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River Bed_Ellery Creek Big Hole_Central Australia

Leica M6 camera and Leica 21mm Elmarit f2.8 lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

My first site of Ellery Creek Big Hole told me I was in for a treat. Alighting from the car and breathing deeply of the eucalypt-tainted air, the impact of the place was immediate and profound. I felt a deep sense of calm and wellbeing.

After a few minutes of bliss I grabbed my camera gear and began to explore the area. Walking slowing, not wanting to disturb the pervading sense of quiet, I wandered around mesmerized by the light and its interplay with rock face, tree and leaf.

After some time I entered an almost dry riverbed to make the above image. I photographed the tree trunk up close, employing an ultra wide-angle lens to place further emphasis onto it and extend the sense of 3 dimensional space between the tree and the background.

The original 35mm transparency was scanned prior to processing in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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Roots and Rock_Ellery Creek Big Hole_Central Australia

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm Summicron f2 lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Ellery Creek Big Hole is a tranquil stop over 126km west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Trail. This is a particular important part of the West MacDonnell Ranges evidenced in an excellent 3km trail around the site that details significant geological formations.

As well as the beautiful, permanent waterhole I was impressed with the way trees found their way through the rocky terrain towards the waterhole. The above image features one such group of roots exposed on the side of a rocky outcrop.

I moved in close with my medium wide-angle lens to emphasize the roots and surrounding rock. To highlight the textural qualities of the scene I opted for a black-and-white rendering of the original 35mm color transparency.

After scanning the image was processed in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

For those exploring the region by car Ellery Creek Big Hole provides a cool and refreshing break. With lots to see, a great place to swim and a stop over on the world class Larapinta Trail photographers will find this place a gem well worth exploring.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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