Could Tasmania be classed as un-destination photography as decreed by Pascal and Philippe in #582. Un-destination photography in Aigues-Mortes, France
First thoughts are no, let’s review the rules:
I’m sure some readers may recognise the place names but most likely not the images.
Tasmania is a landscape photographer’s dream, with huge areas of pristine wilderness, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls (I failed miserably to capture any worthy of sharing) and coastline just take your pick. The constant cloud assisted with the lighting.
Cradle Mountain is one of the best known locations and a place I’ve wanted to visit for many years. But as, sometimes destinations close to home, well, 2 hours on a plane and then another 2 hours are neglected for far off travels to other world destinations.
Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife describe it as:
“The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, button grass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environments to explore. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife.”
First impressions are that I wouldn’t argue! The pristine wildness needs to be seen to be believed, especially if you are a city dweller. Dove Lake in the foreground and the majestic Cradle Mountain behind covered partly in mist is a sight to behold.
Thousand Lakes is a place like no other. It is almost otherworldly, remote and barren yet beautiful and unique. Wrapped inside Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, Thousand Lakes Lodge is your haven to simply relax, or your base to explore the trails and lakes of this unique alpine wilderness, and discover the real Tasmania. While I was at the lodge I attended a weekend photographic workshop (at my own expense) run by Roy & Coreena Vieth of Shutterbug Walkabouts – a very worthwhile experience.
Unfortunately the lake water levels are down, this doesn’t lessen the beauty of the landscape and its surrounds.
Shooting Astro in a gale is something different the foreground shrubs didn’t want to play nicely, you would have needed a shutter speed over 1/500 plus to freeze them in the conditions we encountered.
Coles Bay faces east and is the perfect place to capture sunrise, on this occasion the clouds played along. Spectacular rocks with orange algae are dotted along the coast line. The water colour is a deep aqua.
Trees are an integral part of any landscape and I found myself wanting to try and capture them on my travels.
Binalong Bay is located in the Bay of Fires and has a similar landscape to Coles Bay except it has long white sandy beaches.
Seascape photography is real hit and miss genre especially if you are after that brilliant colour explosion. Mostly they are dull and uninspiring, occasionally you are rewarded.
Wilderness/rainforest is abundant on the east coast areas and is dotted with numerous waterfalls and lovely walks.
This has been my first real landscape photography trip, prior experience has been mainly with seascapes, as a personal observation I find it much harder to get good composition with pure landscape work. This is something that I’ll pursue in the future.
In summary the small area of Tasmania that was explored and photographed by myself and 2 friends Alan and Phil was a very rewarding experience and if you are every in the neighbourhood drop in, spend some time, you won’t be disappointed, beware the weather can be fickle we were lucky and only had rain one morning out of 9.
Images were taken on a Nikon D810 using either a Zeiss Milvus 2.8/21, 1.4/35, 1.4/50 or 2/135, filters were used in some shots.
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