Our last sunset at Uluru – Getting ready to leave Yulara

When Suzzanna and I were planning our trip to Central Australia one thing we both thought was that we would do sunrise and sunset every day we were there.

We did that. The images in this post were taken on our last night there. The following morning we had to get up early as we had a booking at 10am and it was going to take us about 3 hours to get there.

While we wanted to go out we knew that we needed to get back early enough to finish packing and get some sleep for the early rise the next day.

There are places there to do sunset, but you have the sun behind you so we made the decision to head to the same place where we had done the sunrise on our first morning there. You can find those photos by clicking here.

We knew that the rock would most likely be just a silhouette, but thought it would be worth it.

Once we got there we had some time before the sun would set so I set up my 3 Legged Thing tripod, Bucky, and decided to try some long exposures. I haven’t used my Formatt Hitech filters for almost 2 years, so it was time to use them again.

It was still getting dark as you can see. I didn’t use the GFX for these as I didn’t have an adaptor ring that would fit its lens.

I thought I had gotten over doing these, but seeing this makes me think I should get back into it. What do you think?

Then the sun started setting.

This is one of the few images I did take with the GFX50S II and the 35-70mm lens.

At first, we thought we were going to miss it, as it was happening to the left. However, a quick camera and lens change to the X-T3 with the 10-24mm lens made all the difference.

The colour just got bigger and bigger.

The next image was taken with the camera but using the one of the film simulations that the Fujifilm camera has. It is very saturated, but I like that. It works, I think with what we taking.

That is all of them that I processed. I did take a lot more, but then you would just be looking at the same thing over and over. I am going to put them in a gallery as well so you can scroll through them if you like.


First, I just wanted to point out once again that all the images were processed using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16. It has been good to use it. I find using a mouse or the trackpad very hard to use when you want to do any fine detail work to your images. I love the pen and how it makes it easier. I know people have trouble with the pen, but it is one of those things, once you get used to using it, you can never go back, but it does take time to get the hang of it.

Getting to know Uluru

Secondly, John asked me about how the rock was formed and I have to admit I don’t really know. I’ve read a little bit about it, but I don’t think I understand it that well, or I just didn’t retain the information.

I have found a couple of websites that have information. One is Wikipedia, where would we be without it. I donate money to it every year because I want it to stick around. If you use it, you could do the same.

I also found another site that just has some facts.

Uluru according to Wikipedia.

11 Fascination Facts about Uluru.

I hope that helps John.


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    1. mmm I don’t know, I don’t think so. I haven’t been on the free plan for a long time, you never used to be allowed, no advertising at all.

  1. The Uluru area looks very nice and amazing Leanne. I am glad you could witness such a beautiful location doing sunset and sunrise there🌞. I hope to visit Uluru one day, it is a must visit 😍😍😍

  2. I call that a sunset that does not disappoint, where the color gets bigger and bigger. (I think it is supposed to be “more vivid” but I’m not counting, lol.) Sounds like you and Suzanna really enjoyed yourselves out there. Now, if they’d do something about those prices … πŸ™‚

    1. The sunsets up there were so good, it was hard not to be disappointed David. We really did enjoy ourselves, it was amazing what we saw. I know, I don’t understand why it has to be so expensive. Thank you David.

  3. Wow! What amazing photographs. The colours of the sunset are so bold and rich and I love what that does to the hue and visual texture of the rock. What an amazing experience you have had.

    1. They say the rock changes colours during the day and it does. It is quite amazing. It was an extraordinary experience and one I am so glad that I had. Thank you Laura.

  4. Very beautiful photos of Uluru, Leanne! I would love to see the rock myself. It’s amazing how so much more of it is underground too. Thank you for the links and mentioning me, Leanne, this does help! β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

    1. Thank you John. I hope you do get to see it, it is even better in real life. You’re welcome with the links and the mention.

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