A day at Mt Hotham #1

A few weeks ago after some solid reports of a decent snow fall up in the high country, myself (@danieljohnsonphotography), Nathan (@nathanmattinsonphotography) & Jarrod (@jarrodhydephotography) trekked out on a friday evening for the destination of Smoko camp ground, which is just after Bright on the way to Mt Hotham. 

We arrived at around 2am & then set up camp! With a alarm of 6:00AM it was a short but sweet sleep! 

After waking up we got on our way to Mt Hotham and the snow was absolutely everywhere! It was amazing to see the landscape change into a complete winter wonderland! The roads where covered in a thick layer of ice/slush which made the drive rather slow! 

There was some nice fog around for sunrise but the colour never really went crazy as we’d hoped! None the less I shot some timelapse of the morning fog dancing around in the valley which was pretty epic! 

Photo by @jarrod_hyde_bts

Once sunrise was over we then headed further up the mountain & stopped by a few look-outs & shot a whole bunch of stuff! 

After having the best BBQ Bacon & Egg roll from the shops at Hotham resort, we heading out to shoot some of the slops from the side of the road! Being the only ones there with no ski’s or snowboard was a strange “out of place” feeling..

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Alpine National Park

On Sunday myself, Shannaya (@shannnaya) and Jarrod (@Jarrodhydephotography) went on a snow hunt! We ended up in the Alpine National Park after driving along the worst corrugated roads ever!! Finally finding a carpark to some hiking trail with 1.5kms to the summit we all chucked on our gear and got hiking. 

It started to snow pretty heavily whilst we trekked up the mountain and eventually the so called track became invisible in the white wonderland. We tried to look for the track in all directions even back tracking a little to see if we missed a turn. But out of three of us we had absolute no idea which way to go, so I made the call to just hike straight up! In the distance we could see some rocks with crazy icicles so that was our final destination. After scrambling up the remaining distance of the mountain in knee deep snow, we finally got to the rocks/cliffs and started shooting! 

Seeing icicles this big was epic and a little scary! 

Looking for some good compositions isn’t always easy! In this case, it meant basically lying down in the snow! (also, I really need to buy some better gloves!!) 

With passing snow showers we were unsure if sunset was going to show much colour. But it sure did put on a show in its final efforts! 

And then this happened…


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