“I Got a Nikon Camera – I Like to take a Photograph” – Simon & Garfunkle
I guess the above quote shows my age but not as much as the next line “Don’t take my Kodachrome away”!
The last 24 hours has seen my first opportunity to actually get around with my camera and take photos. We are camped on the Eastern outskirts of Mt Isa, with a very high stony ridge separating us from the town with views back towards the remnant mountain cores that surround the town and towards the town with its smoke stacks. Last night I clambered up the hill and with the sun setting behind me, photographed the vista over the caravan park. It is not quite as high as appears here – it was an extreme wide-angle (11mm ) lens.
East of Mt Isa at sunset
Despite the dangerous walk down the path, which reminded me that I have fallen with this camera before, I was inspired to wake before 6.30 and be back at the top in the nautical dawn, about 45 minutes before sunrise. With camera on tripod I took brackets of five shots with varying exposures every 5 minutes for 40 minutes. It is amazing the difference in the light that occurs in just seconds as the sun actually breaks the horizon. That is the picture I am displaying here.
While looking down I had spotted a nearly dry watercourse, not far from the caravan park but not visible from ground level. Half an hours “bush bashing” got me to an extremely typical view of this environment, which is simultaneously beautiful and hostile.
Creek Bed Panorama Mt Isa
Tomorrow I will leave Julie to a quiet day and head off for a – tour of the under ground “Hard Times” mine. Not only do I have to sign away any liability for any accident but I can’t take a camera!