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Stanthorpe Photo Tour – Oct 2014

Just back from an exhilarating (and exhausting) Photo Tour of Stanthorpe and Girraween National Park.  I have now caught up on sleep, but not (yet) had a chance to do much processing of all the photos I took (47Gb, 7,000ish photos – including 8 timelapses).

I guided a great bunch of people (thanks Cristy, Jay, Joyce, Kerri, Steven… and even of course Tere) through some of my favourite photo spots in SE Qld.  We left Brisbane early on the Friday morning, via Moogereah Dam and Killarney and spent the weekend around Stanthorpe/Ballandean and Girraween National Park, befiore arriving back home in Brisbane Sunday afternoon.

It was a hectic, action packed, tiring, but fabulous opportunity to shoot a wide variety of styles at lots of different planned locations including :

  • Lake Moogerah
  • Carrs Lookout
  • Queen Mary Falls
  • Stanthorpe Rail Bridge
  • Ballandean Star Trails
  • Storm King Dam Sunrise
  • Girraween National Park
  • Steam Train (x 2)
  • Ballandean Vineyards
  • Ballandean Star Trails (again)
  • Condamine Gorge

With a few extra “impromptu” Locations as well along the way, such as

  • Moogerah Cows/Birds/Pelicans
  • Roadside Hut
  • Undercliffe Falls
  • Lavendar Farm

… and some great timelapse opportunities too :

  • Carrs Lookout
  • Ballandean Star Trails (x 3)
  • Stanthorpe Steam Train (x 2)

We plan to run regular Photo Tours to Stanthorpe, if you’d like to find out more, see our Photo Tours & Workshops Page – or Contact Us.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite shots from the weekend :

Stanthorpe / Girraween Weekend

Last week I headed out to Stanthorpe for a client training session – which was a great excuse to get out to Girraween National Park, and stay for a couple of days.  I can’t believe that I had not been back here for 30 years.  The area is spectacular – with so many photo opportunities that I will definitely be back soon (in fact  plan to organise some “guided” photography weekends to this area – watch this space).

I don’t know quite where to start, because I took so  many photos (and timelapses) that it is likely to take me weeks to process them all. But just some of the great photo opportunities are :

  • Wineries and Vineyards (thanks to Cheryl/Brad from Savina Lane Wines and and Sam from Golden Grove Estate for an amazing guided tour of the area)
  • Stanthorpe Railway Bridge and The Southern Downs Steam Railway
  • Girraween National Park – spectacular Granite Landscape, amazing wildflowers and animals, fantastic flowing creeks
  • Ballendean Pyramid and surrounding area…
  • Spectacular Sunrises/Sunsets
  • Star Trails – one of the “darkest” places I have ever been at night
  • Falls Drive (Killarney to Boonah)

….. and much much more…  Herer is a selection of shots from the weekend…  (Timelapses to come)