I was staying in Tewantin, near Noosa intending to visit Eumundi markets. I couldn’t stay in the caravan park for my final night so headed to Boreen Point for an overnight stay.

I didn’t expect to see this.

The place

The little village of Boreen Point is about 26 kms (16 miles) north west of Noosa Heads. It sits on the edge of Lake Cootharaba. Part of Noosa Park Holidays, Boreen Point Campground is a cross between your normal caravan park with a few powered sites and bush camping with no defined unpowered sites. Two small amenity blocks have flushing toilets and hot showers.

Creating the photo

Capturing the scene

Staying here was a last minute thing so I knew nothing about the area. As the sun set, I went for a walk along the edge of the lake. Walking to the east, I found this large dead tree right on the water line. I knew it would make a great subject for a photograph. I took photos as I approached the tree but it wasn’t until I passed it and look westward. The colours in the sky from the setting sun made a great background. It was a little frustrating that someone else was following me and in my shot. I had to wait a while before they had the photo they wanted and moved on.

I didn’t have my tripod so this was a hand held photo. If I had the tree to the right of frame, you would be seeing the shoreline. It didn’t make for a good photo. Moving the tree to the left made a better composition. I couldn’t do much about the yacht on the background and you barely notice it. I took a photo that left me room to adjust the silhouette of the tree and bring the texture out.

Technical stuff

Canon 6D
39mm    F/5.6     1/50 Sec


There wasn’t a lot to do. I bought out the colours in the clouds a little and added some contrast to the water. The majority of work was lightening the tree. It was dark due to me facing the west.

Framing suggestion

For this photo, I’m using a double mat.

The bottom mat is an off-white and I’m using Snowflake. I did this to add more separation between the mat and the photograph. The normal white bevelled edge just wasn’t enough for my liking.

The upper mat is a an odd looking bluey grey called Spartan.

I’ve chosen a wood tone frame to match the sand in the lower left of the photo.