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Back in Mount Gambier…

by on Apr.17, 2017, under Life, Photography

We are all back in South Australia once again this year. Visiting our relatives in the beautiful city of Mount Gambier over the Easter holidays.

Mt Gambier

Mt Gambier

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/120 sec at f/2.8, ISO 104

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.

Instead of driving all the way there like we usually do we decided to fly all the way there this time. The upside was the much shorter trip (hours instead of days), however it did somewhat limit the amount of photography gear I could take :).

Blue Curve

Blue Curve

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 108

I decided to take just my drone backpack for this trip along with my Nikon D750 D-SLR and three lenses. Plus my usual landscaping filters and the tripod in my suitcase. It was good to get out with the drone once again as I hadn’t flown it in months. My sister in law and their family lives on a farm about 40 minutes from Mount Gambier so the opportunities to fly in open space are much more enticing.

We had rain on and off for quite a few days, but inbetween with nice overcast skies there was some opportunity to fly.

The old Blue Lake Pumping Station built in 1884, perches gracefully on a ledge 150 feet above the water level in the crater.

As long as rain continues to fall on the aquifers of the county of Grey, as long as pollution can be kept within limits and provided always that the volcano remains asleep… The residents of Mount Gambier should be able to count on the eight thousand million gallons of rather hard but good quality water in their natural reservoir.

Blue Lake Pumping

Blue Lake Pumping

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 127

I had originally intended on shooting a full 360˚ spherical panorama out in the middle of the lake – with the rim of the crater all around. Unfortunately for some reason the software I use to control the drone and take the images (Dronepan) mysteriously stopped part way through. So all I was left with was 16 usable frames (four columns of four rows). The resulting panorama still turned out rather nicely however.

The Rim

The Rim

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/680 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100 x 16 Frames

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