Glass House Mountains under the smoke cover from the nearby bush fires. While I wished for the better quality of light , smoky conditions did produce amazing red sun color. I stitched few frames together as it is impossible to capture all the mountain peaks in just one 35mm frame.
When there is a smoke in the air that usually isn’t a good sign. Specially if you live in a dry Queensland where smoke can mean only one thing.The dreaded bush fire. But if you are photographer things don’t look bad at all as you can expect to photograph the richest red skies at sunset.
My prediction was right this time and sunset did turn out to be colorful. It was amazing to see the sun gradually transforming into deep red sphere as it was slowly descending behind the Glass House mountains.
Located approximately half an hour from the Sunshine Coast beaches, pleasant drive along the Maleny Ranges has a spectacular views of Glass House Mountains. While visibility can vary depending on a weather conditions making a trip and experiencing the change in the environment is definitively worthwhile.
Some landscapes are to large to capture with the normal full frame camera. Such is this view of Glasshouse Mountains taken near the Mary Cairncross Park in Maleny.True panoramic camera would capture a wide spread mountain peaks in one frame but since I do not own one I had to resort to digital frame stitching.
All my photography is digital and personally I do not like taking the multiple exposures . Even when the dynamic range is to large and separate highlights and shadows exposures could be blended together, I still like to believe that I can get it all in one shot attempt . Just like in the old film days. Of course such images will be less than perfect but at least I know that I have followed my own believes and principles in making photographs. It is all about the personal choices and this one is mine.
So, to solve this problem of wide scene I had to create my first digital panorama. I have stitched together 5 different frames using the Photoshop CS4 . Surprisingly this was relatively easy job to do. Since I have visited location during the day the photograph is a typical postcard style with the blue sky (well with the clouds as well) . For more inspiring panorama I will have to plan an early morning visit in a hope of capturing the colorful sky. Once again I will have to break my principle of one frame at the time (until I get my pano camera one day ).
Rain and heavy cloud cover prevented me this morning from photographing well known Glass House Mountains. I captured few frames with the mountain peaks just barely showing. If anything Easter weather stayed true to its reputation for the last few years with the prognosis of rain and more rain to come …
Carpe Diem…or “seize the day” as it is popularly translated from the Latin. The applied meaning of these words has a potential to enrich many areas of our lives and it is particularly true when it is applied to photography. Continue reading →