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Dream Maker

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 20 May 2017 in Landscape & Rural.

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I am a bit behind in processing photos from the Blue Mountains from our recent trip. This is a long exposure taken from a great spot at the Narrow Neck Peninsula in Blue Mountains. I loved the strange rock pattern in the foreground and loved the motion of the trees and clouds. To me the trees looked like a dream maker, weaving the fabric of the clouds and creating their motion towards me.

I was out there with a fellow photographer who showed me a few hidden photo spots in the area. We were waiting for the sunrise to develop over the valley but the clouds just kept on rolling in. As it became apparent that the sun would not burst through, I decided to take a long exposure to catch the movement of the clouds. The wind was just picking up and the clouds were moving faster and faster. I was a little worried that the trees would be blurred too much but I think that in the end their motion does contribute to the ethereal feel of the scene.

There are many great spots in the Blue Mountains where the foreground is always ready made for photographers. The twisted, curved pattern in these rocks was amazing. Shooting mountain landscapes in flat light was a challenge for me. Composition was especially important as I was mostly dealing with static elements (no water flow in the foreground like in seascape photography) and looking for patterns and leading lines became critical when establishing a scene.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 240 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 16 mm

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