Fossil Cliffs Dusk to Dawn
The Fossil Cliffs on Maria Island are one of the highlights of even a short visit, and an absolute must shoot location from dusk to dawn for some great seascapes and starscapes for those who stay overnight.
Given the dire state of interstate travel right now and the resultant lack of bookings on my workshops I decided to take myself away for a night on the island last week, taking advantage of something I read online about winter being a great time to do night sky photography in Tasmania 😉
First of all I hired myself a bike and that turned out to be a brilliant option. I was able to zip between Darlington and either the Fossil Cliffs or Painted Cliffs in 10-15 minutes or so, and even spent the whole next day riding down to the isthmus between north and south Maria which was a great day.
Anyhoo, I had stunningly clear skies which is great obviously for stars, but meant there wasn’t an awful lot of colour in the dusk and dawn. Nevertheless I was able to entertain myself – and more importantly, you too I hope, dear reader – with waves crashing on the awesome rock formations.
These shots were all captured “au naturale” – my camera that is of course. Setting up for my first shot of the evening I could not find my NDs and realised I had left them at home! Normally I like to use NDs for long exposure, but this time I couldn’t. I did however do a few “interval composites” to mimic the process so all was not lost.
All in all a great trip 🙂