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A Retake on the Spa Pool…

by on Mar.17, 2016, under Life, Photography

Before coming to Hamersley I’d see the all to familiar classic front on view of the Spa Pool. As soon as I arrived here I shot that view myself. However once I’d taken “that shot” it was time for a retake, a time to look for something different (for me at least).

Hamersley Reflective

Hamersley Reflective

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 26 mm, 2.5 sec at f/16, ISO 100

This wasn’t so much about trying to be truly original – I mean with so many billions of new photos being taken literally everywhere on the planet (and off) each day how can you possibly expect to have something truly “unique”. However my personal take is as long as a place is “new” to me and I’m trying to produce the best compositions I can for myself then I’m happy :)…

So I went looking for a different perspective on this famous little pool in the Hamersley ranges.

Clambering up the layers of rock and over the top I’m shooting back down the gorge from above the spa pool. That little waterfall at the bottom of this image actually isn’t the waterfall flowing into the spa pool (that little entrance is in about the centre of this image). With the late afternoon sun hitting the far gorge wall in the distance we get this nice natural golden glow on the water behind my daughter waiting patiently for me down below.

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.

Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 5 sec at f/14, ISO 50

This shot was taken only ten minutes before sunset. We were just about to start making our way back out the gorge (there was a particularly tricky bit we had to negotiate on the way in and I wasn’t keen on trying to get my young daughter past it in the dark :)).

I’m not exactly sure what caused me to stop, turn around and look back. Perhaps this retake is simply an act of serendipity. A magical place, this tighter view with the long end of the 24-70 looking back along the rocks towards the spa pool in the distance.

In post processing this is actually a blend of three exposures taken at 0, -1 and -2EV.

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