At the end of last month I flew to Alice Springs and explored the surroundings of Central Australia over an extended weekend. It was an unbelievable trip and the experience of almost pure Outback was so unfamiliar/unique to me that I found it was amazing how Australia offers such a dynamic range of landscapes and culture from cities to the vast outback. I documented my trip visually as you’ll see as you scroll down – although some of these images are very revealing of Central Australia it is still nothing compared to being there, however with the use of panoramic photographs I hope it offers a better representation of the broad spacious lands that I experienced.
The Red Centre - Northern Territory, Australia
Looking up at the enormous Rock is something you have to experience first-hand, before I visited Uluru I thought it was a reasonable large rock in the middle of Australia and I’d have no problem jogging up the side. I was completely wrong! Uluru is truly a massive rock emerging from the ground 348m high – only a third of its entire bulk! This is a panorama of three photographs stitched in Photoshop and I was using my polariser, which is such a necessity when photographing out in the Red Centre as it eliminates the glare and saturates the blues.
At the base of Uluru before the climb!
Out on the Stuart Highway you rarely see wildlife during the day, but occasionally there is road kill which has occurred after dusk as the fauna becomes more active. Unfortunately I came across a poor Roo (Kangaroo) and two Wedge-Tail Eagles that were scavenging over the remains, I was pretty lucky to get this close to one of them (the other flew away) with my 200mm Lens I managed to capture the largest bird of prey of Australia!
Wedge Tail Eagle - Outback, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon was beautiful – I made it there at around sunset, greeted by the 270m sandstone chasms – brilliantly lit up by the dropping sun, which produced a golden fringe around the canyon forest. Heading back from the main lookout I side tracked into the river bed a little and this pool of water was perfectly placed for me to capture the reflections and canyon walls! I had to do a free-hand panorama to include both the reflections and orange sandstone, I later stitched the nineteen photographs together in Photoshop, creating this vertical panorama!
Sunset Reflections - Kings Canyon
Alice Springs lies very close to the centre of a Australia far from any major cities. It was originally only known for the small Telegraph Station used to relay messages across the Red Centre. The town is layed-out in almost perfect symmetry with ‘The Gap’, a natural break in the MacDonald Ranges. This panoramic view of Alice Springs was taken from on top of Anzac Hill and hand held (360° Degrees). I used a Circular Polariser and as you can see it is best when 90°Degrees to the Sun (Dark Blue region in the sky) :) !
Alice Springs, Northern Territory - Three Sixty Panorama (Click to view larger)