Weekly Image #28 – Daintree Creek

When travelling along the Australian coast with my family over two years ago one of our first stays was Daintree. This rainforest that lies somewhere in between Cairns and Cape York is the oldest in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site of immense biodiversity. Lush and full of life, abound with exotic flowers, enormous ferns and pristine gurgling creeks it is possibly the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Unfortunately we only stayed for two days, but the lodge happened to have had access to a creek that we were assured was not infested with the ubiquitous crocodiles, so my father and I went for a swim. The water was crystal clear, a concert of birds and insects surrounded us and little fish nibbled at our feet. Just a couple of days earlier I had bought my first lens (excluding the kit lens that came with the camera), an old manual Pentax SMC-A 50 f/1.7 (reviewed here), and eager to try it out I shot a couple of images at the creek. The one above is one of them. I concentrated on the contrast in colour between the blue cassowary plum (Cerbera floribunda) and the yellow and red leaves, as well as the clear water.

Taken with the Pentax K-r and SMC-A 50 f/1.7 at f/2.5, 1/160th sec. and ISO 1,600 at 50 mm. Edited in Lightroom 6.

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