Craig's Hut Dawn by Travis Easton

A few years back I walked into a gallery in Mt Beauty and it had a wall full of Wallace’s Hut images which I must say I found slightly odd even though it is a very picturesque hut. I then asked the proprieter if he was interested in seeing some of my work, “Oh yerr, have you got any of Wallaces Hut? That’s all I ever sell.” He ended up taking some of my work even though I didn’t but I must say I struggle a bit with this whole mentality and how much some spots just seemed to be photographed to death.

But as demonstrated by this post we all do it, Craig’s Hut being another of those shot to death locations. As a musician and photographer I truly believe that ‘Repetition is the death of art’ (Robin Green) and although it is good to learn from and replicate the works of the masters while we are learning and developing our own artistic personality if we never move on from this to to establish our own artistic identity we haven’t really added a new interesting voice to the world just copied an existing one which isn’t nearly as interesting or valuable. I aspire to this and no doubt often fail (as I believe I have in this shot) but it’s often through trying and failure that something beautiful and new is occassionally created.

Just my 2 cents.


Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 28mm
Filter: circular polariser
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 0.6 sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
When: 6:26am on 21/1/2012

To check out other mountain photographs see my Alpine Australia 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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  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJabout 3 years ago

    well….. i still think it is a gorgeous image!

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 3 years ago

    Your 2 cents is well spent with me, Travis ~ from the art of this frame, for which the dawning light which sings so you in this, goes far beyond a picturesque hut…
    As for your story and pov ~ I agree. Art, like beauty truly seen, is never only skin deep ~ nor like most everything ~ growth is essential as truth ~ thank you for your gift of inspiration this morning xx

  • As gorgeous as this hut and location is, to me it is so photographed that the location itself feels cliche. Still it was nice light, thanks for your considered comment Linda.

    – Travis Easton

  • julie08
    julie08about 3 years ago

    Wonderful work :)

  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 3 years ago

    Super image Trav !

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 3 years ago

    Superb..Gorgeous light..

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    Such beauty all over our world, and this is stunning!! Thanks for sharing your image with the Scenery Group ! Your host, Carolyn

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathabout 3 years ago

    fabulous capture

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 3 years ago

    Very serene, great lighting!!

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 3 years ago

    Stunning shot …and every bit as nice as Wallaces Hut….or better :)

  • I actually prefer wallaces probably because its a real hut and not a movie set. Still this location was chosen because of it’s view. No cattleman would build a hut atop a mountain away from any water source and this exposed in a pink fit, ta Carol.

    – Travis Easton

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonabout 3 years ago

    Great light on this Travis. Even if the subject is overdone.

  • Tis a bit, thanks Terry

    – Travis Easton

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