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Snaps from my summer holidays [image heavy]

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Livnius, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    G'day friends.

    Finally got around to sorting and processing my shots taken on a recent summer vacation with friends up into Victorian high country. Trying to get this beaten down laptop of mine to go through any meaningful processing task is like pulling teeth. But managed to finally get most of it done and with a bit of luck all future image editing will be done on a nice new 27" iMac i have on order :) 

    Went up to the mountains again for my holidays, but unlike last year and the snow covered mountains of British Colombia...this time around it was something a little more local. A far cry from the frozen mountains of BC the Aussie sun showed it power and we endured a bit of a heatwave, even by local standards, 6 consecutive days of 40deg + (105degF+) ...to call it oppressive is putting it mildly. Took the fun out of it I must say and also took away much of the desire to go out and shoot most days.

    The heatwave sparked yet another Aussie bushfire, over a month later and it still rages. Several lives have been lost and the fires have swept through much of the terrain you see in the images below. Ironically, you will notice several images containing skeletal trees...reminders of the last big bushfire...and yet again no doubt, when I return to the Victorian high country (in 6 weeks time) the landscape will appear different yet again with new scars.

    One thing you may notice when you look through these shots. You will notice that viewing the mountain vistas the colour of the mountains change quite dramatically from various shades of green in the foreground to a deep blue on the horizon. The mountains you see here are covered in Eucalypt forest, and the Gum Tree as we call it, is VERY rich in oil...in the heat of the day these forests turn into giant gas plants in effect with vapour from these tree oils rising into the air...and hence the blue colour. When Australia was first settled and English artists sent back their landscape works they were apparently ridiculed for painting mountains blue !

    ....I guess that little bit of history trivia also explains why bushfires here are often epic in intensity and scale.

    All images with the EM5 and lenses as marked.

    1. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Rollasons Falls swimming hole. by Livnius, on Flickr

    2. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Rollasons Falls. by Livnius, on Flickr

    3. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop. by Livnius, on Flickr

    4. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Derelict shed. Dinner Plain. by Livnius, on Flickr

    5. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Country mail box. by Livnius, on Flickr

    6. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Derelict shed 2. Dinner Plain. by Livnius, on Flickr

    7. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Mt Hotham lookout. by Livnius, on Flickr

    8. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    (This town is currently on the fires front line. 2 firefighters lost their lives here only days ago.)
    Harrietville Church. by Livnius, on Flickr

    9.EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Ovens Valley windmill. by Livnius, on Flickr

    10. EM5 & Oly 45
    Ovens Valley fence. by Livnius, on Flickr

    11. EM5 & P7-14
    The Gorge. Looking up. by Livnius, on Flickr

    12. EM5 & Oly 45
    Stoned. by Livnius, on Flickr

    13. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Alpine Hang-glider. by Livnius, on Flickr

    14. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Alpine Hang-glider 2. by Livnius, on Flickr

    15. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    The Gorge. Looking down. by Livnius, on Flickr

    16. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Lake Catani. by Livnius, on Flickr

    17. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Mt Buffalo Backcountry 2. by Livnius, on Flickr

    18. EM5 & Pana 14mm
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    Horn lookout 2. by Livnius, on Flickr

    19. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Mt Buffalo. Horn Lookout. by Livnius, on Flickr

    20. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Mt Buffalo Backcountry. by Livnius, on Flickr

    21. EM5 & Pana 14mm
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    Squatters on our roof. by Livnius, on Flickr

    22. EM5 & Oly 75mm
    Stud Bulls. Buckland Valley. by Livnius, on Flickr

    23. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Cattle farm beneath Mt Buffalo. by Livnius, on Flickr

    24. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Buckland Vineyard. by Livnius, on Flickr

    25. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Rollasons Falls Flora. by Livnius, on Flickr

    26. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Ladies Baths Falls. by Livnius, on Flickr

    27. EM5 & Oly 75mm
    Sinclairs Hole. by Livnius, on Flickr

    28. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Jump. Ladies Baths. by Livnius, on Flickr

    29. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Ladies Baths. Ante & Alana. by Livnius, on Flickr

    30. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    At the foot of Mt Buffalo by Livnius, on Flickr

    31. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Buckland Valley razor wire by Livnius, on Flickr

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  2. Dangermouse1968

    Dangermouse1968 Mu-43 Regular

    May 26, 2011
    Awesome set, up to your usual very high standards :) 
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  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
    great set!
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  4. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia

    :thumbup: thanks mate.
  5. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    " Ladies Baths " is fantastic!
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  6. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Awesome set. I love no 12. It give me a little feeling of buckling knees.
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  7. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Great photos. I like the one with guy sitting on edge of cliff. Almost gives me altitude sickness :smile:
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  8. AZK9lover

    AZK9lover Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 25, 2010
    AZ, USA
    Gorgeous images!

    Sorry to hear about the devastating wildfires- living here in the arid Southwestern US, we are all too familiar with them as well. I hope yours will be contained and out soon.

    Fascinating tidbits about the mountains and trees there, thanks for sharing.
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  9. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks mate.
    Unfortunately bush fires are all too common here.
  10. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    That's an awesome set. I can't imagine some of those views. All the pictures are great, but I guess my favorite would be #30.
  11. Love those clean, landscape vistas. Excellent foreground detail, smooth and light blue tones in the sky, and the way the land just continues to subtly fade out until it reaches the horizon. The shot of the two bulls stands out for me as well.
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  12. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    An absolutely beautiful set! I love the Mt. Buffalo and swimming shots. :2thumbs:
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  13. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Great shots as always, and jealous that you are having summer anything right now :) 

    Couple questions - presumably you use an ND filter for many of those wide open broad daylight shots? Just curious what you use.

    Also, love your muted color style, any secrets to share there? Is that a Lightroom filter or hand tweaked or..?

    Thanks again!
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  14. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks guys.

    Yeah I had an ND filter with me at times and probably used it on occasion, I know for certain I used it on the "Country Mailbox" shot. I have a variety of ND filters but would mostly use simple 1 stop B+W....1 stop I find is usually enough to help stop my shutter speed from maxing out. But what I did use in almost every shot on every lens was a circular polarizer...altitude haze was my biggest concern as I didn't want the colors washing out, worked out quite well I think...skies kept they're nice blue and haze/reflection didn't smother out foliage detail. I use Marumi CPLs for all my lenses...apparently optically better than the B+Ws and a lot cheaper too. I use the SHG slim profile variety. I've noticed also that often in bright conditions, a CPL also serves as an ND too by reducing the harshest light in skies/clouds/water etc....often doing a good enough job so that for most shots I won't need an ND.

    The processing. For most f the shots I used a preset I found in one of the VSCO Film packs 'Fuji Tone' more specifically. I do however tweak quite a bit so the preset is a base, and a nice one at that. I wanted to keep the set fairly consistent so perhaps only a small handful of shots had something else done.

    Oh man that water was amazing, coming from a deep spring from high up the mountain, chrystal clear and tingly cold...it was like an oasis during the heat.

    Amazing terrain down here, so many photo opps its crazy, a pity I only covered a tiny fraction of it this time around. Hope to get a bit more when I go up for Easter...milder weather will help with that.
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  15. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Bla bla bla...awesome...bla bla bla...great....bla bla bla...you know that already....bla bla...congrats!
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  16. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    :thumbup: ^^

    Thanks mate.
  17. onurpnr

    onurpnr Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    Wonderful Set!
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  18. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Stunning series Joe - it looks like great summer holidays
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  19. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Beautiful set! The colors are very intense! Fantastic work!
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