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#893623 - 26/10/2010 02:22 Magic at Uluru
Willoughby Offline
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Registered: 10/05/2003
Posts: 992
Loc: Darwin NT
You have got to check these amazing photos out by Peter Carroll!


In the swim at Uluru.

On Thursday 14th of October, I woke at 3am to Heavy rain. Nothing particularly unusual about that apart from being in the desert of Central Australia, though with the rain we’ve had this year that is also debatable as the Desert country continues to green up and wildflowers colour the landscape.
Ok so maybe the unusual part of it is that I was in a comfy bed at Yulara and it has been a 20 year dream to see Uluru with water pouring down her flanks.

So there I lay tossing and turning praying the rain would continue til the crack of dawn. It did and was torrential as I drove in the dark the 15km toward the Rock, working out where I should start. How to photograph in these conditions. I had borrowed an uberella from reception but it was going to be a juggle because I needed the tripod for the necessary shutterspeeds at least for the first hour or so.
I headed for the Eastern Side, The “sunrise” side and my personal favorite for its smooth curves. Still too dark to make it out, maybe just a slight dark shape, and the road was also flooded requiring concentration on the driving.

Arriving at Mutitjulu Waterhole carpark, The road in was a flowing torrent a foot deep. Now I could see the water spider-webbing down and across the deep red rock. Time to to be excited. For 10min I stood in water shin deep beside the track, in awe of the magic I was witnessing.
It was light enough to see some texture but it was the soundscape that was profound and I am kicking myself for not recording it.

Birds were performing their morning chorus as usual but this time they were backed by a rhythm section of thousands of frogs of a few differnt species. Added to this was the sound of rain on my umberella and the flooded ground. As I moved closer the “SHHHHHHHHHHSHHHHHH” sound from the waterfalls, and waterslides flowing over the rock chimed in creating an ochestra and scene to touch anyone...

Enjoy. smile

#1000407 - 11/07/2011 01:09 Re: Magic at Uluru [Re: Willoughby]
Cloudz Offline
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Registered: 16/10/2010
Posts: 1649
Loc: Southport QLD
These are stunning photos. smile

#1000412 - 11/07/2011 06:52 Re: Magic at Uluru [Re: Cloudz]
Moonstruck Offline
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Registered: 30/12/2010
Posts: 755
Very special!

#1000486 - 11/07/2011 17:46 Re: Magic at Uluru [Re: Moonstruck]
Swaggie Offline
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Registered: 20/01/2011
Posts: 43
Loc: Canberra
As a photographer I think he'll be tempted to put his camera away for good now - he surely can never take any better pictures can he? They just come alive as you view them.

Edited by Swaggie (11/07/2011 17:47)

#1001138 - 16/07/2011 04:03 Re: Magic at Uluru [Re: Swaggie]
Cloudz Offline
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Registered: 16/10/2010
Posts: 1649
Loc: Southport QLD
I've always wanted to visit Uluru but these pics make me want to go in the wet season. The contrast of the desert landscape cascading with water is so unique.

#1018124 - 08/10/2011 21:34 Re: Magic at Uluru [Re: Cloudz]
Rob VK2GOM Offline
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Registered: 02/10/2011
Posts: 21
Doesn't any photography of Ayer's Rock now require a permit? Like a lot of places around Australia, including Bondi beach.

Cheers - Rob

#1018129 - 08/10/2011 22:47 Re: Magic at Uluru [Re: Rob VK2GOM]
Morning Glory Offline
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Registered: 13/01/2011
Posts: 534
Loc: Emerald Q.
You require a permit (and pay) to enter the rock area. Photography is allowed only in roped off tracks - you can't step outside the roped off areas to get a better angle for example. My Urulu shots can't compete with Petes so here's a shot of the Olgas at sunset.


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