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Country Life…

by on Apr.18, 2010, under Life, Photography

Whilst holidaying on one of our relatives farms near Mount Gambier in South Australia I was able to indulge in one of my passions – and no given that we’re practically in the Coonawarra region it isn’t drinking Cabernet Sauvingon – although my eldest daughter and I did spend half a day visiting the wineries before coming home.

Being out in the country was a great opportunity to experiment a little photographically with a few photo walks and such. Given that the vast majority of photos I take are portraits or the like of children and the things they are doing I had the chance to go out and photograph other things.

What follows are a few examples…

The farmland in this region is very lush and green. In the background you can also see the huge pine plantations which are very common all around this area.

1/80 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 69mm equiv

A windmill needs no introduction I guess…

1/1600 sec at f/5.3, ISO 200, 180mm equiv

The following two shots are HDR’s which I’ve created from bracketed shots at 0, -2 and +2 EV.

1/500 sec at f/9, ISO 200, 27mm equiv

this second one was done using a tripod – it was quite late in the afternoon (just before 5PM) and we were driving back from the Coonawarra and I stopped and setup this shot when I noticed this great looking canopy of trees lining the road.

1/4 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 66mm equiv

This is another one of those driving along one afternoon and saw this great tree on the side of the road and stopped to take a photo (and I’ve converted it to black and white).

1/1600 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200, 66mm equiv

We spent a morning at the coast at a small town called Beachport and the water there was crystal clear and this bright turquoise colour and there was this insanely long pier heading out into the water (my eldest daughter counted it at 1174 paces).

1/160 sec at f/9, ISO 200, 27mm equiv

1/125 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 27mm equiv

Also near the coast is the Woakwine Range Wind Farm – there were over 100 of these massive turbines spread across the hills overlooking Lake Bonney.

1/250 sec at f/9, ISO 200, 112mm equiv

You see quite a few old abandoned stone houses and buildings on farms all around this area.

1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 255mm equiv

The trees on the farm have large numbers of these very colourful and interestingly patterned bugs living on them – here is a handheld macro shot which shows a couple of them.

1/80 sec at f/5, ISO 200, 135mm equiv

A very old rough hewn wooden fence.

1/1250 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, 135mm equiv


1/400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, 135mm equiv

Another handheld HDR shot – this time on one of the roads leading into a pine plantation.

1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 200, 75mm equiv

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