A Walk

Introduction

During the past month, I have had one reprieve from the rigours of writing reports and playing with bacteria. That reprieve was, in and of itself, not that relaxing: I took a walk to the Organ Pipes on Mt. Cargill for the first time.

Walking to an elevation of over 600 m, in jeans, on a blazing hot day, is obviously a recipe for unpleasantness. Fortunately, this was countered by some excellent views of native forest and the afternoon sun streaming through the conifers growing around the lower reaches of the track. There was to be a good view of Blueskin Bay and some columns of basalt (the Organ Pipes), but sadly, this was thwarted by low cloud engulfing the area.

I have selected ten photos from the walk to display in this post. All of them were converted to monochrome with varying levels of film grain simulation in Capture One Pro 9 – thank the announcement of the Olympus PEN-F and its monochrome profiles earlier in the same week as the walk.

The Photos

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Water cascading over low rocks at Bethunes Gully. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/6 s, f/8, ISO 3200.
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Conifers at Bethunes Gully. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7. 1/200 s, f/8, ISO 400.
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Macrocarpa trunks presiding over the forest. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/80 s, f/4, ISO 800.
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Sunlight streams through the trees on the track to Mt Cargill. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/60 s, f/8, ISO 200.
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Cut into a low bank in a sheltered part of the forest was this nifty little seat. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/20 s, f/2.2, ISO 400.
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The sun beat down on these trees and shrubs as they tried to shade a small picnic area. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/125 s, f/8, ISO 200.
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Two dead fungi were laying on a rotten log halfway up the track – I haven’t been able to positively identify them. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/60 s, f/2.8, ISO 1000.
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Towards the top of the track, there are some decent views across the valley towards Mount Cargill Road. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/250 s, f/8, ISO 200.
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Wind blown cloud encircled this tree on the slop leading to the Organ Pipes. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/250 s, f/8, ISO 1000.
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Several slabs of basalt litter the slope beneath the Organ Pipes. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8. 1/400 s, f/8, ISO 1000.

The End

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