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