Posted by Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 14 May 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


Golden morning light reveals itself for a brief spell as it spills between the clouds and over the cliffs into the Grose Valley during a sunrise in the Blue Mountains in Australia. I took this photograph from one of the easier accessible vantage points - well known Govetts Leap lookout in Blackheath.

I was a great week chasing sunrises and sunsets on the east coast and in the Blue Mountains. This morning proved to be the best of the trip I think. Nothing much happened at the actual moment of sunrise but I saw a gap between the clouds and waited hoping that the sun would shine through and light up the valley at least a little.

I was rewarded with just that kind of scene. It was a magical moment where I was not sure for a few seconds whether I should be photographing it or just watching the amazing light in front of me. In the end I had a bit of time for both!

The contrast in the scene was very extreme and I used four exposures blended together to arrive at this final result that represents what I feel I witnessed that morning. While this view has been photographed many a time before, I was still very happy to be just about the only person (there was one hiker and no other photographers present) to witness this particular sunrise and to be able to take this photo.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1/8 second
ISO 100
31 mm


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