As from my previous posts I’m sure you all know I did a short trip to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. My decision to go there was done at the last minute as I had to cancel my planned trip to Kangaroo Island in SA due to poor weather for the images I wanted to capture.
I stayed at Yulara (Ayres Rock Resort) which is the purpose built township for all the tourists that visit the area. The place is pretty much one looped road with all the hotels veering off it.
As I said previously there are a lot of restrictions and rules once you enter the park. As you drive along all the good advantage points are marked as "no stopping areas" and there are signs indicating if you stop you will be fined. Ouch. So your option is to run the gauntlet and park anyway or park at the designated car parks and prepare yourself for a good walk. Either way it’s all about getting the shot in the end.
I don’t think any serious photographer can go to the park without encountering, being questioned or having a run in with a ranger. They are everywhere, like the cops on New Years eve. My encounter was just a polite warning that I couldn’t stop in a certain location. (Got the shot though).
The best light to shoot the area in (no shock here) is sunrise to early morning and late afternoon to sunset, during a clear day the light is very harsh and there is a blue haze over the rock and Olgas. But if you hunt around you can still get a nice composition or two.
When photography is your career and you invest money into a trip like this you need to get the shots you want and maximise each moment. This would be the first time I have headed out and shot and wished I had an assistant with me. My entourage of equipment is for ever growing.
" I have quite a few planned trips for next year so keep an eye out on the blog as a casual assistant position will be advertised. "
Over all the park is very impressive and easy to navigate. It’s a place that I will definitely return to over the coming years and seasons to get different views and colours and maybe a few clouds one time will be nice.