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Went up to Blue Lake last week on my way to pick up my daughter from Canberra who was keeping her cousin company after an operation.

The day before was incredibly windy deteriorating into white-out conditions with my eventual arrival at the lake coming somewhat by surprise. My campsite was a bit on the exposed side too so I didn’t sleep as well as I would have liked but when you wake to a blue sky dawn in such a beautiful place the hardships melt away and life is truly wonderful.

Immediately after taking this shot I tried an alternative version at f/22 to see if/ how this would effect the starburst effect. However in the few intervening seconds the wind came up wrecking the reflection and the moment was gone.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
Filter: none
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/320th sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
When: 7:13am on 26/9/2010

For other shots from this area check out my Kosciuszko gallery.

To check out other mountain photographs see my Mountains 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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  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramoviciabout 4 years ago


  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    wonderful photography Travis

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneabout 4 years ago

    That is cool(or should I say cold for camping?) Like the sun flare reflection.

  • KathyT
    KathyTabout 4 years ago

    Stunning! A great result and reward for braving the cold conditions.

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeabout 4 years ago

    amazing capture!! absolutely gorgeous!

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 4 years ago


  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    WOW!! would never have dreamed this to be Australia!

  • Will Hore-Lacy
    Will Hore-Lacyabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 4 years ago

    Superb image, Travis!

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! Wonderful reflection! Fantastic capture, Travis!

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