Dunmore Dreaming.. - Steev Selby
Saddleback and Stars...

The Old Dairy.. Swamp Road

Dunmore Dreaming..

Following a 'tickle' in photography can lead to some odd behavior at times, after a mate reminded me of the straight, on Swamp Road Jerrara. That part of my brain that's into geometry in landscapes got to work on 'what if' with the sun setting on the escarpment and shinning that light down the road.

I checked on the Photographers Toolbox (this is a smartphone app that you can set the location and time of year and day which will simulate where and when the sun , moon, milky way etc will appear in the sky), and the sun was due to align on the 18th of November which at the time was a few weeks distant. I like to get out and have a recce of a site and after dropping in for a visit the image I imagined came more into focus (sic) as did my resolve to create that image.

The sun doesn't rise and set in a straight line so I'd need to work out exactly when it would touch down on the escarpment and, with a bit of trial and error it's roughly 17 mins before actual sunset. Now I knew this the rest would be easy or so I thought.

Afterglow ..

Well it's actually taken 3 weeks enjoying all the weather had to offer, from howling winds, rain, freezing cold and clouded out sunsets. Funny thing about photography it's one of the few past times that involves you having to stand still in the cold for long periods of time - once your core temp drops and the thermos has gone there's lots of walking up and down to test your patience.

To folks driving past I must've looked overdressed but believe me I needed it. 


Watch it..!

When you set up camera gear on the corner of a well travelled country road drivers reactions do tend to vary a great deal when you have said cameras pointing their way.

In the first few visits people would slow and there would be suspicious frowns, cars slowing to almost walking pace then accelerating away if you made eye contact and cars that busy watching you that they didn't quite watch the road as well as they should have on occasion.

After the first few visits thou folks seemed to be accustomed to my being there and just did their own thing, and, by the last visit, some were slowing and offering a wave on the way passed which was nice.

Dairy no more....

It's one of those things that the whole horizon can be clear except for that bit right in the middle where the sun is, it's on those occasions that you think well "I'm here" and the gears set up and start looking around for other compositions. The area around here is littered with these old dairies slowly going to ruin and this one is particularly photogenic.

Golden hour light trails...

White Line Fever...

You reach a point when you think "is it really worth all this effort?" with another clouded afternoon and the sun slipping further south with every day. Honestly, that old line of a bad days fishing beats a good day's work is just as true for photography, out with the gear there's space to breathe and room to think. 

Finding an image is just the icing on the cake.

Early Bird..

Touched...

Quite Literally Golden Hour..

This was my insurance policy set ... it was a couple of days early with clear skies but a great chance for a dry one in case I did get the chance to find the image I had in mind.

You can see the sun travels in a diagonal line rather than straight up and down - this day if there were no escarpment would've been the day the sun set in line.

D Day...

Beams Over Jamberoo...

Sun over Swamp Road...

Contact...

Peeping...

Sunset...

The Wrap Up Shot...

It's a great feeling getting the opportunity to capture a moment you imagined - this wasn't quite that perfect moment, but to be honest I'm pretty happy with the result all the same.

I've really enjoyed creating this set and I hope you've enjoyed viewing them as well. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Steev S

All images captured with Pentax cameras and lenses and developed in ON1 Photo Raw 2020 and Aurora HDR 2019