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7 Day Tasmanian Photography Workshop Wrap Up

Michael Snedic and I recently completed our 7 Day Tasmanian Photography Workshop with 6 very happy participants. Without a doubt the single most unforgettable aspect of the workshop was photographing the Aurora Australis at Coles Bay. It was a week full of highlights but to experience an aurora of such intensity on a relatively cloud free evening is something that everyone with a passion for landscape photography would cherish forever. Photographing the aurora can never be guaranteed in advance but any regular visitors here, or on my Facebook page would know I have had some luck of late, and if there is any chance to photograph an aurora while a photography workshop is in progress I will do all I can to make it happen 🙂

Aurora Australis, Tasmania

Aurora Australis, Coles Bay – Captured during our recent 7 Day Tasmanian Photography Tour

During the week we spent three nights at Cradle Mountain, photographing the World Heritage listed alpine landscapes and rainforest. We photographed waterfalls, wildlife and sunrise/sunset at the picture perfect Dove Lake, the group split between those who preferred the classic view with the boat shed and those who shot from the lakes edge, searching out interesting rocks for the foreground. Because there are two tutors with the group it is quite easy to split up, or for beginners to get extra attention with exposure settings, ISO and composition. We also run the workshop with great flexibility regarding activities and locations. We will shoot in the location that will offer the best results according to weather conditions on the day, rather than sticking rigidly to a pre-determined plan. The locations we can chose from are stunning – rainforest walks, rustic alpine huts and classic mountain scenery.

Tasmanian Experience with Michael Snedic & Luke O'Brien

Tasmanian Experience with Michael Snedic & Luke O’Brien

After three nights at Cradle Mountain we travelled to the Freycinet Coast, with a photo stop at the stunning Liffey Falls included to break up a fairly long day on the road. Liffey Falls is one of Tasmania’s finest waterfalls to photograph, set amongst tall ferns and rainforest. It is a very different landscape to what we saw at Cradle Mountain. On the east coast we then did a sunrise shoot, joined the Wineglass Bay Cruise and spent a leisurely half day of photography within the Freycinet National Park. Again having two tutors meant that a couple of the guys decided to hike to the Wineglass Bay lookout, while others had a macro session and quiet explore at Honeymoon Bay.

Photography Tours Tasmania - Freycinet National Park

Photography Tours Tasmania – Freycinet National Park

The tour concludes in Hobart, with an early morning shoot along the historic and scenic waterfront.

Photography Workshop - Hobart, Tasmania

Photography Workshop – Hobart, Tasmania

The next “Tasmanian Experience” 7 Day Workshop dates are now set as November 15 ~ 21 and we are now taking bookings. Please visit the Tasmanian Experience page for full details. I run a range of Tasmanian Photography Tours & Workshops all year round – please contact me for more information.


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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.