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The Orange Hills…

by on Jul.19, 2016, under Life, Photography

Our first morning at Glen Davis and we woke to these amazing orange hills. Well not exactly… we woke earlier and couldn’t really figure out where to go to photograph sunrise :). In the end we ended up in the middle of the property :). From here we face west away from the sun looking back along the Capertee valley.

Standing in this location we’re on a slight rise looking across the fields towards the fabulous Sir Johns Point tower. It rises out of the plains in the middle of the valley, with the valley wall cliffs rising to our sides.

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm, 1/5 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images below.

The view here is magnificent (even from the bottom of the valley). The story only get’s better in time. Once the sun rises high enough to light up the cliff faces to our sides and the tower in the distance with a rich orange glow.

We did have some cloud this morning however we only got a little colour in the cloud from the rising sun. Nonetheless it was these vibrant earthy rock faces which literally glow out of the morning darkness which steal the show.

I did try to include some of the old oil shale building ruins behind us in some frames. They are deeper in the valley and wouldn’t see any light for some time though.

Sunrise Glow

Sunrise Glow

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 56 mm, 370 sec at f/11, ISO 100

My morning selfie done it was time to move on to something more interesting. An early morning long exposure with the Lee BigStopper (which I hadn’t used in ages). More than six minutes later we’re literally golden.

I just loved those orange hills jumping out of the cool blue streaky skies, job done…

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