Cradle Mountain in the Snow – with Luke Tscharke

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Sometimes the weather just has to dictate what your shooting.

Planning a weekend to catch up and go camping with a good mate, Luke Tscharke, is just a massive bonus of living in Australia with our amazing scenery. While we were going back and forth throwing ideas around about places to films and explore in Tasmania (Luke’s new home), the weather forcast changed to some wild storms and weather, a late snow was forcast for the Alpine regions (mainly Cradle Mountain) and our destination became apparent.

Cradle Mountain in the snow has been on my list of places to visit for quiet awhile, the chance to be up in the mountains with these conditions was too good to pass up and we locked it in.

Arriving late Friday night in the cold (compared to my home town of Sydney) we made plans to head up to “Cradle” mid-morning, hoping to catch some snow on Mt Wellington for sunrise.

After waking up early and finding the access roads to Mt Wellengton closed due to snow and ice, we starting looking for our plan-B, better know as Coffee and pastries. So it was that after a relaxing moring in Hobarts Salamanca markets and a belly full of coffee we headed up to Cradle mountain and started our hike up to Twisted Lakes (planned shooting destination) and our overnite at Rodway hut.

Take a look at the short video above to see the amazing conditions we were blessed with and the beautiful twisted lakes with Cradle Mountain as its back drop.

Enjoy,

Ben

Filming for LAOWA lenses in Tasmania

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Being contacted by a lens manufacturer to create a promo for their new product and then being given alot of creative freedom is a dream project for me (and any filmmaker), looking forward to working with Laowa more in the future.

The brief was to create a piece showcasing Luke Tscharke and his photography story. The sub heading would be the Laowa lenses that he uses and their use in professional photography, specifically their yet to be released 9mm f/2.8.

Having spent many weekends camping with Luke and knowing him for a long time, I used this knowledge to build upon some of the topics and themes that he talks about in his landscape photography, specificaly the

“what if”

thought process he identifies with creativity. After a few back-and-forths we had a working voice over script and had settled on a location, the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania, one of Lukes stomping grounds, and a crazy beautiful part of the world. With shooting days booked in and flights confirmed everything was set for a great few days of filming.

Starting out with a sunrise shooting the Hazards, we took a water taxi to a remote island campground and setup for a perfefct day in the sun while waiting for our sunset trek to a mountain top view of the peninsula. Such and epic hike and amazing viewpoint. After attempting to sleep thru an extremly noise pegiun we woke to some overcast skies (perfect for fiming) and set about getting our remaining shots and gear setups for the video before our water taxi back to Coles Bay and a much needed burger and chips.

Take a look at the finished product at the top of the post.

Cheers,

Ben