Day +185: Cooma

This weekend, we went to Cooma, my wife’s hometown. In Winter, Cooma becomes a hub for skiers who pass through on the way to the Snowy Mountains. At other times of the year, it slumbers.




The scenery is nice, but there’s not much there. Even the ice cream isn’t that good.


This is the garden of the house where my wife grew up. And it is still pretty.



Near sunset, a beam of light happened to shine on these beautiful flowers:


And a stray cat would come for a regular visit (but he’s not as cute as our Smokey):


Being at altitude, Cooma can deliver some breathtaking skies:




The road past the house after nightfall (just watch out for the kangas).


One thing about Cooma- the flies and mosquitoes are terrible (they outnumber the population by a ratio of over a billion to one). Citronella candles don’t help much..




I don’t often have the opportunity to shoot at sunset. My favourite place to capture such a shot is Oceanside, California. With those long piers, the view is amazing!

Landscape photography, when done well, requires an appreciation of light. Even the best locations will look only average if the light is not right. And that usually means not shooting in the middle of the day.

The key to photos at dusk is to keep the detail in both the sky and anything you have in the foreground. It’s fine to silhouette trees, etc, but you don’t want a heap of black in the foreground where the ground is. That’s why it’s actually better to capture the image before the sun sets, so that there is still sufficient light to illuminate the foreground, just like in the images above. A tripod can be useful to keep the images clean and sharp (you’ll want to use low ISO’s and small apertures).

Most of the best landscape shots are done within an hour of sunset or sunrise. Why not go and see for yourself? Until the next time…