Hills of the Hunter

This weekend I went away with David Oliver and Peter Eastway — two of Australia’s leading photographers — and some friends from the Flickr FOCUS group.

We attended an intense two-day landscape photography workshop with David and Peter, and shot in and around Gresford and Dungog in the picturesque Hunter Valley, both from the ground and from the air on an early-morning helicopter flight.

The aerial photography component was all about beautiful lighting and capturing the contours of the landscape.

This was the stand-out image from the aerial session.

Hills of the Hunter

Hills of the Hunter

With this image, all of the elements aligned, except I didn’t know it at the time.

A glorious patch of light illuminated this isolated tree on the rolling hills, and a natural leading line points right at it.  Also hidden within the intricacies of this image are animals grazing on the hills.

It was a fantastic weekend, and this image alone was very pleasing.  Peter made an A3 print of this image, so I will have it framed and hang it proudly in our home.

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