Monday, January 11, 2010

Wallace's Hut

Wallace's Hut

One historical spot around the Alpine National Park in Victoria is Wallace's Hut. Built in 1889, it has just turned 120 years. Originally meant to be a refuge for the mining workers in the region, the Hut now stands a heritage site with historical notes. Visitors are to follow strict codes of conduct in order to preserve the originality.

The 'rusty' spots such as this have never failed to attract me. Fortunate that I got to take a picture of it. Such a remote spot. Unfortunate that the time of the day wasn't exactly conducive to good lighting. The mid-afternoon sun had moved to cast strong shadows on various spots while keeping the rest of the field brightly-lit. The contrasty scene was just harsh. I knew then that I would not get that picture of 'fresh' look I had had in mind--a little hut under soft & warm light surrounded by a forest. Now, whatever I could get.

I quite liked the spot I stood at. From where I looked, the Hut was nicely framed between the branch & the rocks. The disturbance though was the overly-lit rocks that were impeding a good look at the Hut behind. (Yes, the time of the day again!) I took out my GND8 filter and put the darker side at the bottom. Now only, the rocks as well as the green lawn behind had toned down their luminosity to allow the Hut to shine. The 'fresh' look that I had wanted never came to show though.

Location: near Fallscreek, Victoria High Country, VIC, Australia
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/50s
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 18mm
Filter: GND8
Flash: No
Tripod: No

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