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The first rays of dawn begin to ignite Mount Tasman and Mount Cook, approximately 20 km in the distance, whilst the crystal clear steely mirror image is reflected on the calm and tranquil waters of Lake Matheson.

I almost thought that this morning would be a write off as there was an enormous amount of mist and low-lying cloud blocking the view. Just as I thought it was all over, the clouds seemed to disperse right before first light.

This image was made on an incredibly cold morning.

The image could do with a little more work, I feel, but, I'm happy enough to post it as is. I'll replace it with a reprocess in due course.

Note the first rays on all the tallest peaks and the waterfall in the distance.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
2.5s f/11.0 at 40.0mm iso100
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Lake Wanaka and its environs are like something out of a fantasy dreamscape.

I was on my way back from a tiring trek through Rob Roy Glacier, which was somewhat of a disappointment as there were very little photographic opportunities due to weather. When this fiery spectacle appeared before me, the disappointment of the uneventful and long day vanished in an instant.

An unexpected reward for a failure. Love it.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
3.2s f/16.0 at 17.0mm iso400
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The final rays of warmth fade away to a chilly evening on one of many red tussock covered mountains. Note the fresh dusting of snow in the distant mountain ranges.

I made this photograph on the enchanting Lindis Pass, where there are countless photographic opportunities.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
0.60s f/16.0 at 17.0mm iso100

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Lake Wanaka and environs just prior to Sol making its way into the sky.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
2.5s f/16.0 at 40.0mm iso100
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A sneak peak of the three tiers of Purakanaui Falls at dusk.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
5s f/11.0 at 40.0mm iso200
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A glimpse of Hopetoun Falls in the Great Otway National Park, Victoria.

These are the types of scenes landscape photographers dream about; they take us away from the drudgery of every day life in the concrete jungle.

Locations such as this remind us that there's immense natural beauty on our doorstep just waiting to cleanse us; to take us back to a time of innocence, youth, purity and freedom.

Softly diffused light stifled through fog has aided me in making this image.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
3.2s f/16.0 at 40.0mm iso100
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I had never been further west across New South Wales, than, say, Wagga Wagga. However, this past weekend, I decided to go for a drive out to the country to see what lay there insofar as inspiring landscapes to photograph. I quickly realised that once you get passed Darlington Point along the Sturt Highway, it just gets flat. Very flat.

On this particular afternoon, it was very foggy and quite overcast. I was hoping to come across a state forest or national park where I could do some long exposure spooky and dramatic misty fog images. Fail.

Driving on, about an hour before sunset, I noticed a thin orange glow on the horizon. It was clearing. But, the problem was, that the landscape was rather uninspiring and flat.

I finally got out into clear skies as the sun began to set. Dropping speed, I frantically sought out anything I could grab and came upon this area out near Hay. The overcast conditions must have dumped quite a fair amount of rain and it went on like this for kilometres.

This is definitely far from the greatest image I've ever made, but, I'm quite fond of the Belt of Venus as it's one of my favourite subjects to image, as well as the positioning of the Moon, and the subtle colouring in the grasses in the foreground.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
5s f/16.0 at 24.0mm iso100
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Soft light gently falls through the canopy, filtered through medium density fog, into this ordered array of bare trunks.

I made this image whilst trekking through the Great Otway National Forest, in Victoria.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
1.3s f/16.0 at 40.0mm iso160
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This coastline's like a long-lost friend
Giving me grounding once again
Being here with you
There's no place I'd rather be


The Belt of Venus beckons nightfall off the coast of a location north of Sydney.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
1.3s f/16.0 at 17.0mm iso400
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Nature invites you to her inner sanctuary; a place of grace and majesty.

Great Otway National Park, Victoria.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
2s f/16.0 at 33.0mm iso250
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