GRAYnomad Nature Photography :: #00182 :: God's Portal

God's Portal :: Natural Arch NP, QLD

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God's Portal
Natural Arch NP, QLD

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Image #00182

It was very dark inside this cave but there was a hole in the roof through which both light and water streamed.

This is a very popular spot in the Gold Coast hinterland which must have been photographed by every landscape photographer in Australia. But I've never seen a vertical shot, everyone seems to take a horizontal, as indeed did I at first.

But then I studied the scene, moved the camera a couple of feet, turned the film back 90 degrees, and reshot.

The result has been probably my all-time most popular shot although I'm sure the title has helped.

I called it God's Portal because I envisioned that the shaft of light would be just the sort of doorway that a deity would use. I also briefly considered calling it something like Beam Me Up Scotty but thought that would trivialize a good image.

As I've said elsewhere, sometimes I wish I'd never started captioning my images because it's not always clear cut what to call them. But sometimes it is, and I think you can add to the viewer's experience a little by explaining your thoughts with a caption.

I usually don't like looking for photos with company but sometimes it works for the best. On this occasion I was with my wife and to get the shot I had to climb over a fence. I was hesitant to do so however and had all but decided not to when Chris convinced me to go.

I'm glad she did.

Camera::Tachihara 5x4 field camera
Lens::210mm f5.6 Schnieder Symmar-S
Focal length::210mm
Image size::4380 x 5604 pixels (25Mpx)

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Date  ::   27 Jun 2021
Name  ::   Jaime
Location  ::   Canberra
Comment  ::   Hi Rob
Did you ever call ‘God’s Portal’ ‘Five Phantoms’ in 97.
I bought it at the depot markets and still have it.
Date  ::   27 Jun 2021
Name  ::   GRAYnomad
Comment  ::   Wow, way back in the Bus Depot markets eh? I miss those times.

Five Phantoms was taken a few minutes before this image, it is a horizontal version with the shadows of people and flashguns in it, but the waterfall part looks pretty much the same.

I will add it to this gallery soon, probably tomorrow. If you want to email me so I have a contact I'll let you know when.

Date  ::   28 Jun 2021
Name  ::   GRAYnomad
Comment  ::   I've just added Five Phantoms to the B&W Landscapes gallery and here is a direct link to it

You'll have to cut and paste, I don't allow working links here, not even for me
Date  ::   03 Jul 2021
Name  ::   Jaime
Location  ::   Canberra
Comment  ::   Thanks Rob. Yes that’s the one!

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