A collection of my photographs, interests (Geocaching and camping), past times , and thoughts

A collection of my photographs, interests (Geocaching and camping), past times , and thoughts.

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GeoCaching Tassie

The Albany Nomads have just got back from a two week break in Tassie where part of our time was spent finding 50 plus geocaches.

The hunt for them had us doing many remote walks and featured walks such as climbing the Hazzard Ranges in the Freycinet National park and down to WineGlass Bay.

Across to Mole Creek in the Great Western Tiers where we completed the Mole Creek GeoCaching Challenge (third team to only completed the complete challenge)

The cache hunts had us hiking down some dense and remote tracks to view some outstanding water falls and creek systems

Lobster Falls .. Mole Creek..Tasmania

 

Gads Creek..Mole Creek ..Tasmania

 

WineGlass Bay..Freycinet NP.. Tasmania

The Hazzards..Freycinet NP .. Tasmania

Canine Mates

Heres a couple of photos taken last week of some canine friends of my Border Collie “Dylan”
We have “Tim” a short haired Border Collie and “Sara” a German Shepard.
All are best of mates though Sara the female German Shepard is the pack leader the so called Alpha male in the pack (If you can have an alpha female :-) (eg: she wears the pants and calls the shots)
They all get along well, love a swim, chase of the ball and plenty of fussing and affection.

Tim the Border Collie

Tim the Border Collie

Sara the German Shepard

Sara the German Shepard

Seen Better Days

Work has had me over in the Vasse – Capel region of WA the past few weeks.
Whilst on a farm this old relic of a Bedford Truck the had “Seen Better Days” was begging for its photo taken and a bit of experimenting with HDR

SEEN BETTER DAYS

SEEN BETTER DAYS..

Flinders Ranges (part 2)

These two photos again were taken in the picturesque Flinders Ranges.

One was taken from a scenic lookout not far from our camp ground where we have gone for a drive to capture some sunset shots over the Wilpena Pound and Rawnsley Bluff,  but the color that was getting cast on the mountain ranges behind us (The Chace Ranges) was just as impressive ..and with the dust from a 4×4 coming up to the lookout adding that bit of extra to the photo.

The second photo was taken whilst finding one of many Geocaches through the Flinders..This one was at the so called  “Great Wall of China”..Im sure a better photo could of been taken during those magic periods of Sunrise and Sunset…but unfortunately you cant be every where at those particular moments…Whilst finding and making a log into the cache  I could hear a noise that had me scratching my head..so I extended the zoom on the camera to its limits…The zoom on the Sony HX100V goes out to 830mm and the anti shake quality of it is terrific…Ive got another shot somewhere of half a dozen goats standing on top rock face cliffs at the very top of the ranges and I was quite surprise of the quality that the photo came out.

We fell in love with the Flinders..The Chace Ranges

We fell in love with the Flinders..The Chace Ranges

Grt Wall China..Flinders Ranges

Grt Wall China..Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges..a photographers and cachers dream come true

We have just recently got back from our WA to SA camping and caching holiday…As per previous post I manage to borrow the works new Sony HX100V camera with a sweep panorama feature.

Our trip took us through the Eyre and Yorke Peninsula’s as well as the Flinders Ranges. Whilst the two peninsula’s were great to visit….its our trip through the Flinders Ranges and through Wilpena National Park that was the holidays highlight.. As GeoCachers (Albany Nomads) we picked up a neat 75 extra caches to add to our tally and as photographers we were blessed with fantastic weather and a photo opportunity at every bend in the road.

Below are two photos taken from close to our camp site looking over Rawnsley Bluff and the Flinders Ranges..I promise to add some more in the coming week…If you haven’t been to the Flinders Ranges…JUST SIMPLY DO IT.. you wont regret it….Regards John

Its a big country..Flinders Ranges SA

Its a big country..Flinders Ranges SA

Rawnsley Bluff..Flinders Ranges SA

Rawnsley Bluff..Flinders Ranges SA

First try of Sony HX100V sweep panorama

Ok I know Ive been real real slack when it comes to posting anything for a while (promise to make more of an effort)

At work we recently got a Sony DC HX100V bridge camera that has a 16 mp resolution, GPS location, 27 to 800 mm lens and heaps and heaps of features BUT one feature that I was keen to try was its High Res seam-less sweep panorama images

The photo below is nothing special just a quick try with the new camera on the High res sweep panorama..no stiching, no burning..all Ive done is cropped and adjusted the contrast just a little.

I’m off on five weeks traveling with the camper trailer in May and I’m just wondering if work will miss the camera for 5 weeks..Im keen to try it out on some of those wide blue sky outback landscapes..I’ll keep you posted.

Oyster harbour

First try at the seam-less sweep panorama feature with the Sony HX100V bridge camera

Lake Pukaki

This is a photo taken  a good few years ago on my trip around the South Island of New Zealand.    Lake  Pukaki is situated in the central Alpine area of the South Island….The peak in the distance is Mt Cook.       This area featured a number of times in the  “Lord of the Rings” movies..   Camera gear was nothing special if my memory serves me correct it was a 9 mega pixel Fuji point and shoot. (9 mega pixel was a lot back then :-)   )

Lake Pukaki

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