Lake Somerset Dawn

Met up with Ian, Allan, David and Glenn from AP this morning for a dawn shoot along the upper reaches of Somerset Dam.

We couldn't have asked for much better really, fog, colour, still water, it was all happening.

What better way to commemerate our armed service personnel on ANZAC day than to enjoy the hard earned freedoms they helped protect.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 25th April 2010, This photo: 5:46am

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  • chooks! said:
    Nice reflections and color :)
  • Xenedis said:
    Very nice.
  • Phil Rettke Photography said:
    Stunning Dave, a perfect way to celebrate!
  • SkattyKat said:
    Do yourself a favour - view large
    I find today such an emotional day ...
    I would have this on my wall Dave !!
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    I couldn't have said it better David. I love a photo that makes you think...
  • elffinarts said:
    Hope to see you send the file to us to print on metallic paper this week David, it's too good for lustre prints with this colour.
  • James Lagden said:
    Very nice Dave
  • Grauniad2 said:
    Beautiful Dave.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Awesome Dave - lovely colour :-)
  • beaumitchell said:
    Very nice, David. Well done as usual.
  • C J Paul said:
    amazing shot wow
  • Ross_M said:
    Very serene. Nice reward for an ungodly wake up hour!!
  • dtmateojr said:
    simply wow! love the stillness of the water ... and those vertical silhouettes too.
  • sjmc1 said:
    you no my thoughts on this one dave an instant fave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    It'll do ;-)
    Quite so Phil :)
    And you can Kath :) I can do mate's rates ;-)
    Thanks Simon.
    I agree it would look pretty schmick on metallic paper. It'll have to wait until I have a free wall to hang it on.
    Thanks James :)
    Not too shabby eh Rodney - almost straight from the camera too.
    Thankd Danny - 'twas a good show.
    Thanks Beau :)
    'twas an amazing sunrise really.
    Ungodly indeed! Trying to hang out until bedtime so I don't upset my sleep pattern too much.
    Definitely worth the drive out there :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Steve :)
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Really striking comp and shot Dave. That reflection of the mountain looks great and adds awesome balance.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hope you guys did as well down south :)
  • 11T.Co said:
    I can only think of one word: WOW!
  • P de G 1952 said:
    Simply amazing, stunningly beautiful. Great colour.
  • David de Groot said:
    Nifty eh ?
    Now it's your turn, I'm sure you can find something interesting up your way :)
  • Tristen Murray said:
    Fantastic shot. Great colours and reflections.
  • Thomas Tolkien said:
    Amazing tones, contrast and clarity.
  • finbar_mad said:
    beautiful image, very well done!!
  • rawr-ROAR said:
    this is gorgeous! lovely capture.
  • -spacegoat- said:
    beautiful shot!
  • Jack Watkins said:
    Wow this is awesome! I love the colours and reflections!
  • Ostholländer said:
    I like the soft tones in this wonderful picture.
  • Denis@ said:
    please add you Beautiful capture to:
  • shadowfilm said:
    Outstanding landscape shot!
  • Sam Antonio Photography said:
    Beautiful light! 'fav!'
  • Jennifer Renee said:
    Well done !!!
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Wonderfully good.
  • David de Groot said:
    Goes to show it pays to take the back roads when driving about, as that's how I found this location. Also helps when the weather plays ball.
    Thanks Jen - how was the road trip ?
    Thanks :) So where's the mega-awesome stuff from the big expedition eh ?
  • James Neeley said:
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Haha Dave... its coming... I'm as sick as a dog... Matt had it, Josh had it... then I got it on the last day, I'm just sorting out my 20+ gig of shots...
  • hernan.seoane said:
    Great pic!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Ah yes, I'm still getting over mine, sniffly like you wouldn't believe this morning - combination of yesterday's dawn and this morning's damn cold temperatures I think.
  • Homayoun ! said:
    Thanks for sharing in ☆The Power Of Now ☆group ♥
  • frednaut said:
    Perfect - so serene - colours are beautiful
  • mondogonzo said:
    Magically silky smooth in every way, even the hill across is sharp in a buttery sort of way. The only thing I'm not entirely sure about are the close branches on the left but it's no biggie. Stunning.
    Via this upload's page on Fluidr
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Geoff.
    Yeah, I was a little worried about the close branches too - made me wish I'd packed a machette at the time, but in retrospect they add a foreground and give the image more depth.
  • Bern@t said:
    Congratulations!!! your photo reach Explore Front Page
    You can download the capture in
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - just noticed that myself.
  • meironke said:
    Great colors! Love the reflections!
    [ via flickriver explore  --meironke ]
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Wonderful and tranquil mood to this beauty Dave... I love how the pink and blue tones meet and mix in the middle here!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks Paul, it was a case of the infamous purple cast of the Cokin filters working with me rather than against :)
  • LOlandeseVolante said:
    This is great! Beautiful tones.
  • Medicinemansam said:
    Seen in Explore. A stunning and inspirational photo. Great photostream as well. Keep up the good work :)
  • looby88 said:
    Yum !
  • Tristram Lesslie said:
    beautiful shot
    well done
  • Helga* said:
    Beautiful work :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks !
    Tastes like watermelon and blueberries ;-)
  • Reedy Photography (michaelglenreed) said:
    Big fave from me mate! Lovely lovely work!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Reedy :) 'twas definitely worth the trip (and subsequent two days of sickness due to some flu or other I was exposed to).
  • 2careless said:
    Wow - colours, composition, reflections, all there! Wonderful shot!
  • benjita1  said:
    Great image! well done on explore!
  • bachamp said:
    I think I just lost my jaw... I really like the smooth colours in the sky, and the water to reflect it just works so well.
    Great capture. Well done.
  • David de Groot said:
    Turned out ok eh ? ;-)
  • bachamp said:
    One think I hate about being a photographer is that I have no room on my walls. But I think this one would look good in a frame. Are you going to print it off?
  • David de Groot said:
    No immediate plans to print it yet, but it might get a showing at some stage.
  • *ChRiSeDa* said:
    really sweet shot
  • danifeb said:
    what a wonderful world!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, sure is.
  • Rui Almeida - Fotografia said:
    congratulations for the explore
  • twenty90seven said:
    I was there the other weekend and was looking for a place where you could get near these dead trees...everywhere I looked it was all fenced off. There was one spot near the Lake Somerset camp/caravan ground but you would need to jump a fence and go past some local bulls/cows :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    You have to pull over on the side of the road, and then wander up to the edge. Where I shot this, there is no fence, just a guardrail. It's not far past the bridge.
  • Cap'n Surly said:
  • markefox said:
    Love the slight blur in the reflection on the water really sets the shot off.
    Excellent image,beautiful tones and great composition.
  • yh828 said:
    Superb shot!
  • in2fx said:
    very nice
  • Maisie Sinclair said:
    Great colours!
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Love those soft pastel colours and the silhouettes.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] 'twas a good morning that. All came together quite well.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    It certainly did - you've got me thinking about taking a drive out there :D
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Wow this is 3 years old now! But yes, worth a drive out there for sure.