camp – as I did for an evening.

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This is a light-painting during the blue-hour of dusk.  © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Another light-painting, this time a little later in the evening. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Ahhh, a rope swing – top setting for it! © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Morning’s reflection. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Lovely spot to set up a caravan!

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A “room with a view”. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The ubiquitous and raucous Little Corella

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Little Corellas in flight. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Hope you enjoyed the early portion of my trip, if vicariously 🙂

More images from the trip to follow soon.

 

Cheers,

Andrew