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I love being up at 4:00 am.
I hate getting up at 3:30am.
And when you need to do things during the day, staying up from yesterday isn’t always an option.
But, this particular morning was one of the best early rises I have probably ever had.
To be here in this magnificent silent wilderness in the snow and ice and light was amazing. To see it turn from black, to grey, to blue, to purple and then burst into orange/apricot in the clouds was amazing.
This pano was taken in the minutes before the sun burst over the horizon. Rob and I were patient, and beyond words. We were waiting for the light.
Cradle Mountain National Park

Canon 5D2
Canon 17-40mm
5 shot stitch


  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clark8 months ago


  • Thank you Carolyn

    – Garth Smith

  • John Velocci
    John Velocci8 months ago

  • Imi Koetz
    Imi Koetz8 months ago

    I only ca say : Excellent, Garth!!!!!!! There are only a couple of such magnificent images, taken in this area……………..imi……..

  • Thank you very much Imi.

    – Garth Smith

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boynton8 months ago

    Sensational work, Garth. And I love your description… I think that’s half of the “magic” of photography… waiting and hoping and having it (occasionally) pay off :) :) :)

  • Thank you very much Mieke

    – Garth Smith

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullner8 months ago

    Love seeing this Garth..great you got some Fagus in the left hand side there. I’ve yet to work on my pano from here. It’ll be same but different’ish….What a morning..!!

  • Thank you Rob, the pano actually goes around another 4 shots but I kept it to 5 because they get too small on the net if you make them too long. I quite liked the comp of this one though.

    – Garth Smith

  • ThisMoment
    ThisMoment8 months ago

    Awesome Garth. I like God’s vignetting of the sky! Scott

  • Thank you Scott, we were up in the clouds.

    – Garth Smith

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopener8 months ago

    Awesome work Mate…..glad you got to get out and do it :o)

  • Thank you Mark, maybe we’ll have to do a “silly o’clock” next chance we get?

    – Garth Smith

  • Mark Shean
    Mark Shean8 months ago

    Beautifully balanced pano Garth….love the fagus in the corner.

  • Thank you very much Mark

    – Garth Smith

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapman8 months ago

    This is magnificent Garth, love the atmospheric mood here and the clouds giving way to the light is just tremendous

  • Thank you Stuart

    – Garth Smith

  • Claire Walsh
    Claire Walsh8 months ago

    Beautiful Garth the way you have captured the light trying to break through the mist.

  • Thank you Claire

    – Garth Smith

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