Hills of the Hunter (Colour Version)

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On the weekend of 12-13 April, 2014, 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.

With this image, all of the elements aligned, except I did not 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.

This is the original colour version, but I chose to print and initially publish the black and white version, as I felt that the monochromatic treatment was more suitable for the tonality, shapes, patterns and textures featured in this image.

However, here now is the colour version for comparison.

Published on Friday, 18th April, 2014.

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