I can’t imagine I was thinking too clearly about this one. Earlier in the week I assured my partner that I was not intending on early morning photos until later sunrises. Somewhere between then and 4.45am, I changed my mind, and even now I’m not sure why.
It’s been a while since I took a deliberate trip for photography. Most of the time my photos stem from more general trips, and the chance encounter.
This one had been building for a while. Having travelled the road between Launceston and Hobart (or Campbell Town midway) several times in the last six months, I had seen a distinctive church and small cemetery by the roadside. According to Googlemaps, the church is called the Historic Union Cleveland Church. Despite the presence of information signs at the sight, I didn’t take much notice. The little detail I did get referred to some grisly details of some people being hanged for a crime. I’m a photographer, not a historian (well, not at 5.30am I’m not anyway).
Given the church faced full east, I guessed it would be easiest and best to photograph at sunrise. Originally, I had planned on brining a small section of ice, to place in front of the lens in order to distort the otherwise sharp image. I have done this before with some success. On this occasion, something went wrong in the freezer department, because the water didn’t freeze in time. I can only put this down to some partiuclar law of physics I am unaware of - must have been something to do with either the container (a very small frying pan), the foil I used to keep the water in, or a mixture of both.
So, setting that option aside, I instead department with just my camera and three lens’. The church was less than photogenic as it turns out, with only a limited benefit from the sunrise. Unfortunately the sun was muted by cloud, so the shadows were not so sharp. Nonetheless I got at least one reasonable image out of the process, and a few other opportunistic shots from the sunrise and some local ivy.
I can’t really say there’s much here that’s worth me reproducing, beyond the internet. Having said that, the images aren’t too bad in the end. The more important question I have now is what to do with the ice?