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In a Fairy Tale World by octane2 In a Fairy Tale World by octane2
A glimpse of Hopetoun Falls in the Great Otway National Park, Victoria.

These are the types of scenes landscape photographers dream about; they take us away from the drudgery of every day life in the concrete jungle.

Locations such as this remind us that there's immense natural beauty on our doorstep just waiting to cleanse us; to take us back to a time of innocence, youth, purity and freedom.

Softly diffused light stifled through fog has aided me in making this image.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
3.2s f/16.0 at 40.0mm iso100
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
simply beautiful! :)
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Photographer

Thank you, muchly!

AaronBradford Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This image has been promoted to the #SydneySyders 'featured' folder and also featured in this blog entry. Well done!
Gazza-NZ Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
magical light ...
TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i remember this place!!
went there last year. i have a few photos that i took there myself. Not as good as yours, but still ok.
porbital Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Photographer
Your photo was featured in my journal [link] :)
bada Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Nice and peaceful place! Great shot!
Anodesu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love this shot. I can't believe you found a high place that also had foliage framing it. It's almost whimsical to me.
... I kind of want to see what it looks like in the fall!
savvinaakm Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
very very nice capture
from a fairytale
thanks for the details
mutrus Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Fantastic shot
danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010   General Artist
fantastic :)
Elithan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The title says it all, beautiful.
robertvine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Well done, great light!
RavenWing1000 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
This is beautiful- I am jealous of your lighting skills!
sherryblue Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
timbodon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
That is so beautifully framed indeed! Beautifully composed and exposed
james-dolan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great use of natural framing.. Lovely scene and soft lighting :)
philbool Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Great photo thanks for sharing.
disposablesoldier44 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Words couldn't do this justice. That said, well done.
petrova Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist
When I see this I just have to smile,
it makes me all giddy.

It's so beautiful but a bit hidden so
it almost feels like I am prying!

Great shot!
trafimoff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
ynissim Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice, it reminds me the 1st fall at the Silver Falls SP trail in Oregon.
backtothefuturegirl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
that's a really good picture
anthonydraco Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you accept a critique even if the giver doesn't have the deviantart's 'pay-for-critique' and 'pay-to-give-critique' enabled.

Anyway, here goes nothing:

I have nothing technical to give on how you use your camera. It turns out really well. You've captured every detail you practically can. I can see every leaf in the pic, but you didn't cram the piece with uncomfortable details. Instead, it feels that all the leaves you've captured are uniformly one, which, in this case, is a very good thing when you want to emphasis the beauty of the water fall in the background. The angle you chose is also stunning, and brings us it in an instant. It's like a gate opening to another world, which is very clever for a focal point of attention. The slow shutter speed is also great for capturing the fall.

Well, the only down side of this piece is that the green foreground lacks a little bit of color variation. It just feels a (very) little boring when it's all green all the same, which is a pity. It's the only thing that keeps this thing from perfection, but I must commend you for finding such great view in the first place, so I'm not gonna fault you on that one.

And... if you'd like to humor me, how about rating this comment if it's a fair critique or not?
octane2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Photographer

Thank you for the critique/comment.

I can see exactly where your sentiment is coming from with regards to the greens. It's a pity, though, because, there wasn't all that much variation in the greens in the actual real life scene, either. It was something I noted early on, and hoped that the interplay of light and shadow would add variation to the tones so as to avoid the image becoming static and monotonic. It seems as though that this isn't the case. I'm just going to have to go back to that location and image it during autumn time, with the hope of varying shades in the foliage.

It is something I do take note of, and, I really appreciate you coming forth and expressing it. Comments such as yours are what help artists grow.

Keep 'em comin'. ;)

anthonydraco Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you accept a critique when you see one, unlike ppl who pay more value to the 'function' aka 'money-milking trick'.

And I'm also glad that at least, dA is still a place where you can GIVE critique without paying the site. The day I have to pay to give that to someone, I'll leave, LOL.
Sarah--Lynne Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
This is a fantatic shot! The exposure is absolutely perfect.
octane2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Photographer

Thank you so much for checking the image out, and leaving such a nice and complimentary comment.

If I could live in such places, I would.

Keep an eye out, I've more coming, soon.

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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
32/10 second
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 4, 2010, 9:37:32 AM