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Dawn shoot on the Pelion Plains

On my recent trip down the Overland Track I stayed a couple of nights at the “Palace” – the rather large hut on Pelion Plains. The plan was to capture some nice sunrise and sunset shots across to Mt Oakleigh. I have climbed Mt Oakleigh before – but never shot it! After arriving in mist and drizzle, and not having a great shoot on the first morning I decided to stay on for a second night – and I am glad I did!

Mt Oakleigh Pelion Plains Overland Track

Pre dawn – moody and misty view to Mt Oakleigh over the Pelion Plains

sunrise mt oakleigh pelion plains

A little fire in the sky added to the drama

I walked a short distance from the palace and was loving what I saw – a low mist and a moody silhouette of the spires of Mt Oakleigh. As things became brighter I added my ND 6 stop to capture some smooth flowing mist and clouds. I like shooting mist and cloud with ND filters, capturing its fluid nature as it flows across and above the landscape.

Sunrise Pelion Plains Overland Track

Sunrise Pelion Plains Overland Track

I had spotted the trees in the middle on arriving at the Pelion Plains and had in fact been hoping for some mist in the background, so I really enjoyed this shoot. The buttongrass was wet with dew, and the leeches were out and about but it was a great morning and a nice refresher for the second half of the walk.

sunrise pelion plains overland track

Sunrise, Pelion Plains.

sunrise pelion plains overland track

Sunrise, Pelion Plains.

For more info on the Overland Track, including bookings, visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife website.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.