Fallen Tree_Yarra Ranges

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f16 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens at 24mm Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f16 ISO 400

Here’s the first of a series of images I’ll post over the next few days from a day exploring and photographing between Healesville and Warburton, including the fire ravaged town of Marysville. My friends Ashley and Edna accompanied me on the adventure.

The day’s beginning was unremarkable: grey overcast skies and relatively flat light. While not particularly inspiring to the eye these conditions produce soft, wrap around lighting providing excellent opportunities for photography.

The above image was one of the day’s first. Standing very close to the fallen giant I utilised a 24mm focal length to place emphasise on the foreground and composed the image so that the line of the tree would draw the eye along the trunk down to the forest below.

This simple design was further enhanced by rendering the original color image into black-and-white, in Adobe Lightroom, allowing the lighter toned areas of the tree to stand out from the darker forest floor. Final tonal enhancements were made in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Look out for more images from this trip over coming days.

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