A perfect winters morning, great light and a rare perfect reflection. I took many shots that morning but had to wait a few weeks to get my film back to see if any had come out. This was the one where everything came together, composition, light and technique. To balance the amazing disparity in light between the shadowed foreground and the bright background I used an ND4 Graduated filter. This filter balances the exposure by only letting one quarter of the light through the top part of the lens as compared to the bottom. The eye is so sophisticated that it automatically compensates for these differences so judging the effects of the filter is basically an educated guess and because I shot on film at the time I had no, on location way, of assessing the results and re-shooting if I messed it up. A big relief when you get the results from the lab and it all works. This shot is one of my all time personal favourites.

Originally scanned with a Nikon scanner, I upgraded this to a drum scan of the same transparency using a Linotype HELL3400 (worth $300,000). The quality difference is breathtaking.

This shot along with 107 others is available in my book The Prom – Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia

For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.

$30 a month of photography related 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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Comments

  • Jocelyn Hyers
    Jocelyn Hyersabout 7 years ago

    I can see why it is your favourite … it is an absolutely breathtaking capture …

  • storm22
    storm22about 7 years ago

    nice job great reflection very beautiful!

  • paulscar
    paulscarabout 7 years ago

    beautiful colors!

  • Roslyn Slater
    Roslyn Slaterabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • DawsonImages
    DawsonImagesabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful image from a beautiful place

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic shot

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoabout 7 years ago

    wonderful composition

  • phillip wise
    phillip wiseabout 7 years ago

    great colours and depth of feild

  • Tron
    Tronabout 7 years ago

    Just Beautiful!

  • Nick Johnson
    Nick Johnsonabout 7 years ago

    Reflection is as good as it gets. Beautifull expance and vibrant color.

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