Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Tower Hill at Illowa” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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On our way back home from Warrnambool May this year, we stopped off at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Illowa, Victoria – Australia. A beautiful view from the roadside helped us to appreciate the 4km wide crater lake. The wildlife reserve sits inside the extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years ago and is considered a haven for wildlife as the tiny crater-bound ecosystem provides a natural habitat for many animals. While the day was overcast, the weather was kind and I was able to take a small selection of landscape photographs. Sadly we could only stay for a short time, but it is a location we hope to return to sometime in the near future.






During this landscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod and also handheld when needed. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.






On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

NB:  Below is one of the many emus which can be seen while walking and driving through the wildlife reserve.  They are big and not too afraid of humans which can be a bit scary.  This particular emu must have thought we had food for it, but that big beak and those giant claw-like feet sure made us realise that there birds need to be respected and we kept our distance!





Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – July 2018


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2 thoughts on “Photography 2018 – Landscape: “Tower Hill at Illowa” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

    • Hi Claudia…the photograph of the emu was actually taken from inside the car as these large birds where not frightened by us or the car. This straight on shot I particularly like as the emu looked rather determined hence my reason at the time to wind up the window which would have made no different in the end because they have such powerful beaks! I see what you mean about this emu. The area was dark and sheltered creating a cool look and the greys and blacks of the emu’s feathering does have a correlation somewhat to the trees. It was very difficult to photograph the rock shelf – couldn’t get any other better angle unfortunately … but hopefully one day we will revisit this region and explore its natural treasures more fully…thanks for commenting Claudia…

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