The Unchosen Ones

On a busy day at a world class location like Hawk Dreaming or Purnululu National Park I may end up with hundreds of different compositions and several hundreds RAW files. I then spend many hours in Adobe Lightroom in preview mode, marking my ‘picks’ simply by pressing P. I repeat this until I feel I have found and developed all my Chosen Ones.

After a bit of time it can be a great eye opening exercise to filter out the picks and look at the rest with fresh eyes. Often there are subtle gems and future favourites hidden in these rejects; pictures that were left behind when all the obvious choices screamed “pick me! pick me!”. These are the stories of 3 photos that were picked late in the game but ended up outshining others:

Having climbed up into a rock art cave in darkness; I witness first light looking out over the Hawk Dreaming landscape. This shot is not wide angle for a change, but a 100mm zoom view of Cannon Hill in the misty morning light:

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Misty Morning at Cannon Hill
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Trekking in the Bungle Bungle Ranges is an otherworldly experience. This image of blue sky, white gum trees and orange rock is perhaps only for outback fanatics like myself; but I like it very much:

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Bungle Bungle Ranges landscape
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Purnululu National Park has very quickly become one of my favourite spots in Australia. Watching the sun fire up the colours of the orange Bungle Bungle Ranges is a visual wonder:

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Bungle Bungle range in the setting sun
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The Unchosen Ones. Often ending up being some of my very favourite images!

10 responses to “The Unchosen Ones

  1. The third photo jumped straight out at me. Out of curiosity, why didn’t it make your initial set of Chosen Ones?

    • I shot soooo many compositions on that day, this one sort of got lost in the crowd first time around as the RAW file is quite subtle – until I worked a little Lightroom magic and like you say, then it also really jumped straight at me!

  2. The third image (bungles) is definitely the pick for me in this bunch. The vibrant, burning glow of late sunlight hitting the west wall of the range (northern massif?) is awesome !


  3. cheers mate – that spot or name for it, never existed when I was there ! But…I think I know roughly where it is/was taken. 🙂

  4. Hey Flemming, Good news , I’ve just come from the camera shop and they received mk2 batteries yesterday. There is 6 of the little suckers on the shelf. Here’s the link ,I’ll leave the rest up to you.

    • Thanks heaps Merv! I fear it’s too late though, might not make it here in time before I take off on April 7th. Will have to see if any Danish shops get them, or I’ll have to live with one battery + old 5D as backup.

  5. the 3rd one is spectacular, actually looks like its from Cockburn Range near near el questro…Love the Kimberleys!

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