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More Kalamina

by on Sep.22, 2019, under Life, Photography

Possibly one of the most underrated gorge walk in Karijini National Park

Kalamina Gorge is one of the park’s lesser known attractions due to being located deep within the park and away from the accommodation options

It’s not as deep as the other gorges, Kalamina makes up for it by offering stunning reflections on still pools and glowing red and orange walls

Green and Gold

Green and Gold

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 29.5 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 64

It’s also one of the more open gorges at the bottom with a wider fairly flat base. This allows you to more easily see the lovely coloured rock walls and the water pools

Alone

Alone

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 47 mm, 1/2 sec at f/8, ISO 64

Reflect

Reflect

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 48 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 64

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Kalamina Gorge

by on Sep.21, 2019, under Life, Photography

One of the gorges in Karajini National Park that I had not been to before was Kalamina Gorge

On my middle day at Dales I headed over here by myself to check it out

Angular Rush

Angular Rush

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 30.5 mm, 1 sec at f/16, ISO 64

Unlike most of the other gorges which were either close to the Dales Campground end or the Eco Retreat end of the park. Kalamina is about half way between the two accommodation areas

Kalamina also requires you to drive a way on sketchy dirt roads. The 6km drive out to the gorge on Kalamina Road from Banjima drive is particularly rough

Fall

Fall

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 49 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 64

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.

Once there however you are treated to a lovely gorge for walking. Once you navigate down the rough stone steps at the start you have a relatively wide and flat walk along the base of this gorge

It’s probably once of the easiest gorges to walk in and best done in late afternoon to sunset like I did here

Kalamina is quite wide and open (unlike the gorges at Weano (near the ECO Retreat)). Which means it’s open to the sky so having late afternoon light bouncing down off the gorge walls rather than directly down into the gorge in the middle of the day is much better. Both for walking and especially for photography

Kalamina Shine

Kalamina Shine

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 49 mm, 1.3 sec at f/16, ISO 64

 

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Spilling Ants

by on Sep.21, 2019, under Life, Photography

Once it got dark enough (at the end of astro twilight) I went for a short walk up the campsite to one of these old large termite mounds. I wanted to use it as foreground interest in a vertical milky way panorama

Lining things up so it looks like the milky way is spilling out of the top of the mound 🙂

Might as well make a selfie version whilst I’m here too…

Spilling Ants

Spilling Ants

NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 15 sec at f/2.4, ISO 4000 x 6 Frames

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Dales Gorge

by on Sep.20, 2019, under Life, Photography

At sunset I went for a short drive around to the road leading into Dales Gorge and spun up the drone for a twilight view over the gorge area

Dales Gorge

Dales Gorge

DJI Mavic 2 Pro L1D-20c + 28.0 mm f/2.8 @ 10.26 mm, 1/160 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100 x 21 Frames

In this 21 frame 180˚ panorama you can see Dales Gorge in the middle. Fern pool is at the closer end (probably around where the bend in the gorge is) with Fortescue Falls beyond that

Dales Campground is off in the distance on the left

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.

Cracked

Cracked

DJI Mavic 2 Pro L1D-20c + 28.0 mm f/2.8 @ 10.26 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 160

It’s pretty sparse up on top. The undulating cracked red dirt earth, the landscape dotted with ghost gums and a smattering of tough spinifex grass

Dales

Dales

DJI Mavic 2 Pro L1D-20c + 28.0 mm f/2.8 @ 10.26 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400

 

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Dales Reflections

by on Sep.20, 2019, under Life, Photography

With the very handy new metal stairs leading down to the bottom of the gorge I had quick and ready access to the upper end of Dales Gorge this time around

I went for a late afternoon walk along this end of the base of the gorge to photograph those fantastic reflections and colours again

Dales Reflections

Dales Reflections

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 48 mm, 1/2 sec at f/8, ISO 64

Those deep red cliffs in Dales, full of iron ore once again reflect that beautiful colour down into the gorge as water flows and pools within

It’s so much cooler and pleasant down here. With all this water it’s also so much more lush and inviting

What a difference to the dry and dusty conditions just a few hundred metres up on top of the gorge

Golden Flows

Golden Flows

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 40 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 64

Roots

Roots

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 50 mm, 1/50 sec at f/8, ISO 1250

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.

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