My world has shrunk somewhat with this wretched virus about so I’ve decided to head off on a road trip with camera gear in hand to explore Queensland.
Keen not to wander aimlessly, I’ve studied the state’s tourist attractions and the promotional photo libraries of various tourism bodies to come up with a Shot List of what I consider to be 20 of Queensland’s most photogenic locations, along with several uniquely Queensland experiences which I’ll also look to photograph during the journey.
The intention is to take my time and plan for optimal conditions to ensure I return with a particularly high standard of photography. Big scenery shots with the medium format camera, moody ariels with the drone, some underwater stuff (if I can summon the courage to brave the winter water), and a few personality pics (less so than usual though as I won’t be travelling with talent).
Come year’s end, I expect to have accumulated some of the best photographs seen of the State.
So I don’t have to sell the house before I head off, I’ll upload the best of the pics to the Queensland Gallery of my commercial photo library and write for a couple of travel magazines as I go.
For your interest, here’s 15 of the 20 “big picture” locations I’ve woven into the itinerary so far: Whitehaven beach, Heron Island, Fraser Island, The Gold Coast, Noosa (above, which I’m now looking to improve on), Brisbane, Cape Hillsborough, Carnarvon Gorge, Green Island, Vlasoff Cay, Longreach, Lizard Island, Hayman Island, the Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Park.
I’m still divining the exceptional Queensland experiences I’m looking to capture during the journey (though going to all of these places should rank as at least one of them right?). I’ll post a list of them before I head off, and add to my Instagram feed as I go.
Of course, there’s plenty of other locations I’d like to shoot in Queensland but these represent the best potential to deliver the iconic photographs I’m chasing.