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Mount Beauty, High Country, Victoria

 

Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 L series Aspherical lens

Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 L series Aspherical lens

As the tragedy of the current bush fires in my home state of Victoria, Australia become evident I’ve felt the need to find solace within nature. My timetable is currently so hectic that I’m unable to do any landscape photography, so I’ve taken opportunities to walk and observe nature, whenever I can, in some of the local parks and Gardens in the inner city of Melbourne. Much of my most recent image processing has also featured landscape photography.

The above image features farmland just outside the Victorian village of Mount Beauty. The original exposure was made at sunrise from a distant high vantage point. I was shooting right into the light, but was able to protect the lens from direct light with the relatively long lens shade supplied with my Canon 180mm f 3.5 L series USM Macro lens. Without the lens shade sunspots would likely have occurred, as would a loss of sharpness and weaker tonality. I remember thinking at the time that the mist and beautiful light was reminiscent of a scene from Peter Jackson’s brilliant adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.

Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 L series Macro USM lens

Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 L series Macro USM lens

Over the last few days I’ve noticed that the black-and-white images I’ve processed are stylistically quite different than what I would normally produce. They feature more dense blacks and particularly warm highlights. It may be that my subconscious is triggering memories of historic photographs, many of which feature similar treatments. Perhaps such memories are a way of coping with the loss of history that has occurred in towns like Marysville.

The above shot features the village of Mount Beauty, nestled on the edge of a forested mountainside. I remember feeling drawn to photograph this scene by the mist rising up from the dam in the centre of the frame.

Both images in this post were made during an overnight trip I took to meet a bunch of photo-friends (some might say fiends) who had met for a photography weekend in the Victorian High Country. We also visited the spectacular Mount Buffalo for some late afternoon photography. I’ll include some images from that shoot later in the week. 

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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