Blog Archives


Fisherman focussed on his fishing from a walkway over the Onkaparinga River up from Port Noarlunga.

Unconcerned 1

Unconcerned 2

Unconcerned 3

Little and Large

Two boats at the marina in Wallaroo. Hope the pilot isn’t too tall.

Little and Large

This is a first use of the colouring effect in the graduated filter in Lightroom. I dragged one down from the top to the rear sea level, reduced the exposure and brightness in it and then coloured it a light orange. Too much? Not sure.

Ship loading grain at Wallaroo jetty

Yes, I know that I’ve shown this ship and the jetty before but this is a different angle – shot from the beach. What the hell, I like the shot.

Ship loading grain at Wallaroo jetty

Wallaroo swimming pool

Part of the town every kid knows, the local pool is a netted off area of the sea, adjacent to the jetty.

Wallaroo swimming pool 2

and a wider view from further up the jetty.

Wallaroo swimming pool 1

In the background is the preserved, last remaining chimney from the old smelting stacks, square shaped in the Cornish tradition. And I just found this shot from the old days:

Smelter chimneys at Wallaroo

Even in this shot, the big Hughes Stack stands out. Click on the image to be taken to the SA Memory page describing the photograph and giving information about the smelting era.

Silos, conveyor belt and cormorants

This shot shows the underside of the massive conveyor belt from Wallaroo’s grain silo complex to the jetty where the grain is loaded onto ships (see yesterday’s pic). The support structure is used by hundreds of cormorants for roosting.

Silos, conveyor belt and cormorants

And a wider shot:

Silos, conveyor belt and cormorants

Both shot in the evening.

Ship docked at Wallaroo

behind a security fence. At sunset.

ship docked at Wallaroo

Fiddled quite a bit with this shot but still not satisfied. Doesn’t quite come together but I’m not sure why. Changing the crop makes it worse. Changing one setting upsets others. Just not the right shot, I guess. Shame about the fence.

Rock tracks

I have no idea how these tracks in the rock formed but they were quite striking:

rock tracks

Red tipped succulents

All across the beaches north of Wallaroo (or are they some sort of seaweed?)

red tipped succulents

and a later close up:

red tipped succulents

Rock pool canyon

Held the camera down very low to this rock pool and shot along the water. The rocks are about eighteen inches high.

Rock pool canyon

I made the usual corrections to enhance the picture but also dragged a graduated filter with lowered exposure down from the top right corner to the middle of the shot.

Have I mentioned that I like shooting rock pools? Smile


I loved the shape of the ripples in the sand in this rock pool so enhanced the shot to try and enhance the ripples:


It was only when I then zoomed in on the middle portion that I saw the wonderfully striated colours in the water:

Ripples, close up

This has become one of my favourite shots.

Troll hand?

I liked the arrangement of rocks and water and it was only when I finished tweaking the values that I noticed that the rock in the top left of the picture looked like a hand with forefinger extended and rest of fingers curled into palm. Weird.

Maybe one of Terry Pratchett’s trolls, trying his hand at trout tickling.

troll hand

I thought of brightening just the hand to make it stand out but like the way it is only barely is realised.

Mini Uluru

Shot on a beach north of Wallaroo. Maybe should be titled, ‘When I grow up, I want to be Uluru.’

Mini Uluru