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Blackened Trees and Snow_Lake Mountain

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 75mm Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f9 ISO 400

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 75mm Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f9 ISO 400

This image was made at Lake Mountain in the Yarra Ranges. Situated around 90km from Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city, the Mountain offers 37km of cross-country skiing through the surrounding Yarra Ranges National Park.

Suffering significant damage as a consequence of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires the relatively deep blanket of snow provided a graphic contrast against the blackened trees. Open in 2004 the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Day Visitor Centre was the only building to survive the fire. Since then much work has been done to rebuild infrastructure and re-open the popular ski trails and toboggan runs.

I converted the original color image into black-and-white in Adobe Lightroom 2, where I also applied a subtle warm/cool split tone. Final tonal adjustments and sharpening were applied in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


4 Responses

  1. Some of the most remarkable photographs by Western Australian photographer, Richard Woldendorp, were taken from the air over the snow laden Victorian Alps after the last bushfires.
    An irony of life- something so terrible can be made into a thing a beauty.

  2. Hi Sue,

    Great to hear from you. As you know Richard Woldendorp is a legend amongst Australian photographers. His images are iconic and his arial work somewhat surreal. l guess he’s in his 80’s, but still shooting. Fantastic!

    Kindest Regards,


  3. What a haunting image. The beauty of the snow contrasted with the burned trees/reminder of the fires is beautiful. Any image that can evoke both awe and solemness at the same time is truly amazing.

  4. Very kind of you to take the time and provide such wonderful feedback. Dualities like beauty and horror, joy and anguish or life and death have always fascinated me. It’s attention to such concerns that can lift our images from snapshot to art.


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