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One frozen morning

One frozen morning at Cradle Mountain recently…

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Buttongrass, frozen overnight in the morning light. The moon and Jupiter are there too

This was the scene for some guests on a private 3 day photography workshop recently. We drove into Dove Lake for sunrise over the -5 degree landscape.

Buttongrass close up

In the pre-dawn twilight we photographed the icy vegetation, including the buttongrass. There was absolutley no wind, and seeing the frozen stems of buttongrass unmoving in the stillness was quite enchanting.

Another icy stem of buttongrass

Before long however, we had to turn our cameras lake side – as a fiery red light hit Cradle Mountain and Marions Lookout. The reflections were absolutely perfect, so much so, that I even shot a couple of shots with the pixel shift (hi-res mode of the Pentax K1) function switched on. Pixel shift requires perfect stillness to work and I have always gotten great use out of it for macro – in particular my fungi shots, but the stillness this morning allowed me to get some landscape shots with it too.

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Sunrise Cradle Mountain. Image captured with the Pentax “pixel shift” feature.


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Sunrise Cradle Mountain

With travel restrictions still in place for interstate and international travelers, now is a great time for Tasmanian residents to get out and enjoy these special places without the crowds. All my tours are currently available to Tasmanian residents only, please check out my tours and workshops page and contact me to book a session.

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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.