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Sunset in Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

Nikon D60 (Sigma 10-20mm)

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karijini, karijini national park, national park, western australia, spinifex, sunset, anthill, red soil, red, landscape, mieke boynton, rugged

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 3 years ago

    Ohhhh WOW! Outstanding capture Mieke.
    Love the colour saturation, and depth to this scene.
    A FAV for me on Easter Sunday. Don.

  • Thanks, Don! Happy Easter to you too! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 3 years ago

    You do know how good you do this stuff, right?
    OK, you’re using wide angle, like the APS size sensor equivalent to my 16-35… maybe not fully wide so the background doesn’t appear TOO distant…
    And you used a small enough aperture to get everything sharp front to back. This is stuff that anybody doing landscape knows as a matter of course so no biggie, right?

    BUT… there’s stuff you do that’s not written in all the handbooks that makes shots like this killer. Like you shoot at just the right angle to the sun and at the right time of day so you get that deep, rich blue without needing a polarizer and all the other colors are nicely saturated without needing massive post pro… and you work it so that your main focal point happens to be right where your hyper-focal point lies so you’re sure to get everything razor sharp.
    And the coolest thing about this in particular is that you KNOW how cute those little balls of shrub in the foreground are gonna look when they’re right in my face tickling my chin, and how infinite the image is gonna look as they spread out like a sea of a billion green sun worshipers that the lone sentry is silently watching over.

    And sorry but I’m not quite done yet… you use thirds to the extent that it’s effective but not obvious, and this is a major reason why I find it difficult to leave this picture and move on cause it engages me big and I’m actually enjoying sitting here wondering why.
    Tell ya what, it’s goin in my faves so I can get back to it and find even more stuff… like that little skeleton in the lower right… OK, now we’re getting into story territory. Which is a whole other story :-)

    I love this Mieke, and I love how you do your stuff with landscapes to make me love them. No wonder one of your images is part of the banner.
    Awesome work!!

  • THANK YOU!! But… Ummm… Bill? Although I would LOVE to accept all your praise, it’s not entirely deserved and I have to be honest and say so :(
    So… well, you got the skeleton bit right at least (I actually did mean to get that bit in!), and yeah, I did walk around until the angle of the light was right, and the Widey was the right lens for the job…
    But what I can’t admit to is use of the hyper-focal point (I only just found out what that means this week!), and the use of thirds wasn’t exactly conscious either (it just looked right to me), plus I DID use a polariser for this shot! I just didn’t put it in the description.
    Having said all that, I’m thrilled that you liked the photo enough to write an essay on it… even if I can’t take full credit for everything ;)
    Thank you, Bill. You’ve absolutely made my night!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 3 years ago

    So big deal. You used a polarizer (did actually wonder bout that:-)
    But all this means is that it all comes naturally to you, and so you are a naturally gifted artist.

    Yer honor, the essay stands.
    I rest my case!!

  • I was kinda hoping you’d say that ;)
    I AM trying to learn the reasons for why things just ‘look right’ though, and I’m also learning techniques I can use so that instead of stabbing in the dark, I actually get consistent results. And then I’ll upgrade my camera body and I’ll be unstoppable!! Lol. :) :) :)
    I’m still smiling!!!! Thank you!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful composition!!

  • Thanks heaps, Rany!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiabout 3 years ago

    After what Bill said, I find it difficult to add or say anything, but ….. I love it Mieke, the colours and composition are just what I would expect from our outback, and you have captured this to perfection ….. err, did I mention that I love this photograph?

  • Someone’s gonna have to grab my feet at some stage and put them back on the ground!
    Thank you so much, John. Our Outback is truly an artist’s dream :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • MischaC
    MischaCabout 3 years ago

    Wow! I’d love to add to the others that sometimes you just have an “eye” for these things and when you read the rules you tend to think “ahh, that’s why that worked”. Your instincts are excellent and sometimes the rules have to be broken. Tricks like using a polarizer are just tools to make already great work excellent. Your love for the outback comes through in your work. Beautiful work!

  • Thanks so much, Mischa :) I do love our beautiful country… especially the rugged parts :) At the moment, it’s the Kimberley (where I live) vs the Pilbara (where Karijini is located)… I have decided that Karijini is my favourite place so far… but I’m just waiting for the roads up here to clear after the Wet season and then I’ll explore some more of my ‘backyard’ and make a more informed decision about which is my favourite! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Lenka
    Lenkaabout 3 years ago

    Fascinating!

  • Thank you, Lenka!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Shannon Paskaruk
    Shannon Paskarukabout 3 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • Thanks, Shannon :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Patrick Downey
    Patrick Downeyabout 3 years ago

    A very vibrant, wonderfully textured image…well done!

  • Thanks, Patrick! It was the way the light enhanced the textures that made me take this photo… thanks for noticing!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • robpower
    robpowerabout 3 years ago

    Very very nice Miss mieke. Love the colour & depth in this

  • Thank you, Mister Power. I’ve never seen a place more colourful than Karijini!

    – Mieke Boynton

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