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Cairns – FNQ – Day 2…

by on Oct.07, 2011, under Life, Photography

We took a trip up to Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas on our second day. We’d stayed in Port Douglas when we were up here ten years ago (as it happens on the day of 9/11 and the Ansett airlines collapse) so it was interesting to see what it was like now (not much changed as it happens).

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

We left reasonably early and went straight to Mossman Gorge (in the hopes of having some decent light and a cooler quieter rainforest before the crowds got there). It was about 9AM when we got there and although there were very few people there it was like midday sun – very bright and unforgiving… I was lucky enough to find a sort of shaded part of the river to take a few images I liked.

Mossman Flows

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 17 mm, 1 sec at f/16, ISO 100

On the way back from Port Douglas I stopped at a place I’d seen whilst driving up.

I’d seen these isolated mangrove trees out on the sand earlier and figured I could do something with them – ideally I’d have wanted to be here nearer the golden hours and not in the starkness of the early afternoon (2PM), however I was here now and likely wouldn’t be back so… and I am happy with the result… I used the ten stop ND filter for this image of the lone mangrove

Lone Mangrove

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 200 mm, 30 sec at f/16, ISO 100 + ND3.0

This second image was rushed and I wish I’d had much more time to try different compositions and make use of the tripod – I took it handheld with the telephoto, scrambling up the rocky slope back to the car whilst my family was literally sounding the car horn (they were sick of waiting it appears :))

Sand in Motion

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 70 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 100

I managed to get a free pass to go out by myself at sunset and decided to head to nearby Palm Cove (I was interested in the pier and rocks I’d seen at the northern end of the beach along with the islands just offshore).

Some bigstopper action

Lonely Isle

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 120 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100 + ND3.0

and then some long exposures during and after twilight

Palm Pier

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 5 sec at f/9, ISO 100

Twilight Pier

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 25 sec at f/11, ISO 100

finally for a bit of fun here is a “self portrait” (required standing pretty still during the one minute exposure)

Self Portrait on Pier

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 60 sec at f/9, ISO 100

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