Outback Road Trip

August 11, 2009

I’ve just returned from a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, via Broken Hill. I covered 3,900km in two weeks! I hope some of the images I took have captured some of the stark beauty of the Australian outback. Here’s one showing the vastness of country:

Mundi Mundi Plains

Mundi Mundi Plains

I visited Lake Menindee, on the Darling River southeast of Broken Hill.  I had hoped to get shots of dead trees in this man-made lake, silhouetted against the setting sun.  But of course you actually need water in the lake, and there hasn’t been any for some years because of the on-going drought.  There is some water left in the main weir, and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to capture this amazing colour and light.  It only lasted a minute or two:

Submerged trees at sunset

Submerged trees at sunset

I visited the old town of Silverton, west of Broken Hill.  This is the area where the Mad Max films were made back in the 1970’s.  Here’s one of the old churches:

Old church at Silverton, at sunset

Old church at Silverton, at sunset

The weather was mostly kind (given that it’s mid-winter).  Not much rain, but some dramatic skies over the red earth:

Near Broken Hill

Near Broken Hill

It was a fun trip, but it’s always good to get home!


Just beginning…

August 10, 2009

I’m new to blogging, and will be developing this blog over the next few weeks. I hope to post news and articles which will be of interest to photographers and photo buyers alike.


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