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Valley of the Winds Kata Tjuta

Valley of the Winds Kata Tjuta
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08
Categories: Nature
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Polarizer ø28mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-29 3:00
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kata Tjuta is indigenous Australian for 'many heads'. Here are 2 of them, on the Valley of the Winds walk to Karu. 36 of them in all.

"The Valley of the Winds Walk - Kata Tjuta
The track to Karu (1st) Lookout, 1.1 km from the carpark, is moderately difficult with some loose rocks to negotiate so please mind your step and wear sturdy footwear. The view is breathtaking and worth the little bit of effort. This lookout is also the closure point when the temperature reaches 36 degrees or greater. The track to Karingana (2nd) Lookout, 2.7 km from carpark, is challenging and very steep in places but also worthwhile. The remainder of the Valley of the Winds Walk, 7.4 km complete circuit, takes you down between the domes, through creek beds and away from everyone and everything.
7.4 km full circuit | 3 hrs | commercial photography not allowed."

Source: http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru/visitor-activities/walks-kata-tjuta.html

"The 36 domes, covering an area of 21.68 km2 (8.37 sq mi), are composed of conglomerate, a sedimentary rock consisting of cobbles and boulders of varying rock types including granite and basalt, cemented by a matrix of sandstone. The highest point, Mount Olga, is 1,066 m (3,497 ft) above sea level, or approximately 546 m (1,791 ft) above the surrounding plain (198 m (650 ft) higher than Uluru).[1] Kata Tjuta is located at the eastern end of the Docker River Road."

Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kata_Tjuta

This area of Australia reminded me of Moab, Utah, & parts of Arizona & Nevada.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-02-29 4:00]

Hi Chris.

The gradient sky has much appeal here, the harsh light shows the dryness, very good notes btw.

Stv :)

Bom dia Chris
I like your angle capture and the good colors and sharpness.
Clear as real, I suppose.
um abraço

Ciao Chris, fascinating landscape with fantastic colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Chris

A very intersting image here of the landscape. I am having a hard time making any relation to size......Are those full size trees next to the rocky hills? This is as good as it gets for such a bland scene. IMHO I like it.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-02-29 7:07]

Hi Chris,
a lovely photo. Brilliant colors and the trees at the bottom of the rock gives a sense of the scale and the size.

Bom dia Chris,
Terrific image! Superb colors, great realism and very nice POV/DOF.
Memorable post.

Hi,that's an epic looking image!The colors are as I remember them.The trees bring the size of the rocks into perspective.All the best,Otto.

Hi Chris,

The point of view is sending my eye toward the rock formation in the background which is giving depth to the composition. It is also showing the details and colors of the rock formations. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-02-29 8:31]

Hi Chris,
A spectacular shot from an interesting POV of these particular rocks.
A nice diagonal line created by this slope. Very natural colors and a neat presentation. I haver to point out the good use of the polarizer filter.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-02-29 8:40]


superbe iamge et compo fantastique quelle vue e tiamge superbe quelle rondeur cette roche avec la bande verte ces tons grandisoe compo.

Bravo et amitié


And this too, was taken in Arizona! You have some of the most unusual rock formations. Nicely captured with good details and wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.

Hi Chris
I like the brightness of colors. amazing blue sky over the reddish Kata Tjuta. the greenery adds nice freshness to the Australian desert and the trees give a fine scale to the heights of the hills.
good capture, well composed.

Olá Chris,

Excellent perspective, fantastic vivid colors and light.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-02-29 15:04]

Hi Chris,
great contrast of colours and the diagonal belt of trees gives a pleasant break from the harshness of the outback - it does look as if the polarizer filter was rotated to the left which just emphasizes the colour contrast between the sky and the rock

It certainly looks a steep clim - just as well the view was worth it :-)
Nice colour and clarity. The trees add the sense of scale and make the picture. Nice job

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2012-02-29 21:25]

nice unique style of composition
well done

Hi Chris...nice shot..wonderful light and tones. Nicely composed with an interesting point of view.


I like the superb POV you have gone for this location, Chris!

The color contrast is striking and adds a lot in the overall appeal of the picture.
The sharpness and DOF are excellent, and clarity is amazing.
Well executed work all in all!

Thanks and regards,

Hello Chris,
The different diagonal lines reinforce each other into a powerful composition (wide angle effect?), leading our eyes towards the rock formation in the background. That rock formation almost has a 3D appearance, thanks to the subtle shadows. I also think the gradient and intense sky is a bonus here (which it is less in your Grand Canyon photo in my opinion): it gives an almost graphic quality to the left part of your picture, where the warm tones of the slope meet the hard blue of the sky.
TFS & kind regards,

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-03-01 3:35]

When I saw this in thumbnail, i thought you still post from a trip to us, and yes, it has similarities to the area you mentioned.

Hi Chris,
Beautiful landscape of this Valley of the Winds Kata Tjuta,
nice DOF. and POV. well composed and presented,
good naturel colors and scene.
Very well done.

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