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Ethereal Garden

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 22 May 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


My apologies as processing of new photos has been slow and I have not been able to post a bit more. I really wanted to get onto the handful of autumn photos from our last trip and this is one of them. It comes from Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens in Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. Our flight home was late in the day and we were able to explore the Dandenong Ranges a little bit in search of autumn foliage and scenery. This park was our favourite of all the ones we visited.

The colours were just at their peak, I think, and despite some very windy and wild weather in the days before, there were still plenty of colourful leaves on the deciduous trees. The atmosphere of the fall in the air took me back to my childhood days in Poland when every year we would go for walks through the fallen leaves in local parks.

I spent a bit of time shooting around this pond working on different compositions when I noticed the fallen branch resting in the shallow water just near the edge. I immediately started to think as to how I could use it in one of the photos. I felt that it gave a fantastic leading element for this scene and it also had a fairly smooth transition into the reflections and the main part of this composition - the colourful area around the bridge. This is where the main interest was for me.

The light was coming through over my right shoulder and I was happy that the sun was not overpowering as it was hiding behind thin veil of clouds. there was just enough of it to give lovely glow to the foliage and this is what I also tried to emphasise in my post processing.

We do not have as much autumn colours around in Australia as areas of colder climate in the Northern Hemisphere or even the mountain areas of South America. What I like about this season down under is the way that the deciduous trees can mix with the lush green flora of the rainforest, just like in this photo. It is an amazing combination and an interesting contrast produced by the two different kind of trees that make for an ethereal atmosphere in my mind.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 8/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 50 30 mm

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