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Luke Tscharke • Australia  I chase the world's natural beauty and bring it to you 💬 say my name like "sharky" Ambassador for NiSi and Laowa Australia

I’ve really enjoyed exploring my new home state of Tasmania, and have met some amazing people in the process. The crew over at @instameets_tasmania have been incredibly welcoming and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed hanging out and shooting with them. After now shooting for 10 years it’s amazing to be around folks so passionate about getting out there and exploring, and reigniting my passion for shooting locally. If you’re based in Tasmania or just visiting make sure you tag #instameets_tasmania and connect with the group.
In this shot is @mattdavis_insta, looking out shining a torch as astrophotographers love to do. He’s an admin of the group and all round good guy. I’ve been super impressed with his work so make sure you check it out as well.
Camera: @sonyaustralia A7RIII
Lens: @laowa.au 12mm f/2.8
Tripod: @siruiaustralia W-2204

If you’re looking for a good deal on NiSi, Sirui, or Laowa equipment or would like to know more about them send me a message!

Memories of Mykonos. For me Mykonos was all about the the colour blue and white, but what hooked me were the blues. Blue skies, blue detail on the buildings and blue waters. The water colour was something else! With all that blue and white you can see where the colours of the Greek flag come from! I love that this image captures the sense of fun you experience in the place too, it’s hard not to with so many amazing beaches.
This shot was taken from several hundred meters away allowing for the compression of the pontoon against the water, and allowing me to show off the amazing water colour.
Camera: @sonyaustralia A7RIII
Lens: @sonyaustralia 70-300mm G

@qatarairways #mykonostogether

I’m back from a couple weeks of running workshops at Uluru and am ready to get stuck into processing a backlog of images. I have a lot to share from my recent and not so recent adventures. I often say photography is a three step process: shooting, processing and sharing. I seem to only be doing the first step at present, which needs to change!

I have been dared by my good friend @monochromevisions to post one new image per day for two weeks. Do you think I have what it takes? Will I make it?
This is a shot taken a few days ago in Yulara village of a dead Desert Oak and the Milky Way core.
Camera: @sonyaustralia A7RIII
Lens: @laowa.au 12mm f/2.8
Tripod: @siruiaustralia W-2204

Back in Australia from a quick trip to Mykonos in the Greek Islands. The island has so much more to offer than its party reputation with amazing blue colours, windmills, unique architecture, great food, stunning beaches, and beautiful family chapels dotted across the countryside. It was a photographers delight and I'm looking forward to sharing more of my work from there, including some infra-reds!

Thanks to @qatarairways who now fly direct to Mykons from Doha. #mykonostogether

Fun nights shooting astrophotography at Kelvedon Boatshed with @tassie_heights and some other great company and some green airglow. When in doubt try to illuminate the galactic core of the milky way with a torch, I hear all the cool kids are doing it. #discovertasmania

Have just spent an awesome weekend down on the south coast of NSW with @jaydidphoto and some great folks on our Narooma astrophotography workshop. I've been to Horse Head Rock many times now and I still marvel at its incredible shape. What a remarkable world we live in. @astroworkshops

Epic clear nights at the Glen Davis shale oil refinery ruins on a workshop last year. We have exclusive access to the property again this year on our Captertee @astroworkshops. Check out at the link on my bio if you'd like to join us. Also excited to be starting our Narooma AstroWorkshop tomorrow, the skies are looking great 👌#astroworkshops

The red glow of the setting sun washed against the face of the snow dusted Cradle Mountain. I glanced up to see the clouds adorning its peak take on the colour, setting a scene of latent perfection only the wilderness can deliver. #lovetasmania

BOOM! We have opened bookings for our Capertee AstroWorkshop in August. We had insanely clear skies on our workshop last year which enabled us to teach our participants the Milky Way zoom technique, definitely one of my favourites! This shot was taken on the last night of that workshop. Yep the skies are clear enough to do this only a couple of hours drive out of Sydney.
See astroworkshops.com/capertee to join us for all the fun this year! @astroworkshops #astroworkshops

Portico of Light

Last night there was an incredible show of Aurora Australis in @Tasmania. It was certainly the greatest auroral display I have ever seen this side of Europe. After photographing the Aurora Borealis in Iceland and Norway last month it was amazing to feel the exact same rush of excitement, awe, and wonder without having to travel tens of thousands of kilometres!

After reviewing the cloud forecast and seeing that southern Tasmania had some incoming cloud cover we decided to head north up to the Midlands and find some cloud-free locations. I had seen the old portico of Horton College from the highway on previous occasions and felt it may be able to work in a composition so we set off on our mission.
After asking permission to access the property we set up our gear and within minutes we were greeted with a huge proton arc across the sky which was easily visible to the naked eye. The beams were also pulsating below providing an absolutely thrilling visual phenomenon.

Thanks again to Somercotes for the property access, and @tassie_heights and @evrythng.is for the awesome company. It was lesson learned regarding Aurora Australis - it may not have the size of Aurora Borealis here in Tasmania (which is to be expected at our latitude) but witnessing it sure brings exactly the same emotions!

Camera: @sonyaustralia A7R Mark III
Lens: @laowa.au 12mm f/2.8


Shooting insanely clear skies like those in the Red Centre has to be one of my favourite things to do. Now is your last chance to join us for Uluru @astroworkshops this year. We are closing bookings on our last Uluru AstroWorkshop for 2018 on Friday, so act fast! Visit astroworkshops.com for all the details. #astroworkshops

Here's to those that devote their lives to the endless chase of beauty.
The optimists, the courageous, the brave.
Those that go out when the conditions are poor, the hours early or the temperatures freezing.
Those that know the most beautiful light proceeds the most inclement of weather and the most interesting places are on the paths less trodden.
Those that understand that discomfort is the price for a meaningful experience, and recognise fear as a precursor to the expansion of life.
Never giving up, always searching, pushing through fatigue, anxiety and the naysayers.
At times the journey is lonely, hostile and unforgiving
However, this inevitably gives way to excitement, joy, ecstasy. It keeps the passion flowing like a wild river, stopping at nothing until it reaches the ocean.
To have a calling where one aims to be in the most beautiful places at the most beautiful times with the most beautiful light, simply to capture the moment to share with others; surely they are the most fortunate people on earth. ----
Reflecting on it now being two years since I quit my corporate job to be a full time photographer. I have never been more challenged, or have worked so hard in my life. I have never felt so alive, I have never been more myself, I never witnessed such beauty. (New work from Iceland, thanks to @gocampers for making it possible)

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