Days 9-11: Makarora and Fox Glacier etc, New Zealand – December 2015.

 

Day 9-11. Makarora and Fox Glacier etc, South Island – New Zealand.

Onwards…
More from Otago, plus some from West Coast.  As is the case with all holidays, the end comes too soon.

This last post includes images from Blue Pools on the Makarora River, the Whataroa River, Fox Glacier, and Lake Hawea (near The Neck).

Dusk settles over the Southern Alps at Makarora.

Makarora 2AM-000934. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora 2AM-000934.
©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000931. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000931.
©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000930. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000930.
©Andrew McInnes

 

The stunning, and frigid, Blue Pools.

Blue Pools - Makarora River 2AM-000916. ©Andrew McInnes

Blue Pools – Makarora River 2AM-000916.
©Andrew McInnes

Blue Pools - Makarora River 2AM-000914. ©Andrew McInnes

Blue Pools – Makarora River 2AM-000914.
©Andrew McInnes

 

Happy hour 🙂
Cold beers and conversation in and alongside the Makarora River.

Makarora 2AM-000539. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora 2AM-000539.
©Andrew McInnes

 

A Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), in the honeyeater family, foraging on New Zealand flax (Phormium sp.).

Tui 2AM-004945. ©Andrew McInnes

Tui 2AM-004945.
©Andrew McInnes

 

Dawn over the Southern Alps at Fox Glacier – includes Aoraki / Mount Cook.

Fox Glacier 2AM 1002-4 HDR. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM 1002-4 HDR.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000957. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000957. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000981. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000981.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000988. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000988.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000993. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000993.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000995. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000995.
©Andrew McInnes

The Neck 2AM-000537 iPhone panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

The Neck 2AM-000537 iPhone panorama.
©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM 1024-1029 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM 1024-1029 panorama.
©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM-001017. ©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM-001017.
©Andrew McInnes

 

I hope you enjoyed this and the previous posts of my images from a fantastic holiday in New Zealand.

Cheers 🙂

Avon Descent, 2014 – Paddle craft competitors

With good winter rains, the 2014 Avon Descent was a lot of fun to observe. This photo-blog presents some of my images of various paddle craft competitors.

Day 1:

Avon Descent 2AM-004446. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Avon Descent 2AM-006918. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006922. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006841. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007049. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006857. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006929. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006956. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007009. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007060. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007070. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007073. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Day 2:
A thick durable fog and rather chilly conditions greeted the competitors…

Avon Descent 2AM-007079. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007081. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007090. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007098. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007113. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007118. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007123. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post.

 

 

 

 

 

Avon Descent, 2014 – Power craft competitors

With good winter rains, the 2014 Avon Descent was a lot of fun to observe. This photo-blog presents some of my images of various power craft competitors.

Avon Descent 2AM-007197. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007377. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007353. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004696. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007256. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007269. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007322. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004686. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007310. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007402. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon-Descent-2AM-007406. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007373. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007429. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007431. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007437. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Avon Descent 2AM-007462. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004631. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004668. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004705. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007423. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007475. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007476. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004733. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

I hope you enjoyed this sampling of power craft competitors; the next post will contain the paddle powered competitors.

 

 

 

 

Posting #10 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A collection of images from Lake Kununurra, Lily Creek Lagoon, Ivanhoe Crossing, and the iconic Cockburn Ranges – all proximal to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A delightful boat ride up Lake Kununurra – the dog enjoyed the trip, especially the breeze in its face.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003377. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003403. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003421. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra 2AM-003422. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of the numerous and delightful inlets along the way.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003425. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003435. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The exposed geology is fascinating and stunning.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003437. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The Kimberley region has numerous sites with indigenous rock art; this particular location is very near to Kununurra.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003475. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003480. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003483. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003485. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003487. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The view from the boat ramp on Lily Creek where we began and concluded this trip up Lake Kununurra.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003504. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lily Creek Lagoon with ‘Sleeping Buddha’ in the background.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003502. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Off on a road trip now, just outside of Kununurra…

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003088. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003079-003082 panorama © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of images of vehicles crossing a small creek on El Questro where we stopped off for a refreshing dip (swim).

El Questro 2AM-003308. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

El Questro 2AM-003319. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Not far past El Questro, on the famed Gibb River Road, is the Cockburn Range which is adjacent to the iconic Pentecost River but the river was flowing too much for us to make a crossing. There was an unfortunate couple stranded during their attempt at crossing – their front axle fell into a deeply eroded hole resulting in a cracked oil-pan or something similar, necessitating a tow out of these croc-infested waters.

Cockburn Ranges 2AM-003366-003368 panorama. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Having captured this late-afternoon image of a man fishing for barramundi with a live bait on a hand line at the fast-flowing Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, I moved on to shoot other nearby compositions. This area is accessible for the numerous salties of the Ord River and is also thick with barramundi. Soon after I moved I saw this fisherman in a mighty tug-of-war battle that, with the aid of the deep and rapidly flowing water, soon had him precariously close to taking an involuntary bath! Ultimately he was saved the ignominy as his large gauge hook was straightened, thus losing whatever was on the end of the line!
The Ivanhoe Crossing is no longer open to vehicles.

Ivanhoe Crossing 2AM-003178. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The next blog posting will contain images from Marlgu Billabong and Wyndham.
Until then, cheers.

 

 

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

Into the Kimberley Region…

Highway-Outcrop-2AM-2808-09_2811-13_2815-panoIf you plan on being near Halls Creek I thoroughly recommend taking the time to explore along Duncan Road…

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 #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

 

 

 

Same scene, different interpretation – Garner State Park, TX.

I recently traveled to the beautiful Garner State Park, Texas to photograph night shots which were to include light-painting.

 

This blog contains two images; though they were the exact same composition, and both taken after twilight, these are two very different images.

The first image is your “standard” light-painting and was taken after humanly visible light had vanished:

Garner State Park 2AM-115918

Garner State Park 2AM-115918
A single capture with light-painting.
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 40 seconds at ISO 1600.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The second image also includes light-painting, and the process of capturing this image was started about 10 minutes after the photo above.  However, this second image is a “stacked” image – I took 61 photographs, the first of which was the light-painting on the trees and “Old Baldy” then a further 60 images were taken without any light-painting (the last image is a “blank” which helps reduce the digital noise). Total exposure time equates to a little over 40 minutes. Each image had the exact settings of the first photo posted (above) and I compiled them using software that is dedicated to stacking images.

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61 image stack for a total exposure time of ~40 minutes.
Each frame/picture had the following settings:
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 40 seconds at ISO 1600.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

I could have (and should have) taken a single, 40 minute long-exposure image as this would also have a slightly different interpretation of the scene. That longer exposure would have had more digital noise but smoother star-trails.

 

So from the same scene and the same composition we can get multiple interpretations/photographs by using different photographic techniques.

Hope you enjoyed these images 🙂

 

I have previously posted blogs showing this location (Garner State Park, Texas) in Fall color:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/a-wet-and-colorful-weekend-near-utopia-tx/

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/fall-rotation-thanksgiving-2011-garner-state-park-tx/