Mt Field and the Styx Valley are close to Hobart and are magnificent places to take rainforest photos. The Tasmanian rainforest is characterised by the dark green of the ancient myrtle beech and sassafras trees, punctuated here and there by the more brilliant green of the tall tree-ferns. At Mt Field, there are a number of magnificent waterfalls and fast flowing creeks which add to the enjoyment of photographing in this sort of environment.
Tips for taking better rainforest photos
The rainforest is one of the most rewarding landscapes to photograph. It is a dynamic environment, full of life. Swirling and cascading water, ferns and moss, and in the case of Tasmanian rainforest, tall, tall trees. This also results in extra challenges for the landscape photographer. Some things to look out for when taking rainforest photos are:
- Too much contrast – in particular, avoid bright sunny days, as the contrast between the bright sky and the dark shadows will be too great for effective rainforest photos.
- Movement of tree branches and ferns during long exposures. This may be unavoidable to a certain extent, but keep it in mind.
- Spray from waterfalls on your lens. Take advantage of the digital age and review after each shot. Make sure you pack a lens cloth!
Mt Field & Styx Valley Photography Workshop
One of the best areas of rainforest close to Hobart is Mt Field National Park and the nearby Styx Valley, which are now both part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. I run a full day Mt Field & Styx Valley Photography Workshop. Anyone hoping to learn a few more techniques to improve their rainforest photos should contact me to book a session!