Over the recent Christmas New Year’s break, I visited the Bay of Fires on the north-east Coast of Tasmania. The bay stretches north from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, and in the main surrounded by a conservation area. It’s a 50 kilometre stretch of pristine crystal white sand and clear turquoise waters. Dotted along this stretch of coastline are numerous rocky outcrops of granite, covered in a vibrant orange lichen. Also this place has been on my list of places to go for a long time, this year I made it.
This was a camping trip with a good friend of mine, and we were tight on time, with a few places to visit. I’ve found mixing a passion for photography and getting that special shot, and holidaying on a tight schedule, requires compromises. Arriving at a destination can’t always be timed with the blue or golden hours in the morning or evening. Nor can you always stay close because there is little choice of accommodation. Let’s not mention that unpredictable nature of the weather either. So, my compromise this trip came in the shape of just focussing on composition and looking for every opportunity to work the light I had.
Our first view of the Bay of Fires was Eddystone Point Lighthouse. Although I did a bit of research on the internet nothing prepared me for the intensity and contrast of the colours of the water and rocks surrounding the lighthouse. In hindsight, because we arrived just before midday, and there was full sun overhead grabbing my polarising filter may have been a good idea! The ability to cut the glare and reflection on the water would have been great. But the play off would have been whether in needed to darken and deepen an already blue sky and very blue water. Regardless, I was happy with the colours and contract I could capture at the time. The photos I took have had very little edits applied.
Bay of Fires is a place I will return too! I’ll use either St. Helens or Binalong Bay as a base as there are more choices for accommodation. They are also closer the actual Bay which will allow easy access and egress during the blue and golden hours.
More of my images can be found in my Tasmania Gallery