This Oast House near Hayes Tasmania has been seen on redbubble before and appears to be well-known to local photographers. I live a 25 minute drive from it so if I am passing from time to time I will stop and try different techniques and equipment to re-interpret the scene.
What is not so well known is that no lesser photographer than Snowdon thought it worthy of his attention when he photographed in Tasmania during 1980.
Like many of our Oast Houses this one has aged since then and could use some TLC. They represent an important link to Tasmania’s early days when hops production was a vital source of income to the fledgling state. Even today Tasmania is a major producer of the essential ingredient for brewing beer.
This field looks like hops have not been cultivated for many years, however you can still see a few shoots here and there from days gone past protruding into the scene. They’re a part of its story and are a welcome inclusion to me.
I took this particular photo with my Canon EOS RT SLR. I think the lens was the 35-105 EF zoom, but it might have been my 75-300, I’m not sure.
What I do know is that it was captured on one of the two rolls of Kodachrome 64 I mailed off to Dwaynes Photo in Parsons, Kansas USA in late December 2010, before they closed the world’s last remaining K-14 line for good in January 2011, and sent the famous film into history. As far as I have been able to establish, I was the last person in Tasmania to expose a roll of Kodachrome for K-14 processing.
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