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Boat Harbour Sunrise

I captured this rather stunning sunrise at Boat Harbour in north west Tasmania recently. I was up in Wynyard to set up my exhibition “Solitude” which runs until the end of October, and while there took the opportunity to shoot in and around the Waratah-Wynyard area.

Sunrise Boat Harbour Tasmania

Sunrise over Boat Harbour and Table Cape in north west Tasmania

Boat Harbour is a tiny seaside town around 20 minutes from Wynyard. Access is by the Port Rd off the main Highway as you head west from Wynyard. Continue further along this road and you get to Sisters Beach and the Rocky Cape National Park – an area I am going to have to make some time for on a future trip!

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Early morning light at Boat Harbour on the north west coast

Back at Boat Harbour, the road ends at a beach, and a short walk takes you to a jagged rocky point, ideal for some good old fashioned long exposure seascape photography 🙂

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The pre dawn colour was fantastic this trip, and I took many shots with the aid of my ND grads, and a few with the Interval Composite (Multiple Exposure) mode that I have written about a few times recently.

The rocky north west coast of Tasmania

The rocky north west coast of Tasmania at dawn

The cloud on the horizon muted the harsh sunlight after sunrise, and allowed me to keep shooting well after sunrise. The light on the rocks and the long views down the coast were stunning… Is it too early to be thinking about my 2017 calendar? The shot above is my personal fave!

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Sunrise and cloudscapes, North West Tasmania

I will be up in Wynyard again in the weeks ahead, as the tulip festival kicks in to gear and the exhibition continues right through October.

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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.