I’ve been home from my Australian trip for a couple of weeks now, and I’m finally catching up with the “post production” on approximately 10,000 photos with another 20,000 to go. Many were shot at at 20 FPS in order to capture those true “nailed it” moments in time, so some of it is heavy process of elimination work…but it’s still work that involves a lot of fairly high-end digital work.
Although many, many editing hours and a never-ending learning curve are involved, it’s all really a creative thrill to bring out the best of the images, and to discover those that are truly memorable shots.
One of the most intriguing photographic subjects of my month-long adventure roaming from one end of the vast Australian Continent to the other is also one of the most unique geological formations on the planet: The Bungle Bungles. (That’s not a typo; two “bungles”.)
Located in the Purnululu National Park, The Bungle Bungles is a mountain range of spectacular scale and beauty like nothing I’ve ever seen. After sitting on the bottom of a prehistoric ocean for millions of years, accumulating layers of mineral-laden sand and incubating cyanobacteria in multiple strata, tectonic forces eventually lifted what is now known as the Kimberley Plateau and this sandy sea bottom.
Another million or more years of winds and sandstorms eroded this part of the plateau and carved what you see here in these images. It’s a bit difficult to imagine the scale of the place, but look closely at the shot of the cavern here…and you’ll see a member of our hiking party standing on the far side of the pond, the waterfall above his head stained by cyanobacteria.
But like The Bungle Bungles themselves, once you’re outside of the major cities, almost everything in Australia is beyond one’s imagination. Capturing these images—and all those you’ll find here on my Gallery page—was the stuff of dreams.
Check back here soon. My next trip will have me stalking polar bears...and then I'm going after tigers!