Dean M. Chriss
Lake Serenity, Windy Morning, Victoria, Australia
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A superficial look at this area reminds me greatly of places in the
Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States, like Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. A closer look says that you're not in Tennessee
anymore. The trees, plants, animals and insects are very different, not to mention that this
photograph was captured in the middle of winter. There are no crowds and the nearest towns are much
smaller. It's a relaxing place that
feels familiar, even if it is not.
Strong backlighting brings out the textures in foliage, accentuates haze in
the distance, and adds sparkle to the water on this windy morning. Because
the sun was too low for the lens hood to effectively shield the entire front
of the lens from direct sunlight, I minimized lens flare at the bottom of
this photograph by shading the hooded lens with my hand.