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Secret Spot: Kimberley

Secret Spot, South of Kununurra.
Phase One 645DF & IQ180 with 80mm Schneider Kreuznach lens.
1/1000 second @ f6.3, ISO 200

This is as close as Australia gets to ruined castles sitting on the skyline. Well, it's as close as I've seen, but maybe you have some other candidates. The location is south of Kununurra in the Kimberley and I'm heading back there with Christian Fletcher and Tony Hewitt on a PODAS workshop this May (you can see details here). We will also be taking a helicopter flight over this area.

For this shot, we asked the pilot to swing around these small buttes several times and from different heights. I still don't think I have the perfect angle and while I struggled with this image for a long time, the more I look at it, the more I'm starting to like it. There's a sense of mystery in the contra jour lighting.

And that's the challenge, that we're looking into the light and although there isn't any flare (I don't believe) on the lens itself, there is lots of flare in the highly humid atmosphere. Rather than fighting it, I've tried to incorporate it into the image - I expect the viewer's eye strays into the upper parts of the photo, but it being lower in contrast, is gradually drawn back down to the main subject. That's the theory!

If you'd like to see the original file without any processing, click through to the website for the full article. You may be surprised at what you see.

Processed raw file before adjustments.

Yes, I shot it as a horizontal. This is one of the advantages of having lots of pixels to play with. Not only can you crop the image, you can also squish or stretch the pixels (within reason) to create a different composition. My preference would be to shoot it again from a higher and closer angle so it could be full frame - and that's something I'll be thinking of when we return this May! 

And if you're interested in a photography workshop later this year, I have trips going to Karijini, Kununurra, the Daintree, Arnhemland, Whitsundays, New Zealand, Bhutan and, with a bit of luck, Patagonia and the Atacama Desert in Chile as well. Full details on the Better Photography website - but please book soon!


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