PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Well here is the next photo of the month in the series. As usual I have provided at the end of the post, the very next image that was taken after this one.
The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
Well having recently moved here to live I thought it an opportune time to show you my new back yard.
We have lived in five (5) countries during the last 16 years or so, and this is our third time rotating through Sydney. So we thought we would live in the beautiful World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.
The above location must be one of the most visited, and subsequently photographed icons in Australia (Sydney Opera House and Bridge, and Ayers Rock being a few others). For what it is worth, I have climbed over the top of the Bridge and Ayers Rock, but yet to see a major show in the Opera House.
Taking a photo from this exact spot, while not difficult, is somewhat frustrating as it is also where every person and their dog is trying to take the same photo, or of them with it.
If you happen to turn up on a busy day it is safe to say… that if you have a tripod and some dopey looking remote control contraption hanging around your neck… then you are likely the only one. And with that comes the invariable… ‘excuse me but can you take our photo’. There must be a cool business angle in there somewhere for some young entrepreneur looking to make some cash and help out some friendly tourists.
For me, doing HDR of the Sisters is all about the sky. Nearly every time that I have turned up here during our short time back in Australia there hasn’t been a solitary cloud in the sky, making for a moderately boring end result. The rock outcrops and mountains always look good so that is a given.
I am yet to take a photo here that I am happy with. A good excuse to keep going back. There are worse places to hang out.
I took this photo last week. After doing so I went for a stroll around one of the paths and happened upon some Chinese tourists. After chatting with them for awhile, as it happened, I had actually been to their city just outside of Shanghai (we lived in both Beijing and Shanghai).
Shutter Speed: mid exposure = 0.3 seconds – 1/100th to 10 seconds
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mk III
Lens: Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II
Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer
Tripod: GITZO Systematic Carbon Series 3
Ball-Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55
Camera ‘L’ Plate: Really Right Stuff
HDR Sequencing Remote: PromoteControl
THE VERY NEXT PHOTO
Well nothing fancy about this photo.
I was trying to have my lunch not far from where I took the above photo (near the Katoomba Falls). Grabbed a sandwich from the local deli and was eating it near my car.
Then buggalugs here (he was a bit more than a foot high) flew in and stood right in front of my face (could touch him) waiting for his piece. Against my better judgment I finally gave him a piece, and just as I did a Magpie flew in and stole it.
Teach him him to give me the Big Yellow Eye!
Grey Pied Currawong if you are interested.