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WintersEye July 13, 2016
amazing picture
 
frenchiepooh October 05, 2016
Stunning
 
Djacqu March 07, 2018
I love the angle.

Bushfire Aftermath



The only thing wrong with living in Australia, is the bushfires. 5 people died in this one.

The only thing wrong with living in Australia, is the bushfires. 5 people died in this one.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Gumeracha, South Australia
Time
I was driving home through an area that had only recently been reopened after massive bushfires tore through. It was around 10am, and I was just lucky I had my camera with me at the time. I had only just been in this forest a few weeks before, while it was still green, before it was burned, and it was amazing to see the amount of devastation and destruction from the fires.
Lighting
I didn't have much time to think about lighting, as it was an opportunistic shot, and I knew I wouldn't be able to come back to this location. It was a bright, sunny morning with crystal blue sky. Very different to the black, charred landscape around me. To stop the trees being underexposed due to the bright sun, I positioned it so it was blocked out by a tree trunk. This made the blue of the sky stand out against the back, burned trees, too.
Equipment
Nikon D5100, with a 12-24mm wide angle lens. I put the camera on the ground, face up (hoping the powdery ash wouldn't get inside it!) and set the self timer. It took a few practice shots to get the sun in the right spot, and to make sure the camera was level, as the forest in this location was on a bit of a slope. I had to prop the camera up on sticks and rocks to level it out.
Inspiration
I was blown away by the devastation of the bushfires. Having just been through this area a day or two before the fires came through, while it was still green, I was amazed at the difference in the landscape.
Editing
No. This shot didn't really need any. It's pretty much sooc. I did pull the highlights down, and pull up the shadows a little bit to bring out the details, but I haven't touched it apart from that.
In my camera bag
I usually don't leave home without my wide angle. My passion is landscapes, so this lens is never usually far from my side. I'm fascinated with macro too, but unfortunately I'm still perfecting my macro techniques, so my 105mm macro lens is usually packed too, in case I find a good subject to practice on. And my 50mm prime, because it's just so amazingly sharp, and I love it!
Feedback
Just give it a go. If you see an opportunity, go for it! Always pack your camera (this shot was opportunistic on the way to work). And don't be afraid to keep taking photos until it what's in your camera matches what you saw in your mind when you set out. Try different settings, and unconventional techniques (like propping your camer up on sticks and rocks like it did). It doesn't matter how you take the photo. If it works, it works!

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