Mirror at the Regent

There are a couple of places in the Kimberley that always turn it on for us, no matter what time of year and the Prince Regent River is one of those places.

At some time when we are there we see total glass offs and absolute mirror reflections.

The Hunter River is the other location that also has similar conditions and epic clouds.

The black and white treatment of this shot shows off the subtle changes in tones as the eye is draw down the river and for that reason I think the Black and White version works quite well against the colour.

Prince Regent River Sunset

The Kimberley is a vast area of some of the most amazing scenery on the planet but every now and then she turns it on for you just to show she has much much more up her sleeve for those who care to venture into her realm.

When we were cruising out of the Prince Regent River, home of the famous Kings Cascades, the wind dropped to absolutely nothing and then the True North Captain backed off the throttles to a dead stop so that we could all enjoy the ambience and the changing colours of the sunset.

Our wake caught up with us which made for some really interesting wave lines stretching off into the distance.

This is a 7 image stitch shot with my 50mm prime. My very good mate, Flembot showed me a very cool trick on how to blend such stitches which came in very handing for this shot.

In PT Gui, select the stitch option you want, which was Mercator in this instance. Then when selecting what to save as, select a PSD file and also Blended with layers.

The result will be a blended image with all of the layers showing and the masks showing. To blend the wave lines, it is simply a matter of clicking on each mask and getting the waves to line up.

Another tip I got from Flembot is how to straighten the horizon in PT Gui. Simply hold down the control key on a Mac and click on either side of the image and hold and then twist the image up or down. You can also bend the image if it hasn’t stitched correctly by clicking in the middle of the image and pushing it up or down.

I hope you like the image and the PT Gui tips!

Camp Creek Lower Falls

What a wonderful day we had in Camp Creek today down the magnificent Prince Regent River.

We had awesome skies all day and the grand finale was a grand sunset over Kings Cascades.

We have only just returned from the shoot and this image was worked up earlier today…hope you like it!

Prince regent side creek pano

On the day of the first heli picnic the numbers didn’t work out and there wasn’t a spot for me, so our ships naturalist and I went on a bit of an explore up the mighty Prince Regent river and we found some wonderful unexplored areas.

This creek was off to the North of the Prince Regent River and was as far up as you could get by dinghy as there was a rock bar that would only be covered in bigger tides and even then you would be cautious about going further as your working window would be quite small where a miscalculation would see you stuck there until the next big tide!

The little tree in the foreground had these amazing yellow flowers which very much stood out from the rest of the colours in the scene, so I made that the feature of this pano.

The other attraction to me in this shot were the foreground formations in the rocks.

Prince Regent Reflections

To say it gets still in the Kimberley is a major understatement. On the day of the heli picnic, the numbers didn’t quite work out for me, so the ships Naturalist (Andre) and I went out exploring and found a really cool tributary off to the North of the Prince Regent and a new set of water falls that we did not know existed.

On the way there and absolute glass off presented itself with the clouds mimicking the the land structure perfectly. The view straight away suggested to me distance and depth with all of the lines leading to where we were off to…another cool and spontaneous adventure on the True North!