Geoffrey Wiggins  

Painted Hills  by Geoffrey Wiggins

August 2020 - Painted Hills

About the Image(s)

I have just got back from the outback and am always impressed with the painted hills near Cooba Pedy, a place where 95% of the worlds opals are mined. The picture was once part of an inland sea. The arid conditions plus the volcanic influence has resulted in the percolation of acid water dissolving silicon from the soil and depositing it cell by cell in cracks and fossils trapped in the rock below, resulting in opals which display most beautiful colours. The white rock in the picture is kaolin, a kind of clay.

I have polarised the photograph to reduce reflections and to bring the colours in the rocks and the blueness in the sky. 62mm f8 1/250sec ISO 200 polarized.

Hope that you and the group are surviving in these difficult times,

Kindest regards

8 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
A very interesting and unique landscape. The sky is somewhat boring but over this desert, the clouds are probably really unusual!
Very good idea to use a polarizing filter.
Great work.
  Posted: 08/02/2020 16:42:01
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Pierre, yes we don't get many clouds in the desert and we get a great view of the stars in the night sky.   Posted: 08/02/2020 18:59:39

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I would love to see your original, Geoffrey. I really like it. I would suggest cropping down on your sky. It will create more tension on your white clay and more tension of orange to blue--two complementary colors.

Thanks for the jewelry lesson--love opals!   Posted: 08/05/2020 19:53:42

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Brenda for the comment, great ideas. I have enclosed the original but for memory I did not change much. I did not rate this as a great picture, I was just trying to show you folks a little of my country, the colours in the outback are just unreal. Just for the record our company, Oplex Australia P/L started in this part of the world but is now an investment company.   Posted: 08/05/2020 23:13:14
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Thanks for sharing these wonderful views of your Australian outback. I have visited Aus twice, and only seem to have enough time to visit the coastal cities. My sister once drove from Darwin to Sydney and raves about that experience.
The colors here are amazing, and although the sky is bland, I would not add any clouds.   Posted: 08/06/2020 11:54:21
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks for your thoughts and your comment Mervyn.   Posted: 08/06/2020 12:18:09

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Beautiful colors and texture in the ground and rocks, Geoffrey. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 08/06/2020 15:26:44
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Candy, Geoff   Posted: 08/06/2020 18:30:06


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