Landscape Photography revolves around the effort passionate photographers make in order to capture and showcase the vast beauty of nature with their cameras. Due to the stillness landscapes have, they were the first photography related subject in the early time of photography, where sensitive materials were pretty slow in comparison to what we have nowadays. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature where little or even nonexistent human traces can be spotted on the images. Nevertheless, sometimes, landscape photography could also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.
Without further ado, here are 10 breathtaking places you can’t miss if you love exploring Australia with a Camera:
1. Blue Mountains
Not just an Australian treasure but a world jewel as well. The Blue Mountains could be the perfect spot for any landscape photographer. Filled with cinematic panoramas and stunning natural beauty, this is a nature wonder indeed. The slate-colored haze that gives the mountains their name comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by the huge eucalypt trees. This is the perfect spot for nature loving and adventurous photographers. From high point of view scenes to falls, this is a most on any landscape photography list.
Autumn colors are without a doubt a guilty pleasure for many photographers. From landscape to street photographers, the unique mood you can get with autumn colors is priceless. This historic village is also famous for exploring the Alpine National Park, paragliding, fishing and kayaking on local rivers, bushwalking and exploring the region’s wineries.
3. Fraser Island
This is the place to be if you like minimalist pictures of sand and dunes. Fraser Island is currently known for being the largest sand island not just in Australia, but the entire world. The World Heritage List committee inscribed it on their list due to its massive and inspiring nature. You’ll never get tired of Fraser Island because its ever changing dune system makes it always unique and unpredictable for wanderers and photographers alike.
4. Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay)
Paradise of abundant birdlife, the Freycinet National Park is the one of Tasmania’s most photographed places in Australia. It sits on a sweep of sand at the very beginning of the great dramatic pink-granite peaks. The sublime Freycinet National Park is the reason everyone is here: a wild domain of sugar-white beaches and utterly transparent water, perfect for clean compositions and impossible exposure photographs.
5. Great Ocean Road (Lorne)
This is one of Australia’s most famous touring road. It takes travelers and locals through several different venues to go crazy with your cameras. You can go to surfing breaks and cliffs, through deep and pure pockets of rainforests and soothing and calmed seaside villages. If you love wildlife, the koala filled trees will get make you really happy. The Great Ocean Road brings you up close with the waves of the Southern Ocean.
Explore the lonely beaches and the magical lighthouses that lay between towns and the thick forests of eucalyptus trees. The Geelong road will take you into the long and quiet way, across the Bellarine Peninsula with enchanting Queenscliff visits and wineries along the way. Travelers departing from Melbourne could be tempted on doing a quick visit, but really, the best way to see all the treasures of the Great Ocean Road, is to at least staying there for a week, or more.
6. Kangaroo Island
Booming destination for wilderness and wildlife photographers, filled with ethnical species and scenic coastal views. Think of it as the Galapagos of Australia, thanks to its underdevelopment and rural character perfect to seek inner peace through photography and nature.
7. Port Douglas
A strategic spot if you wish to get close to the outer Great Reef Barrier, the Daintree Rainforest and the Four Mile beach. Port Douglas is a smart move for any photographer that wants to get their gear in front of many different things. Let yourself be surrounded by forest and the sea. Allow yourself to see the beauty of the Golden Hour like never before.
8. South-West WA (Margaret River)
Indulge your senses with mesmerizing caves from the underworld and premium wine tasting. Just three hour drive from Perth, the Margaret River region is a place worth visiting and capturing with your cameras. Not everything has to do with technical stuff, and photography tastes better when enjoying the craft. Visit the Southwest Coast for wineries, breweries, tall trees and scenic drives.
Unusual for Western Australia, here at Margaret River & the Southwest Coast, you’ll be able to see everything due to the short proximity all the attractions have. This makes this place a fantastic destination if you have scarce time. Exploring it in just a few days is doable.
9. Sunshine Coast (Noosa)
This place is perfect for long exposure photography with that peculiar element only the hand of humankind can give. Explore the sunshine coast and expect something great to happen for sure in your photographs
Little bit off the track of landscapes, Eumundi Markets are definitely a place to visit while being at the Noosa Sunshine Coast. This is one of Australia’s most famous and atmospheric artisan markets, attracting over 1.6m visitors a year to its 600-plus stalls.
10. New Zealand South Island (Queenstown)
New Zealand has been a fantastic venue for Landscape Photography, and even though is outside Australia is absolutely worth visiting. Filled with mountains, lakes, forests and shores, is an all in one landscape photography paradise to enjoy at a really slow pace.
Landscape Photography is perfect for exploration, and our Australian vast land is rich in venues and places that could fulfill our most outrageous desires when it comes to Landscape Photography. With little need to travel outside Australia, you can achieve marvelous images with your cameras.
Photography allows us to do bigger things than just the images that we can see. Photography helps humanity without any doubt to document an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history through different photography niches. Styles of photography may require certain specific assets that will vary from lenses to even having the vast amount of time for waiting for the perfect light to fall over a valley.
About Landscape Photography
This is a pretty popular genre in photography, and it requires generous amounts of available time as well as patience beyond gear and technique. Landscape Photography focus on capturing nature and places in the world. Sometimes we can see vast and endless venues, and sometimes just small areas of them. The decision behind scale and proportion is a matter of style and inner voice. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes, such as cityscapes. Landscape photography is a valuable component for any storytelling work, especially those that center around documenting a specific location of the world even if we are not experts on achieving it.
A little bit about Ethnographic Photography
Australia is a rich land for doing what some people call ethno-photography. It is a mixture of ethnography, which is a mode of study whose intent is to explore, record and, far more importantly, understand a given set of cultural phenomena; and of course, photography. This special type of photography can cover People, Culture and Customs in a unique way.
Ethnographic photography can be done in every country and environment, and it has a special charm when done at our own country. Ethnographic photography is valuable when it centers on those customs that are lost with the passing time of generations and that are the origin of numerous festivities and ceremonies. One of the biggest motivations for practicing this special type of photography is to find situations that are pretty different from the ones that we regularly see in our everyday lives. Traveling to other countries we do not know can be very stimulating as photographers, because it enriches our lives by watching different customs.
It doesn’t matter if you are planning on doing this type of imagery abroad or at your very own hometown, it will always require a certain amount of prior research. It is essential to inform us in advance as much as we can about the place we’re going to document, the population and even the ceremonies or festivities that may occur during our time at a certain place. There could be some barriers, which may be seen as part of a nurturing experience. Such barriers or complexities could be language, cultural prejudices, and of course time. Time must be managed with extreme care because the more time we get to spend at a place, the greater the results we could obtain.
There is a good practice for photographers that love to explore and document the rich environments that the average tourist won’t reach is to hire a freelance tour guide. Freelance tour guides are usually locals, and they know the best places and the best tips to engage with people as well. Also reading traveling guides like Lonely Planet is a great strategy for any photographer.
While documenting places, people and culture, there is a high chance that you’ll encounter with ancestral customs that remain pretty rigid. In these cases having a local tour guide as your companion is key for gaining access to such hermetic demographic circles. Hospitality of some cultures is extremely warm and rich, and respect is always a fundamental component for getting around places without bothering locals with your presence. This may take some time, so try not to start taking pictures right away. Gain people’s confidence and you’ll be able to photograph meaningful scenes with a high level of nature quality.
Nowadays we have an essential tool: Google Earth, which allows us to plan distances without much trouble.
The Importance of Photography in making History
History wouldn’t be able to speak us so loud and clear if it wasn’t for photography. Since its formal invention, photograph has helped History in giving clear statements about things we need to remember and learn from. Past is something that must not be underestimated since it will always offer guidelines for routing our future. Photography and history mix together nice when documenting places because it will help future generations to understand with a clear vision how life was before their existence.
Travel and Photography, what a beautiful blend of guilty pleasures. Frankly I get an eerie feeling when I hear photographers saying that they are exclusively “travel photographers”. The reason why this triggers uneasy feelings in my mind, is because I find this statement as a little bit too pretentious for my taste. It is like saying “I only take pictures when I’m on travel”, and unless these photographers have the resources for doing so, they’ll be limiting themselves to practicing and enjoying photography as a whole. As a Social Photographer, I approach my local hometown the same way I approach serendipitous encounters when traveling.
For me travelling is an amazing opportunity for getting close to foreign cultures, and thanks to them, one eventually gets an invaluable experience of life. If you love to travel and you also share love for photography, you have an extremely beautiful thing waiting to burst in your hands. Photography makes us get more sensitive to ordinary happenings that otherwise could remain unseen. As outsiders, we have the joy of seeing everything with fresh eyes, that’s why it’s so easy to feel bored about local environments because we wrongly think that we have captured everything possible, which is of course a mistake that I learned about just years after I started to make photographs. There are certain things that you should consider on putting some energy into when approaching your travels with the marvelous discipline of photography.
It all starts home, or at the hotel
Planning is always crucial, but when working abroad, it must be done even with more care. The main reason why planning should not ever be taken for granted when doing travel photography is because our resources are way more limited. Everything becomes scarcer when travelling, from time to geographic displacement, especially when travelling with company that is not passionate about photography as we are. There are certain tools that will help you on getting a rough idea of what to find at certain places. Some of these tools are free to use, and are pretty obvious, but I’ll mentioned them just in case:
- Google Maps: Google maps has become a powerful tool for knowing distances around the areas we as travelers could get closer to. It shows distances in several transportation mediums, even in walking distances.
- Google Street View: Not all countries have the benefit of being Google Street View accessible, but if your destination is inside the victims of Google Street View machinery, you can use this tool to walk around venues in a virtual mode prior your arrival. Let’s face it, this could jeopardize the charm of getting lost while wandering the streets, but sometimes time is so scarce, that it might be helpful even for the most adventurous street photographers.
- The Photographer’s Ephemeris: This great lightweight tool helps you in the planning of outdoor photography. It will be helpful even at your own hometown. The thing about this web based app (also available for iOS) is that it helps you predict the location of both the sun and the moon at a certain time and date. This is helpful for photographers that need to know how the light will fall on the land, whether is day, night, dawn or dusk, for any location on earth.
Learn about the laws and culture
One thing you must always have clear when travelling, is to always be respectful. This apply for culture, religion and even laws. It doesn’t matter if you are an open-minded person walking into a conservative country or conservative person inside a pretty liberal culture, you have to be respectful. There are certain countries that have some picky rules about photography, and also if a person doesn’t feel comfortable while being photographed, please be respectful and try to understand them. Don’t be confrontational and start arguing about your right to photograph people on public places, or start to point out that they don’t mind being filmed by surveillance cameras as some photographers are doing these days. Just remember this, if you are rude with people, you are making other polluting the craft of photography; therefore you’ll be contributing in making our beloved passion harder to practice with absolute freedom anywhere in the world, period.
In order to avoid being frustrated with unfulfilled expectations, try to get an objective grasp on distances. If a place is pretty far away from your hotel, try to dedicate just one day to that place, or even consider getting a room or a B&B at that place. Doing this will reduce the amount of frustrations while photographing certain venues all over the world.
Certain genres of photography are more demanding in terms of time, physical performance, and of course available light. One of this genres is landscape photography. Personally I’m a Social Photographer, and landscapes are not my thing to do, but I do love to watch them. I tend to do contemplative readings on some beautiful landscapes, and I have accompanied some friends in their landscape photography adventures. One thing that I have learned, is that scouting is essential. Sometimes you could just walk to a venue without even taking your camera, because you’ll be looking for the perfect spot for a prior perfect photograph.
Learn about the weather
One of my other passions in life, is weather. I love storms, rain, heavy winds and apocalyptic clouds. I have found that it is important to know about the weather to predict light, and don’t be afraid of the rain, just manage to keep your gear dry and safe, you’ll be surprised of the results threatening weather can have on photographs, no matter your preferred niche or style.
Get your files secure
One healthy practice when travelling, is to create a flexible backup discipline for your files. You are not home, and anything could go wrong. When travelling on assignments or joy, I save my files on my laptop, and on my external hard drive. I do this task every single night, because you don’t know when something weird could happen to your files.
Please share with us your own tips and tricks when doing some travel photography, and have a nice light.