I had some crazy weather in Tasmania, but perhaps it’s always like that and maybe someone local can shed some light on the matter? One minute it would be blue skies and the next a snow storm would be blocking me from a mountain crossing. Anyhow, I was heading into Cradle Mountain National Park on the backend of a storm when this gorgeous rainbow popped up off to the left of me. I had to capture it so I pulled over the hire car and found this little creek to setup my tripod over. Rainbows are such cool events and even at the age of 34 I am still always trying to find out where they touch the ground to find a pot of gold. I remember once when I was in Ireland on the south of the island, near the ring of Kerry, I saw 3 rainbows at the same time! I don’t think I’ll ever top that but I loved this scene that I captured on my D800. It just summed up Tasmania for me being surrounded by shrubs and trees I’d never seen before and the chaotic weather offering up a fine backdrop.

Post Processing:

– Export the 5 images to Photomatix 5 YES !!! you can make HDR images out of single RAW Files. Photomatix 5 allows you to import a single RAW file and tone map any way you like using any of their HDR algorithms. On this image though I used.

– Tone map using Contrast Optimizer

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

Open up in Filter software On1 Perfect Effects and used:

– Color enhancer- Warmer
– Contrast- Darker Contrast
– Vignette- Big Softy


Thanks, Luke

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Nikon D800


Nikkor 14-24mm

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

1/160, 1/80, 1/40, 1/20 & 1/10 sec



HDR info

5 Bracket HDR using Photomatix 5


Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

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