Dust haze across New South Wales


Fine dust particles gold and yellow in colour were blown over large sections of New South Wales from central Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology somehow differentiated this phenomenon from the dust storms we experienced in late September. Apparently a dust storm and dust blown in by wind are not the same.

The photograph shows the dust coming from Sydney over the Central Coast, reducing visibility to few hundred meters. The photograph was taken from President Hill in Gosford just before midday.

Dust represents danger for photographers and their equipment


The recent dust storms have drown countless people to photograph this unusual for Sydney weather phenomenon. It has to be said the dust represents not only danger to the health of the photographers but it also represents real danger to their equipment. The dust is reported to be finer than talcum powder and thus has the capacity to enter your camera and lens. It would be very difficult if not impossible to remove. If you are photographing the dust storm scenes cover your camera as much as possible, including the lens, and reduce the duration of exposure to the weather.