This photography adventure came out of a need for my dear hubby to get-out-of-the-house after spending almost four weeks bedridden due to a back injury. Now on the mend, he felt a desperate need to take a drive into the bush to do some forest bathing. As I had been his carer over this period of time, I too felt the same need! We decided to visit a region we had driven through before, but hadn’t stopped at called Mount Alexander Regional Park at Faraday, Victoria – Australia. Here we travelled to three locations, one called Dog Rocks and the other two – old historical Granite Quarries.
At Dog Rocks, which is a short stroll off Joseph Young Drive, we discovered a conglomeration of ginormous granite rocks. Dog Rocks was named as such back in 1846 by the manager of Lockhart Morton of Sutton Grange Station as many dingoes were seen around the rocks during that period of time. Dog Rocks is a very picturesque location with native gum trees growing in mangled formations around these huge boulders. The late morning sunshine dappling its way through the bush helped make for interesting photographic opportunities. But the gale force winds presented me with a photographic challenge – that being to ensure my photographs didn’t experience any motion blur; with a high shutter speed and high ISO’s, mission accomplished! Small pockets of openings through the bush revealed expansive views of Harcourt farmlands which looked particularly green due to winter rains. We spent some time here photographing and just simply enjoying the beautiful, scenic surroundings.
After leaving Dog Rocks, we drove a little further along and discovered another track leading off Joseph Young Drive which lead up to a historical granite quarry. Bathing in the late morning sun, we found monstrously huge chucks of granite, stacked around a large-scale quarry piece of machinery. Opposite the quarry site we found an area where stunning panoramic views looking out across towards Harcourt could be easily photographed. After our departure from this location we spotted another track which lead us to the opposite side of the mountain. Here we found a smaller granite quarry and once more panoramic views looking out across towards Sutton Grange.
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED
During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mostly hand-held due to the high shutter speed and high ISO camera settings. For the panoramic views I used low ISO’s and the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.
On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. I developed a small selection of photographs. During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure. Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!
Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul. Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!
Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – August 2018
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