Mike Banks Snow Gum 2 sRGB 1600px V2

Camera/Lens: Canon S95, 28-105mm f2-8.0

Theres something special about early morning in the high alpine in winter. The stillness and quietness is soul cleansing and a fresh blanket of snow gives a sense of newness and fragility. Theres nothing like clipping into your skis and making your own tracks in the pristine snow.

On this occasion a few centremetes of snow overnight along with the thaw from above zero temperatures the day before covered the snowgums with a thin layer of ice. It was a stunning scene when we peered out of the tent in the morning. Travelling light, I only had my little point and shoot Canon S95. It’s a wonderful little camera that shoots 10 Megapixel Raw images and has a minimum aperture of f2. It fits easily into a pocket so it is with me almost always – great to shoot anything from the kids to landscapes.

Bogong Creek

Bogong Creek

Camera/Lens: Linhof Technorama 617S III, Schneider 90mm Super Angulon
Film: Fuji Acros 100

I spend a lot of time backcountry skiing in this area with friends so don’t usually have the time to photograph. This is a great place close to Thredbo resort where you can ski untracked snow while the resort is all chopped up. As it faces south, is protected from the south west winds by big peaks and is in a hollow the temperatures here stay cold which keeps the snow light, dry and deep. We usually have all this great snow to ourselves.

I’ve always thought the dead snowgums with their shadows on the snow and the snow contours in the creek would make for a great black and white image. On this occasion I found a nice campsite amongst the snowgums and skied down to the creek to shoot in the early morning.

First light on Mt Kosciuszko

First light on Mt Kosciuszko

Camera/Lens: Linhof Technorama 617S III, Schneider 90mm f5.6 Super Angulon
Film: Fuji Velvia 50

Finally got the chance to scan my panoramic film transparencies after buying an Epson V700 scanner. I am pleased with the results for web use. Drum scanning gets the best results for printing but gets expensive when needing to scan lots of images. Had this one filed away since July last year and got a pleasant surprise when I put it on my lightbox. Captured this on an overnight solo trip – I love being out there on my own experiencing these moments. It was my last frame on the roll of film so I had to wait for the right moment. Used a small rock in the saddle in the lower middle of the image as my point of reference and pressed the cable release when the light hit it. Would have liked more light in the saddle but the colours in the sky were waning. Looking forward to getting out there again this winter. Lets hope we get lots of snow.