A few more images from the Kimberley

Here are a few more images from the Kimberley trip I did recently with Christian Fletcher and Tom Putt.

The top image is of a nice clean reflection of colours at Eagle Falls. The next one down are some sunset colours in the Prince Regent River and the last one is of some very friendly Tawny Sharks that meet us on every trip in and around the Horizontal waterfalls.

The larger dark fish in the lour shot was a hug potato cod that was blessing us with his presence! They all hung around for quite some time.

Sail River Heli Picnic Site

The Kimberley never ceases to amaze and impress me and when we flew into this location about an hour before sunset to prepare for an overnight camping experience for 11 lucky people, including Christian and Jenny Fletcher and Tom Putt.

Once again, I had to stand still for a while and take stock of the beauty and the tranquility of this amazing location.

Arriving by Helicopter adds to the excitement for sure and as we were the first ones in, we were unloading whist the heli was idling and then off it went again to get the next group of campers. The roar of the heli taking off interrupted the tranquility only for the noise to be replaced by the subtle raw of the waterfall down the way a bit, once the heli noise had abated.

We set up camp and searched for fire wood whilst we waited for the second group and then arranged to swim our cameras across the river to the various vantage points offered on the opposite side.

This was one of the compositions that I liked featuring the amazing smoothed off sand stone formations and textures in the foreground with the river snaking off into the distance.

Truly a beautiful place and a great experience.

After the photo shoot we cooked up a storm that was pre prepared on by the True North chefs and then sat around the fire telling stories and jokes until it was time to turn in.

More Pierce Airshow Shots

Here are a couple of HDR’s that I took at the Pierce Airshow yesterday.

The top image is of the new PC 21 that belongs to the Singapore Airforce. These machines are the latest off the ranks from Pilatus and boast 1087 BHP from a Pratt and Whitney PT6.

The PT 6 is a fine bit of kit and this latest version in the PC21’s look to be the real deal for sure.

I also quite liked how the HDR shoed the movement of the people in these shots adding some unusual interest to what would normally be just another plane shot.

Close!!!

I went up to the Pierce Airshow today with Christian and Mike Fletcher and gave my new 400mm a test run…thanks Leigh! Definitely a great lens and sharp as a tack!

The top pic is the interesting one. The Roulettes were flying North to South with one flying directly above the other. Just before the top one went to roll out…he dropped a bit and to me that looks to be way close!

The B52 flew all the way from Guam but I reckon he would have got back home before some of the people in the traffic jam coming out of the airshow! 🙂

Camp Creek upper falls

This shot is further up the creek from last nights post and is set billabong surrounded by Melalukas and various grasses.

The image typifies a shooting style that I developed on this trip that was a subject of some discussion on Facebook with Paul Pitchuin last night.

It is an 8 image stitch, 4 top and 4 along the bottom and every image was focused stacked. With the foreground interest being so close there is not way the image would have worked without focus stacking. Now, every aspect of the image is in focus and sharp as a tack!

So, 16 images to make up this final shot and the file size at full size is about 10,000 pixels x 8,000 pixels at 300 DPI.

Lower Camp Creek Falls

A fair way down the Prince Regent River is an offshoot tributary the runs south on the way to Melaluka Falls, where we have our Heli picnics.

The walk to Camp Creek is a challenging walk in some respects but it is well worth it with the array of beautiful scenes along the way.

These little falls are are just down from the main falls which I will post soon.

To me this scene is very typical to many of the tributary river systems that are so abundant in the Kimberley.

Ancient Kimberley formations

In and around the area of the famous Horizontal waters are some fantastic reminders of just how old this area is and the various geological changes that have happened over millions of years.

On this particular morning, Tom Putt and myself set out to explore this ancient land.

The Kimberley region extends from the dry red sand dunes of the Great Sandy Desert in the south through rugged sandstone escarpments of the Kimberley Plateau and Timor Sea in the north. It extends east to the Northern Territory border.

Covering some 423 500 square kilometres it is nearly twice the size of the State of Victoria and three times the size of England!

Numerous islands off the northern coast and the many gulfs, headlands and the irregularity of the coastline attest to the current historically high sea levels and the so-called “drowned” topography of the region..

There are more than 2500 mapped islands between Yampi Sound and the mouth of the King Edward River. In a straight line it is approximately 400km from Yampi Sound to the mouth of the King Edward River whereas it is nearly 1300 km around the actual coastline.

On this particular True North Adventure we covered some 1100nm of this ancient land.

The current landscape of the Kimberley has been evolving over a period of at least 250 million years. Periods of uplift resulted in peneplanation of the land surface and deeply incised rivers. The above photo is a very good example of the uplift phenomenon often seen in the Kimberley region.

A lengthy period of tropical conditions 70-50 million years ago resulted in the development of a lateritic cap, particularly over the volcanic rocks which are more susceptible to weathering. This is a characteristic feature of the Mitchell Plateau.

As sea levels rose from approximately 120m below current levels following the end of the last glacial maxima 18 000 years ago, the Kimberley coast line became drowned with the sea filling what were once river valleys. This phenomena gives the coastline its distinctive irregular outline.

To me the Kimberley is like a snapshot into our very existence and a cruise through a sci fi movie like Jurassic park…but the park stretches for over 400,000 square Kilometres!

Mirror Mirror, Yacht and all!

This shot was taken not long after the Rowley’s Reds in my early post and is another classic example of dead calm at beautiful Rowley Shoals.

It is quite unique to see such a glass off so far off shore when there are little or no other landmasses or other clutter that takes away the chance of simple compositions like these.