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Western Plains…

by on Jun.13, 2010, under Life, Photography

Our family was on a bit of a road trip around western New South Wales over the past few days.

As we were travelling through Parkes we took a small detour out to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (the location for the Australian film “The Dish“).

The following image of the dish was taken with my D90 + Sigma 8-16mm UWA lens:

1/320 sec at f/11, ISO 200, 21mm equiv

We stayed in Dubbo that night and early the next morning we spent a few hours out at Western Plains Zoo.

The last time my eldest daughter and I were at Dubbo Zoo we were on a school band camp and it was 47+ degrees celcius (117 degrees farenheit for you North Americans) – today it was between zero and 10 degrees celcius.

All the following photos were taken with my D90 + Nikon 18-200mm UltraZoom lens.

I was pretty happy to catch a shot of these baby Giraffe’s “kissing”:

1/1250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 300mm equiv

We were lucky enough to get up pretty close to the Zebra’s which enabled me to capture this close up front on (in hindsight I wish I’d switched to my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens – it’s sharper and has a nicer Bokeh which would have been perfect for this photo – you live and learn 🙂 ):

1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 200mm equiv

In the bird sanctuary these black swans and the cygnets created a perfect frame for the following photo:

1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 300mm equiv

The following shot was taken in colour and then converted to greyscale in Adobe Lightroom:

1/2000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 300mm equiv

… and continuing with my autumn leaves:

1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 300mm equiv

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