Tassie - December

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  1. mmBax

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    These past holidays my gf and I packed up our gear and flew down to Tassie for 9 days of exploring the state.

    How was I going to squeeze it all into just 9 days!

    We spent a few days in Hobart, with the last day we went up Mt Wellington and checked out the view, fortunately it was quite a warm day up there, shorts and a light jumper did the trick.

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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    We packed up our stuff and headed West, we hit Mt Fields National Park and the bottom of Cradle Mountain NP with a quick visit.

    Couldn't quite salvage this as much as I'd have liked:
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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    Probably my fav of the bunch:
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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    We kept on cruising, stopping overnight in Queenstown, Strahan cruise the following morning, with no pictures edited yet. Our next stop was Cradle Mountain NP.

    I absolutely fell in love with textures on this trip, the landscape is beautiful, a blatant negative of what I'm struck with daily around my home town.

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    And of course, the Boatshed.

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    Maybe a little closer
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    We left Cradle Mountain and took off North West again, we were told that Stanley was a nice place to visit, and to climb "The Nut"

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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    Skipping a massive chunk of the holiday, we jumped from Launceston, back down to Hobart for the markets and a few other bits and pieces.

    Quick trip to the Hobart Gardens and I liked the wooden art.
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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    Our journey took us over bridges. Old Bridges.
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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    Before finally heading down towards Port Arthur, we hit Eaglehawk Neck. Home of the Tessellated Pavement - Unfortunately not ideal timing, tide. But I got a pic just the same.

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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    Before finally hitting Port Arthur, the last stop on our trip.
    Did I mention I love textures at the moment?

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    And of course...
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    Tasmania by chris.baxter, on Flickr

    Overall, great trip, 9 days quite comfortably did it. I don't think I would have wanted more.
     
  2. steve_sarge

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    Great photos Chris. I have lived here for the last 10 years and still get fascinated by the place. We went to Cradle Mountain and Strahan over the last couple of days and Cradle mountain, though I work in that area at times, I fell in love with the place for a whole plethora of reasons. Tasmania is amazing ALL year round.
     
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    mmBax

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    Thanks Steve, I'd love to go back and spend some more time doing things. I think Hobart/ Launceston alone probably deserved a week each, just to really explore everything.

    Would love to head back in the cooler months and actually see some snow on things, not sure if the body could handle the cold though haha!
     
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    Am heading there in april for around 10 days, any recommendations for accommodation, car hire etc?
     
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    You use any ND filters for the waterfall shots?
     
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    Do you know where you're going?

    We went with Budget for car hire, 28 dollars a day, but we got stung an outside of Hobart fee which we had no idea about. Clarify full cost with them no matter where you go, and I'd recommend paying excess reduction. Lots of tourists around and we copped a ding in a car park, 2500 dollar excess that you pay GST on as well.

    So our bill for car rental jumped to 3200 dollars instead of 280 that we were expecting.

    Hobart we didn't rent anywhere specifically as we had friends to stay with.
    Launceston we stayed at the Launceston Country Club, Wotif deal for 140/night. That was a really nice place, Casino, free valet parking, nice restaurants.

    Cradle Mountain we stayed at the Cradle Mountain Chateau, 130-140/night as well, that was lovely, nice restaurant, good wildlife photo gallery etc.

    The only other nice place we stayed at was the Fox and Hound Inn, just outside of Port Arthur, nothing amazing, but quite a nice place with a nice water outlook.

    In Swansea we stayed at Amo's House, and it was quite expensive, possibly the smallest room. It was a harder location to get accommodation, so if you can plan it in advance maybe check out something nicer, like the Swansea beachside chateaus.

    Apart from that, we didn't like the pricing of Kates Berry Farm, so we went to the Sorrell Fruit farm. We did MONA, thought the art side of things was definitely not for us, it was still a nice place and their beer is really nice.

    Any more questions I'm happy to answer, I'll just have to jog through the memory a bit.
     
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    Yeah just an 8x ND for the waterfalls. Took multiple exposures and planned on blending them in photoshop, but I managed to use the built in gradient tool in the raw editor and that did what I was wanting.
     
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    Hsvguy, definitely worth an agenda of where you're planning On heading to. Hobart - Cradle Mountain is around 4+ hours and although that's not a big deal, it can chew up good looking time.

    I'd easily do 2 days at Cradle Mountain, but Hobart could easily consume a week on its own (as in the whole region) there's Hastings Caves, Port Arthur, Tahune Airwalk, botanical gardens, Richmond, mount Wellington, MONA art gallery, breweries etc. It can really take good time to enjoy it. It all depends on what you would like to look at to be honest.
     
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    Some really nice stuff in there that tickles my fancy :)

    But #2 burns my eyes. Too much local contrast in areas that you don't really want to look at. Did you sharpen it? Seems like too much unsharp mask. Try selectively sharpening the aspects you want to draw attention to. Or if you didn't sharpen it blur some of the top 3rd.

    The shot has elements which are good. The waterfall is nice and textures on the foreground rocks are interesting, but it's a touch too busy on the sides and the top is a bit ugh.

    Be aware of the effects of resizing an image that's already been sharpened.
     
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    Cheers resr, that image bugs me as well and I wasn't quite sure how to approach it. It probably had some very minor sharpening, all of them get a very small tweak.

    I'll do a very small Gaussian blur on the top tier and see if that helps. Its just a bit too much going on and no depth for me.
     
  12. clonex

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    Going to Tassie next month I didn't even think to look at the gallery and hit search :D


    You mean 4hr drive?

    im trying to decide between cradle mountain or Mount Eliza and surrounding areas and on another day cape Raoul.


    any tips for rental cars and Jacobs ladder? :D
     
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  13. Eclipsor

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    We drove up in above mentioned Hyundai Getz in this weather. Was probably not as scary as it should have been because we couldn't see the drops.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys, our trip is about 2 months away. Haven't booked our accommodation yet so better get onto that soon!
     
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    I stayed Grand Chancellor in Hobart, recommended :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for posting. Great shots. Which waterfalls/where were 2 and 3 taken?
     
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    Hey Micky if you click on the pics it should be in the description.
     
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    Great. Thanks.
     
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    Some wonderful photo's.....beautiful place to visit.
     
  20. Clippit

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    also sometimes a nice place to live - this is what breakfast looks like at the moment:


    Click to view full size!


    (just wanted to post this without being grandiose and creating a new thread)
     

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