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Tree Roots and Reflections_Harcourt Reservoir_Central Victoria


Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro L series USM lens with Canon 2X Extender Exposure Details: 8 seconds @ f 22 ISO 100

Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro L series USM lens with Canon 2X Extender Exposure Details: 8 seconds @ f 22 ISO 100

I love the mysterious nature of this image. I was running a photography workshop in Central Victoria and escorted the group to the Harcourt Reservoir for the final location of the day.

After sunset the warn light lingered and reflected from beneath the horizon up into the clouds from where it reflected down onto the water. The low light level required a slow Shutter Speed of  which produced the lovely misty glow in the water. Despite the low light the distribution of light and dark tones throughout the image enhanced image contrast and the sense of 3-dimensional space. The dark shapes provided by the tree branches and reflections adds to the prevailing sense of melancholy.

I hope you enjoy the quiet beauty within this image. While not a spectacular location the transforming nature of the light produced a quite special opportunity for workshop participants. All agreed it was a great way to end a fun and informative day.

Perhaps it’s time for me to take a moment and provide a brief note of caution regarding some of the locations mentioned in my posts. I’m all for promoting local tourism. However, you’ll notice that many of the places I visit are not regarded as iconic locations.

To make great pictures of relatively mundane locations requires technical skill, patience and a good eye (all of which can be gained over time) and, above all else, the right light. Rolling up to the Harcourt Reservoir in the middle of a sunny day will simply not provide you with a ‘Kodak Moment’.

So it you’re planning a trip to any of the locations mentioned try to ensure that your arrival coincides with good lighting. Either side of sunrise and sunset often provide wonderful opportunities. But, due to the low light, the use of a quality tripod or, at the very least, shooting on a very high ISO will often be required. As will a torch or headlamp so you can see what you’re doing and find you way to and from the car. Often the best images are many well before sunrise (pre-glow) or well after sunset (after glow). Come to think of it, a warm top and/or a hat is also a good idea.     

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


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