Spent Sunday evening up on top of Hanging Rock, near the Macedon Ranges – a terrible, freezing cold day, but the heavens opened for the last half hour or so before sunset and created some deep, rich light over the paddocks below.

This might be an HDR but its really not all that far away from the original image.


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Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens @ 18mm
Shutter speed – 1/500 sec (standard exposed image)
Aperture – f/13 (standard exposed image)
ASA – 1600 (Far to high but I didn’t realise until it was too late! No wonder theres so much noise when zoomed in!)
Handheld HDR

3 jpeg images (-2 EV, 0, +2 EV) merged and then tonemapped using Photomatix 4.1.4


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  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyabout 2 years ago

    Great DOF in this shot

  • Thanks very much Tim – glad you like it mate, cheers.

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Andrejs Jaudzems
    Andrejs Jaudzemsabout 2 years ago

    Nice contrast between the warm and cool tones, nice work.

  • Cheers mate!! The light was pretty rich for a short while – glad you like it, thanks!

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Harry Oldmeadow
    Harry Oldmeadowabout 2 years ago

    gorgeous Matt — I know HR well though I haven’t climbed up there recently. Last time I went there there was a fence and locked gate. Anyway, glad you had access. Braving the elements was well wory it for this shot. (fav)

  • Thanks very much Harry – much appreciated mate. Hadn’t been up for a long while myself, so I was shocked to find that most of the walking track is now bitumen – you can understand why with the large number of visitors and erosion, but it did take away from the place a little. Why is the world becoming so urbanised??!! Terrible may have been a bit of an exaggeration when referring to the weather, but it was pretty average, thats for sure. This last little burst of light made it all worthwhile though – got several more to put up too – a couple of B&W’s. Rapt you like it though mate and many thanks for the fave, cheers.

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thankyou Larry, very much appreciated mate! Cheers.

    – Matt Carlyon

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Magic image Matt…great contrasts.

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  • Glad you like it mate, thanks heaps!!! Turned out to be a pretty good evening all in all, cheers.

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    You were hangin about Hanging Rock!
    Is that normal?
    Fabulous dramatic capture Matt;
    I feel quite choked!

  • Have no idea mate – quite possibly!! The light was pretty stunning when it finally came out! I’m chuffed you’re choked mate – thanks for the great comment and fave Robin, cheers :o)

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 2 years ago

    Great view and a super moody sky …

  • Glad you like this Tom – thanks very much mate! The light was pretty atmospheric, cheers.

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    The lighting’s quite biblical Matt!

  • Well, I don’t know about that!!! You can see why it is considered such a spiritual place by the Aboriginies though. Rapt that you think so mate – was very pleased with the result myself! :D

    – Matt Carlyon

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    This was worth hanging around to see!

  • Thanks heaps to you and the fantastic group for this feature – very much appreciated, cheers! It sure was fantastic when the sun came out!

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 2 years ago

    spectacular matt – its a magic scene and you did a great job with the camera. will have to look this place up !

  • Wow, thanks for the huge compliment Dean!! A great job with the camera right up until the point when I got home to discover that the ASA was set to 1600!!! You oughta look it up – I hadn’t been up for years and I’d forgotten how stunning it was! Cheers mate.

    – Matt Carlyon

  • Thanks for the fave too mate!

    – Matt Carlyon

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