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Picnic Rocks Tasmania: Bay of Fires

Picnic Rocks Tasmania: Bay of Fires

Thursday April 10, 2014

The Picnic Rocks Tasmania are tucked away near Eddystone Point in the lovely Bay of Fires region. Access is via the Ansons Bay Rd which leaves the Tasman Highway just out of St Helens in the states north east. The road is unsealed but for the most part quite good, although there are a few sections where the road is fairly corrugated and bumpy. The final 1km, on the Deep Creek Rd is extremely poor. There is no option but to drive very slowly and carefully along this section…

Bay of FIres - Picnic Rocks Tasmania

Bay of FIres – Picnic Rocks Tasmania. Late afternoon

Photographing Tasmania’s Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fire’s region is most well known for its idyllic beaches and bright orange lichen covered granite boulders. The Picnic Rocks are just south of the Eddystone lighthouse, inside the Mt William National Park. Despite it’s east coast location, the Picnic Rocks are equally great to photograph at sunset as the last night of day lights up the rocks, and the afterglow of the day’s light lingers even in the eastern sky.

Bay of Fires, Picnic Rocks Tasmania

Dusk Scene, Picnic Rocks Tasmania

Dusk scene, Picnic Rocks Tasmania

Dusk scene at Tasmania’s Picnic Rocks, Bay of Fires

Sunrise is just as rewarding and results in very different lighting.The rocks themselves are silhouetted against a bright sky at this time of day.

Picnic Rocks at Sunrise, Bay of Fires Tasmania

Picnic Rocks at Sunrise, Bay of Fires Tasmania

The image above was taken with no filter at all; and the two images below were taken with my B+W 10 stop ND filter (note the shots were not taken consecutively). I have taken to using the 10 stop ND filter in most situations now, and have a few more 10 stop shots from the Bay of Fires I will be sharing with you in the coming days.

Picnic Rocks at Sunrise, Bay of Fires Tasmania

Picnic Rocks at Sunrise, Bay of Fires Tasmania. 132 second exposure taken with the aid of my B+W 10 stop ND filter.

Bay of Fires Tasmania - Picnic Rocks

Bay of Fires Tasmania – Picnic Rocks. 15 second exposure taken with the aid of my B+W 10 stop ND filter.

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