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]
This small waterfall is a little of the usual tourist route. It can be found a few kilometers off the main road heading toward the popular tourist attractions of Geysir and Gullfoss in the Southwest of Iceland. The most striking aspect of this waterfall was the long fissure through which it runs its blue streams. The water itself feels warm due to submerged geothermal activity which gives rise to slight steaming effect the water has. In the cold of Iceland, it's definitely yet another surreal sight to savour!
Binalong Bay marks the southern end of the Bay of Fires Conservation area on Tasmania's North East coast. It is renowned for its red lichen at the water level. I was led to this tree by a fellow photographer Matthew Stewart who has also taken several compositions of the same spot. This image is one of a handful which will appear in an upcoming book entitled 'Tasmania: a visual journey'. Hopefully, it will be in the hands of all of the co-authors including Ian Wallace (who put it all together) by Christmas!
Over the New Year, I had the great opportunity to spend a long weekend shooting in Kangaroo Island with Keith & Amy from Hong Kong who were on a Dulux sponsored trip to photograph wallpapers. This was one of the sites we visited , the iconic red granite rocks of Flinders Chase National Park entitled the Remarkable Rocks. The rocks proper were behind me and are often photographed so I went for something different that morning. The rocks really are that red! Especially with the right lighting. Shot with 3 stop reverse GND and 2 stop ND.
I took this shot a few weeks ago while scouting potential locations for a wedding shoot in the area. The canola was in full force in the region and I was excited about shooting the bridal party in this field, however, 2 weeks later, most of the gold had dropped off, replaced by seed pods instead. Nonetheless, I know now at what time of year to head up that way for similar shots in the years to come!
We made the 40km dirt road trip from Godafoss to Aldeyjarfoss thinking that we had passed it at some point as the landscape was so barren. In the middle of this wasteland, the blue waters of Aldeyjarfoss roared over the edge of basalt columns. This was a remarkable location and if you can spare 2 hours of driving, I couldn't recommend a visit here enough! Marianne is located at the bottom of the image for scale. Chromatic aberration was a slight problem for the 7D and 10-20 for the very long exposures but I still like the result.
Another shot from the base of the Pinnacles in June this year when the weather was wild, swell was up - challenging conditions but a great reminder of nature's powers. You can access this area from a turn off to Cape Woolamai. From the farthest car park it was about 45 minutes pleasant walking (in the right conditions). Only the last part is tricky going down a slope in the muddy conditions.
This image was taken on the very first dawn of our trip to Tasmania in Autumn this year. Having not been there before, it was difficult to know what to take pictures of while scouting in the dark but the early morning gloom gave enough light to find this spot on the bridge when for 5 minutes, the skies exploded pink. And then greyness resumed!
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The Pinnacles are an amazing rock formation off the coast of Cape Woolamai along the rugged shores of Phillip Island overlooking Bass Strait. To me, it looks as though land rose from the wild seas. At its base, steep shores, orange boulders and wild westerly winds make it a pretty difficult place to photograph technically (spray everywhere, slippery rocks, freak waves). But due to the wildness, it can make for some dramatic looking scenes. This is a 7 shot panorama of 1 minute exposure for each frame taken on a cold, intermittently wet and wild day in June this year. It currently sits as a 1m canvas print on my entrance hall
An image from earlier this year on a wild winter morning where the tide was high and the clouds ominous. In the distance, the bottom of a crimson rainbow shone opposite the sunrise. One of the most spectacular dawns I've seen at one of my favourite coastal locations close to home. I hope once baby settles down, I'll be able to head out to the coast again as you never know what you're going to get even at a location you know like the back of your hand.