Overlooking the expanse of Alpine National Park, the iconic Craig’s Hut is surrounded by the beauty of Mount Stirling in Victoria’s High Country. Craig’s Hut was originally built for the Australian film “The Man from Snowy River“. The original hut was burnt down in bush fires (2006) but has recently been rebuilt allowing for the steady stream of photographers to return.
Getting access to Craig’s Hut was always going to be a risk with snow already closing many roads. We had traveled down from Sydney on the last weekend before the start of the ski season and many of the access roads had already closed. We had mixed luck accessing Wallace’s Hut the day before but really wanted to shoot Craig’s Hut. The direct route was already closed so we had to navigate the network of 4×4 tracks that cross the region. Several hours later we arrived with enough time to cook up some food over an open fire before settling in for the shoot.
The relaxing time was over and panic soon set in. Just as the light started to get good a heavy snow shower started to fall making shooting conditions difficult. I dashed back to the car to grab my umbrella allowing me to continue to shoot without having to wipe down the lens every few seconds all be it with one hand free.