No matter the skill, no matter the technology; when the image you want to capture relies on natural elements, sometimes the only thing that matters is patience.
One of the great features of Walter Burley Griffin’s design for Canberra, is the lake between the central business district and the parliamentary zone. This large expanse of water exists on what was once a flood plain, through which the Molonglo River meandered. Along its southern shore, landmarks including the National Library, Reconciliation Place and the High Court (pictured) reflect in its waters, along with vibrant golden and red foliage in Autumn. To capture crisp reflections though requires the water to be very still, something that’s difficult to predict. Sometimes the water is still early in the morning, other times in the evening, and sometimes for days on end the water can be choppy.
The image above was captured on the third attempt. On the first occasion, the water was smooth but a film of fog hovering on the lake’s surface blurred the reflections, the result being quite attractive actually, but falling short of what I desired. The second attempt was frustrating; the water glassy smooth on arrival but becoming choppy a minute or so after setting the equipment up! Finally on the third attempt, and despite boat traffic occasionally streaking the water’s surface, there was enough time to get the shot.
For those who like the specs: 20 sec | f/16 | ISO 100