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Tree in Mist, Above Sofala, NSW
Cambo Actus-DB2, Phase One IQ4 150mp, Nikkor 600mm, f11 @ 1/30 second, ISO 50.

There's a song that says if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with. Now, I'm not for a minute suggesting this is something we should live by, but there's an element of truth when it comes to photography.

Last week I posted a photo from my recent road trip from Canberra to Sydney via Bathurst and Hill End, but what I didn't reveal is that it took me two attempts to get to Hill End. Foolishly, when I arrived in Bathurst, I concentrated on a pillow for my head and some food for my body. I forgot to check the petrol for the car, so at 5.00 am the next morning, I found myself on the road to Hill End with 160 km to travel and 180 km in my tank. But you know how it is, how accurate is that gauge, really?

It was very misty and positively foggy in patches. No idea how those young guys in utes went flying past me, but I wasn't inclined to follow. About half way there, the car was still telling me I had 180 km in the tank. Then we (me and the car) started going up hill and suddenly I had only 80 km in the tank, with at least another 120 km to go. I wasn't going to Hill End.

After chastising myself, I turned the car around. I was above the fog and found a couple of angles, but I was really just going through the motions. I jumped in the car and drove down a few kilometres further and suddenly this scene jumped out in front me and I had to stop! The mist was coming back into the hill and it created some delightful landscapes.

The moral of the story? Even if you are really, really stupid like me, you can still get decent shots if you're receptive to something different! Photography on the road is all about attitude and the mature side of me says just relax and enjoy the journey.

The other side wonders what Hill End would have looked like in all that fog. I drove back after breakfast and a petrol stop, but the beautiful clear sky left no hint of what it might have been there earlier in the day.

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