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Ted Szukalski

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Sandstone features at Pearl Beach


Last week I have presented a set of photographs of sandstone from Terrigal. Today was another fantastic day so we decided to visit another favourite spot of mine the Pearl Beach. The most interesting sandstone is a bit away from the main beach, about 15 minutes walk around the headland.

Although distance between Terrigal and Pearl Beach is not great and large percentage of sandstone textures and features are similar, the local rocks have weathered differently, which can be seen by both color and some particular formations like the one show in the photograph here.

I am not geologist and my fascination with sandstone is purely visual, I can see differences and similarities between different locations. One of such, probably obvious, observations is that the richest and most interesting textures occur about 2 to 4 meters above the water levels. Features below and above that range are less pronounced. This may mean the weathering of the features I like to photograph have not been subject to the ocean pounding the shoreline rocks, but rather they were formed via wind and rain or the water level at one time of history was much higher.

Photo Shoot


Some set-up photography scenes are plainly ridiculous. Take this situation for example, I have captured in the Castlereagh Street. A number of photographers surround a model from the side and back. None of them has a position to actually capture a meaningful photograph. The orchestrated scene I guess was designed to show interest in the model or the fashion she was wearing for an invisible photographer, who is capturing them all from behind the white van.

This scene reminds me of a Ford commercial screened often on TV, where an army of photographers surround the car. Admiring it and photographing it. I guess the concept may be OK, but a considerable number of them have Canon EF 70-200mm lens mounted on their cameras. A lens that requires more than 2 meters distance to the subject to obtain focus. And when you are right next to a model or a car with a lens like that you will get rubbish not a photo.