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C-19 lockdown makes it hard- but here are some images from the great land Downunder

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G'day mate

All the dingoes are tagged by the state wildlife people to keep track of their movements and possible anti-social behaviour. These are wild dogs and hunt daily for their food - occasionally crossing into camp grounds and have been known to chase and attack small children. The island is a sanctuary, so no domestic dogs are allowed to visit with their campers / owners
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Thanks Phil. I thought that might have been the case. I've only seen a couple on our sojourns with one at Karijini and the other just south of Katherine. Seen a couple of Alpine dingoes in the great divide but their a bit more flighty.
 

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#46, 2013- Ever wanted to be the "fly on the wall?"
(a little touch of humour today)

 

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#46,46,48, 2014- The Gulflander Railway
An isolated railway in outback north-western Queensland, established in the 1880s gold rush days - but the gold faded and the line was never completed. It is now a 150km long tourist line with a weekly run delivering to cattle stations along the way

a) the rail motor with passenger cars attached


b) back seat drivers in the front passenger seats


c) tea break - billy tea and damper / scones, with a tour bus doing a photo stop in the background

Panny G2; all with the 14-140mm zoom lens
 

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#49,50, 2015- Panos from outback Oz

a) Part of the 'great inland sea' of millenia ago, now eroded to mesas fading into the mist



b) typical gravel-surfaced road well into the outback of Western Aust.
Quite okay for 80km/h driving x the 200+km length of road, in this case to a tiny place called Marble Bar, a town that recorded "The greatest heat wave of all time" ~ daily temperatures exceeding 100F / 38C for 160 consecutive days, way back in 1923-24
 

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#51, 52, 53- 2010- Silverton, a ghost town in outback NSW
Outback New South Wales has many isolated -now ghost- towns and Silverton is one of them. Over 1000km west of Sydney, the state's capital, Silverton was a thriving gold mining area back in the 1800s

a) the heart of any town!

Panny FZ-30, 1/500s 3x zoom

b) old town hall

Panny FZ-30, 1/100s 1x zoom

c) an old miner's cottage

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#54, 55, 56- 2018- Osprey catching fish in the ocean
A sequence of an osprey diving upon a school of fish in the shallows. Taken before breakfast and a series of 'lucky shots' at medium burst of 7fps

a) diving onto the target fish


b) gotcha!


c) the takeoff away to a local tree for breaky

PannyFZ-200; 1/2500s, 6x zoom then cropped considerably :)
 

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#56, 57, 58- 2011- In the shearing shed

Back in 2011 while in western Queensland we were invited to visit a local sheep station where shearing was in progress. It was a 300km round trip from the town of Longreach to the property of about 16,000hectares / 40,000 acres holding around 12,000 sheep. The shearing team of 15 people were mostly New Zealanders who run a contract shearing business, travelling across the country during the season.

a) 2- shearers in action


b) throwing the fleece onto the sorting table + squirting anti-fungal stuff to protect sheep from parasites, blow-fly, ticks and lice.


c) the semi-trailer loaded with around 280 wool bales weighing approx 42,000kg
 

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#59,60- Playing with close-up subjects

a) stamen from a hybiscus flower


3x zoom plus a Canon-250D close-up lens on the front of the main camera zoom lens

b) wasp 'baby' leaving the nest ... it is about 12mm / 1/2-inch long


4x zoom plus a Canon-250D close-up lens on the front of the main camera zoom lens
 

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#61, 62, 63- Startrails from Downunder

When we travel around Australia for months at a time, and with TV being so full of rubbish from Hollywood these days, I often setup the camera for a star trail. Typically these images have from 75 to 400 exposures, usually 20 or 30secs each and the JPGs are stacked using 'www.Startrails.de' software, a really beaut and easy to use bit of kit. Camera WB is always 'sun', ISO-800/1600, lens set to 1x zoom (24mm FF equiv) and the Panny superzoom / bridge camera does the rest while I'm inside the motorhome reading a book and sipping something 'nice'.

a) taken under a full moon

10 images of 30 seconds before stacking

b) lights of a town some 30km away from my campsite

300 images of 30 secs before stacking

c) with some clouds floating overhead during the night - camera pointing to south celestial pole

100 images of 30 seconds before stacking
 
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#64, 65, 66, panos from across Oz

a) a fuel stop in outback New South Wales, at dawn - bowsers on the right, travellers in caravans etc to the left



b) hills from eroded volcanic plugs from millenia ago, central Queensland


c) sand dunes, coastal New South Wales at sunrise
 

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#67,68,69, 2019- Buildings / windows that caught my attention

a) office building with darkened panels for windows. Sparkles and colour - use of Panny in-camera 'art' options


FZ-200; 1/400s; 16x zoom

b) someone's had fun with their side wall

FZ-200; 1/250s; 2x zoom

c) hole in the wall - the render has fallen off but the rest is still okay

FZ-200; 1/200s; 6x zoom
 

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#70, 71, 72, Aussie Road-trains ... the "18-wheeler" trucks that criss-cross the outback daily

Around the world there are many people interested in trucks and heavy transport - here are three to contemplate. Highly skilled Aussie Truckies manage these monsters daily

a) fully loaded, this fella pulls 142 metric tonnes per load over a 600km route to the port


b) fully loaded, 120,000 litres of mixed fuels being delivered to an outback iron-ore mining complex


c) known as a "B-Quad" these fellas are the general goods delivery trucks for the outback, sometimes covering 3,000km per trip
 

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#73, 74, 75, 2009- images from an Aussie airshow

The Temora, N.S.W. air museum and monthly airshow is known to enthusiasts world wide.
Camera was a canon SX-1 superzoom that was disposed of within 3-months of buying ... it was quite poor in performance
a) just zooming around having fun

1/800s; 20x zoom

b) sun glinting off the wings during maneuvers

1/1000s; 20x zoom

c) laying smoke during aerobatics

1/800s; 6x zoom
 

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Good pics. No. 2 looks like the Gulflander.
 

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Great series! I liked especially the landscapes, the macros and nature shots and that of the surfer girl (a very dynamic arms posture).
 

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A collective 'thank you' to all above for your feedback
It looks like we have another month or so before most of our travel restrictions are lifted, so hopefully I can get to shooting 'new' stuff :)

Phil
 

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#73, 74, 75, 2017- Foggy mornings as seen from the motorhome as we travel the country

a) cattle crossing the paddock following milking


panny G2;1/160s; 6x zoom

b) typical of many camping places we stay overnight ... a community owned reserve & sports ground

panny G2; 1/60s; 4x zoom

c) highway road bridge north of Sydney on the 6-lane highway to Brisbane, 1000km away

panny G2; 1/80s; 4x zoom
 

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#76, 77, 78, 2018- misc images using the FZ superzoom / bridge camera

a) rock fishing at sunrise


panny G2; 6-seconds exposure; 6x zoom

b) Rainbow Bee-eater flying past

panny FZ-200; 1/2500s; 24x zoom

c) Town park lamp lit towards sunset

panny FZ-200; 1/320s; 17x zoom
 

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#6-- 2017- Skydiving, tandem jump, Innisfail skydiving centre, northern Queensland


Panny FZ-200; 1/1300s x F4,5, lens at 940mm FFequivalent
One of my favorite tandem jumps was in NZ with NZone out of Queenstown at 15,000ft.
 

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#79, 2018- Composite for eclipse of the moon

A series of exposures of the eclipse taken over a 2-hour period starting about 4:15am, and a composite created onto a black canvas. The solo image of the full moon the following evening was added for comparison
 

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One of my favorite tandem jumps was in NZ with NZone out of Queenstown at 15,000ft.
Thanks Renee ~ I have heaps of skydiver pix ... a friend's house is nearby the Innisfail skydiving centre - maybe post some more tomorrow :)
Phil
 

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#80,81,82, 2017- Skydiving, northern Queensland (a special for Renee)

The Innisfail skydiving centre is known around the world. Located an hours drive south of Cairns, it receives thousands of overseas visitors annually. Flights rise to 12-14,000 ft depending of the weather

a) the moment of launch

FZ-200 camera's zoom lens stretched to the very limit, image a direct crop so pixellation visible

b) 2-tandem jumpers crossing the same air-space

panny FZ-200; 1/1300s; 24x zoom

c) dancing in the air - swirling around and around on the way down

panny FZ-200; 1/1300s; 24x zoom
 
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#80,81,82, 2017- Skydiving, northern Queensland (a special for Renee)

The Innisfail skydiving centre is known around the world. Located an hours drive south of Cairns, it receives thousands of overseas visitors annually. Flights rise to 12-14,000 ft depending of the weather

a) the moment of launch

FZ-200 camera's zoom lens stretched to the very limit, image a direct crop so pixellation visible

b) 2-tandem jumpers crossing the same air-space

panny FZ-200; 1/1300s; 24x zoom

c) dancing in the air - swirling around and around on the way down

panny FZ-200; 1/1300s; 24x zoom
I LOVE IT!! Thanks so much for sharing them with me. What a challenge and thrill it would be to be a skydiving photographer! VERY well done Phil. Cheers.....
 
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