Have I Mist My Freeway Exit?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This shot of trees receding in the fog was taken on the Hume Highway between Melbourne and Sydney on Friday 5 June 2009. This was shot in the vicinity of Flowerdale at 8.18am, just beyond the zone hit hard by the fatal bushfires on Black Saturday in February this year.

The conditions were clear and crisp for about 90 minutes and then I ran into this beautiful pastoral scene quite unexpectedly. The actual highway itself was in clear light but as the hills stretched away to the east, it looked as if someone had capriciously coated the trees with silver-grey.

I waited for a safe spot to pull over, where I could be clearly seen for several hundred metres. I put my hazard lights on, grabbed my camera from the passenger seat, put my window down and literally shot this and three other frames from the driver’s seat. In all, I was probably stationary for about 90 seconds.

The thing that interested me most was the fact that the fog rolled in an hour after sunrise. Even the furthest tree, the solitary shape in mid-frame, was only partially visible through the greyout – while the sun climbed through a crisp blue winter sky.

I do not crop or post-edit my images in any way. This was shot with a Pentax K100D fitted with a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/500th sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.

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