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The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, NSW 2010

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains,
NSW, Australia 2010


The archetypal tourist picture of the Blue Mountains - the justly famous "Three Sisters" as seen from Echo Point at Katoomba.

Aboriginal legend has it that these three rocks are three sisters that were turned to stone by their father, the witch doctor Tyawan, to protect them from a marauding Bunyip. Unfortunately Tyawan lost his magic bone before he was able to turn his three daughters back into human form, so here they remain to this day...

This is a photo that almost anyone can make - and millions already have. It was taken from the viewing platform at Echo Point. It is difficult to get a "new" perspective on one of Australia's most photographed natural vistas. But in an attempt to do so I opted to wait until almost all the light was gone - this photo was made during the soft evening light after sunset at the end of another clear autumn day in the Blue Mountains. Most of the other photographers and tourists had gone by the time I exposed the film. Unfortunately, it still looks like most of the other "Three Sisters" photos you see. I think if I want something different, I'm going to have to wait for nature to oblige with more dramatic weather...

Technical Comments

Camera: Linhof Super Technika IV

Lens: 135mm f5.6 Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S

Exposure: 8s @ f16

Film: Ilford FP4+ (EI 64 ASA)

Development: 10 mins in Rodinal 1:50

(See: Technical Notes for more general technical information).

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