In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 5 of the series we are exploring an image from Thredbo, New South Wales
28 June 2006. Thredbo River, New South Wales. Australia
I always feel at peace when I'm surrounded by snow, as though it calms the ground from rough undulations into a silky smooth landscape. On one particular trip my wife and I were exploring the area around Thredbo, we found a nice hill where a few people were tobogganing so we grabbed our board and joined in. After a few fun runs down the hill my wife was getting cold so she retreated back to the warmth of the car and a good book while I explored the area a little further with my camera. She has always been so patient with me! I found the the Thredbo River nearby and carefully moved along the bank to find a composition. The best composition was to be had in the middle of the river, on a rock that barely stood above the water and was just large enough for me to crouch down behind my tripod! Carefully I perched myself on that rock and made an image of the water flowing past me.
In the afternoon shade I was starting to get quite cold, cold enough for my camera batteries to start fading quickly! When editing this image I nudged the white balance slightly towards blue to emphasise the cold. I love this image because of how the smooth water stands out against the snow and rocks. The path of the water is clear and simple by the position of the snow on the rocks is complex and fragile. The ice is brittle, and like me - perched on every hard surface it can find.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.