Mount Ossa First Light

Mount Ossa First Light

Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Sunrise from Pelion East

This is Tasmania's highest mountain, Mount Ossa, taken at sunrise from Mount Pelion East.

For those not familiar with the overland track, the overland track is a 6 day, 81kms hike from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

This image was taken from just below the summit of Mount Pelion East - accessed via a side track roughly halfway along the overland track.

To get to this location for sunrise was challenging. On the overland track, walkers must stay at designated huts. This is a 4-hour uphill hike from the nearest hut - Pelion Hut. I had planned to leave at midnight, but I became a bit distracted with astrophotography close to Pelion Hut as it was such a clear night. By about 2am, I was on my way towards the summit of Mount Pelion East with 9 kilograms of camera gear making my pack a total of 27kg.

I was running late for sunrise.

This junction to the Mount Pelion East or Mount Ossa side tracks are typically reached on Day 4, but I was a day ahead of schedule. After the first day was drenched in rain, the second day was clouded in and after waking to see a clear sky at Pelion Hut, I pushed on through as I had planned this photo for sometime and I did not want to miss the sunrise.

This is a photograph where the conditions and light were simply perfect.

Photographic Prints

  • Print size


    678mm (26.7inch)


    261mm (10.3inch)


    300 Pixels/Inch

  • Aspect Ratio

    Landscape 2.6

  • Printing details


    Canson Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm - a premium semi-gloss photo paper.

  • Inks

    High quality archival pigment inks.

  • Border

    A 25mm margin (a white border) is applied to all edges. This border is added to the size listed.

  • Watermark

    All watermarks are removed from photographic prints.

  • Packaging

    Prints are packaged in a clear archival sleeve that is rolled and shipped in a mailing tube.

  • Shipping

    Australian postage is free, international shipping is also available

  • Framing

    Framing is not supplied, however can be arranged through Tasmanian-based suppliers at retail cost. Additional shipping costs apply, and delivery time is extended.

Technical Details

Camera settings

  • Camera

    Sony a7s

  • Lens

    Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

  • Exposure


  • Aperture

    f/ 2.8

  • ISO


  • Digital details

    Dimensions: 8006px x 3079px

    Megapixels: 24.6mp


  • Photographic

    6 shot vertical panorama (handheld).

  • Processing

    Edited in Lightroom using custom linear profiles. Panorama merged and edited in Photoshop.


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