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Old May 24, 2012, 7:24 PM   #1
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Hi Friends

Here is a photo I took recently - while I went for a weekend drive on a Saturday.

Myponga is a Dam / Water Reservoir south of Adelaide, and I have stopped to have a break from driving and enjoy the scenery at this spot. The water is used for nearby residential areas - as well as farming.

Photo taken at 11mm with my Sigma 10-20mm, on my Canon 350D. (I also had my Canon 15-85mm on Canon 7D, and the 70-300mmL in my bag too).

This photo captures the view from a picnic spot / platform, that I often have it in my mind. I did some minor post processing adjustments, eg contrast, saturation, highlights/shadows, etc. Images from the 350D with a bit of post-processing come up well, in my opinion.

I look forward to receving your comments, feedback and posts.

Happy viewing!!

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Wow what a great place for a picnic, nicely taken.

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Man, oh man! Paul that is a Gorgeous Photo! Nicely done!

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G'day PJ [from pj]

Well mate - mine is a "hmmmm > dunno about this fella..."
How come your dam is full o' water when so many others are empty > well that was the pix of 2-3 years ago before the aussie drought-of-the-century broke and we then got bloody floods

more seriously > I like the overall pano effect that you have created
If I were to do any more pp it'd be 3 small things
1- take a bit off the bottom to make it more of a pano
2- clone out the white safety fence / drain pipe? towards the RHS, and
3- wander up the RHS to the vinyard and examine their cellar-door offerings

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Wow what a great place for a picnic, nicely taken.

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Thanks jj!

It is a good 'resting place' for a picnic, 'pit stop', stretch of the legs, getting some fresh air, etc.

I imagine if I had a family, I'd stop there with children - they would like the view (and perhaps need to use the toilets).

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Man, oh man! Paul that is a Gorgeous Photo! Nicely done!

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Hi Dick

I appreciate your comments - particularly as I've seen some great landscape photos from you.

The colours of that day are very much captured in this image.

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G'day PJ [from pj]

Well mate - mine is a "hmmmm > dunno about this fella..."
How come your dam is full o' water when so many others are empty > well that was the pix of 2-3 years ago before the aussie drought-of-the-century broke and we then got bloody floods

more seriously > I like the overall pano effect that you have created
If I were to do any more pp it'd be 3 small things
1- take a bit off the bottom to make it more of a pano
2- clone out the white safety fence / drain pipe? towards the RHS, and
3- wander up the RHS to the vinyard and examine their cellar-door offerings

Regards, Phil
G'day pj!

Wow, I appreciate your detailed post!

This dam might look full, but it's not. You know most of these dams' water is at the 'top part' (that is - they are not so deep). See here for more info:
http://www.eldersweather.com.au/dam-level/sa/

We've had some rain in recent days, so hopefully that will start the dams filling up (obviously it takes quite a while to have an effect!)

Certainly the dam is fuller than it was 3 years ago, when SA had experiences 3 dry years (both summers and winters!)

1. Yes, I guess to create more of a pano effect, I'd crop more off the bottom - however I guess I kept that in to show the 'picnic / lookout spot' is at the top of a steep embankment, so this is the 'feel' from where I was standing. But for a pure 'pano' - perhaps most landscape interest is in the more distant part of the photo.

2. You're right - it is a drainpipe - could clone it out (definitely easier than removing the actual thing by hand before the photo... and risking the wrath of the authorities... lol!)

3. I do enjoy dropping in at local vineyards - this is just south of McLaren vale area. Last weekend I was with a friend at the Barossa who had never been there before- which was good to show (& taste) the local produce / cellar samplings.

Cheers. Have a great weekend further

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very nice love the colours
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A very nice shot/scene....
And yes- the 350D is still a fine camera,capable of great images- in the right hands...
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very nice love the colours
Many thanks wave01.

The colours in this scene are quite 'typical Australian' (some people in other parts of the world might recognise that as such).

Cheers

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