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The Gorgeous Blue Mountains

 
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Dec 16, 2012 19:23 |  #1

When I was younger i did tons of hiking, abseiling, climbing, canyoning etc up around the Blue Mountains, but havnt been back for years now. Up here now for a couple of days, and these are from a walk around Wentworth Falls yesterday.

Lightly processed today (LR only) as its pretty miserable outside today, and having a rest day.

Yesterday was gorgeous though:

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Wish we could get out further, off the beaten path, but because we were planning for this time to just be a relaxing time I didnt bring any hiking gear at all.

C&C on the photos is appreciated. I havnt done a huge amount of bush landscape stuff since i was about 15.



  
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Dec 16, 2012 20:49 |  #2

Beautiful shadows in that 2 nd shot




  
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Dec 18, 2012 18:57 |  #3

Thanks Rick.

Here are some more from the mountains from the last couple of days. Playing with Flickr as the method of sharing atm.

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Pool of Siloam (external link) by iamtakai (external link), on Flickr

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Three Sisters in Fog (external link) by iamtakai (external link), on Flickr

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Leura Cascades (external link) by iamtakai (external link), on Flickr

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Govetts Leap (external link) by iamtakai (external link), on Flickr

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Govetts Rock Wall (external link) by iamtakai (external link), on Flickr

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Three Sisters at Sunset (external link) by iamtakai (external link), on Flickr

Getting some interesting fringing on low-high contrast areas with the grad ND filter, most noticeable on the couple from Govetts. Could be how i have processed the images too. Will need to play more with processing.



  
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Dec 18, 2012 19:00 |  #4

It is a truly wonderous place. It has been a while since I have been down there but looking at these brings the memories flooding back. Thanks for posting.


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Dec 18, 2012 21:18 |  #5

You guys in Australia kill me.... You could blindfold yourselves and paint a picture left-handed with Crayola's, and it'd be fantastic.

For C&C, I think the skies are somewhat overprocessed. I've done this myself quite a bit, actually, when you're looking to bring out the clouds. Too much sharpness and too much saturation in #1 and Govett's Leap. #2 seems overprocessed, but is a wonderful picture and I wouldn't change a thing.

You totally nailed the Three Sisters in Fog and that last pano image. The difference in processing seems to be due to the lighting at the time the image was taken, which was perfect for the last pano.

Great stuff, dude.


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Dec 18, 2012 21:20 |  #6

What a magical place! Love the last shot [during golden hour]. :)


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Dec 18, 2012 23:17 |  #7

Thanks for sharing, beautiful shots, I can see where one would want to spend a lot of time there.


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Dec 19, 2012 00:29 |  #8

Nifty terrain. Really like 3 Sisters in the Fog and Sunset.


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Dec 19, 2012 01:26 |  #9

Thanks for the feedback guys :)

GlimmerMan wrote in post #15383751 (external link)
For C&C, I think the skies are somewhat overprocessed. I've done this myself quite a bit, actually, when you're looking to bring out the clouds. Too much sharpness and too much saturation in #1 and Govett's Leap. #2 seems overprocessed, but is a wonderful picture and I wouldn't change a thing.

Yeah, im currently just processing the entire image as one with LR4, so the sky gets the same treatment as the ground. I guess i could counteract the global processing with a mask, but I havnt played with them yet, so im not sure what results i would get.

Some of the oversaturation could be from the sky being darkened through the GradND, and then bumped in saturation but not luminance.

All things to experiment with for future landscapes.




  
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Dec 19, 2012 08:38 |  #10

That's some pretty spectacular scenery! Will have to research that area, as I plan to return to Australia for a 30 day holiday in 2014. :)


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Dec 19, 2012 15:34 |  #11

Ah mate, love how you've captured the big sky and stunning terrain. Need to get down to Aus again soon.




  
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Dec 20, 2012 17:11 |  #12

While we were at that last location for the sunset i took a TL on the 550D at the same time. Here it is, couple of little flickers, but pretty decent for just the inbuilt MagicLantern bulb ramping.

https://vimeo.com/5601​4920 (external link)




  
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Dec 21, 2012 01:37 |  #13

I had the pleasure of being raised in the Blue Mountains.....one day I hopefully return to see out my years there! Thank you a great emotional series!


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