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The Dry Canyon…

by on Apr.13, 2017, under Life, Photography

Gerry had heard about this slot dry canyon way out in the wilderness near the Glow Worm Tunnel. This place is north of Lithgow near Newnes Plateau. Around 90 minutes drive on a terrible dirt road out to the middle of nowhere.

The Dry Canyon

The Dry Canyon

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 107

Anyway Gerry knew roughly where it was but we weren’t really sure – and of course mobile reception didn’t work out here so we could even check on Google/Maps.

So I pulled out the drone, we climbed the nearest pinnacle of rock and took to flight. We recce’d the area where we thought it roughly was and found what looked to be the dry canyons.

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

Slot and Slash

Slot and Slash

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/120 sec at f/2.8, ISO 148

Landing Zone

Landing Zone

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/120 sec at f/2.8, ISO 108

Our aerial recce done it was time to pack some gear and walk out into the wilderness in the direction of the canyons. It was roughly 1km line of sight out to where I’d flown over so I packed fairly light. I took just my drone backpack with the drone itself.

I unfortunately didn’t take my D-SLR and lenses or tripod (Gerry took some of his). As it turned out the dry canyon was pretty damn awesome (perhaps as close as we were going to get to those famous slot canyons in the desert of North America). Gerry spent some time shooting there whilst I flew my drone through the canyons doing some video :).

One day we’d like to return with our gear – not looking forward to the epic drive out there and back however!

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