St. George's River from Teddy's Lookout


Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens

The above image was made yesterday during a Landscape Photography workshop I was running in and around Lorne on Victoria's Great Ocean Road, Australia. The group and I were on route between Erskine Falls and the Swing Bridge in Lorne, prior to heading off to the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet for sunset. As the day was overcast there seemed little chance of a spectacular sunset. With this in mind I decided a quick stop off at Teddy's Lookout would add some extra variety to the day. Just after we arrived the sun shone through the clouds and provided us with the highest contrast we experienced all day.

I managed to control the relatively high contrast side lighting by framing the scene in such a way to emphasize the shape and textural qualities of the trees, water, roads and grass. Often the best way to manage high contrast conditions is through composition.

The original color image was converted into black-and-white then split toned in Adobe Lightroom. A few final touches were applied in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Despite predominantly overcast conditions and fairly uninspiring light we all had a lot of fun and made the best of our time together. I'd like to thank all participants for their enthusiasm and friendship and look forward to working with them again in the future.

I'II be sure to post more images from the workshop over the next few days.

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