Its been a few years since I stayed in Tasmania so it was with a fair bit of enthusiasm that I returned there to attend a wedding. It happened to be in Cradle Mountain a well visited tourist and trekking location in north-west Tasmania. The event was held outdoors with the accompaniment of some all too familiar drizzle and occasional shower. I made the most of the day by wandering off for a while through the surrounding rainforest after the event. A couple of my favourite shots are included here.
After being tormented by weeks of heat and humidity we were treated to a significant drop in temperature, a severe thunderstorm and local flooding. I did see significant sand dredging along the coast and plenty of rubbish left on the shore, spewed out by storm water drains. Not much fun swimming in that mix so wandered around the shoreline instead.
For several years the James Craig sat across the bay in Rozelle getting refurbished or whatever the word is when old ships get a facelift. A few of us enjoyed an afternoon aboard in its new Sydney home of Darling Harbour with a view of some famous city landmarks including Sydney Tower.
A couple having a walk by one of the big waterfalls in Iceland - Detifoss perhaps. One thing that strikes you as a visitor to this and many other scenic spots in this country is that there is a conspicuous absence of railings and warnings of obvious dangers. The second thing is an absence of people taking material advantage of visiting 'crowds' by setting up kiosks flogging trinkets and other worthless memorabilia. Just seeing places like this is unforgettable isn't it??
Too bright and sunny for most types of photography. So, here's a shot of of an Eastern Spinebill just off the back verandah enjoying spring nectar.
This shot was part of the recent coastal photo shoot. I wouldn't print this image since I played around with it in PS. Well not the main subject but peripheral parts which were edited out or touched up in some way eg, removal of intruding plant on left. If I wanted to print such an image I would reshoot it to make sure I could isolate the subject sufficiently. I'm not really a PS afficionado so I don't want to have to create an image using tools. But I also think minor retouches are acceptable. To me, for an image like this, there's not much difference between moving a plant by hand or editing it out in software later. If it were covering the subject itself however, you wouldn't have even 'seen' this shot.
Below: Dinosaur & mole