Photographing Australia’s Landscapes with the OM System OM-1 Mirrorless Digital camera – Picture Suggestions, Inventive Pictures + Journey Guides

Photographing Australia from Coast to Coast – Color Palettes and the OM-1 OM SYSTEM Mirrorless Digital camera

In relation to trusty sidekicks within the outback, you need loads of water, a hat and dependable gear that may deal with the weather. As somebody who isn’t an enormous fan of tenting, squirms on the concept of spiders inside 100m and may’t change a tyre (I do know!), I did numerous analysis to make sure I’d survive driving into the centre of Australia.

Regardless of travelling to among the world’s most distant areas, from glaciers and deserts, Greenland to Chile, there’s one thing about my residence nation of Australia that all the time makes me fear about what might go incorrect, although the vacation spot is all the time definitely worth the effort and prep required!

One factor I didn’t have to stress about was my digital camera gear. Having used the Olympus system since 2017 (see my World Ambassador profile + gear info here), travelling with the E-M1 MKII, E-M1X + E-M1 MKIII, I used to be excited to make use of this journey round Australia to check out the brand new OM-1, the brand new OM SYSTEM digital camera since their rebrand. I knew primarily based on the earlier fashions it might deal with the climate and a little bit of bush bashing, so had loads of waterfalls, dusty deserts, dunes and salty shores scheduled to go to.

Australian Landscape Photography with the OM-1 OM SYSTEM Mirrorless Camera


To share a little bit of background into this journey, initially I used to be attributable to go to varied places round Australia for a e book challenge in 2020, and everyone knows what occurred that yr with border closures and indoor time! The places and landscapes I had listed to {photograph} coated all states and territories, from east to west and north to south. As an alternative of slowly visiting them all year long as I’d deliberate for 2020, I created two itineraries and two reasonably large highway journeys for 2022.

The primary was from Brisbane to Hobart, masking outback NSW, the Victorian coast and a whole circuit of Tasmania. Departing in late summer season, my accomplice Ryan (of The Soundscape Studio) and I packed every thing into my automotive. Once I say every thing, I imply every thing as we left our rental and crammed the automotive to the roof (with a tiny gap for the rear imaginative and prescient mirror!) with the intention of staying long run in Tasmania…however that’s a narrative for one more day. This a part of the journey ended up taking three months, returning to QLD in early April to spend a while enhancing.

The second half of the journey was the most important, from Queensland throughout to Western Australia in late September. Once more, we packed the automotive, however this time with minimal belongings as we had been going additional and didn’t need the trouble of repacking each cease. A suitcase every, digital camera bag every, 4 x large brim hats (as a result of I’m identified for unintentionally crushing them), and about 50L of water as a result of I had it caught in my thoughts that there’d be nowhere to hydrate at any level…in fact petrol stations have water, I simply had this imaginative and prescient of us being stranded on the aspect of the highway in the course of nowhere. Fortunately that didn’t come true, ha!

So, reasonably than recount the journeys cease by cease, I needed to start out by sharing some highlights of each the panorama and digital camera options. The locations I liked, the settings I used most and somewhat peek at among the images captured. Extra photos might be revealed as soon as the e book is launched in late 2023, and I’ll even be sharing snippets of the adventures on The Wandering Lens and through the publication (sign up here if you haven’t yet!) over the approaching weeks and months.

Reside ND Filter + Mount Area Nationwide Park, Tasmania

When you’ve been studying The Wandering Lens or following me through @the_wanderinglens on Instagram, you’ll understand how a lot I take advantage of the inner Reside ND Filter on my OM SYSTEM/Olympus cameras.

Blurring water, watching stay because the scene is remodeled right into a shifting marvel has impressed me a lot over the previous two years, and I like discovering alternatives to click on over to this characteristic.

With Tasmania identified for its nationwide parks and pure magnificence, one location I had marked for this journey was Mount Area Nationwide Park, positioned underneath two hours north-west of Hobart.  

Dwelling to among the world’s tallest eucalypt forests, an array of wildlife and alpine peaks, there’s additionally a lot of cascading falls, the proper alternative for some Reside ND experiments.

It was the waterfalls I used to be planning to {photograph} and timed our arrival for the late afternoon to keep away from any direct daylight on the water. Patchy gentle creates contrasting highlights and darker areas throughout the water, and I needed clean, constant tones for my photos and the encircling greenery to be actually lush within the late afternoon gentle.

The complete Three Falls Circuit path, which incorporates Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Woman Barron Falls takes the typical walker roughly 2.5hrs to cowl the 6kms. Throw in two photographers, some sound recording and superb circumstances, and all up we spent 5hrs mesmerised by these landscapes making it out on darkish.

Take a peek beneath at among the photos captured with the Reside ND filter and the OM-1. I photographed every picture hand-held as a result of the mix of inside filters with the 7.5 stops of stabilisation enabled me to shoot lengthy exposures with out the necessity for a tripod.

Horseshoe Falls, Mount Field National ParkLady Barron Falls, Mount Field National Park, Tasmania Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park, Tasmania

Outback Aerials – Uluru, Northern Territory

Aerial pictures has all the time been a serious ardour of mine, I’ve been hooked since I first flew over the Nice Barrier Reef again in 2009. Gazing down upon the patterns and color palettes from above has impressed so a lot of my favorite images, and this Australian highway journey included three scenic flights, just a few lower than supposed attributable to climate circumstances.

One flight took my breath away.

Departing Yulara Airport earlier than daybreak, we flew throughout the desert panorama of Australia’s Crimson Centre as gentle gently filtered in from the east. A giant financial institution of cloud on the horizon meant the preliminary few moments of dawn wasn’t seen as we flew above Uluru, however when it did seem, the glow was immense, assembly a thick fog and creating some of the spectacular scenes I’ve witnessed.

Circling above Kata Tjuta to the west of Uluru, the sunshine was extremely photogenic with sturdy rays shining between the domes of this sacred Anangu Aboriginal website. You possibly can learn extra concerning the Anangu tradition here. Onward additional north, the dawn was permitting the various colors of Lake Amadeus to be revealed, with the biggest salt lake within the Northern Territory offering the possibility for some minimal aerial panorama photos.

Pairing the OM-1 with the 40-150mm f2.8 professional lens for element pictures, I additionally had the E-M1 MKIII and the 12-40mm f2.8 professional lens round my neck as we flew in a doorways off helicopter. I by no means need to miss a chance when flying and all the time have two digital camera our bodies + 2 x lenses to make sure I can cowl quite a lot of focal lengths in a single flight. This gear is good for low gentle circumstances along with being good and compact so I can simply alternate between the 2 cameras mid-flight.

Aerial Photography, Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Photographing with the OM SYSTEM OM-1 UluruAerial Photography, Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Sand Dunes – South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula

Sand dunes are a panorama I might {photograph} for the remainder of my profession and be one very completely happy gal. Having photographed the Namib Desert in 2019, I wasn’t anticipating to be wowed by the dunes on my record in Australia, however wow was I incorrect.

The South Australian coast is huge, remoted and suffering from pockets of probably the most stunning sand dunes. Whereas I had just a few nationwide parks on my record, we really skipped these and as an alternative opted to wander down any highway that led to our Google Earth discoveries.

Whereas driving from Port Lincoln to Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, we might see dune peaks within the distance and pulled over to see what we had been near. A fast Google Earth search revealed Sheringa Seaside, the place dunes are nestled between a lagoon and the seashore. The perfect half? We had your entire place to ourselves.

Wearing denims and a jumper, I didn’t need to change and miss the daylight, so we went exploring with no concept they’d proceed for miles. Somewhat tip, sand dune and denims aren’t an awesome combine!

Anyway, again to the purpose, I spent two hours mendacity within the sand, getting as shut as potential to the textures with the OM-1 to make sure I might compose the scene earlier than me and do it justice.

As soon as we arrived in Streaky Bay, one other set of dunes had been on my radar, the Yanerbie Sand Dunes, simply 10mins from city. I’d deliberate to go to for sundown and so they didn’t disappoint. With an analogous setting to Sheringa, we spent the primary hour flying the DJI Mini 3 Professional, then captured pictures of the pastel sky with the OM-1.

Sand Dunes, South Australia Sand Dunes, South Australia

Sandstone Patterns – Broome, Western Australia

When mapping out places to incorporate on this e book challenge, the Western Australian coast was second on my record to Uluru and the Crimson Centre. I’d beforehand photographed from Perth to Exmouth and knew how gorgeous and numerous the surroundings and color palettes had been, however the far north had all the time intrigued me.

The Kimberley Coast and landscapes of Broome are identified for his or her vibrant colors. From crimson sands and desert scenes to turquoise tropical seas and sandy inlets, it’s like a tropical island however one aspect is ocean and the opposite desert…for ever and ever.

Whereas I chartered a helicopter to seize the landscapes from above (which had been stunning!), it was the sandstone rock patterns at Gantheume Level that stored me occupied for hours at sundown, three days in a row!

Referred to as top-of-the-line places to see dinosaur footprints, the purpose options vibrant crimson rock cliffs and layers of sandstone, some damaged up and jagged, others flat and revealing some unbelievable patterns.

One space, tucked nearer to the ocean behind the principle viewing spot, had me completely happy dancing after I noticed how the pictures had been turning out. Losing no time, I switched the OM-1 to handheld high-resolution mode and set about taking 50MP photos to make sure I captured as a lot element inside every picture as potential.

*Simply to notice, when you’re utilizing a tripod the high-resolution mode is 80MP, however as I’m all the time preferring to shoot tripod free, the 50MP handheld pictures are so wonderful and greater than sufficient!

Take a peek at among the loopy colors and patterns hidden inside the sandstone layers.

Broome, Western Australia Broome, Western Australia Broome, Western Australia

I’ll be sharing extra insights and imagery from my time travelling round Australia quickly. It’s been such an journey to see a lot of my residence nation in such a brief house of time and it’s taking some time to type and get my head round simply how a lot we’ve seen and photographed!

Lisa 🙂

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