A few weeks back I was all organized to do a landscape photography clinic at the Pinnacles with a school group as part of their outdoor Ed course. Unfortunately the day it was to happen was one of heat and high winds and with the Black Saturday fires still burning the government placed a blanket ban on all school camps state wide.

The outdoor Ed teacher is still keen to do it as an afternoon activity so I scouted out some locations on Port Phillip Bay on Wednesday after school with this spot being the best.

This is very much a filter created image and is shall we say an artistic rendering of the scene I actually saw. Firstly I put a circular polariser in front of the lens then attached a Cokin P filter holder onto that. Into this I put a Cokin P121S, 3 stop graduated neutral density filter, a P121 F full length 3 stop graduated neutral density filter and a Cokin P197 Sunset Filter. The effect of all this glass in front of the lens was to cut down the light enough to give a nice long exposure to flatten the water, the grads to even out the exposure of the very bright sky and the sunset to give it a bit of colour which the day had yet to deliver. Later on when it had delivered it the foreground rocks were in such deep shadow that a similar composition would not have worked as well. I also got wet to my middle to get in the right position.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM @ 28mm
Filter: circular polariser, Cokin P. 121S, 3 stop graduated neutral density filter, a P121 F full length 3 stop graduated neutral density filter and a Cokin P. 197 Sunset Filter
ISO: 100 (in retrospect ISO 50 would of been better)
Shutter Speed: 2.5sec
Aperture: f/22
WB: Auto
Exposure Compensation: +2/3rds stop
When: 6:40pm on 11/3/09

For other shots in this genre check out my Melbourne/ Urban Landscapes gallery.

10% of all profits go to the Wilderness Society

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • John Robb
    John Robbover 5 years ago

    Wonderful minimalist landscape. Great composition.

  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillover 5 years ago

    This is just stunning, the colours are beautiful

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 5 years ago

    Great capture, Travis. Great to know how you created this too. Cheers and Well done.

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...over 5 years ago

    Beautiful tranquil and calming, nice work Trav :-)

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    Love all the explanation of the use of filters here Travis, a great education for anyone wanting to know why people use filters on their lenses. Cheers!

  • Can’t you just do it all in photoshop? lol. Thanks mate.

    – Travis Easton

  • Mariann Kovats
    Mariann Kovatsover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous comp, it has great mood to it.!

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    lol Travis….we’ve all heard that question!

  • For the other side of the coin, how about, ‘If its filters it’s art, but if its just photoshop it’s cheating’

    whatever… lol

    – Travis Easton

  • Mammalia
    Mammaliaover 5 years ago

    Such fantastic clarity and exposure!

  • John Pitman
    John Pitmanover 5 years ago

    Worked well Travis

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

    The clarity is awesome, Travis

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