The Bay of Fires area in Northeast Tasmania has remarkable coastal rock with lichen glowing orange just above the water line. Binalong Bay is the town at the southernmost end of the Bay with enough rocks there to keep photographers busy for days! There just isn't too much to do during the day but we went walking in the nearby mountains before settling and dawn and dusk for the rocks themselves.
Over Easter 2011, ~marianne-lim and travelled the north of Tasmania for 10 days. We focused on staying a few nights at certain locations rather than squeeze too much in to the itinerary (also because Marianne was 25 weeks pregnant at the time). This location on the Northwest coast of Tasmania begged for more time but we were unfortunately located at Burnie - 1-2 hours drive away. The sunset evolved rapidly from a boring blue sky afternoon to a sudden surge of cloud and pure red sunset. This image was taken with 3 stop reverse GND and 3 stop soft GND.
Jokulsarlon lies in Iceland's South East - some 380km away from the capital Reykjavik. It is easily accessable by the ring road and is definitely worth spending several days there as the weather conditions change giving a whole variety of different possiblities for photography. This particular evening was clear and there were icebergs floating close to shore or already ashore. I fished this one out of the water for this image. Image was taken with a 3 stop soft and 2 stop hard GND (slight cast in the sky which I have left in). People have often commented on previous photographs about the reflection being brighter than the sky ; that is the intention with this image and several others I took while on the trip last year.
This has to be one of the most remarkable locations I have visited even if the weather was not as good as it could have been. Located in the interior of Iceland, we arrived there by 4WD bus from Reykjavik and spent one night there before setting off on the beautiful laugavegur hike. The long days meant long twilights which made photography even more satisfying at the ends of the day. This was dawn on the second day after I had slipped on those rocks giving me wet feet for the rest of the day's hiking.
Sometimes, when you drive out in hope of a good dawn in the darkness, you just get lucky. This morning was one of those days when grey skies lit up for a few minutes including a very truncated rainbow in the distance. On a cold wet winter morning, I had this place all to myself to appreciate and it reminded me that no matter how many times you visit the same spot , it is never the same! It probably takes some imagination to see a dragon churning the waters but I think I can see one
Tasmania is a wonderful place for landscape photography and like Iceland, there is such diversity within the island that you won't have to travel too far to shoot lush temperate rainforests, to windswept dunes, the craggy coast lines. This waterfall is located in the North East of Tasmania in the Blue Tier region. A relatively isolated location with a short dirt road drive off the main highway and a 1km walk to the base of the falls.
I am hoping that by later this year, this may be one of the images chosen for publication in a book hosted by Ian Wallace. More news on that later.
In other news, this is a video link for our baby girl Charlotte [link]
St Helens is the major centre nearest to the Bay of Fires Conservation area in Tasmania's Northeast. A few minutes out of town on the way to Binalong Bay (the southernmost part of the Bay of Fires), the waters of Moulting Bay were still for each of the dawns we were in the area. An old wonky jetty still stands there and is home to the many gulls in the area. It was a peaceful morning which started grey but suddenly lit for a glorious 5-10 minutes.
The rocky foreshore of Elgol makes for a huge diversity of compositions when photographing the Black Cuilllin Range in the background. During our week on the Isle of Skye, the was gloomy while on Trotternish but cleared to blue skies and still Lochs for our time around Glen Brittle and Elgol. We tried to take full advantage of the good weather knowing that it wouldn't last long!
This is another image we took during a magical weekend at probably the best place on earth we have visited thus far for photography. After fishing up some ice blocks which were floating around close to the shore, we placed them for foreground interest where they weren't affected by movement. This was taken just on dusk. It is also the last image in the movie I have linked below which shows how much (or little) Marianne and manipulate our images for the final product:
This was one of the last shots of a beautiful evening just outside Grundarfjordur when the weather finally began to clear. The previous 2 days had been washed out with solid rain. I used manual blending of 4 exposures and a photomatix produced image in this one. In coming weeks, I hope to present a video on Iceland flicking through every picture I took there in 2010 case people were curious!