Cathedral Sunset by Travis Easton

I learnt a great deal while taking this photograph. The first thing I learnt was about transport. I had been to this spot during summer and knew the location I wanted to take this picture from. Arriving after a fantastic blue sky day of photography and X-country skiing I commenced up the track a little too close to sundown. The track was so narrow and precipitus that skis were impractical so I just went up in boots. In summer it is an easy 15minute walk but in the sun softened meter deep snow it was a major struggle. Trying to hurry while going up a steep hill and sinking to your thighs every step is extremely draining. Needless to say I had a revelation about the need to purchase snow shoes fairly quickly. Eventually I reached some rocks and the going got easier. Rushing around like a wheezing madman I clicked off two quick frames upon reaching the ridgeline then headed to the spot this picture was taken. The last rays were glorious orange and as I set up my tripod and composed my shot I knew my efforts would be worth it. As per usual I used the self timer button to eliminate camera shake and in the time between pressing the shutter and taking the shot the sun dipped below the horizon. I couldn’t believe it, 45minutes of extreme effort for what??? Arrrgghhh. Despite the low light and comparatively flat colour from moments before I thought, Oh well I’ll take a shot of what I missed. The exposure was quite long and I packed up and struggled back down. Ten days later when I got my slides back I was gobsmacked, my one that got away shot was fantastic. It proved to be an important lesson that I have often re-visited. Camera’s see very differently to the eyes and with a little experience it can render fantastic shots out of low light situations that seem hopeless.

The Cathedral is in Mt Buffalo National Park in Victoria, Australia and has one of the best rock climbs I’ve ever done on the far side called Maharajah.

For more pictures from this area check out my Mt Buffalo gallery.

To check out other mountain photographs see my Mountains 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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  • midzing
    midzingabout 7 years ago

    beautifully shot,,, well done

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerabout 7 years ago

    Great story and lesson that goes with this awesome shot Trav…and yes, snow shoes make all the difference hey trudging in snow…I’ve also learnt that lesson from a hike up Mt. Happo’one in Japan without shoes…oh so crazy difficult…best regards, Rob.
    ps, keep em coming.

  • vonnie1989
    vonnie1989about 7 years ago

    An awesome shot, and the story behind it makes it even more so!

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic capture, wonderful light on the rocks. great comp.perspective and colour. wonderful shot. Well worth your effort for us to see. Thanks

  • ferndesign
    ferndesignabout 7 years ago


  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...about 7 years ago

    Great story Travis and the shot is just magnificent. I do a lot of low-light photography and am constantly gobsmacked at what the camera can see and capture versus what our naked eye can see. This shot certainly does justice to all the hard work in getting it!

  • Olga
    Olgaabout 7 years ago

    Superb image!

  • Dutton
    Duttonabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful.. and great story.

  • Anthony Evans
    Anthony Evansabout 7 years ago


  • Erial
    Erialabout 7 years ago

    I’m so impressed by all your work. You have really done justice to some of the most beautiful places in Victoria/Australia/Earth!!!

  • Thanks Erial, I love these places very much, so if I can capture them in a way that connects people with them that is a really wonderful thing. Thanks for being open.

    – Travis Easton

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