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.
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