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Snow Gums in Fog



Snow Gums in fog at the top of Mt Baw Baw, Victoria, Australia.

Snow Gums in fog at the top of Mt Baw Baw, Victoria, Australia.
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BOULENGER
 
BOULENGER May 15, 2016
Congrats for winning the challenge. Very nice picture !
Lorlee_Lee_Murray Platinum
 
Lorlee_Lee_Murray November 09, 2023
Breathtaking Photo!
NirvanaSQ
 
NirvanaSQ November 19, 2023
fabulous
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at the top of Mt Baw Baw near the entrance to the Alpine Village. Mt Baw is a popular ski resort in Victoria, Australia, which is about 5,000 ft high.
Time
The photo was taken at about 4:30 pm (Summer Time) in the afternoon on Good Friday this year. The temperature was about 6 degrees Celsius. Interestingly further down the mountain it was clear and sunny and much warmer!
Lighting
The lighting was subdued and diffused by the rolling mist from the clouds formed at the top of the mountain. This created the lovely increasing softness the further you looked into the forest of snow gums.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D810 with a 24.0-70.0 mm lens f/2.8 mounted on a Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head on a Manfroto carbon fibre heavy duty tripod.
Inspiration
When I arrived at the top of the mountain the snow gums in the mist looked magical combined with the diffused lighting. This effect is one that I love as it produces a sense of mystery and softness as well as a sense of depth. This was a photographic opportunity that was not to be missed.
Editing
Little post processing was undertaken apart from using the Nik Collection in Photoshop to increase the tonal contrast and the saturation to some extent. The original NEF was, as to be expected, lacking in saturation and contrast. The finished image was much closer to how the eye perceived the scene while increasing the WOW factor.
In my camera bag
I normally carry Nikon D810 and the new Nikon 24.0-70.0mm f2.8 with an electronic shutter. This lens includes the latest version VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation technology and combined with its extreme versatility and superb image quality is always included in my camera bag. Also included is a set of Lee graduated filters and a Little and Big Stopper. This are often useful when photographing landscapes with a particularly bright sky when compared to the land as well as with sunsets to stop the clouds from "blowing out". The Little and Big Stoppers I use to allow me take much longer exposures of water. A Seiko spot light-meter is also included in my camera bag to enable a much more accurate exposure to be obtained. Included as well is a 70-300mm f4.5 to f5.6 lens as well as a Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head with Quick Release on a Manfroto carbon fibre heavy duty tripod. As a matter of course I also include a remote shutter release. All this is a somewhat heavy load to carry around but well worth it!
Feedback
My advice is to use a tripod - the heavier the better. This will produce a much sharper image than hand holding the camera. The exposure is also critical getting the balance between the trees in the foreground and retaining the mist amongst the trees in the background correctly exposed as well. Also attempt to include some foreground interest. In this case I included the diverse vegetation close to the camera in the foreground to provide a contrast to the lighter greys and browns in the background. This photograph was taken at an exposure of 1/40th sec as there was little wind if any. If there had been some wind I would have had to increase the shutter speed and compensate by using a larger aperture (say f2.8) or by upping the ISO to stop the blurring of the branches and leaves on the trees.

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