Lakesland Panorama B&W by George Petrovsky

Lakesland is a beautiful rural pastoral area to the South-West of Sydney, NSW. This view is looking towards the East, out towards the coastal areas. To the West, lies the Burragorang Conservation area and the two little townships of The Oaks and Burragorang and the extensive valley which is the water storage for Sydney, held by the Warragamba Dam. Apart from a variety of orchards and small farms in the area, many of them being cattle and horse studs, coal mining was the major industry in the area, with the underground mine at Tahmoor still being a major producer. All these areas are half an hour or less drive from where I live in Thirlmere.

This afternoon, there was a burst of sunshine after weeks of rain, so I decided to venture out for a spot of photography. After weeks of rain, the pastures were all lush and green and the cattle looked very well fed. In the distance, massive cumulus clouds were forming.

Now, I can’t compete with the eye-wateringly beautiful panoramas from the Antipodean experts in the Lakes district of England – you know who you are – so this panorama is made from a single fine jpeg, not stitched or HDR’d or tonemapped – just some basic mucking around in PS Elements 3.

Nikon D80, Sigma 17-70mm OS lens @ 24mm, Landscape Mode, 1/125 sec @ f9.0, ISO 100, Pattern metering, Auto Exposure and WB.

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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  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 3 years ago

    So beautiful George with these wonderful clouds.wide views and no lack of air in Australia

  • Bonjour Gilberte – sunshine in Summer? It was raining for weeks, so huge clouds are now forming. Yes, up here the air is plentiful and clean, away from the big city. I hope you’re not frozen! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 3 years ago

    Oh George!..Australia a it’s very own beauty, so glad the rain stopped for a while for you, you do get cabin fever after a couple of weeks stint….beautiful pastoral scene, I love the wide open spaces….that cloud formation is very interesting!

  • Kate, thanks for another visit and another fave, both always appreciated. The area I live in is full of such rurality and when the sun comes out after rain, everything is so lush and green and scenic! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Fara
    Faraabout 3 years ago

    Well this is gorgeous George…………….has anyone ever call you ‘Gorgeous George’……………I will now……………………I love the clouds and the very peaceful surroundings…………………thank you for venturing out to photograph this beautiful place and share it with us………………….Joyce!!

  • G’day Joyce, thanks for visiting and for your kind comments on the beautiful scenery. I do hope your optometrist has prescribed the correct glasses for you, young lady! :) george

    – George Petrovsky

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    Great description and those clouds ! Wonderful

  • Glad you like this Kala – I’m thinking of putting up the colour version later, but here I was experimenting with the B&W cloud effect and a “panorama” crop. :) george

    – George Petrovsky

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 3 years ago

    stunning clouds, I see like this often in Florida

  • Thanks Luda – at the moment the clouds are appearing, then we have a couple of thunderstorms, then it clears up, then more like this appear, so it goes on! Really crazy Summer weather! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 3 years ago

    Great bubbling clouds, really suits this format and in black and white. You sure it’s not an explosion from the mine? :-)

  • Although the whole East coast has massive coal deposits running under it, and the view is towards the Appin mines, methinx this one is only cloud. But one day….no, I hope not! Glad you like this format, as there was a mass of sky & foreground which were extraneous, and I thought the cloud looked more dramatic in B&W. With me not having an Enivean appeal to cows, these Murray Greys went the other way and just got on with their grazing. :) george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 3 years ago

    Great cloud capture George…..

  • Thank you very much for your visit and comments Thomas – muchly appreciated. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 3 years ago

    Now this is what I call shot great cloud effect and B&W gives iot such a Dramatic feel, well done George.

  • Thank you very much Malcolm, glad you like this rural scenery. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful the clouds :)

  • Thank you very much Kamal, glad you like it! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    Gearge.. the magic of classic B & W so well presented
    (I used to develop those in my darkroom dome 35 years ago)
    A FAV for the classic

  • Thank you very much John, for adding this to your favourites. I suspect you would have to be much more of an expert in the chemical darkroom than in the digital one. No “Undo” buttons = “Start all over again”!
    Your expertise there has carried over into works you now present, so I’m very pleased that you approve of my electronic efforts here. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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