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(To be read in a whisper, with an Attenboroughrian accent).

There I was, boys and girls, crossing the Wollondilly River at Goodman’s Ford (along the Wombean Caves Road in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia)… as I was saying…. All of a sudden, there was a silent clap of thunder and a streak of cloud in the sky pointed towards two figures standing on the bridge.

There was something familiar about them and about their activity. Let me tell you, boys and girls, a 10-20mm lens doesn’t let you get too much detail on a distant subject. If the picture is somewhat indistinct, it’s because my heart was beating so rapidly, making it hard to focus on ……

There will be a special intangible reward of a highly personal and deeply warm inner glow to anyone who can recognise either or both of these legends of the lens, these characters of the camera, these perennial presenters of the perfectly placed and processed pixel.

Technical Stuff: Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20mm lens @11mm, Normal Program, Pattern metering, 1/320sec, f9, Auto Exp & WB, ISO 320.

An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

Now, you know all my stuff is Copyright If you try and pinch any of it, I’ll jump through your screen and rip your bloody arms off!

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  • Maximus
    Maximusabout 6 years ago

    George- a silent clap of thunder… may I ask what was in your water bottle? :)

  • G’day Max!

    Have you ever seen one of those doccos where everything is said and done in a whisper, so as not to frighten the subjects? Well…. I didn’t want to frighten them or alert them of my presence. Even the thunder holds them in awe and respect, as do all the DPF family….. no more clues! (I’m drinking green tea cordial to try & limit my CO2 emissions).


    – George Petrovsky

  • InPort
    InPortabout 6 years ago

    G’day G!,

    Aha! Even at that distance I recognise a fine specimen of Photograhicus south africus and an equally fine example of the lovely Photographicus duralius.

    It is a shame you could not get closer to capture their intensity of purpose and expressions as they squint through the viewfinders of their cameratical eyes.

    From the reseach I have done they are quite harmless creatures although both species have been known to get a bit grumpy at times. 8-)

    Brave man G!


  • G’day Dennis!

    You are the recipient of the warm inner glow reward for correctly identifying the species – plus an extra tingle for getting the genus right as well! Grumpy? Surely, we can’t be talking about the same dear, sweet, gentle people!? Ongoing research is ongoing…..


    – George Petrovsky

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 6 years ago

    is the one in the foreground Warren?? – I love your humour george and the sky in this is incredible and works in well with your words … and oh! I’ll have what you’re drinking.

  • G’day Bev!

    OK – you can have a warm inner glow for identifying the larger of the two subjects. You could have had a fair guess at the second…. The secret is “Bickfords” green tea cordial, which gets the creative juices flowing! Thanks for dropping in to the Wollondilly River!

    – George Petrovsky

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 6 years ago

    G’day Mate,

    You have become a “Sneeker Snapper” I see !
    Thanks for the outing on this day, your choice of spot was really great.

  • G’day Woza!

    Indeed, it was a most enjoyable day out – and the night didn’t go too badly either! Let’s say I like to take subtle, unobtrusive opportunities to capture special moments.


    – George Petrovsky

  • Vic Cross
    Vic Crossabout 6 years ago


  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 6 years ago

    I agree with Max – maybe it was more than Iced Tea Cordial in that innocent looking water bottle … !! Either that or the silent clap of thunder rendered me amnesic and I missed the whole exciting episode! (In agreeance with WW – thank you for getting us to and from the isolated spot safely … no easy feat with trucks and other assorted vehicles sharing the same rally track!)

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