Wild Places and Wild Music Reprise

In the previous post for my exhibition, I think most people only saw the poster.  They didn’t realise the post included 28 images for the prints on exhibition plus an extra ten.  If that’s you or you didn’t see that post:

Click here or go to previous post for Online Exhibition with 38 images.

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A2:  Pencil Pines on Cradle Plateau,
Overland Track, Tasmania, August 2017
Fujifilm X-T2, 55-200mm f3.5-4.8
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

(One of the 38).

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Wild Places and Wild Music

Both an actual and a virtual exhibition…

As you can see, I am about to hold an exhibition.  For those who cannot attend, I am holding a concurrent virtual exhibition here in this thread.  You can if you wish, purchase an A3+ print of any of the images below.  A3+ is larger than A3, actually an American size also called Super B, 13″ x 19″ or 329mm x 483mm.

All Prints $A90.

Free postage in Australia and New Zealand.  $10 for US, Canada, UK and Northern Europe.  For other countries, please enquire.  If you are interested in purchasing a print, make a comment below or send an email to zenophon@iinet.net.au.  If you are in Canberra, there’s the exhibition at Smith’s Alternative.

All images were taken and processed by me and also custom printed by me to a professional standard.

Note that there will be some difference between the images on screen and the prints because you are looking at a projected image rather than an image on paper, and your screen may not be calibrated.

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Links below the images go to corresponding colour posts in this Blog. even in the case of monochrome images, because the colour posts have more information.

If you click on an image, instead of 640 x 640 px, as you see on the page, it opens much larger to 1900 x 1900 px.

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Wild Places

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The following images correspond to prints in the actual exhibition (rows A and B).  They are from Victoria, Tasmania, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Hokkaido (Japan), Iceland, Easter Island, Patagonia, Madagascar and Ladakh (far north India).

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A1:  Path to the Sand Dunes
Point Hicks, Victoria, November 2016
Nikon D800, Sigma 180mm f2.8 macro
Epson P800, Crane Museo Portfolio Rag.

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A2:  Pencil Pines on Cradle Plateau,
Overland Track, Tasmania, August 2017
Fujifilm X-T2, 55-200mm f3.5-4.8
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

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A3:  Penguins in front of mountain range
Right Whale Bay, South Georgia, November 2015
Nikon D3s, 85mm f1,4
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

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A4:  Red-crowned cranes at dawn (-26ºC)
Otowa Bridge, near Kushiro Wetlands, Hokkaido, February 2012
Nikon D3, 300mm f2.8 + TC20E III (stitched panorama)
Epson P800, Canson Arches Aquarelle Photo Rag.

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A5:  Hokkaido Trees (planet view – link goes to original image)
Hokkaido, Japan, February 2012
Nikon D3, 300mm f2.8 + TC20E III
Epson 3880, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk .

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A6:  Hofsjökull icecap
Central Highlands, Iceland, September 2013
Nikon D800, 300mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

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A7:  Wake of Ketch
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk, Tasmania, September 2017
Fujifilm X-T2, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.
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A8:  Lone Moai at Ranu Raraku
Easter Island, April 2011
Nikon D3, 105mm f2
Epson 3880, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk.

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A9:  Verraux’s Sifaka in tree
Berenty Nature Reserve, Madagascar, October 2015
Fujifilm X-E2 (Infrared), 55-200mm f3.5-4.8
Epson P800, Crane Museo Portfolio Rag.

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B1:  Stellar’s Sea Eagle over ice and snow
Nemoro Strait, north of Hokkaido, Japan, February 2012
Nikon D3, 300mm f2.8 + TC14E II
Epson 3880, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk.

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B2:  Whooper swans
Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido, Japan, February 2012
Nikon D3, 180mm f2.8
Epson 3880, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk.

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B3:  Huemul Glacier and Mt Fitzroy behind
North of El Chalten, Argentina/ Patagonia, March 2011
Nikon D3s, 180mm f2.8
Epson P800, Crane Museo Portfolio Rag.

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B4:  Panther chameleon capturing insect
Peyrieras Nature reserve, Madagascar, October 2015
Nikon D3s, 85mm f1,4
Epson P800, Canson Museo Portfolio Rag.

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B5:  Rockhopper penguin with nesting material
Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands, November 2015
Nikon D800, 300mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson PrintMaKing Rag.

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B6:  Ponies returning to Rumbak Village
Hemis National Park, Ladakh, far north India, January 2018
Fujifilm X-T2, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

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B7:  Ana Kakenga (lava tube)
Easter Island, April 2011
Nikon D3, 14-24mm @ 14mm, ISO200, 1/250 sec f4
Epson 3880, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk.

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B8:  Stars at night near Rumbak Village
Hemis National Park, Ladakh, far north India, February 2018
Fujifilm X-T2, 14mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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B9:  Walking in to Rumbak Village
Hemis National Park, Ladakh, far north India, February 2018
Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm f1.2
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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Extra Wild Places

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I have also included some additional images below from South West Canyonlands (US), St Kilda (Scotland), Antarctica, South Australia, Greenland and Hawaii.  They are also available for purchase.

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XP1:  Antelope Canyon
Arizona, October 2014
Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200mm f3.5-4.9
Epson P800, Canson PrintMaKing Rag.

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XP2:  Main Street, Hirta Village
St Kilda, Scotland, July 2013
Nikon D800, 85mm f1.4, R72 Infrared filter
Epson 3880, Crane Museo Portfolio Rag.

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XP3: Salt bush country near Oonatra Creek
Boolcoomatta Station, South Australia, March 2015
Fujifilm X-E2 14mm f2.8
Epson 3880, Crane Museo Portfolio Rag.
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XP4:  Deception Island from Ship
Deception Island, Antarctica, March 2011
Nikon D3s 300mm f2.8 (stitched panorama)
Epson P800, Canson PrintMaKing Rag.
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XP5:  Polar Bear on Ice Floe
Greenland Sea, August 2013
Nikon D3s, 300mm f2.8 + TC20E III, ISO1250, 1/2500 sec f11
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

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XP6:  Red crowned cranes in mating dance
Akan international Crane Centre, Hokkaido, Japan, February 2012
Nikon D3, 300mm f2.8 + TC14E II
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.
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XP7:  Na Pali Coast from helicopter
Kauai, Hawaii, March 2015
Nikon D800, Sigma 35mm f1.4
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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Wild Music

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These are mainly images from the Blues Festivals I have been Official Photographer for, over the last ten or twelve years. (Once again, $A90 each, should you want to order prints).

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C1:  Darren Jack
Thredbo Blues Festival 2012
Nikon D3s, 85mm f1.4
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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C2:  Dallas Frasca
Down by the River Festival, Wangaratta, March 2018
Fujifilm X-T2, 80mm f2/8 macro
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.
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C3: Guitarist, The Tommyhawks
Narooma Blues Festival 2015
Nikon D3s, 180mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.
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C4:  Tomcat Playground
Sydney Blues Festival 2016
Nikon D800, 14-24mm
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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C5:  Ian Moss
Sydney Blues Festival 2012
Nikon D800, 180mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.
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D1:  Rick Estrin, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Narooma Blues Festival 2014
Nikon D3, 300mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson PrintMaKing Rag.

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D2:  Dutch Tilders
Rose Cottage Canberra, March 2008
Nikon D3, 180mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson Museo Portfolio Rag.
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D3:  Leesa Gentz, Hussy Hicks
Sydney Blues and Roots Festival 2017
Nikon D3s, 105mm f2
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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D4: Rosscoe Clark
Sydney Blues and Roots Festival 2017
Nikon D800, 50mm f1.4
Epson P800, Canson Arches Aquarelle Photo Rag.
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D5:  Brian Cadd, Cadd and Morris
Narooma Blues Festival 2009
Nikon D3, 300mm f4
Epson 3880, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk.
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Extra Wild Music

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A few more that aren’t in the actual exhibition, including one from Cuba.

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XM1:  Kid Anderson, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Narooma Blues Festival 2014
Nikon D3, 300mm f2.8
Epson P800, Canson PrintMaKing Rag.

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XM2:  Turner Brown Band
Blues on Broadbeach 2017
Fuji X-T2, 10-24mm
Epson P800, Canson Platine Fibre Rag.

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XM4:  Street musician
Havana, Cuba, September 2016
Fuji X-Pro2, 56mm f1,2
Epson P800, Canson Rag Photographique.

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24th February: Hokkaido – Shiretoko National Park (Day 2)

This is a view of Utoro from my hotel window on my last day in Hokkaido, very early in the morning.

(Click to explore much larger image)

The plane was to leave in the middle of the day but first we made the most of the time we had left and returned to Shiretoko National Park.  This is Furepe Falls, the lighthouse and the cove again.

It is also a huge image, equivalent to an image from a 300 megapixel camera with an ultrawide lens, though constructed from many images.  Click it and zoom in for full detail.

Looking out across the cove to the point, where the previous day there was sea, there is now a veil of sea ice that extends out for hundreds of metres.

And here is Furepe Falls in all its frigid splendour.  If you click on the image two before and zoom into it, you can see more detail than by clicking on this image though it’s better isolated here.

The lighthouse from across the cove as the snow starts to fall heavier and visibility starts to diminish.

… and the curtain of snow descends ….

The silhouettes of the straggling trees contrast well with the snow-saturated landscape.

The last three images are from within the shelter of the trees, walking back up the hill to the bus.

23rd February: Hokkaido – Shiretoko National Park

After dropping our stuff off at the Utoro hotel and lunch, we headed further along the coast past the ice clogging the sea shore, towards Shiretoko National Park and Furepe Falls.

(Click for much larger image)

This is Furepe Falls, an entirely frozen waterfall with no water visibly flowing.   What you see here is a very small view of a huge image made from lots of exposures.  Click on it for a very large full-screen image you can zoom right into.  (Clicking opens it in a new page.  Next, click on the furthest right button at bottom right to open to full screen.)

The waterfall empties into the sea, into a cove and this is the head of that cove, from the top of the cliff.

On the far side of the cove is a lighthouse.  It looks out of place as you walk towards it from inland, as though it is just sitting in a field.

… and finally, this is Utoro in fading light and heavy snow.

23rd February: Hokkaido – Oshin-Koshin Falls

We drove along the coastline of the Sea of Okhotsk, heading towards Utoro, where we would spend the night.  Floating and beached ice lined the shore.

We stopped at Oshin-Koshin Waterfall, beside the highway.  This is an Ainu name, meaning a place where many Ezo Spruce grow.  Some of the water is visible, as you can see here, some flows under the ice and snow.

Remarkably, these are full colour images.  Monochrome conversion is not required.

It is actually a forked waterfall, with two separate flows.  One flow is visible and the other is almost entirely covered by ice and snow, but just visible here.

23rd February: Hokkaido – Notsuke National Highway

Here we are still in farmlands near Notsuke Bay with the mountains of Central Hokkaido in the background.  We are on our way from Notsuke Bay towards the town of Utoro, across the base of the Shiretoko Pensinula in North-Eastern Hokkaido and mainly along the Notsuke National Highway.

Trees in the snow, with a moving camera.

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(Click to explore much larger image)

Here we are still not quite into the national park.  The two largest mountains on view will be Mt Shibetsu on the left and Mt Shari on the right.  The last two images are many images combined.  Clicking on either of them will take to a much larger full-screen image that you can zoom into and out of.  There’s another one later in this post, as indicated.

Here we are at a river by the side of the road that flows in some places and is frozen over in others.  We have gone over the Konpoku Pass and are nearly out of the national park on the other side of the peninsula.  I don’t have any images from the middle of the National Park, probably because there was nowhere for the bus to stop.

Now we are out of the national park and here are some silver birches, planted as boundaries to paddocks.

(Click to explore much larger image)

A couple more views looking back over farmland towards the mountains.

The Japanese can be very thoughtful.  Sometimes people may have difficulty knowing where the sun is so there are big arrows suspended over the middle of the road to let them know.  I expect they also have the dual use of showing where the road is when the snow is deep.

Sometimes you see the most curious things.  We had stopped on the other side of the road for a meal on the outskirts of the town of Shari and were only a few kilometres from the coast.  The van must have fallen over so unexpectedly that the reflection didn’t have time to change.  Assistance arrived about ten minutes later.

22nd to 23rd February: Hokkaido – Odaito

Please click on each image in this post to see them larger with a black background.  Because they are mainly nighttime shots they look better this way.

Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Odaito, a small township on Notsuke Bay, on the other side of the bay from the Notsuke Peninsula.  This is behind our hotel, in the fading light.

… (Click to expand to much larger image)

This panorama is from a similar position at around the same time.

Next morning, we rose before dawn again and traveled to a nearby elevated viewpoint, aiming to see a rare distorted sun rising over the ice and the sea.  The weather didn’t cooperate for this though and we didn’t even see a sunrise.  However, I found the views quite magical with the fishing boats far out on the Okhotsk Sea with their lights on for attracting fish as well as for navigating.  These are very distant views, taken with the equivalent of a 900mm lens.

There were other fishing boats on their way out.  They are still two or three kilometres away, on the other side of the Notsuke Bay and the Notsuke Peninsula is behind them.

The light levels were very low and it was foggy, giving rise to images that are perhaps reminiscent of pointillist impressionist paintings.

And here are a couple of the newer arrivals, sailing past in front of the ones already fishing out in the Okhotsk Sea.

Whooper swans and ducks, water and ice

We returned to the hotel for breakfast.  I was able to get this image at the back of the hotel before we left.

22nd February: Hokkaido – Notsuke Peninsula (Day 2)

Boat trailer in snow and ice

The weather was better than on the preceding day so we headed off again south of Rausu to the Notsuke peninsula and spent much more time there this time, mainly out of the bus.

Snow and ice at the shoreline

Snow and ice at the shoreline

Here we are on the northern and western side of the peninsula, looking out to the Nemuro Strait or the Okhotsk Sea (depending on the angle of view).  On the edge of this sea is not rocks but “boulders of ice”, washed in on the waves.

A duel at forty paces with scrubbing brushes, perhaps?

When I was taking this image I was thinking in terms of a metaphor for Man’s intrusion into an unspoiled environment.   This is not actually wilderness, though, and probably has not been so for a long time.

On the other side of the peninsula, looking out over the frozen Notsuke Bay, I found elegant austere landscapes.  Over in the distance somewhere is where we were later to spend the night.

Snow, trees and sika deer

Occasionally there were sika deer visible from the road.  These were probably 100 metres away.

Here we are looking west towards the Hokkaido mountains.

These three images are all looking north towards the mountainous coast of Hokkaido.

Snow, trees and sika deer

Here is another herd of sika deer from the side of the road.  No stags, this time.

The buoys for the fishing nets made tempting photographic subjects in the snow.

22nd February: Hokkaido – Nemuro Strait (Day 2)

Juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagle (Ojiro-washi)

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

We arose again before dawn to go out to the ice floes on the open sea to photograph Steller’s Sea Eagles.  However, the sea ice had gone and conditions were too rough.  We still had a voyage in the boat, but just in and around the harbour.  Since this wasn’t as productive as the previous day, I have included some more images from the previous morning.

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Mongolian Gull

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

Steller’s Sea Eagle is actually a very ancient species.  Some bones have been found dated around 30 million years ago that are very similar to the equivalent bones in these eagles.

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

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Glaucous Gull

Preceding images are from the previous day.  Following images are from the morning of the 22nd.

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Juvenile Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

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White-tailed Sea Eagle (Ojiro-washi)

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Juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagle (Ojiro-washi)

There were some eagles even in and around Rausu harbour, though not nearly as many as out in Nemuro-kaikyo Strait.

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Juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagle (Ojiro-washi)

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

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Steller’s Sea Eagle (O-washi)

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