Around 300 000 tonne of sand is moved northward past any point on the surf beaches of south east Queensland each year, until it flows off the edge of the continental shelf beyond Sandy Cape and Breaksea Spit at the northern limit of Fraser Island... except for that which is blown up the beach accumulating in new mobile dunes. The high sandblows on Fraser Island, such as this one north of Eurong, are composed of ancient sands accumulated during the last Ice Age when sea levels were much lower. Where the vegetation has been removed by fire or abuse, the SE winds blow the ancient sand inland, gradually encroaching upon and burying forests or lake filled swales. This one is filling Lake Wabby. The ribs and cusps of this dune reveal the creativity of the wind.
Thanks for pointing this out to me. The colours and the strong sunlight here are absolutely phenomenal!
Hi all, Nice :D
Awesome. It deserves a golden star!
Cheers from Sitges, Barcelona
Splendid. Absolutely beautiful photo
I am glad you enjoyed the shot of the sandblow on Fraser Island. Fraser Island is a UNESCO classified World Heritage area, and I love it. I have resisted visiting it for years though I have studied it and am very familiar with its ecosystem and geomorphology. I just didn't want to leave my impact on such a fragile ecosystem. But finally my family insisted that I go. In the shot I was fortunate to have an area clear of footprints of tourists and school kids who charge all over the dunes. It had rained the day before hence the crust layer at the top, and it was not school holidays.
Your macro shots are fantastic too. Glad to have seen them. I will spend more time reviewing your fine work.
Thank you Ian. But I do need a better camera for this king of photography. At the moment I'm using an outdated Sony 5.Meg digital camera a bit slow with the focus.
It's a great photo,
But VFedele, no matter what the camera was. I have old digikamera and 'normal' kamera too (old Nikon)... I taking all photos old digikamera to my photogalleria´s
1: mixi, 2: village from Hungary, 3: Per galleria, 4: ship galleria,
Beautiful composition, I love the range of yellows.
Alan, Thankyou for your visit and appreciative encouragement. This pic is one that gives me a great deal of satisfaction, because I find the simple topics often the hardest to make effective images. I felt that I did with this one.
Your work with photoshop is something I will be observing for a cursory preview has left me impressed. Is it appropriate to ask you to describe some of the techniques or processes you have used to create some of your graphic images? Regards, Ian
I'd be happy to. The most important thing to remember is Photoshop works best through layering. For instance in this photo I took a separate photo of an eye and then used the "cutout" tool in Photoshop filters to make it appear as if cut-out of paper. Then I used the paint bucket to colour it in blue and layered it on top of the piano photo at a lower opacity. For this photo I drew around each piece of Agate using the "magnetic lasso" tool and copy and pasted them onto their own layers. Then I simply removed the colour from the original photo beneath, leaving the agate isolated in colour. For the Paddington Station photo it was even simpler, I just chose the colours and the neon glow filter did the rest. When you begin to master the layering the possibilities become endless.
Hope this helps, any more questions just ask :-)
Ooooh, I love this one!! Camped on Fraser Island on many occasions, with my parents in 1984, then later with my parents/husband/baby in 1991, 1995 and 1996 - out of school holidays!! Walked in to Lake Wabby with my husband and spent a peaceful day there with no one else around. The Island really does change from year to year, and whilst I understand your concerns about its fragility, I don't see any point if only a priveleged few get to see it. Don't worry - not everyone wants to trample the place. If only everyone thought the same.
I am so pleased that you have been to Fraser and appreciated it and you have that sense of having been in a special place. You and your husband have done some wonderful things together and from your record and the photos you both have done a great job of inculcating appreciative values in your boys too.
Before I ever got to the Gordon or Uluru, I just valued them from afar, and the thought was that though I have never been there they are part of me and so important. Nobody would have wanted to start quarrying Uluru to create ballast for a new railway for example, or they may have seen me there then!! And so it was with this Fraser that was at the bottom end of our valley - the Mary.
I am so glad you loved this pic and place,Lee. Ian
Dear Lee (a referal for you),
During my recent holidays I was at Hervey Bay and met professional photographer Robyn Finlayson for the first time. She creates unique images of the Fraser coast. I invite you to see some of her work at photoscapes I am sure you will like some of her images.
Kind regards, Ian
you have a great and artistic collection.... congratulations...
greetings from ⓜⓞⓝⓘⓚⓐ ① or ⓜⓞⓝⓘⓚⓐ ②
Sorry I missed your comment and appreciation. But belatedly thankyou. It has been a joy for me to connect with you and to explore your wonderful galleries.
I look forward to more sharing of pictures, stories and encouragement.
Ian, Thank you so much for the referral. I am going there right now!! We are embarking on a trip to New Zealand Nth & Sth in April. Have you been? If so, any tips, special places, must sees, great people, etc?
Ian, By the way, I have one Whale Painting by Chris Postle, and was looking for just the right painting of a place I have been to put in our loungeroom. How spooky that you should seem to know this, and suggest such a thing...
Do let me know what you think of Robyn Finlayson's work, especially if you find something you love among her images.
This is a colorful natural beauty - golden yellow sand plus the fantastic blue sky. It composite an excellent photo.
Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff
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Photo taken in Fraser Island QLD 4581, Australia
Great Sandy National Park
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