∞ Textured Desert ∞ by Jonathan Stacey

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A second visit to this remarkable place…. Although for me…the phrase “Late as usual” springs to mind for I wasn’t able to time my journey as I would have hoped, work commitments meant I left Geraldton around 5.30, therefore didn’t get to the Namburg National Park area until well after sunset, albeit a very uneventful sunset… so no loss there.

Being a clear night with no moon, I thought it worth a shot or two in the fading light to see what I could come up with, then maybe I could try a few star trails as we are well away from any light polution…

Now here’s the problem…. No moon means pitch black, snake infested bushes, dead scrubland to get to the dunes… hmm !!!, second issue, I’m wearing shorts.. hmm !!!, third issue, no torch…!!!, Hmm… ok… so I walk into the dunes area with the blue hour fading fast and the stars beginning to appear, I start getting all excited about star trails and sand dunes but here’s the real dilemma, as I wander into the night, I realise that basically, I have no means of bearings, nor a clue where I’m going, nor what I’m looking at. The camera can’t focus as there’s no light, I can’t compose as it’s way too dark, I’m quite literally falling down sand hills getting swamped in white powder sand… So I make the decision… STOP. take a deep breath, realise I am totally unprepared for night photography and slowly make my way out in the rough direction of the car, thinking…snakes..snakes, snakes, what If I get bitten, I’m in the middle of nowhere, an hour from any form of medical place…

So, of the couple of shots I managed with the focus set to infinity, and total guesswork with regard to the exposure…. this will have to do for now… but rest assured….I’m going back…prepared..!!!!

Nikon D90
Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 11.5mm
76 sec exposure
No Filters…. I couldn’t see what I was doing let alone darken the image !!!

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Appreciating and capturing light is the cornerstone to my photography. combine this with the beauty of our Western Australian beaches and rocky coastline and you have something that should be both witnessed, captured and shared.

I hope I can inspire you to take the time to see a sunrise or sunset, on a coast or a rocky outcrop somewhere, and then maybe you can understand why for me, Photography has become a passion……

Jonathan Stacey

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Incredibly elegant and sensual series Jonathan. Love this.

  • Thanks Rosie… I really must try to be more prepared, I think some star trails with this textured foreground would be incredible…

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 4 years ago

    Awesome work Jonathan, love it.

  • Thank you Lynne.

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1about 4 years ago

    Crackerjack Imagery mate ~ Truly inspiring scenery and presentation of paramount persuasion…
    Rick B

  • Cheers mate…You’ve been at the drinks cabinet again haven’t you Rick..!!..:))

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 4 years ago

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous Jonathon!!! WOW!! Such an amazing and emotive image!!!! Gorgeous!! Wow!! :))))

  • Thank you Vicki, thanks for the great comment, much appreciated..:))

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks VV

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • bazcelt
    bazceltabout 4 years ago

    another fantastic one Jonathon! Love it!

  • Thanks Baz

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1about 4 years ago

    Just credit where its due Mister and spring is comin!
    Take the acknowledgement mate ~ This sites too big to let it go…. Have a great day J
    Rick B

  • Well cheers for that Rick….only playing mate….great use of our little used English language by the way…good to see..!!

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1about 4 years ago

    From the risk of hoggin yer page here ~ Ditto J ….
    There yer go terrific feature coming out the bag and rightly so … Would exchange the white stuff from Oz anyday ~ Winters becoming a drag for this winge of a Pom!
    Thanks for the banter
    Rick B

  • So many things I miss about home but the weather is not one of them.. for now wrap up warm, summer’s just around the corner…

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneabout 4 years ago

    Stunning series Jonathan!!

  • Thanks Sharon, much appreciated..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

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