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by on Sep.15, 2015, under Life, Photography

Departing Lake Argyle and heading for the civilisation of Kununurra today.

First my daughter wanted to try a swim in the fantastic (but very cold at this time of year) infinity pool at the resort :).

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (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.

Kununurra is located in far northern Western Australia at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley Region approximately 37 kilometres from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Kununurra is the largest town in Western Australia north of Broome, with the closest town being Wyndham, 100 kilometres away.

The town is situated in among the scenic hills and ranges of the far north-east Kimberley Region, having an abundance of fresh water, conserved by the Ord River Diversion dam and the main Ord River Dam.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 98 mm, 20 sec at f/11, ISO 100

We stayed in the Kimberleyland caravan park right on the lagoon.

Lake Kununurra is a freshwater man-made reservoir located in the Ord River valley. The lake was formed in 1963 by the construction of the Ord Diversion Dam in Kununurra, northern Western Australia, which was built to supply water to the Ord River Irrigation Area.

At the town of Kununurra the lake is connected to Lily Creek Lagoon. It contains freshwater crocodiles and many fish species, and is widely used for recreational fishing and boating by the residents of Kununurra and tourists.

The waters edge was a mere 50m from our caravan site so it was an easy stroll down to the lagoon for some excellent photographic opportunities.

The Sleeping Buddha

The Sleeping Buddha

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82 mm, 92 sec at f/11, ISO 100

These fantastic dead trees out in the lagoon combined with the fantastic Sleeping Buddha in the distance and the stillness of the water – perfection. The official name is Carlton Ridge however it looks most like a sleeping buddha if viewed from town and thus it’s colloquial name.

With the images above I’ve tried for a long exposure to see if smoothing the water any more would make any difference to the already fantastic reflections. So for this I stacked the Lee BigStopper with the Lee 0.6 GND and the Heliopan CPL to dramatically lengthen the exposure.

However to give you an idea of just how still the water was, below I have a similar shot taken without the 10 Stop ND for a lazy 1/20th of a second.

Kununurra Dreams

Kununurra Dreams

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 122 mm, 1/20 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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