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Bombo Quarry Aerial…

by on Jul.11, 2016, under Life, Photography

Located between Kiama Downs and Kiama, the Bombo Quarry site is an impressive and fascinating place. Here the remains of ancient columnar jointing provides us with our own Aussie version of the Irish Giant’s Causeway. The Bombo Headland is home to clusters of hexagonal basalt columns which make for wonderful photographic opportunities.

The basalt walls and columns are a legacy of blue metal quarrying in the 1880s and 1900s. The quarry has since closed, leaving behind a prehistoric land that time forgot.

Bombo Headland

Bombo Headland

FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 128

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

The main attraction for photographers are these large black hexagonal basalt columns that were left standing to prevent the ocean from entering the quarry.

Ron, Jess, Deb and I made a Saturday trip down to Kiama to photograph the area at sunset. This is typically a sunrise location but I figured shooting the columns from the landward side would also work up to sunset.

I left home around 12:30PM and picked everyone up on the way. By the time we’d arrived and walked out to the site is was 3:30PM. We had roughly an hour and a half before sunset so I fired up the drone to start with. Whilst everyone else fanned out to shoot I flew overhead surveying the area.

I flew around taking some aerial stills and video – the location is just as amazing from above.

This is a 25 frame stitched panorama taken with the DJI Phantom 4 drone. I’ve converted it to a full 360˚ interactive photosphere of the site so you can look around for yourselves. The pano has been taken from just above the main basalt columns. You can see us and other photographers arrayed around the site making their images before sunset.

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