I was revisiting some of my photographs from the Red Centre, specifically King's Canyon. Below are some photographs from the rim walk which takes in not only the canyon walls, but also the waterholes and stream that created the canyon.
Going out to the red centre of Australia means long distances in desert climates. At first this may sound boring, but it really isn't once you get out there. The desert changes along the way with different plants and landscapes. There are also quite a few interesting characters that live out there in the desert. Actually in Northern Territory in general.
Going to Uluru is certainly a long distance (about 430kms or so from Alice Springs), but once you get out there the giant rock is spectacular. Even the third time going to see it, I still felt the awe and inspiration of seeing such an interesting...
There are a lot of beautiful places in New Zealand with lots of activities and wonderful scenery. Lake Tekapo certainly has lots of activities and beautiful scenery, but it's also a great place to relax. I enjoyed my stay there precisely because I could take it easy and just enjoy myself. Having said that, there were still plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Below are a few from my time there.
Being in the red centre meant that getting up early was essential to do any hikes. That worked out great for photography as well to make the most of the good early light. We started our hike before 6am and by the time we finished after 8:30am it was already close to 38ºC. The hike gets closed after 9am anyway because of the heat and potential health risks. Below is a panorama from the southern cliff edge showing the canyon curve away on a pretty spectacular morning.
While out at Uluru over New Year's Eve I wanted to take some photographs of the amazing number of stars in the night sky there. There is little light pollution out there which meant that there were lots of stars to be seen including a very clear Milky Way. I only had about an hour of shooting before going back to the festivities but I decided to try my hand at my first timelapse video. Below is the short video made up of 62 frames. Timelapse videos are a bit of a time investment since an hours worth of shooting at 25 second exposures is only just more than 3 seconds worth of video.
When we arrived at Kings Canyon I saw a great layer of clouds moving slowly across the sky. I quickly got ready and walked to a lookout with my gear just to see if the sun would break through and create some dramatic light. Sure enough the sun delivered an amazing performance lighting up Kings Canyon and the surrounding hills while creating magical light in the clouds. Here are a couple of photographs of the wonderful light show.