When backing up my pc to a remote hard drive, I found some old film shots of Central Australia taken in 2010 I had forgotten about. This is Katatjuta in Central Australia also previously known as 'the Olgas'. The polarizing filter on the film camera was certainly more powerful than the one on my current digital camera! From this website is some more information below:
"Walpa (meaning windy) Gorge is a desert refuge for plants and animals. The rocky track gently rises along an ephemeral stream, passing inconspicuous rare plants and ending at a grove of flourishing spearwood. Experience the sheerness of the domes and the vastness of the landscape. 2.6 km return, 1 hour."
This area reminded me of Utah in the USA. I finally got around to visiting a major tourist attraction in my own country, after putting it on the back-burner for decades.
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jurek1951 (42196) 2012-02-26 0:41
great landscape with fantastic mountains, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors,nice blu sky,
lousat (95942) 2012-02-26 0:46
Hi Chris,what a beautiful place! And what a great choice of point of view! Magnificent perspective,i like the high brightness to create this magnificent contrast between the red colors of the ground and the blue blue sky,super sharpness too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
Royaldevon (41857) 2012-02-26 0:54
I found some shots on my little casio that I had forgotten about but are still interesting finds. I bet you were pleased to find this! It is spectacular, especially when the figures reveal the sense of scale!
Youe pov uses a nice, curved guideline which stops at a strong position in the frame, and gives way to the natural cleft in the rocks; such curiosity, what is beyond?
The light looks strong but your filter has done a fine job. Lovely textural details.
Have a good day,
SNOOP_Chan (4377) 2012-02-26 1:58
Hello Chris, nice photo here, good idea to include the humans for us to figur out the scale of this cliffs. A bit oversharpened imo but still great. Good contrast also.
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-02-26 2:54
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-26 3:10
a beautiful romantic view with spectacular composition, the colours and lights are beautiful, great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes Vasárnapot kívánok!
jhm (157948) 2012-02-26 3:45
What are the people small between the big rocks.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Very nice place,lovely contrast between the blue sky and colorfully rocks.
Composition and presentation are excellent done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
serp2000 (45336) 2012-02-26 3:50
Saturation is great, good result of a polarized filter using. This place reminds me Jordan landscape, when I went to Petra. And the stone has similar pink colour. Perfect sharpness.
pierrefonds (69835) 2012-02-26 5:09
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Walpa Gorge. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
sacimar (27787) 2012-02-26 5:25
it must be an interesting excursion walking by this canyon, I like the combination of light and shadow areas, well seen,
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-26 5:30
Reminds me of my trip to Death Valley in California.Beautiful huge giant rocks with some green vegetation and beautiful blue sky as a nice color contrast. The people give an idea about the size of the rocks. Nice lighting.with colors and sharpness.
Nicou (148566) 2012-02-26 5:52
quelle compo quelle immensité ces falaises, le personnages donnent bien l'échelle et ces contrastes entre les deux plans la couleur ocre grandisoe.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (96772) 2012-02-26 8:53
Amazing scenery, amazing capture.
The deep and strong blue and orange colors are contrasting perfectly.
Very good composed.
TFS and best regards
TopGeo (38216) 2012-02-26 8:56
Hello Chris! I like the clean lines and the simplicity of contrast!
And of course there is no doubt concerning the great and strong dynamic
A fine point of view and the subject is well framed by the rocks, rich colours and fine details!
The angle that you have used in this setting is perfect for this photo
ourania (49901) 2012-02-26 9:23
wonderful sense of depth in this photo using a great point of view and the length of the left side of the gorge. Excellent composition, the walkers following the path from around the curve add a sense of scale and movement that makes a big difference in this massive and solid environment. I like very much the colours and the textures. Light management is splendid, we can easily observe the textures on the shady part. A fascinating photo, well done!
All the best, have a good week,
Cricri (123796) 2012-02-26 10:45
Un paysage haut en couleurs , et très impressionnant vu l'échelle donner par les touristes, c'est vraiment merveilleux a voir et sûrement encore mieux d'être là
maxifred (0) 2012-02-26 14:41
Even there was an ocean...unbelievable Australia!
Is this an argentic photo? I had a Pentax ME in the past...so many years ago...
Anyway,perfect management of the exposure in this photo.
Best regards Chris,
shevchenko (20548) 2012-02-26 18:51
Good frame to show the magnificent natural great wall, good perspective, nice unique geographical feature, it is a beautiful valley too, good contrast of color in between the blue sky and brown land, distinct image, good shoot.
Sonata11 (33971) 2012-02-26 19:03
what a fabulous place for hiking and wandering around. Wonderful composition of this marvellous mountains and movement of people which we have scale to comparison to the hight of mountains. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing. Awesome work.
All the best,
hidibyendu (929) 2012-02-26 21:28
A Nice picture.
Beautiful color. Good clear sky.
Very nice POV.
Perspective is great in this photo.
emka (104268) 2012-02-26 23:31
Hi Chris, How could you forget about such shots?? Impressive landscapel The red rocks remind me the parks in Utah or Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. I didn't know there are also in Australia. And what is your own country?
Graal (103038) 2012-02-27 0:19
today we are in Australia, I see. Amazing wild nature. Yes, view like from Utah. Unusual red rocks. Fine composition with the "human accent" on FG.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (59440) 2012-02-27 0:32
These colours could only mean Australia. The rock formations are awesome and I'm glad you included the people in the foreground that give us a sense of scale and perspective. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.
dkmurphys (62903) 2012-02-27 0:33
Impressive place in great natural colors and textures. Fine scene, enjoy a good week.
CLODO (35370) 2012-02-27 0:44
Stunning red rocks coontrasting with the deep blue sky. Good light management to have details in the shadows.
annjackman (21901) 2012-02-27 1:40
When I viewed this the first thing that came to mind was Utah as you suggest. I like the deep red colour of the massive rocks Aand the textures that you have caught. The three people (one conveniently in red!) cerainly gives a sense of scale and very nicely positioned in the frame. Excellent shot.
danyy (0) 2012-02-27 6:27
l'Australie est un pays où on retrouve des formations montagneuse rouges intenses. Cette gorge par exemple est superbe par l'opposition des teintes rouges et bleues.
Une photo bien retravaillée en post processing.
My best regards.
Waylim (25436) 2012-02-27 8:49
Very nice shot, in so many ways it does really resembles the Utahs and Arizona landscape in the U.S. It is really good quality for a scan. Good clarity and sharpness, almost too sharp :) Great us of the path leading in and the presence of the people allow a sense of scale and perspective. The filter sky is absolutely wonderful.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-02-28 9:17
I think this was taken in Arizona! Awesome composition with great lighting. Nice to have the people for sense of proportion. Love the color contrast between the blue sky and reddish earth. Very well done, tfs.
ikeharel (76209) 2015-03-20 4:14
Red soil is most usually evident of minerals residue's underground, and we know Central Australia has an abundance of mines around, Chris.
Anyay, to this photo, the CP-filter is evident on picture, and yet we can enjoy the beautiful scenery with big walls on sides, and scale wonderfully by the people on the trail.
Cherrs and a nice weekend,