2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Landscape Photographs


Top 10 Landscape Photographs of 2013 Travels

This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at the airport check in counter, I felt nervous in case they asked to weigh my carry-on bag.

Travelling inspired my new interest in photography.  And photography is now the inspiration behind my travel destination choices.

Top 10 Landscape Photographs

I saw the sunrise on purpose by setting my alarm for an early rise, instead of by accident on the way home from a bar (although to be fair, there were times the two were not mutually exclusive!)  I delayed my sundowners until my camera had soaked up every last ray of light.  I walked for miles with a heavy camera bag and tripod, just in case there was a great photo opportunity at the end of it.

Landscapes from Australia, Antarctica, the Arctic, South Africa and Croatia were the locations where my ten favourite landscape photographs of the year were taken.

1. A Sense of Scale – Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

Canon 7D,  15mm, ISO 100, f/13, 1/320sec

Location: Pleneau Bay, Antarctica, taken from the zodiac

2. Autumn Walk – Plitvice Lakes NP, Croatia


Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm, ISO 100, f/16, 13sec

Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

3. Sunset – Friendly Beach, Tasmania


Canon 7D, 24mm, ISO 100, f/11, 6 sec

Location: Friendly Beaches, Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia, taken at sunset

4. South African Star Trail – Drakensberg


Canon 5D Mark II, 19mm, ISO 400, f/4.0, stack of 30 sec over 45 mins

Location: Drakensberg, South Africa, my first ever attempt at a star trail

5. Surreal Sunrise – Kangaroo Island, Australia


Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm, ISO 100, f/8.0, 60 sec

Location: Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, Australia, taken at sunrise

6. Raindrop – Tasmania


Canon 1Ds Mark III, 100mm (macro), ISO 100, f/9.0, 1.6sec

Location: Styx Valley of the Giants, Tasmania, Australia

7. River Reflection – Tasmania


Canon 1Ds Mark III, 105mm, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/10 sec

Location: Pieman River, Corinna, Tasmania, Australia, taken at sunrise

8. Waterfall Cottage – Croatia


Canon 5D Mark II, 95mm, ISO 100, f/16, 0.5 sec

Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, taken at sunset

9. Sunrise – Picnic Rocks, Tasmania

Sunrise - Picnic Rocks, Deep Creek

Canon 7D, 47mm, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/25sec, taken at sunrise

10. Polar Bear Playground – Arctic (Svalbard)


Canon 7D, 115mm, ISO 1250, f/4.5, 1/5000 sec

Location: Svalbard Arctic, taken from the zodiac

My Favourite?

It’s difficult to look past “A Sense of Scale – Pleneau Bay, Antarctica” as my favourite landscape photograph of the year.  The overwhelming presence of the iceberg almost extinguishes the zodiac boat from the frame.  I love everything about this iceberg – the shape, the colours, the arch, the way it feels it is reaching towards the sky.  Whenever I reflect on my time in Antarctica, this photography comes to mind.

Which one is your favourite?


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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com


  1. Such amazing pictures! Love all of them 🙂 But the ones that stand out the most for me are A Sense of Scale, Surreal Sunrise and River Reflection. But then again, all are so beautiful. Great job!! 🙂

  2. S always, gorgeous photos Kellie…you’re going from strength to strength. Of course I love A Sense of Scale but I’m a big fan of winding paths…makes you want to see what’s at the end, and then that Star Trail!!! Love them.

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