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Sleepy Bay, Freycinet National Park

Sleepy Bay, Freycinet National Park

Friday December 20, 2013

Sleepy Bay is located only a short drive from the Freycinet National Park visitor centre. Following the signs to the Cape Tourville lighthouse, you will come across a small car park a few minutes after turning off the main road that leads to the Wineglass Bay track car park. The track is well maintained and takes you down to sea-level in around 10 minutes. Sleepy Bay is eastward facing with sweeping views to the south, including Mt Parsons (the lowest and most seaward of the Hazards) and the Freycinet Peninsula coastline. Towards the east you can see the eucalypt clad hills of the national park.

Sleepy Bay, dusk scene. Freycinet National Park Tasmania

Sleepy Bay, dusk scene. Freycinet National Park Tasmania

Photographing Sleepy Bay

Seascapes are great at both dusk and dawn. Given the eastward facing aspect of Sleepy Bay there is no doubt that sunrise here is spectacular, as the red light of the sunrise lights up the pink granite and orange lichen which make Freycinet National Park so special. Dusk is not to be discounted, however, as long exposures make for nice smooth water, and a generally even light. If you are lucky you can even catch a pink glow in the eastern sky as the sun sets far away in the west. An added reason to head down to Sleepy Bay for a dusk shoot is to familiarise yourself with the rocky features while you have some light. You will then have a better idea where to set yourself up the following morning :)

Sleepy Bay Freycinet National Park Tasmania

Sleepy Bay, Freycinet. Great location for sunrise photography on Tasmania’s east coast.

My trip to Sleepy Bay coincided with some great weather. The evening was clear and mild, and the morning resulted in some great colour. I used my B+W 10 stop neutral density for most of these shots for added creativity.

Sleepy Bay Freycinet National Park Tasmania

Sleepy Bay, Freycinet. Great location for sunrise photography on Tasmania’s east coast.

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