Tasmania - Ideal Destination For Landscape Photographers (Part 1)

6/28/2012 3:03:13 PM

Australia’s southerly island state, Tasmania boasts breathtaking wilderness, a temperate climate and beautiful coastline, making it an ideal destination for landscape photographers.

Description: Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania, Australia

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Rick in character with vast, rugged vistas and untouched natural beauty, Tasmania is fantastic for landscape photography.

‘Tasmania boasts some spectacular scenery and you’ll find that huge swathes of the island are unspoilt by human activity.’

A side perhaps from the Tasmanian Devil (or, more simply, ‘Taz’) from Looney Tunes, many people are completely unfamiliar with Tasmania. Situated 150 miles or so from mainland Australia, overseas visitors often neglect to include this island on their itinerary.

However, for many Australians it’s a hugely popular destination and many people return time and time again. You’ll often hear it referred to as the most beautiful of Australia’s six states and it certainly has a lot on offer for visiting landscape and nature photographers. Tasmania boasts spectacular scenery and you’ll find that huge swathes of the island are unspoilt by human activity. In fact, the South West Wilderness is largely impenetrable – at least by road.

There are a number of locations in Tasmania that only the very experienced and well-prepared are advised to attempt extensive exploration. Weather conditions can change suddenly and rapidly in many parts of Australia and Tasmania is certainly no exception. When the rugged geology and topography of Tasmania is factored in, it’s not hard to believe that getting lost can be very dangerous indeed.

Even people with good local knowledge of the landscape have run into trouble in Tasmania, so visitors should definitely avoid straying too far away from familiar, easily accessible areas. Tasmania is also home to some potentially troublesome wildlife, including many species of the Australian bull ant that have the potential to cause anaphylactic shock.

Thankfully, the beauty and pace of life in Tasmania far exceeds any of its hazards and a visit is very highly recommended. The state’s capital city, Hobart, is quieter than many UK towns and has plenty of good places to eat and stay. Due in part to its previous life as a notorious penal colony, Tasmania (known as Van Diemen’s Land until the mid-19th century) also has a tangible sense of history that is sometimes lacking in other parts of Australia. For example, in the south-eastern corner of the island, the convict settlement of Port Arthur is a fascinating location that can also lend itself to some very atmospheric and haunting images.

‘The Australian autumn and spring are the best times to photograph Tasmania as the light tends to be softer.’

Description: autumn, tasmania

The Australian autumn and spring are the best times of year to photograph Tasmania as the light tends to be softer, and of course the sunrise and sunset times are more reasonable, The sunlight during the summer months in Australia can be very harsh and the longer days make dawn and dusk photography rather more demanding. Capturing Tasmania in winter is perfectly possible but remember that, contrary to popular belief, Australia does experience cold, wet weather during winter and this is especially true in Tasmania due to its southerly location.

With the nature of the environment and the changeability of the weather in mind, it’s very important that you pack and prepare accordingly. Much like the UK, there can be some very cold days during the summer months and it’s easy to get caught out if you take the conditions for granted. Plenty of layers that you can take on and off, plus some waterproof clothing is highly advisable. In addition to is coastal scenery, Tasmania has some lovely waterfalls so if you want to capture some of these, the chances are that you’ll get wet feet sooner or later. Spare socks and good quality walking boots or even waders are a very good idea.

There’s a lot of open, sweeping scenery so a wide-angle lens is essential. As the light during the middle of the day is often very bright and glary, you’ll find yourself taking the majority of your landscape photographs towards the beginning and end of the day. Shooting in this low light makes a tripod another vital piece of kit. A good, strong bag that is durable, weatherproof and easy to carry around is important as you’ll generally want to pack your equipment away safely while walking and exploring the, often challenging, terrain. It’s good to be able to concentrate on your footing without having to worry about protecting your camera at the same time.

Description: Tasmanians are a very friendly populations and are well aware of the beauty of their home

Tasmanians are a very friendly populations and are well aware of the beauty of their home. The locals are happy to help and advise visitors, drawing your attention to places of interest and things to be aware of. There is also plenty of tourist information available in both Hobart and Launceston (the state’s second-biggest city). Guided tours of many of Tasmania’s most scenic regions are also available, which are well worth making enquiries about, especially those that are specifically aimed at photographers.

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