Summer in the Victorian Alps.

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  1. Livnius

    Livnius Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    G'day....just wanted to share some shots I took over these most recent summer holidays. Took these up in Victorian alpine country, a part of Australia that I try to visit 2 or 3 times a year...and more if its a good ski season. It's a stunning piece of country, much of it untouched and pristine and nestled in the valleys beneath these mountain ranges are some gorgeous little towns, many of which in recent years have reinvented themselves as gourmet food and wine destinations. I tend to come up this way for a spot of wild trout fishing, snowboarding and even when nothing is on, I'll still come up with friends just to get away from the big city and I've been doing so for 20 years. Unfortunately though, much of the area you now see is currently being ravaged by a massive bush fire which has been raging for a month and has already taken several lives. I plan to go back this coming Easter.

    These mountains form the bottom tip if what we call 'The Great Dividing Range' which continues for well over another 1000kms to the north.

    All images with the EM5 and lenses as marked.

    1. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Rollasons Falls swimming hole. by Livnius, on Flickr

    2. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Rollasons Falls. by Livnius, on Flickr

    3. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop. by Livnius, on Flickr

    4. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Derelict shed. Dinner Plain. by Livnius, on Flickr

    5. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Country mail box. by Livnius, on Flickr

    6. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Mt Hotham lookout. by Livnius, on Flickr

    7. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    (This town is currently on the fires front line. 2 firefighters lost their lives here only days ago.)
    Harrietville Church. by Livnius, on Flickr

    8. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Ovens Valley windmill. by Livnius, on Flickr

    9. EM5 & Oly 45
    Ovens Valley fence. by Livnius, on Flickr

    10. EM5 & Oly 45
    Stoned. by Livnius, on Flickr

    11. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Alpine Hang-glider. by Livnius, on Flickr

    12. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    The Gorge. Looking down. by Livnius, on Flickr

    13. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Lake Catani. by Livnius, on Flickr

    14. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Mt Buffalo Backcountry 2. by Livnius, on Flickr

    15. EM5 & Pana 14mm
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    Horn lookout 2. by Livnius, on Flickr

    16. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Mt Buffalo Backcountry. by Livnius, on Flickr

    17. EM5 & Oly 75mm
    Stud Bulls. Buckland Valley. by Livnius, on Flickr

    18. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Cattle farm beneath Mt Buffalo. by Livnius, on Flickr

    19. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    Rollasons Falls Flora. by Livnius, on Flickr

    20. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Ladies Baths Falls. by Livnius, on Flickr

    21. EM5 & Oly 75mm
    Sinclairs Hole. by Livnius, on Flickr

    22. EM5 & Pana 14mm
    Ladies Baths. Ante & Alana. by Livnius, on Flickr

    23. EM5 & PL Summilux 25mm
    At the foot of Mt Buffalo by Livnius, on Flickr
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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    great shots, and i really like your processing!
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  3. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Great shots and indeed, great processing (how on earth did you do that?!) of a stunning place. If only it wasn't so very far away and full of bitey things!
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  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Joe, as always, you take some stunning photos! I enjoyed looking at all the photos. Sad to hear about the two firefighters who lost their lives ...

    The processing is awesome as well. But processing is only good if the image is good to begin with. Well done mate!

    Given all the compliments you get all the time for your work, how about a thread with step by step directions on how you process some of your photos? Inquiring minds would love to learn!
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    What a time you had! I'm going to look more deeply as I can via your Flickrstream. Clearly your summer was fantastic!
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  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice photos Joe. I love the clean lines of the B&W church and also the light and contrast and spirit that comes through in the 2 ladies bathing. Looks like a great time. Although that guy perched out on that rock is terrifying to look at!

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  7. Love love love them, Joe. Aussie summer beautifully portrayed. Its not always about the beach and you have captured the rest of it wonderfully.
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  8. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Really like #5 and 13 and another thumbs up for the PP - a very nice look you have going.
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  9. Livnius

    Livnius Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks guys...appreciate the feedback.

    Don't let the odd Red Back spider, Tiger snake, Great White shark or Bluebottle jellyfish scare you off from paying us a visit ;)

    Agreed, our beaches are great no doubt and I do like to spend a few days at the beach each summer, but I'm drawn to mountains, summer and especially winter too.

    Yeah that guy was a trip, he was so chilled kicking back on that edge, listening to some tunes and taking some iphone snaps...he didnt seem to be phased at all by that 200 foot drop ! The shot below is another take and perhaps put the scene into better perspective.

    Stoned (ii) by Livnius, on Flickr

    Thanks mate. I usually process my images in the same way. Once the RAW files have been imported into lightroom and I've selected the keepers I'll individually go through each image, crop and make highlight/shadow adjustments. By this stage I've got a good idea of the type of look I want so I'll apply the preset that most closely represents that look...lately my flavour of the month has been a preset called "Fuji Tone" that came with the VSCO Film pack I recently purchased. Once the preset has been applied I will tweak quite a lot...NR, sharpening, saturation, curves, color channels, clarity etc...essentially i tweak until I've cooked up something I like. This now customized preset becomes my base formula and I will then batch apply it to the whole set. Every image is different so I most likely will have to re-tweak the odd thing a little again. At this point i will probably begin applying the adjustment brush where required to finish an image off, perhaps a little clarity/structure on clouds or select dodge/burn, here or there just to accentuate something (or hide something even). Depending on a whole host of things I may run an image through one of the Nik plugi-ins. Even though I do like to keep a relatively common PP theme to a set every so often an image screams out for something different like #7 from this set which worked out quite well in mono and the final image where a slightly more moody/dark look was applied. I suppose many people would think my process to be over the top perhaps, but I actually enjoy the 'digital darkroom' aspect of creating an image.
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  10. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Wow, amazing photos, amazing country! Love the mail box, Oven's Valley fence and Sinclair's Hole.
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  11. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    The "trouble" you go to, to get what you want, is just too daunting for my poor knowledge and ambition. I'm glad YOU do it. we can all enjoy the results. Raw and I don't get along at all.
    I really enjoy your visual tour guides. Keep them coming. It's the only way I will be able to visit "your world".:smile:
  12. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    That is some accomplished photography there Livnius. I've never been to this place, maybe I should go some time.
  13. Beautiful series, makes me want be there. Smooth light on a barbed fence, that splash... great atmosphere.
  14. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011