Capturing History in Tasmania

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Capturing History in Tasmania

Looking into our history books can make for an interesting holiday.  If you look beyond surface you will find all sorts of photo opportunities….


Staying at Koonya near Port Arthur, we started our history lessons in our accommodation house.  This house was built in 1850 as the married officers quarters for the officers who were in charge of the prisons at Cascade Probation Station.  The original building consisted of 3 buildings of which only the middle section remains and this was restored suitable for accommodation in 2004. The two end chimneys are all that remains of the end structures of the original building.


Inside the house the boys were able to see first hand some of the elements of yesteryears and days gone by.  Looking for some of the smaller artifacts around the house gave me plenty of opportunities to capture great snapshots of the finer details of yesteryear.  These included some of the original door handles….


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Front door handles…


Chopping the wood for the night time fire….

121230-Tas-6910s-2Looking out the window also gave us an insight into how they survived on the land…..


Let the history lessons begin…..


A day in the history books of Port Arthur can bring plenty of great opportunities to utilise the lines, building structures and sunlight in order to capture different aspects of the buildings and surroundings.  Viewpoints can be utilised whenever you are shooting buildings and surroundings to give a different perspective of the structure.



Capturing the Church from a distance gives you the overall scale of the building and its grand entrance with the trees acting as a frame for the entrance…


Getting up “close and personal” with the tower allows you to emphasize the height of the structure and the texture of the brickwork…



Walking through the entrance allows us to capture the scale of the building and the courtyard.  Utilizing the walkway as a leading line allows the viewer to obtain a perspective of the length the building as well as drawing the viewer into the scene and encouraging them to look through the many windows.



Moving across to the main building, we are still able to use the lines of the building to accentuate the length and still draw the viewer down into the photo and into the distance.  By shooting this with the sun behind the building, we are able to capture the sunlight coming through the cell block windows which shows life inside the cell block…..



By shooting up close to the wall, we are able to get converging lines on the left third of the photo coming to an abrupt end with the wall changing direction and covering the other two thirds of the photo.  There was enough sunlight at this point to use a circular polariser filter to darken off the sky and the grass..


This shot captures the structure used to support the walls inside the building and the modern walkway with the cell blocks on the right hand side.



This is the remains of an original cell block.  Shooting from the higher perspective can give you a better scale of how small the size of the cells actually were.



Looking from the “Inside Out”.  This is the view the unfortunate inmates would have had….


This is one of the Guards Towers.  Again shooting vertically up the building gives you the perspective of the height.  By shooting vertically we are eliminating any distracting elements because we are only getting the sky as the background.  We can also see the detailed color and texture of the original brickwork.



Whilst capturing the history we are also able to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding waterways where the original ships came in to dock.


Turning further around allows us the capture the remains of the some of the other buildings still in the state of disrepair.



Looking around there is always the opportunity to find the beauty of the natural wildlife wherever you go..


Our day is done and its time to head home.  Again using the trees and the walkways as our frame, we are able to capture the beauty of the surroundings and still use the walkways as the leading lines to give the perspective of the distance.

Just remember, you don’t have to travel far and wide to use these concepts.  Look around at the local parks and buildings and I’m sure you will be surprised at what you find…

Best Wishes,

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  1. As a Newbie, I am always browsing online for articles that can benefit me. Thank you

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