Ripples in sand and dunes formed by strong winds is the very first thing I associate with the Desert! There isn’t alot of dunes around the Alice Springs and surrounding regions, however you do see a few small patches on the highways between Uluru and Alice Springs. This is one of those, I used my polariser here (I did nearly everywhere) especially to cancel the glare out and allow the true red/orange colours to be captured, while darkening the blue sky. Not quite the same as the old Windows XP background, but the result I wanted :) !
The Olgas – Kata Tjuta is geologically spectacular, with Uluru/Ayers Rock and The Olgas just a few Kilometres apart rising out of the Earth, amidst nothing but flat desert. The Olgas have been formed over millions of years from wind and rain erosion and once was similar to Uluru’s form. This photograph is a panorama made up of seven portrait orientated photos stitched, and I had my Polariser on to remove the glare – producing better tones and colour. No post-processing done!
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) :) !
I woke up fairly early (6:30 am) and went down to the Olgas viewing area to catch the sunrise. There were quite a few photographers there already, with their tripods setup in prime position (you have to get up pretty early to get the special corner edge of the platform :P), so I had to race around them with my camera capturing the different angles as the light changed over the Olgas and Uluru. In this photograph you can see the small silhouette of Uluru on the horizon (right), and the rising sun as the light spreads out across the frosty desert.
It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the new posts over the months especially for new visitors or people in a hurry, so here is the round up of the most viewed and best rated Tutorials of April and May 2010 on Scott Photographics. In order of most views: