Australian landscape photography

The Making of “Violet Vista” by Cheryl Eagers

The rising sun casts its glowing light on the Gooseponds, a scenic popular area in North Mackay. The glowing dawn illuminates the natural setting, highlighting the soft violets and pinks in the sky and mirrored reflections on the pond.

Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Focal Length: 16.0 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
  • Tripod Used: Yes
  • Flash Used: No
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Taken: Just After Sunrise at 5.39 AM

About the Experience

An absolute joy to walk about and experience, the Gooseponds is a true gem here in North Mackay. With a variety of walking tracks surrounding the a lagoon, this unique site offers all sorts of wonderful views and inspiration for a photographer like me. With built in exercise stations, you can even get a little workout in as you walk about the area!

It was a very hot and humid morning in North Mackay (as is often the case). I made sure to pack lots of mosquito repellent as I made my way through the early morning of dawn. Dawn near the lagoon area can sure bring the mosquitoes out in droves!

Making my way through the trails in the early morning is always a worry for me, I’m a little bit of a scardey-cat. But I knew the trouble would be worth my efforts,  once the sun peeked its way over the horizon. With light starting to break through the night, I set my camera up on the tripod and captured some wonderful images of this natural site alongside a violet glow.

My Thoughts

While the Gooseponds is normally a bustling place filled with smiling friends and families, it’s much quieter in the early morning! This gave me the opportunity to highlight the natural beauty the area offers everyone who visits.

I absolutely love the golden glow the sun provided for this image. I set up in the opposite direction to see how the light casts on the trees and the Gooseponds. I wasn’t disappointed with how much it highlighted the pond, grass, and the trees. The sun made them look like they were lit up by some ephemeral force only reserved for this time of the morning.

If you’ve never been to the Gooseponds, I highly recommend it the next time you’re in North Mackay. You can learn more about this amazing location by checking out the Gooseponds informational page.

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