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Tom Price and Hamersley…

by on Mar.05, 2016, under Life, Photography

Having spent an early morning exploring the wonders of Hancock Gorge I’d planned to head to Tom Price and then visit the very different but still wondrous in it’s own right Hamersley Range in the afternoon.

I returned back to the Karijini ECO retreat to pick up my parents and drove into Tom Price. Whilst I was taking photos in Hancock Gorge in the morning my daughter had joined our travelling partners for a mine tour and we’d be meeting them there for lunch.

Situated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Tom Price is a mining town located inland, at the edge of the Hamersley Range.

It’s about a one hour drive from the ECO Retreat to Tom Price and it was the first time we had any mobile coverage for three days, and the first actual town we’d been to in five days so it was unusual to be back in “civilisation”.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 125 mm, 1/125 sec at f/16, ISO 450

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.

The town of Tom Price is an interesting Oasis in the middle of nowhere and not at all what I was expecting of a “mining town”.

After lunch my daughter and I left my parents with our travelling companions, re-fueled the vehicle and headed out on the long trip to Hamersley Gorge.

It’s an hours drive from Tom Price north to the gorge on mostly dirt road so the trip isn’t for the casual traveller.

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park

The ideal time to shoot Hamersley Gorge and it’s famous Spa Pool is late afternoon out to sunset so with sunset today at 5:40PM we arrived around 3PM which was probably around ideal.

There was time for a quick pit stop at the facilities at the top of the hill which gave me time to take a few snaps from the top before we drove down to the car park below.

Hamersley Range

Hamersley Range

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 50 mm, 1/100 sec at f/9, ISO 100 x 13 Frames

This very wide stitched panorama consists of 13 horizontal frames taken handheld. It shows you the view of the Hamersley Range and the Gorge below that we were about to go down and visit.

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