Australia is a vast and diverse country that offers a plethora of stunning photography locations. From the rugged outback to the pristine beaches, Australia has something for every photographer. The country is home to some of the world's most iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House and Uluru, as well as breathtaking natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains. The vibrant cities of Melbourne and Brisbane also offer plenty of opportunities for urban photography.
5-picture panorama stitched with Hugin, Cylindrical projection.
.... one of many sights to be seen on Victoria's Great Ocean Road
The Three Sisters Echo Point, Kotoomba Jamison Valley Blue Mountains World Heritage Site, New South Wales
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The iconic Three Sisters taken at the iconic Echo Point lookout. I was a little hesitant in posting this image as there are millions of rendition of the same scene. The sunset was pretty dull with the lack of clouds and my original plan for a panorama was scrapped by strong winds. In fact this is one of the few images that was sufficiently sharp and relatively free of camera shake. If you view it large, you can even notice the trees swaying in the wind. I was even afraid of my Lee's Graduated Neutral density filter being blown out of my hands and falling into oblivion.Thankfully, all my equipment remained unscathed!
The smoke in the background is caused by forest fire brewing in the area. Fun fact of the day: January 2013 was the hottest month every recorded in Australia, with average daily maximum temperature was a sweltering 36.92 degree Celsius. Another interesting fact: During the recent summer heat wave down under, temperatures soared so high in Central Australia that weather maps didn't even have a colour to represent it. As wildfires raged, tar melted off roads and gasoline evaporated before people were able to pump it, meteorologist added a racy shade of purple to denote predicted temperature of 50-52 degree Celsius. Then, just to be sure, they also slipped an even racier shade of magenta, to denote temperatures of 52 to 54 degree Celsius. (source: DCM March). Australia is well and truly on fire!! One of the few times when I am glad to be in Singapore :)
1 exp, Lee's 0.6 ND grad (hard), edited in Photoshop. Comments and constructive criticisms are appreciated!
Time exposure to soften the image and to ease the pain of my watch sitting at the bottom of the pool.
.... near Strathgordon, Tasmania. Featured in the film "The Gloaming".... well worth viewing!
... the fabulous "Valley of the Winds" track is typical of the terrain and vegetation found in Australia's Northern Territory. This lesser known site is about 40 km from the iconic "Ayer's Rock"
Ayer's Rock changes colour every evening during the "golden hour"....
From left to right Eureka Tower, Freshwater Place, Prima Tower and Crown Tower. 5-picture panorama stitched with Hugin, panini equirectangular projection.
Sun setting over the rugged coast of South Australia, featuring the Cape Dombey Obelisk...
Narrows Bridge South Perth, Western Australia
After spending almost a week in Perth without any decent sunset, I decided to head for a blue hour cityscape shot. Being my last day in Perth, I was definitely feeling the blues, but there is no better way to end the trip with a good photoshoot (hence the title). This is take two of this location and it is definitely better than the last (which was taken last year on my old 1000D)
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Some tips for capturing great blue city skyline:
5 exp shot, LEE's 0.6 GND (Soft) and edited in Photoshop
The parking lot at the bus station in downtown Perth, WA has some colourful pillars!
I first visited Hopetoun Falls in The Otways back in February. At that time there was very little water flowing over the falls so, following a week...
... one of the many beautiful scenes on offer along Australia's Great Ocean Road
Uluru / Ayer's rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park (Wikipedia).
Cape Byron Light, Australia's most powerful lighthouse according to Wikipedia. This is the easternmost point of the Australian continent, in Byron Bay, New South Wales....
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. Kangaroo Island. South Australia.
Panoramic view from the inside of one of many caves found at Cave's Beach, Swansea, NSW....
Thanks to all Phoide contributors to Australia!
Most notably Greg Johnston, David Hamments, George Kurzik, Joao Eduardo Figueiredo, Andrey Sulitskiy, Romain Pontida, J. Chea and Dominic Nessi.