(Cradle Mountain Part 3 – 11 photos) –
Visitors can no longer drive into Cradle Mountain National Park, so after breakfast we went to the Visitor Center where a helpful Ranger advised us on a suitable walk based on the conditions, our gear and our aims for the day. We then jumped on a bus to Ronny Creek – start of the Overland track and the start of our 4 hour day walk …
It was extremely overcast and while not “raining”, a fine mist permeated the air – like walking in a cloud for the entire day, making everything wet and limiting visibility. I later heard someone refer to the weather as “mizzle”, an old English term apparently.
I had accidentally left my phone at our accommodation, so strapped on the weather-sealed and versatile 14-150mm lens onto the EM1II body, carrying it the whole day without worrying about the moisture like I would have with all my previous cameras. I just had to remember to keep the lens clean!
While we didn’t get to see the iconic Cradle Mountain, the low contrast conditions provided a different photographic challenge and changed the way I looked at things – as well as the way I edited these images in an attempt to capture the mood, quite a bit different than my usual style.
While tempted to make them all mono, instead I deliberately pulled back the saturation on most of these images to reflect more closely how it looked and was careful not to blow out highlights as distant features disappeared into the grey mist.
Thanks for visiting, join us again as we continue to climb further into the clouds and on to Crater Lake in the next post!