Finally back for 2018! I hope the new year is treating you all well. We ventured out to beautiful Tasmania for the New Year and one of the places on our list to visit was the Bridestowe Lavender Estate. It was fantastic to photograph the massive lavender fields at sunset and we were very lucky that conditions were superb as well. This is a photo taken just before the sun went down with the golden light still reaching the tops of the lavender plants.
Courtesy of the owners, of what is apparently the largest privately owned lavender farm in the world, we were able to stay behind after the estate closed to the public. That gave us plenty of time to walk around the fields and plan some compositions for the golden hour and sunset.
I envisioned a couple of photos in my mind and one of them was the moment when the sun was low enough in the sky to produce the wonderful golden light but still high enough to shine some of that light over the rows and lavender in full bloom. I bracketed a number of shots for this scene due to the contrasting light but in the end the only place where I had to blend in a little was the tree. I had my graduated filter placed over it and it was clearly to dark to use in one exposure so I used a brighter exposure to add some detail and glow.
I loved the scene in front of my eyes too - the rows of lavender leading away towards the mountains and the tree balancing the composition on the other side. We had only one evening planned at the estate and we were very lucky that the weather cooperated beautifully.
Ever since seeing many photos from the lavender fields in France, I wanted to be able to photograph such fantastic environment and I was very happy that this opportunity came up during out visit to Tasmania. I will have few more photos from this evening to share amongst others that we took during the trip so stay tuned!
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