“Dove Lake Boatshed”

On the northwestern shore of Dove Lake sits one of the most photographed landmarks in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

The place

Dove Lake lies within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It’s a very popular visitor attraction. To make the most of your visit here, take the 6 km walking paths that will lead you around the lake. Check weather conditions before venturing out.

Like a number of other lakes in the region, this lake was formed by glaciation.

The prep

I was in Tasmania to attend a weekend workshop with Cameron Blake and then to stay on for two weeks to travel and take photos. The boatshed at Dove Lake was on my photography wish list.

I didn’t do a lot of prep. Just looking for likely places and things to photograph.

On the workshop, we took a late afternoon trip to the lake for some photographs. Unfortunately, as happens on organised workshops, I didn’t get a lot of time to explore. With the sun going down and the low clouds, the skies gave off a purplish hue. I was happy with that and just needed to try  for a difference view of the boatshed.

I saw the rock in the water so setup my tripod to get the rock in the lower right and the boatshed on the right. For something else that may be different, I arranged everything so that my camera was only a few centimetres above the water. With the rest of the group heading back to the bus (a people mover really), I tried to make the most of the time I had left.

My thoughts

I’m happy with the placement of everything. I was more disappointed with myself for not giving myself more time. I could have easily done this by taking my hire car rather than the workshop bus.

Of everything that goes into this image, it’s the colour that I like the most. I’ve spent a while getting the colour to match on the paper I use.

That’s it. Thank you for taking the time to read the story of this photograph.

Framing suggestion

I have chosen a purply blue mat from Bainbridge called Forget-me- not. I chose this mat because it comes close to the purples in the photo without overpowering the finished product. The frame is a rustic style frame called Cascade.

You can order your copy today.

"Dove Lake Boat Shed" framed.