Window to Heaven by Travis Easton


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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.

Originally the clinic was to be held on Phillip Island so I did the conscientious thing and drove all the way down there staying overnight to get a sunset and sunrise and scope out locations properly. When this fell through we re-organised a bay location so I spent another afternoon evening scouting locations and ended up at MT Eliza, Pelican Point being my favorite spot.

I’ve now been on two field trips and on top of that spent 20+ hours writing a nine page handout and prepared a 130 page powerpoint presentation on the assurance that the photography clinic would be re-scheduled. My thanks for all this effort has been to have my phone and email messages ignored when I’ve tried to reschedule the date of the clinic. The fact he doesn’t even have the common decency to even let me know whats happening I find appalling, even if this was just to say we’ll do it next year.

Still I loved every minute of my two field trips and got some shots I’m really happy with. Just disappointed that my efforts and fee have come to naught.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 15mm fisheye
Filter: none
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/60th sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
Exposure Compensation: +2/3rds stop
When: 7:28pm on 11/3/09

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

$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society


melbourne, australia, victoria, seascape, filters, 2h, 10f, travis easton, port phillip bay, mt eliza, pelican point

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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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • simonesphotos
    simonesphotosover 5 years ago

    Great image Trav. PIty about the ignorance of the school organiser’s and totally the students loss mate, but yeah I know how much it sucks when people use you up and have no consideration for the time and effort that goes in to organising things.

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    What a lovely view, Travis! Shame about the organiser!!!

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    They don’t know what they are missing out on mate – wow!!! You’ve caught this at the right moment.

  • linifer
    liniferover 5 years ago


  • Luca Renoldi
    Luca Renoldiover 5 years ago

    superb capture

  • Kylie Reid
    Kylie Reidover 5 years ago

    Nice framing and reflection in the water Travis. Shame the clinic couldn’t go ahead but we appreciate your efforts!

  • Thanks Kylie

    – Travis Easton

  • jacquei
    jacqueiover 5 years ago

    A perfect scene with incredible reflections……I love it….j:) One day I hope I find a sunset as perfect as this!

  • Ahh…. the perfect sunset, every photographers dream… thanks Jacquei

    – Travis Easton

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Antanas

    – Travis Easton

  • antonio
    antonioover 5 years ago

    Beautiful very beautiful composition it was from inside a cave ?

  • Overhang / shallow cave not very deep. A fare chunk of the silhouetted cave look is a result of the use of my 15mm fisheye lens, Cheers.

    – Travis Easton

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