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A Sunburnt Country

 

Leica M7 camera and Leica 21mm f2.8 Elmarit Aspherical lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

Leica M7 camera and Leica 21mm f2.8 Elmarit Aspherical lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

Our environment is under siege. Most of Australia has experienced a prolonged drought over the last 10 years. The water supply to the city where I live, Melbourne, is down to around 1/3 capacity. The landscape throughout most of the country is parched and the heat wave that has affected South Eastern states over the last few weeks has resulted in fatalities, bush fires and loss of substantial fruit crops.

It’s not uncommon for Melbourne to have one or two days around 40 degrees over the course of a summer season. In this part of the world summer theoretically runs from December through till the end of February. Over recent years it appears our changing climate has determined that summer will be longer and warmer, though somewhat less intense in the early stages. This time around Melbourne experienced very moderate December temperatures with maximums most days in the low to mid 20’s and lovely, cool evenings. Just the way I like it!

Well we got a wake up call last week with three days of pretty severe heat (44°C, 43°C and 45°C). Since then every day, bar one, has seen temperatures well above 30C. I’m running a class tomorrow on Travel Photography. As always I will do all I can to make the session informative and enjoyable. As the temperature is expected to be at least 43°C, keeping participants cool and well watered will be important to achieving that goal.

We live in a world of contrasts and, to emphasize the point, Queensland (the huge state in the north east of the country) has experienced terrible floods over the last week. As a consequence 2/3 of the state is said to be underwater. Despite our relative wealth and technological prowess, are we not, ultimately, at the mercy of nature’s power. We should all do what we can to enjoy the day, because no one knows what will come our way tomorrow.

The above image was made, after Sunset, during the afterglow at Mungo National Park in far South West New South Wales (N.S.W.), Australia. The low light level required a slow Shutter Speed and good timing to ensure that the cool early evening breeze didn’t cause the foreground bush to move during the exposure. The image was made on a Leica M7 camera and Leica 21mm f2.8 Elmarit Aspherical lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS film.

 

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

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