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Routeburn's First Fall by octane2 Routeburn's First Fall by octane2
I went walking along the Routeburn Track (Fiordland, New Zealand) and was lucky enough to have witnessed the first snow fall of the season. The scene around me looked like something out of Narnia. This may seem somewhat mundane and boring to my northern counterparts, but, because I live in Australia, seeing snow fall is a big deal.

Unfortunately, I did not have the correct hiking gear for the weather and so I turned around and started walking back to the beginning of the track. On my way down, I encountered some of the most beautifully-filtered light I have ever seen.

I made this photograph just before the light show finished in a gorgeous little section which had a bit of a clearing that I thought would help give me depth to the scene.

Having used a very small aperture to aid in slight diffraction softening, coupled with careful luminance processing has helped with the vivid greens and reds, as well as subtle dodging and burning to bring out all I could from what some might consider a rather bland scene.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
5s f/22.0 at 37.0mm iso100
TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Contrary to that other comment, I rather like the contrast here.
The lighting in the middle of the picture is awesome, that really is well filtered. I've never seen snow in an environment like this, great shot.
Dunadan-from-Bag-End Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is not boring even for you northern friends ;) The point is that such a view of evergreen forest with snow is very impressive - as you said - just like Narnia ;)
You had a nice widea to use diffraction for softening the image!
Diana-Huang Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Loevely! You have a lot to work with. Contrast... play with contrast in a program like photoshop... or GIMP for a free open source Linux machine. If you were to blur your eyes, the over-all range of dark to light isn't there, a wall of similar greens. You can try to make the foreground darker and richer in color and the far away stuff brighter and a bit blurry... to give a good sense of depth. Or you can try reversing it... foreground bright... distance dark. Try or not try... up to you really.
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November 28, 2009
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
5/1 second
Focal Length
37 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 5, 2009, 1:19:12 PM