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Cradle Mountain Milky Way Stars

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Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania - Australia
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Honorable Mention - International Photography Awards 2017
Silver Award
Nominee - 11th Annual International Color Awards
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Nominee - 5th Annual Fine Art Photography Awards
Silver Award
Honorable Mention - Nature: Astro Photography - IPA 2019
Silver Award Honorable Mention - Special: Night Photography - IPA 2019

It was -7 degrees when the alarm went off at 3am and I had come down with a cold overnight but I know there are no prizes for laziness.

I had been working on this shot for over a year and had been watching the conditions at Cradle Mountain carefully for the past 2 months, clearing my schedule and booking a last minute flight when the forecasted conditions had presented themselves.

I jumped out of bed, put on my thermals, outer layers, gloves and neoprene waders then scraped the ice off the windscreen, climbed into the 4wd and headed up the slippery, icy road to Dove Lake.

Thankfully, as predicted the conditions were perfect when I arrived, clear skies, no moon and reflections on the lake. Other than the wombats, wallabies and potoroos, I had the entire place to myself.

The pathway to the lake was like an ice skating rink; I almost slipped over a couple of times before opting to trudge through the snow instead. I made my way to the lakes edge, to the rocks I had discovered many years earlier.

The moon was set to rise at 5am so by the time I had waded into the lake and setup I only had an hour to capture the image.

The scene before me was amazing, the stars reflecting beautifully on the calm waters of Dove Lake.

With no moon, composing my photo was difficult; it was a matter of pointing my camera in the right direction, taking a long exposure, moving the tripod, tweaking the composition and repeating this process many times until it was just right.

While standing in the lake, a third of my bottled water had turned to ice. My other camera’s and lenses sitting on the shore had also accumulated a thick layer of ice.

What an incredible experience, I had to push the camera to its absolute limits but I had finally nailed the shot of Cradle Mountain I had been chasing for over a year!

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Mark Gray's fine art photographs are printed on archival quality Fujiflex Crystal Archive. Fujiflex is the highest quality professional photographic substrate currently available in the world and has to be seen to be believed. The quality is exceptional with a very large colour gamut and an ultra high gloss pearlescent appearance. It also has a strong resistance to light fading and with correct mounting and framing will last for many years without any signs of fading.

After printing, your photograph is titled and hand signed by Mark Gray. It's then covered, rolled and packed into a hard cylinder tube to guarantee safe delivery. All prints come with 'Framing & Handling' instructions ensuring you get the most from your print/s.

All limited edition print's are numbered and come with a 'Certificate Of Authenticity', digitally signed by Mark.

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For unframed prints and gallery wall stock (framed prints), Australia wide delivery takes 1-2 weeks and International delivery takes 2-3 weeks. For custom framed prints, Australia wide delivery generally takes 6-8 weeks and International delivery time takes 8-10 weeks. If you have a tight deadline feel free to give us a call and we can discuss your options with you.

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Any prints damaged in transit are repaired or replaced free of charge on return.

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