PHOTO OF THE DAY- Stegosaurus Rock Wall

Stepping out onto this rocky landscape felt like I was on the set of a sci-fi film, maybe tatooine- a desert world created by George Lucas in the Star Wars movies. It was easy to forget that I was only a short drive from the Central Coast and about 100km north of Sydney though. This anecdote aside though, you can’t help but be fascinated by these geological formations and how they would have been created. My gut feeling tells me that it’s from an ancient flows of magma underneath the earths surface that have slowly risen over millions of years of erosion and tectonic plate movement. There are so many cool patterns in the stone to go along with the interesting shapes and most of this stone has been warm smooth to touch from the ocean winds. The actual location of these formations is in a small area on the coast called the Bouddi National Park and just around the headland is a beach called “Pretty Beach”- I kid you not !!!


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To make this image have detail in the shadows and in the clouds I took a bracket of images on a tripod with my DSLR. You can do this with your own DSLR camera or even compact camera, you just need to take some bright shot’s and dark shots of the same thing. I actually wrote a tutorial on how to make a HDR with a compact camera here for you to read- HDR with a compact camera. I then used Photomatix Pro to combine these images into a tonemapped image and then did some small colour, contrast and tone adjustments using On1 Photo Suite.


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Thanks, Luke

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