Cracked up

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Wivenhoe was the destination – which as it turns out is no where near as far away as I thought. A 45 minute drive and we were walking on the acres and acres of cracked earth that was once the dam.

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The actual main body of dam water was quite a long walk from where you could access with a car and we actually did not make it down there. Instead we wandered the once flooded plain.

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The sunset produced some great colours in the sky that actually did not come through on the camera as well as it looked. Boosted the saturation on this a little. I was bracketing most of the time and I actually took a version of this pic with Sven’s ND-Grad but I thought this 1 stop under-exposed one was actually the best of the bunch. That’s not to say the ND Grad wasn’t the perfect one shot combination of the 0 and -1 stop exposures (as it was), I just liked the cracks darker.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4) Aperture: f/8 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, wivenhoe
Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 1 sec (1) Aperture: f/32 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 91 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, wivenhoe

Sunset in the opposite direction.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160) Aperture: f/8 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 200 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, wivenhoe

We waited around til darkenss for some star trails. This shot was half twlight and half dark so it is a little bright but got some nice milky way swirls.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 2063 sec (2063) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 11 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, wivenhoe

While roaming during long exposures we found the holy grail of drought photos – a cow skull! Only wish we had found it earlier to use as a prop. Instead it features in my last shot for the evening which I am convinced could have been much better. The trouble was getting in a position below the foregound subject so as to get a lot of sky in the shot. After starting our shots we actually discovered other locations while walking around which would have given a better star field.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 1821 sec (1821) Aperture: f/4 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 149 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, wivenhoe

Since we now know it is so close I think another trip is in order some time.

Comments

8 Responses to “Cracked up”

  1. jon on August 10th, 2007 10:59 am

    Arr, I see the HDR’s loose their EXIF data.
    Zay do nuzzing! Actually I quite like the result of the first one.

  2. Sven on August 10th, 2007 1:16 pm

    Yeah, I like the first one, too, looks good. Could have been improved with the addition of cow skulls, though 😀

  3. jon on August 10th, 2007 1:54 pm

    Question is would the ND-Grad have produced a comparable image? Did you use it direct into the sun?

  4. Veronica on August 10th, 2007 3:25 pm

    Jon… this might seem like a miracle coming from my dam mouth… but I like that second dam photo! The blue colouring inside the cracks in the foreground is really dam interesting.

  5. jon on August 10th, 2007 3:31 pm

    DAM! Why thank you. That part was in shadow and the image is a HDR composite of -2/0/+2 images.

  6. Sven on August 10th, 2007 7:36 pm

    Can’t wait to go back and take a long exposure of that bolt we saw in the bottom of the dam. Btw, no, I only used the ND Grad away from the sun.

  7. andy on August 31st, 2007 9:48 pm

    The top one is my fav. I have put the new photo of the wreck on my blog. Have not done any editing yet what needs doing do you think?

  8. jon on August 31st, 2007 10:50 pm

    http://littleotters.blogspot.com/2007/08/wreck.html

    Wow there really is a lot of it out of the sand now. That’s quite a good angle – might just need a bit of colour or something?

    Sven?

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