Over the past couple of months I have embarked on a personal project to photograph beautiful Tasmanian landscapes via drone, and have just spent the last four days on the east coast trying to fit as many sites in as I can around Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires and further north into Musselroe Bay, Eddystone Point and Ansons Bay. At present, in my handy little Mapstr app I have just on 200 individual locations throughout Tasmania marked as photographic possibilities, but this list seems to be growing as I am traveling around the state.
Anyone who knows me well would know that I am absolutely obsessed with technology, and the combination of photography and some sort of flying spaceship is the stuff dreams are made of as far as I am concerned. At present I am using a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced for the aerial activities and I am still in the process of learning the limitations of the technology, in particular the camera. On this particular model of drone the camera is a fixed f/2.8 aperture which provides some challenges when shooting anything far away on a horizon. I am more interested in still images than video (hence the use of the Advanced model over the Professional, as well as the pending upgrade to the DJI Inspire Pro which will with me very soon), so I am finding that I need to be a bit creative with the compositions, and have so far achieved the best results with sharpness and clarity in shots aimed straight down at the ground.
Getting shots from the air has also given me a point of difference in the shots on my @tassiegrammer Instagram account and the engagement and support for what I have been doing has been amazing. Even when I am actually out flying the drone I have had some awesome conversations in the middle of nowhere with people who are genuinely curious about the technology. Over the past couple of days I even had a lovely old couple doing a little dance performance for me while I was busy trying to photograph my lovely partner swimming at Binalong Bay. I actually didn’t even have the camera pointed anywhere near them as they approached me to have a conversation but it was quite funny to see their reaction.
I am looking forward to getting out and about and capturing many more images around Tasmania and other parts of Australia, including a month long road trip around the Northern Territory starting next month. For now here are 12 images that I captured around the Tasmania’a East Coast over the past few days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
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1. Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park – Do I need to say anything else about this spectacular location?
2. Wineglass Bay – The southern most end of wineglass bay never seems to be as busy as the northern end but in my opinion is the best part of the entire beach.
3. Wineglass Bay – I was trying to get a slightly different perspective than normal with this shot. I think it worked.
4. Binalong Bay – I love the orange lichen and the amazing blue water all around the Bay of Fires region.
5. Binalong Bay – My beautiful partner and I have been planning this shot for quite a while. That water is quite cold and it took us a little while to get this shot right but I am very happy with the results. I am glad it was her swimming and not me, and I am sure you are too 😉
6. Little Blue Lake – approximately 70km’s drive north of St Helens is this remarkable water hole. The vivid blues are the result of the minerals left over from tin mining which occurred in the Mount Cameron region of Tasmania.
7. Denison Beach – Just north of Bicheno is this beautiful long beach that seems to go on forever. I couldn’t resist stopping off here on the way to Bay of Fires as the weather was just perfect for getting the drone in the air.
8. Denison Beach – Can you see the little tiny person lying down on the beach? That is my ever present and beautiful partner. She is amazing 🙂
9. Eddystone Point Lighthouse – I have seen many images of this lighthouse but have never seen any aerial shots of it. This is one of the major locations I had planned well before we left on this trip.
10. Musselroe Bay – In the north eastern corner of Tasmania is this amazing long beach. Musselroe Bay is a little holiday town and is well known for the fishing around the area. Shots like this with a lot of depth in them are not the best with the f/2.8 aperture.
11. Musselroe Bay – When we arrived we found a dead shark carcass on the beach. I was sure I also saw a shark surfing in the waves. I was trying to find it but I could’t see it anywhere by the time I got the drone up into the air.
12. Skeleton Point near Binalong Bay – I couldn’t resist putting the drone up when we arrived here for a sunset shoot. The conditions were just too good and I really wanted to see if I could capture the turbulence in the water before unpacking my trusty Canon 5DMKIII in preparation for a long exposure sunset session..