Blackened Trees and Snow_Lake Mountain

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 75mm Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f9 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 75mm Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f9 ISO 400

This image was made at Lake Mountain in the Yarra Ranges. Situated around 90km from Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city, the Mountain offers 37km of cross-country skiing through the surrounding Yarra Ranges National Park.

Suffering significant damage as a consequence of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires the relatively deep blanket of snow provided a graphic contrast against the blackened trees. Open in 2004 the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Day Visitor Centre was the only building to survive the fire. Since then much work has been done to rebuild infrastructure and re-open the popular ski trails and toboggan runs.

I converted the original color image into black-and-white in Adobe Lightroom 2, where I also applied a subtle warm/cool split tone. Final tonal adjustments and sharpening were applied in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
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