In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 17 of the series we are braving the elements at Freycinet NP.
10 September 2009. The Hazards, Freycinet NP, TAS. Australia.
Not long after our first child was born I felt like everything in my life had changed and that I was trapped at home caring for a baby with my wife. To prove myself wrong I went ahead and booked the holiday that I had been putting off for a long time, to prove that we could do everything we always loved doing as a family. I had seen many great images from Tasmania so I planned a driving tour of the island. One of the stops was to the town of Coles Bay so that we could explore Freycinet NP on the east coast. This park does not get as much publicity as others in Tasmania and for that reason it has a unique look that I wanted to capture. Unfortunately a bitterly cold wind straight from Antarctica greeted us there! We braved the weather while we explored the park together but waiting around until after sunset to capture the Hazards Mountain Range was one activity that I was going to have to do by myself.
This scene dominates the town of Coles Bay, from almost every part of the town you can take it in and there is no shortage of places along the waters edge to make an image. Given the weather I drove around for a hour or so dashing out of the comfort of the car to make and image and then dash back to the warmth again. I love how clear the air is here and how the mountains seem to glow. It was after sunset so the Hazards should be dark but in the twilight they seemed to glow a strange shade of pink and orange. Against the blue of the water and the sky I find this image to be pleasurable to view in its simplicity.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.