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Canberra locations for outdoor photography

By dean - 29 October 2008 20

Hi all,

Anyone know of any good locations in Canberra to take some outdoor family shots?

Ta,

De

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Canberra locations for outdoor photography
Holden Caulfield 3:52 pm 29 Oct 08

dean said :

My apologies for being too vague Holden, my only real aim is to avoid the indoor, styled portrait with pearls and fog around the outside type of thing. I have two adults and two kids, and I just want to be able to remember this point in time – didn’t think a few trees in the background would hurt either.

No worries dean, there’s heaps of suggestions here for you in any case. Canberra does trees pretty well, but as noted the Sculpture Garden is also quite good if you want a mixture of man made and natural backdrops.

However, as la mente torbida suggests, you may want to choose a location/time of day that gives good lighting to your subjects. Overcast days are good for portraits, too, as there will be no harsh shadows.

It’s pretty hard to go past the Parliamentary Triangle for a good mix of pleasing architecture and gardens. There’s a nifty little garden just off the House of Reps entrance at Parliament House, which is generally very private, even on weekends. Just make sure you either approach the security guards explaining what you’re doing, or expect to be questioned if they see you with your camera out so close to the “action”.

la mente torbida 2:49 pm 29 Oct 08

If you go for a walk on the cycle path between Yarralumla Nursery & the Governer General’s house. Many locations and early morning or evening, you get great lighting.

Whatsup 2:42 pm 29 Oct 08

The rock pool garden at the National Botanic Gardens is a nice setting. You might end up with some lizards in your pictures if its a warm day also.

Deano 1:55 pm 29 Oct 08

Between the English Garden and the Royal Canberra Golf Course is one of the better areas we have found. Lots of different lighting options and backgrounds including scenes across the lake. Where the bike path goes in through the old pine trees is great for dark forest type shots.

Pommy bastard 1:34 pm 29 Oct 08

The pinnacle nature reserve.

dean 1:27 pm 29 Oct 08

Cheers, thanks for the replies.

My apologies for being too vague Holden, my only real aim is to avoid the indoor, styled portrait with pearls and fog around the outside type of thing. I have two adults and two kids, and I just want to be able to remember this point in time – didn’t think a few trees in the background would hurt either.

tylersmayhem 1:25 pm 29 Oct 08

The road leading down to Government House is stunning, particularly around Autumn!

sepi 12:57 pm 29 Oct 08

Oh – and the bird aviary at Gold Creek can give you some cute photos of ‘bird on kiddie’s shoulder’. the background probbaly isn’t that great for a family photo though.

sepi 12:56 pm 29 Oct 08

Botanic Gardens are nice.

harvyk1 12:55 pm 29 Oct 08

I’d be a little careful, certain places will insist on charging a fee if they get a wiff of professional equipment. Lanyon is a perfect example. Whilst it’s free to walk around, if they think you’re taking photos which could end up on the mantle piece they will either kick you out, or charge you a fee. There are a few other places that will also do this.

Thumper 12:37 pm 29 Oct 08

Lanyon is simply superb…

New Yeah 12:08 pm 29 Oct 08

The rose gardens between Old Parliament House and John Gorton Building were looking very photogenic this morning.

Holden Caulfield 11:53 am 29 Oct 08

There’s a few choice locations on Newcastle Street in Fyshwick. 😉

How about giving us some clues as to what you are looking for, and what you consider to be a good location for a family portrait. Surely, by using some pretty rudimentary photographic principles, any old park would do?

Otherwise this runs the risk of being a new low in the “where’s Canberra’s best coffee” style of post.

Ari 11:27 am 29 Oct 08

The sculpture garden at the National Gallery is good, too.

jessieduck 11:17 am 29 Oct 08

The park behind the Hyatt Hotel is lovely- has some Japanese style structures as well as many lovely lake vantage points.

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