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Tone and Texture_Mount Buffalo National Park_Victoria

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm Summicron f2 lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

I love Mount Buffalo National Park. The drive up the mountain, the final stage of the trip north from Melbourne, really helps to get me into the right headspace for alpine photography. Of course the air on the mountain, like the weather, is often crisp and clear. It’s a wonderful place for short hikes with great views awaiting the more adventurous photographer. Anytime of year you’ll find lots to photograph.

The above image was made in the middle of the day with bright light burning out highlight detail and creating dark, hard shadows. I employed a polarising filter to reduce reflections and, as a result, hold much of the subtle highlight detail. What’s more, by reducing the reflectance and, therefore, the brightness of the highlights the shadows will be rendered lighter. It’s essential to understand that the brighter the light, the darker the resulting shadows will be. So, by reducing the brightness of the scene you will end up lightening the shadows.

From a compositional point of view I decided to tilt my camera down to exclude the bright sky and moved in close with a medium wide-angle lens to emphasize the textural elements in the foreground grasses.

The image is divided between the grasses on the top left and bottom right of the frame, and the dark water and reflection of the trees on the top right.

The original 35mm transparency was scanned with processing being conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4, where a subtle warm/cool split tone was applied.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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Roadside Retreat_Mt Buffalo_Victoria

Roadside Retreat_Mount Buffalo__MG_7974

Canon 5D camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series Aspherical lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f7.1 ISO 100

While on a photography trip to the Victoria Alps I paid a quick visit to Mount Buffalo in Victoria, Australia. Part way up the mountain I decided to pull over and take a look around. Just off the road I discovered this lovely scene. Moving water, trees and rocks always provide opportunities for the energetic photographer. The light was a little too high in contrast for my liking so I waited for a cloud to pass over the sun, and for the wind to drop, prior to making the exposure.

Once on the desktop I decided that a warm black-and-white rendering was appropriate as it embedded the image with a somewhat old-world feeling. Initial image processing, including conversion to black-and-white, was conducted in Adobe Lightroom. The warm toning, a little warmer for the highlights than for the shadows, was applied in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

The Cathedral_Mount Buffalo National Park

 

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

The above image was made at sunset and marked the completion of a wonderful day’s photography in the Victorian Alps. I’d spent the day photographing on Mount Buffalo and ended the day with this sunset shot of the large rock outcrop known as the Cathedral. The direction of the strong side light emphasized the shape and texture of the rocks, while its warmth added a pictorial quality to the scene.

The fresh air and great scenery of the high country is inspirational. I’m always glad to be photographing in the region. Whatever time of year the Victorian Alps offer an abundance of photographic opportunities and are well worth a visit.

Today’s image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

Memories of Mansfield

 

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

I have a good friend, Gary, a photographer who operates a business in Mansfield, Victoria. I heard yesterday that a fire had broken out in the Mansfield area so, naturally, my thoughts turned to my friend. I’ve spoken with him, but only for a few seconds. He’s OK but, at this stage, I have no idea as to the severity of the fire or the damage done.

Of the major fires that have occurred over the last week, it has been confirmed that 185 people have died, 1,800 homes have been lost and 7,000 people are homeless. It is expected that 10,000 native animals may have died in the infernos. A number of the fires, including one in the Melbourne suburb of Eaglemont, around 5 minutes drive from where I live, have been deliberately lit.

The above photo was made several years ago on Australia Day, January 26th. The balloons began to ascend just after sunrise. I made this image while a single balloon was still on the ground. With the other balloons well off the ground the space between them appears greater, providing more of a 3D feel to the image. The predominantly warm colors of the foreground balloon provide a strong color contrast against the cool blue sky. It’s amazing how the application of a few simple elements of design can produce such a dynamic result.

I made the above image with a Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M ASPH lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film. The image was processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

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