We left Strahan,after getting my last coffee from the Coffee Shack, this morning and headed to Hobart. It is a fairly long drive, but not without possible stops on the way. Though I have to admit that once I get going I like to just keep going, but we did stop a couple of times.

The first stop was at the suggestion of tassiegrammer on Instagram. He suggested Nelson Falls. We weren’t disappointed.


With all the rain Tasmania has been getting it was so full and flowing fast. It was also throwing up lots of mist, so I had to constantly clean my filter. I got wet, but it was well worth it.

Next we stopped at Lake St Clair. Here we went for a walk around the edge of the lake.


We saw rivers meeting, we think it was. The spot is called watermeet.

It was a great place and the walk pretty easy. We also had lunch there as well. They were very heavy on the salt, but it was nice. The pumpkin soup was incredible, I wished I had ordered it.

Next we thought we would check out The Wall. The admission price was $12, which we ummed about, did we really want to pay $12, but decided okay. Then when we got to where we pay it said “No Cameras Past This Point”. That did it for me, I was out of there. I just think what is the point if we can’t take photos. I want to show people where I have been. Put up photos here and on my social media sites.  Now instead of good publicity I am telling all my photography friends, or anyone who wants to take photos don’t bother going. They obviously haven’t learned how important social media is and what it can do for them.

The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful. We did see lots of water though. Many of the rivers are running to capacity and fast. Some have burst their banks and flowing into parks and along the sides. Thankfully the road was high enough.

We are now here in Hobart and staying in a very nice place. Just had dinner at Prossers, which was also great. So lots planned, but time to get some sleep. Off to Bruny Island tomorrow.


Today we were up and out by 8 and headed down to the water to get ready to catch our boat for a cruise with World Heritage Cruises. We started in Macquarie Harbour, then to Sarah Island, up the Gordon River and then back to Hell’s Gate, or Macquarie Heads. The first thing we noticed, well once I had my large latte from the Coffee Shack, was that it was very foggy. I mean very.

We were supposed to start with going to Hell’s Gate, the lighthouses I showed you yesterday, they are also called Macquarie Heads, but as it was so foggy and would be hard to see, we went to Liberty Point first and took a look at the salmon and fish farms.


This is one of them and the fish are being fed. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I think I thought they would be different. They were really interesting. Some have nets, I think the ones being used, and then there were some without.

After here we traveled to Sarah Island. It was a convict settlement in the early 1800’s. Convicts who re-offended once they arrived were sent there, though Andrew, our tour guide there would probably have more information.


It is a small island, and once Port Arthur was built this stopped being used for convicts. If you want to know why then you will need to go and do the tour. Andrew was great and has a great way of getting everyone engaged in the story of the island.

We then set off for the Gordon River.


It was so stunning, even with the fog. It was so still and calm. Though the mist did make it very hard to take photos. I had to carry a cloth in my pocket so I could keep cleaning the end of my lens. I think I did an okay job with it. I don’t know if it was raining or the fog was very thick, but I suspect it was raining as well. Crazy day.

We did stop in one place, Heritage Landing. We were allowed off the boat to take photos and walk around the rainforest there. It is very different to the rainforests I’m used to. The Huon Pine tree is very big here and the forests seem to be more about them.


I just took lots of photos of the little things. I did wish I had taken my macro lens with me. Again we were given a presentation on the Huon Pine and why it was special.

We then headed to Hell’s Gate.


It was great to get up close to the lighthouses. We went out to sea a little, but not too far. We all stayed on deck, which was fun.

Though heading here I had a little accident. I am fine, the D750 is fine, and well the 28-300mm is fine, but it seems the lens really had an issue with the lens cap, and, well, today while I was walking out onto the deck of the boat, it rejected the cap and it went flying across the deck and into the water. I tried to recover it, but the water is really too cold for that kind of rescue. Oh dear, I hope NIkon won’t be too upset.

I have been using their camera, the D750 from Nikon Australia exclusively for this whole trip, which has been wonderful. It is nice to try new things, or try them again. I used this camera when I went to the US last year. I still have the 28-300mm lens, which will be returned soon. Nearly all the photos from the last few days were taken with that lens. Some from Queenstown were taken with the 14-24mm around the mines.

The tour was great, it lasted for six hours and a wonderful lunch was included. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was so much information given and I do feel like I have a better understanding of the area now. I would highly recommend a tour with World Heritage Tours if you come to Strahan.

I have more photos now, which I will put into a gallery for you.  We are headed to Hobart tomorrow, it will be very sad to leave here and I really look forward to getting back to the west coast on another visit.


We listened to the sound of rain all night and as we woke up this morning. We decided that there wasn’t much point getting up early to take photos and almost decided that today would be a rest day. Then we thought, let’s go and get some coffee, but the rain stopped, so we headed out. We had a quick stop at the Coffee Shack here in Strahan to get a coffee and got some great tips from the lady that works there. Oh yeah, the coffee was good, and we will be going back tomorrow morning.

We ended up getting about 4 hours to take photos, which was good, we had missed lunch and when we started thinking about food the sky started getting darker and darker. We stopped to get some lunch and the rain started and hasn’t stopped.

We did wake up to the news that Tasmania was flooding and it took us a while before we found out that we were okay. Hopefully it won’t effect us too much.

We took photos all around the harbour here in Strahan and also went for a drive to Macquarie Heads, then to the beach. I will put explanations on the photos for you.

I will leave it there, I hope you enjoy the photos.



Today it was all about Queenstown. We arrived yesterday afternoon and got a good nights sleep. We stayed in a great place, Mt Lyell Anchorage, and I can’t say enough about it. It was comfortable and very well equipped. It was great to stay somewhere where the owner thought about what we might need as travelers. I would give it a 10 out of 10. Plus the shower was amazing.  queenstown-streets-mining-mountains-tasmania-2228

As I was packing the car this morning I turned around and saw this. I quickly grabbed the camera to take it. It reminds me of other places, I don’t know, it reminds me of a scene from Northern Exposure, the television show from the 90’s.

Queenstown has an interesting history. A mining town, though not anymore, but there is evidence of it everywhere. Rather than just repeat what someone else has said, I’m going to give you a link to an article on it, Queenstown, Tasmania: Travel guide and things to do.

With that in mind a town that I initially thought I would just spend a night in and wouldn’t be that interested in, has turned out to be an absolute highlight. I love the history and you see that everywhere. The town has quite an industrial look to it and I would say not a lot of money is here, not anymore. I know they are hoping for some tourism money, and I would say a big yes to photographers going there. If you love that old town look, and dare I say abandoned, it is all there.


This is Iron Blow and the hole was created by mining. The mining here destroyed the area. It is a sad story of how mining can go wrong.

We have now left Queenstown and arrived in Strahan. We left Queenstown earlier than we were going to, because it was raining. It was hard to get any images with the rain, and on top of it was the wind blowing the rain straight at us. The Australian east coast is being drenched, and lots of flooding up on the NSW coast. Unfortunately, it also means it is heading our way. I’m trying to work out how to take photos and get some great shots in all the rain.Will see what happens in the next few days.

This is going to be brief, I have had a very big day on not much sleep from last night, but I wanted to share with you some of the photos and to let you know I arrived.

We caught the Spirit of Tasmania last night and drove the car onto it. Interesting way to travel, on a ship. Sleeping was also different, the constant rocking and rolling. I liked it, but I didn’t really get much sleep.


This was us mucking around as we waited to drive on the ship with the car.

Having the car is fantastic, and gives us so much more freedom. At this time of the year it was much cheaper to put the car on the ship than to fly and hire a car.


We stopped at a a few places along the way, like Mt Roland that had a head of clouds on it.


Not everything was as we wanted, but it was a great day. Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake were on the list of things to do today and we were not disappointed.

The sky has been very overcast and we got lots of clouds on the mountains. We did the circuit walk around Dove Lake and really enjoyed that, well most of it, except maybe the massive hill and steps near the beginning of the walk. If you ever go then I suggest doing the walk in the anti clockwise direction. Get the big hill over and done with at the start and then enjoy the rest of the walk.


Some lovely areas to take photos of.

We are now in Queenstown and looking forward to exploring around here tomorrow.

I am totally stuffed now, and while it was a good day I’m looking forward to some sleep tonight.  Here is a gallery with the above images and a few more for you.


A Travel Wishlist

You all seemed to enjoy the wishlist game last week, so I thought since I’m heading to Tasmania today we could play the game again, but look at travel.

So what is your travel wishlist?

Mine, mmm, not a big list for me, but I do have three places that I would absolutely love to go to, one day.

United Kingdom

I love the look of English villages, the old buildings, and countryside. Midsomer Murders has got me wanting to go. Not too mention the English Moors, I’ve wanted to go there ever since I read Wuthering Heights. My family has some Scottish History there, well I’m first generation on one side, so I would like to explore Scotland. The movie Highlander has made me want to explore the Highlands, a must see for me.  Ireland too, I want to go there too.


No movie has made me want to go there, but there is something about the vastness of the place, and I would love to explore it. I keep seeing incredible images on the internet and it seems like a place I would like to see.

New Zealand

From Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, I want to visit. It is probably the most realistic one for me. It is the closest and the airfares aren’t too bad, so you never know.

Then again I might go somewhere completely different.

So where will you go? Why do you want to go there?

I am not going to be able to respond to comments for a while, and not sure what internet I will have access to for the next couple of days. Please be patient and know that as soon as I can I will approve your comments.

Tasmania here I come, I’m really looking forward to it, though first I better pack.


Such a great cross section and different interpretations to the theme this week. It has been wonderful seeing them all and I am sure you will love them as well.

The next theme, for the first Monochrome Madness in July, will be HIGH.


I managed to get this the other day while in the city. I noticed that the end was closed and you couldn’t walk through, which you usuallycan. Looks like things are changing here.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Thursday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.


As this blog evolves I know I will be trying things and seeing how it all works together.  Today I thought I might try combining the photos I’ve had up on Instagram with a bit of a catch up.


I was out teaching the other night and I took this while talking about bracketing shots. It is of the Docklands down in Melbourne along the Yarra River.


I leave in a few days. It is funny how a holiday or trip away just seems so conceptual until it is almost time to leave.  I know this trip has been like that, and now I am starting to think about packing and what I will take with me. Thankfully we’re taking a car so space isn’t going to be too much of an issue. Still have to fit everything in, but we can take more than if we were going on a plane.

Fingers crossed for good weather, though the forecast isn’t looking good, but still time for that to change. We can deal with cold, overcast skies, fog, frost, but not rain or snow.


The lake at the bottom of the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden. I did a bit more work on this one for Instagram.

Monochrome Madness

This will not run next week. Next week the blog is going to be about Tasmania.

Articles Published

I have had a couple of articles published, one on Digital Photography School and one a new site for me, Formatt Hitech. Here are the links.

Step by Step How to do Cloud Stacking

A look at how to do something different with your clouds and time lapse photography.

Find Inspiration Shooting Near Your Home

This is from the Formatt Hitech blog and is pretty much as the title says. I think most of you know how passionate I am about shooting where you live.

I hope you enjoy them.


This is my attempt at photographing Steavenson Falls in the rain. I went to Marysville last Friday, but it just rained while we were there. I had a hard time focusing and keeping my filter dry while trying to capture the water of the waterfall. A lot of water after recent rains.

Photos from Instagram

The photos from this post have all been up on Instagram this week. I do post everyday, but of course some of them have already been on the blog. It is a challenge trying to find a new photo each day.  I’ve added captions to them so you can see what they are and where they were taken.


The foyer of 333 Collins Street. The foyer used to be the Chamber and Vestibule for the Commercial Bank of Australia. It is now an office building and the new building was built around the original foyer.

Last weekend I showed you some images that were taken when I went to the Piggery Café a couple of weeks ago, however on the same day we went for a walk through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens which are right next door. They are the gardens that were part of the Burnham Beeches Mansion which is in the same grounds. They are very extensive and while I went into them, we didn’t spend a lot of time there, I would like to go back and explore it more one day.


There are flowers everywhere. I used the Nikon 28-300mm to take these images, but if I went again I would be sure to pack my macro lens.

alfrednicholas-gardens-flowers-lake-dandenongs-4176There are ponds up near the top.

The gardens are on the side of a hill and as you wander you go further and further down.


At the bottom you will find a small lake with some great wooden arch bridges and a funny boathouse. It was autumn when we went and the trees were beginning to change. They made the lake very beautiful.

They are beautiful gardens and I have a friend that I know will especially want to go there and wander around with me. She loves photographing flowers and we often visit gardens together.

Here are some more images for you. I hope you enjoy them. Winter seems to have finally arrived in my part of the world and it has been cold and wet. Hopefully when I travel to Tasmania next week the weather won’t be wet.

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Just lately I’ve been playing a game with some friends, well photography friends. It is a bit of fun and I thought, hey why not, let’s play too.

If someone gave you $15000 what would you spend it on? It has to be on photography gear.

So here is my wishlist.

  • A new camera, a Nikon D810 or D750. I am not sure which. I think they are both great cameras.
  • A 28-300mm lens by Nikon. I love this lens and would really love my own.
  • Maybe a Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift lens. I like architecture and wonder if I should get one, but then I was with someone recently who had one and it was a bit of mucking around to get the photos, so not so sure now.
  • A slightly smaller tripod, I would like some new carbon fibre legs from Gitzo.
  • A geared Really Right Stuff tripod head with a L bracket.
  • Complete set of Formatt Hitech ND Filters for my Nikon 14-24mm lens.
  • Pay for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for about 5 years.
  • Maybe a Tamron 150-600mm lens.
  • New laptop.

I can’t think of anything else. Is your list close to mine? What would you get?

It is fun to dream and think about what if.