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thunderlake December 07, 2016
Magnificent!!
 
Witmar December 08, 2016
fantastic work
 
DRMyers December 24, 2016
Excellent!
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MikeBoyle December 29, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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LuciaH December 31, 2016
Beautiful photo !!! Congratulations on your win and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 !
 
eMpTy December 31, 2016
A well deserved win by an awesome photo. Congrats!
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GuinevereJones December 31, 2016
Awesome. Congrats and Happy New Year
 
Senthilpr06 January 06, 2017
Wow !!
 
brittabia January 07, 2017
Love this shot. Not just the dam, but also the milky way beyond. Really great shot!
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Pamelabole January 07, 2017
Wow.....stunning capture!!!! : )
 
charlenechaz January 08, 2017
Amazing -wow.Congrats
 
Catherine_Chapman January 08, 2017
The expanse of water, the ginormous scale of the dam and the never-ending starry sky, it's an explosively impactful image!
 
JonDavatzPhotography January 26, 2017
fantastic
 
Motherhen2k January 26, 2017
Congrats! Fabulous work!
 
Regazzi July 29, 2017
Fantastic!!
 
susanmcfarland March 16, 2018
beautiful
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jbos August 13, 2018
Breathtaking awesome shot
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gohernayab September 05, 2018
Nice shot
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Rafaphoto September 27, 2018
Fabulous

Light It Up - Gordon Dam, Tasmania, Australia



I have had a vision for an image I wanted to create for quite a while, and recently all of the elements finally came together for me to finally execute it - and...
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I have had a vision for an image I wanted to create for quite a while, and recently all of the elements finally came together for me to finally execute it - and here it is.
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Contest Finalist in Our World At Night Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016
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Contest Finalist in Energy Photo Contest
Runner Up in The Night Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in The Night Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Gordon Dam, which is located approximately 170km west of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia.
Time
The image was captured just before 9pm at night and not long before the lights along the dam wall itself turn off each night at 9pm.
Lighting
It was quite dark other than the lights that you can see along the dam wall and as I wanted to get as much detail into the foreground, I used a narrow depth of field at f/16 and an exposure time of 84 seconds to capture it. I then took a second image for the sky to capture the milky way without moving the tripod or camera at f/2.8 and 24 seconds and combined the two images together.
Equipment
I used a Canon 5Ds, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Gitzo Mountaineer GT-3542 tripod and a remote trigger.
Inspiration
I had this image in mind for quite some time and had attempted to capture it on several occasions. Unfortunately the weather in this region is extremely unpredictable and more often than not is quite rainy, overcast and extremely cold. On my first visit after sunset I several months before this was taken I noticed that the lights were on and upon dong some research learnt that they stay on each night until 9pm. I really wanted to capture something different to the normal images I see from this region and this is without a doubt now my most popular image ever.
Editing
Basic RAW adjustments on both the foreground and the sky images were performs to introduce colour correction, contrast and overall sharpness in Lightroom. Both layers were then shifted to Photoshop for easy blending of the sharp sky and some contrast and clarity adjustments were made to bring out the details within the sky. I didn't need to do much else to this image as the lighting and exposure were perfect for the purpose I was looking for.
In my camera bag
I used a Canon 5Ds, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II, Canon 70-300mm f4, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L, Gitzo Mountaineer GT-3542, Camranger, NiSi Filters (6 stop, 10 stop, 0.6 soft grad, 0.9 soft grad, 1.2 soft grad, circular polariser).
Feedback
Knowing your location is very important. I captures this image on my 4th attempt at getting it and I had to be very patient in between each of the attempts as it is a nearly 4 hour drive from home to get to this location. I had already envisioned exactly what I wanted to capture but needed the conditions to be perfect to do so. The clear sky is extremely rare here, so it is very important sometimes to so as much research as you can into the weather conditions and to be aware of the right times to be at a specific location.

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