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Outback Australia quinta essentia

The quintessential. The essence. No; I am not only writing this follow up post to the quintessential Outback Australia photo because I really like those two words! I am also writing this follow up post because I happen to be obsessed with Outback Australia and in my quest for the perfect outback image I want to share two new releases and some techniques.

First release brings forth many of the outback elements that I love. Red rock and earth, a few gum trees, spinifex grass, all bathed in golden light on a huge wide open desolate desert-like plain with a blue sky. Location is the 54km dirt road leading into the amazing spectacular Purnululu National Park (look for Purnululu in one of my next posts). This day offered no clouds but in a way that brings a simpler and less busy shot with more focus on the 3 main element. Blue sky, red earth and gum tree. It is shot late afternoon and I chose a classic composition with the road as the leading line into the photo and the large gum tree at a “golden” third. It is a single shot image cropped to a panorama. The more I look at it; the more I like it and feel drawn into it:

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Path to the Outback
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Next up is one of the classic outback subjects; the windmill. This particular windmill is not all that exotic; it’s simply found outside of Derby in The Kimberley. I am featuring it here as I want to talk about the processing. This was shot in them middle of the day with the harsh Kimberley sun baking the landscape. My processing here is inspired by the brilliant Australian western The Proposition. This movie features the outback itself as a strong character in the movie through brilliant cinematography. I read an interview with the cinematographer sharing how he desaturated the blue sky to an almost pale grey and then saturated the ground to achieve a scorched red earth quality and push the feeling of harshness and heat. Inspired by this I have created this image where the blue in the sky is heavily desaturated and the red and orange of the earth and the golden spinifex grass is saturated. I feel this works well and helps push a feeling of a harsh, bright and very hot and sweaty environment!

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Outback Windmill Panorama
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I invite you dear readers, to link to your favourite Outback Australia image, either your own if you have one or another artist. I do buy other photographers outback art so who knows; your image could end up on my wall!

The camels oh the Broome camels

I had told myself that I was not going do it no matter what. No bloody way was I going to do it. No way in hell the world needed another stock image of camels on parade on Cable Beach in Broome. I really like the animals themselves, the camels, but I really don’t get why tourists find it exotic to sit on a camel (or horse for that matter) at sunset. Not too crazy about the camel pushers (as I call them) either. Also every gallery and shop in Broome has wall to wall canvas prints of the camels at sunset. Cliché shot no. 1. is getting those camels silhouetted against the setting sun and I was definitely not going to do it!

But…you’re on Cable Beach and they walk right in front of the lens as you’re shooting and what can you do. Talk is cheap and so are pixels. So I shot just two camel shots and looking at them in Lightroom I find that one of them is actually sort of nice! The first shot is my stock image, entertainment for the masses and hopefully money in my pocket, camels silhouetted in the sunset as they basically just walked right into my sunset shot:

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Camels silhouetted on Cable Beach
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The next one is the one I find is not too bad. At dusk the light is just drop-dead gorgeous on the huge Cable beach and I had this idea of capturing the light and the massive beach with something to show the scale. Could it be…camels! I looked left and saw yet another team of camels (there are lots of them) so I quickly swung the camera around on the tripod and shot one image:

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Camels at Dusk on Cable Beach
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The story of camels in Australia is an interesting one actually. Thousands of them were brought to Australia in the 1800s for expeditions in the outback as they’re just perfect for the desert-like environment. When cars etc. became available large herds of camels were let loose and not surprisingly they do very well in the Australian outback! Meaning that Australia now has the largest population of wild camels in the world and the camels (of the one-humped Arabian variety) are so genetically pure that they’re exported to the Middle East!

Yes my friends; I can tell a good camel tale at the camp fire and can now also deliver the photos. Apparently the world needed just two more camels on a beach images!