I saw this location, just south of Cooma airport, whilst driving to the snow fields.

The bleak, hard scenery really impressed me, so a few weeks later I got up very early and went back to get this shot in the early dawn.

Patches of fog were rolling through with the breeze and the cold kept freezing the condensation on the lens and filter as I waited for the scene to be revealed by the morning light.

The image is stitched together from seven exposures using ‘Hugin’, a free, open source software package.

I used a graduated filter to balance the sky and foreground exposure. After stitching together and some minor adjustments, vignette and sharpening was made in Aperture.

The image was shot in 2011 using a Pentax *ist DS, 6megapixel SLR camera and kit lens.
Lens: SMC Pentax-DA F3.5-5.6 18-55mm
Focal Length: 7 overlapping shots at 18mm
Exposure: ISO 200, 0.5s, f16
Filter: ND0.9 Hard Graduated Filter

Philip Howell, Kambah, ACT

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