Mount Beauty, High Country, Victoria
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’.