The Breakaways • South Australia

William Bullimore

Brisbane, Australia

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The Breakaways is a site of siginificance to the Antakirinja Matuntjara Yankunytjatjara people. They are a striking example of arid scenery from the flat-topped mesas to the stony gibber desert. The area is rich in Aboriginal and European history. The Breakaways are one of the hottest places in Australia, with summer temperatures reaching up to 65 degrees celsius.Seventy million years ago, this area was covered by an inland sea. Fossils of the original sea creatures can be found throughout the area.

Ancient Aboriginal artefacts can be found throughout the reserve. Abandoned jasper and silcrete stone tools and flakes are the most commonly found. The levels of workmanship of the stone implements varies greatly, from rough stone fragments to highly worked, finely edged cutting tools.

Before European settlement, Aboriginal people called the area “umoona”, meaning “long life”. It was named after the umoona tree, which is found in the Breakaways. The full Aboriginal legend about the Breakaways is secret men’s business, but some of the story can be told.

In this photo, Ungkata is featured (the small mesa). Ungkata means “bearded dragon lizard” and this particular animal is the token for the Antakirinja people.

The Breakaways is the main source of red ochre used in body decoration for ceremonies. Other ochre colours are also found here.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure: 5 exposures (-2,-1,0,1,2 EV)
Aperture: f/18
Focal Length: 38mm
ISO Speed: 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 06 September 2009 05.38pm

Post Processing:
Imported into Lightroom
Exported 5 exposures to Photomatix
Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option
Re-imported back into Lightroom
Curves adjustment in Lightroom
Dust removal in Lightroom
Sharpening in Lightroom
Added keyword metadata
Exported as JPEG

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