Lauren Bath | Australia

Lauren Bath | Australia

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Travel & Marketing | Australian 🇦🇺 | Email : info@laurenbath.com | Currently: Mooloolaba w/ Choice Hotels 🐬| 📷 Olympus E-M1 M II | My conference 😱👇🏻
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When I was up in Mooloolaba with Georgie for the Choice Hotels winners weekend we had a failsafe plan to capture everything the region had to offer and our last day (Sunday) was beach day! Unfortunately we didn’t get a sunrise and the beach was grey and overcast most of the day until just before we had to leave! So, rather than a sunrise shot I bring to you this hot AF midday beach delight. Haha. At least the beach is super close to the property we were staying at. (Breeze Mooloolaba) The lesson we learned: never rely on the weather. We should have gotten our beach safety shots the day before, I could have used my underwater housing then. 🌴☀️🌊 @Choice_Hotels_AU ChoiceHotelsAU . . . . . . see australia breezemooloolaba visitsunshinecoast sunshinecoast mooloolaba queensland thisisqueensland onetreehill maleny awesomeglobe beautifuldestinations earthpix travelstoke awesome_earthpix theglobewanderer wonderful_places bbctravel discoverearth cntraveler resourcetravel lonelyplanet

4 Hours ago
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Okay! Ive finally started to edit my shots from the weekend, there was absolutely no time left between the shooting and the mentoring! It was finally the winners weekend for the Choice Hotels campaign to find Australia’s ‘next top Instagrammer’! I absolutely, positively LOVE this campaign! For those that weren’t following along basically we launched a competition to find an Aussie with the potential to work in the travel industry as a professional Instagrammer. We selected twenty finalists to compete in a work experience weekend and the best competitor won a weekend with me to learn all the tricks of the trade. Congrats to @georgie.mann.photos for winning and thanks for making my weekend/ job so easy! You’re a delight! Oh, and we also managed to get some great shots that I’ll also share. @choice_hotels_au ChoiceHotelsAU . . . . . . see australia breezemooloolaba visitsunshinecoast sunshinecoast mooloolaba queensland thisisqueensland onetreehill maleny awesomeglobe beautifuldestinations earthpix travelstoke awesome_earthpix theglobewanderer wonderful_places bbctravel discoverearth

1 Days ago
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My last post from my 14 part series of fave 2017 images (+ settings). Although this was a solid favorite of mine last year it didn’t get as much traction as I thought it would. I love cranes and what they represent and I especially love the way their breath is visible against the backdrop of trees. I also know I’m behind on comments and will get to them soon! Xx ___________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 300mm prime lens 🔹 Hand held 🔹 ISO 200 🔹 F 5.6 🔹 1/1250th second _____________________________ I actually LOVED photographing wild cranes in Japan and I don’t think people realize the significance of these birds in many parts of the world. At this sanctuary it’s easy to get a shot but not easy to get a good shot and I spent around three hours shooting to get one or two frames I was really happy with. I opted to shoot low here, to get to the same level of the birds, which meant a cold butt! Lol. I was super zoomed in with my Olympus 300mm prime lens. I chose f 5.6 to get some depth of field on the landscape and I bumped my ISO to 200 to increase my shutter speed as this lens is a little shaky, even though the image stabilization does an excellent job with it. _____________________________ 📸 theglobewanderer wonderful_places travelstoke bbctravel discoverearth travelfervor fantastic_earth discoverglobe cntraveler guardiantravelsnaps natgeotravelpic natgeotravel

5 Days ago
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My second last shot of this 14 part series! I almost forgot today because I’m finally, FINALLY working on my new website. There’s always something to do when you work for yourself. This year is going to be amazing! _____________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 12-40 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 @leefilters graduated 0.9 ND 🔹 Lee Filters Circular Polarizer filter 🔹 ISO LOW (64) 🔹 F 11 🔹 1 second _______________________ There wasn’t much to this shot except for the fact that it was a killer sunrise and I was in a great location. When this happens I generally opt for a classic composition and here you can see I used the rule of thirds with a leading line in the foreground. My settings were the standard low ISO and f 11 and I did have a couple of filters on my camera at the time, a graduated neutral density filter and my polarizer. ___________________ ____________________ olympusin 📸 fantastic_earth discoverglobe cntraveler guardiantravelsnaps natgeotravelpic natgeotravel yourshotphotographer lonelyplanet resourcetravel tlpicks passionpassport ourplanetdaily

6 Days ago
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Shot 12 of 14! I’m getting there guys! My favorite shot of 2017 and this is how I did it... 🤢😂 _________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens 🔹 Hand held 🔹 ISO 200 🔹 F 2.8 🔹 1/2500th second _____________________________ My favorite shot of 2017, mister angry bird! This shot is all the more significant to me as I had a blocked ear at the time, which resulted in severe vertigo on already rough seas. Basically I wanted to projectile vomit the whole time I was on the boat, lol. I don’t remember much about my creative thought process except that I needed the shutter speed to be SUPER fast to offset the hectic swell and fast moving birds. I was in aperture priority mode to make my life easier and I was rapid firing in continuous burst mode to make sure I landed something! I landed this. _____________________________ 📸

8 Days ago
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The lightning shot! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ I know a few people have been waiting on this one. The most important thing to remember about shooting lightning is to make sure you maintain some distance on the storm, that’s why I was shooting with a zoom lens here, so I could be far away. If you don’t have an olympus and you’re shooting lightning you can either keep your shutter continuously going so you don’t miss a shot or you can use neutral density filters to obtain a longer shutter speed so that you don’t miss a strike and might catch several in one frame. _____________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 LIVE composite mode 🔹 ISO LOW (64) 🔹 F 11 🔹 1 second x 600 (approx) _____________________ This was another shot taken using Olympus’s live composite feature, it’s not perfect but I was more than happy with the result. Live Composite mode allows you to take a base image and then the camera continues to shoot and record ‘changes’ to the light to stack onto the base image. I don’t know how to better describe it; I’m a bit of a tech noob. Since it was still relatively bright when I started this shot my shutter speed was only 1 second and I wanted heaps of lighting so I left the exposure going for at least ten minutes, effectively taking hundreds of frames. The draw back was that there is visible movement in the clouds that looks unnatural but the pro is that I got this shot virtually straight out of camera. _____________________________ 📸

9 Days ago
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Happy Sunday! (At least to us in the Southern Hemisphere 😍) My series of shots with settings is almost finished, I’m up to shot 10 of 14 and hopefully one people will enjoy. Stars are one of those things that heaps of new photographers want to attempt but to be honest the gear plays the most major part. You need (at the very least) a pro/ wide lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8. The kit lenses you might get with your first camera just won’t replicate a shot like this. If you have the right gear the settings are pretty easy, when the conditions are right. 💜💜💜 _______________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 ISO 3200 🔹 F 2.8 🔹 30 seconds ______________________ This shot is by no means technically perfect but I’ve included it in my round up because I was pleasantly surprised with the end result despite knowing my Olympus is not really a low light camera. (Oh and I was also super tipsy at the time, oops!) Shooting the Milky Way is one of those things that really do require the right equipment and the right settings, as the sky is so dark at nighttime. You’ll need a wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of at least f 2.8 to pull off a shot like this. I used infinity focus in manual focus mode rather than actually focusing it myself (remember, tipsy = lazy?! Lol). I also used the standard 30-second shutter speed and boosted my ISO to 3200 to make sure the exposure was bright enough. _____________________________ 📸

10 Days ago
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Omg, I remembered to do my second post for the day and I’m slowly catching up on comments from this series. Haha. So, is anyone actually on Instagram at 9:00 PM on Saturday night? (Apart from me 🙊🙊) ______________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens 🔹 Hand held 🔹 ISO 200 🔹 F 8 🔹 1/25th second _____________________________ Another one from Japan, I got a number of fave shots on this trip! I was due to go out for a sunrise shoot but it was a complete white out and I knew I wasn’t going to get anything worthwhile but didn’t want to waste my early start. I began playing around with some first person perspective shots with my colorful happy socks and ended up pushing my bed against the window for this. Although my shutter speed was 1/25th second I managed this hand held due to the awesome image stabilization of my camera and f 8 gave me decent depth of field. FYI. Japanese beds are HEAVY! _____________________________ 📸

10 Days ago
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Good morning everyone, I’m getting through my 14 part series of shots and settings and this is shot 8, my soldier crabs. Also, if you’re on the Gold Coast check out my Instameet post from yesterday. It will be on Sunday. 😀 ___________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 40–150 mm PRO lens 🔹 Hand held 🔹 ISO 200 🔹 F 4 🔹 1/640th second _____________________________ I think I just like this shot because seeing all these soldier crabs was an incredible moment for me. Although I got plenty of wide-angle shots too I wanted some with more details and opted to lie down on my stomach to get to the same level as the crabs. From here I zoomed right in on the crab closest to me and I used a shallow depth of field (f 4) to zoom out the lines and lines of crabs behind him. So much fun! _____________________________ 📸

11 Days ago
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Let’s do a thing! I’m having a Gold Coast instameet/ catch up on Sunday afternoon! Meet at the Spit Main Beach outside the kiosk at 5:00 PM for an informal photo walk, catch up and possible dinner afterwards! Tag your local friends!

11 Days ago
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Omg, why am I so hopeless? Lol. I forgot my second post yesterday for my series, it’s been so long since I’ve done two a day. Back on track now with one of my all time Vivid faves and this is number 7 of the series so I’m half way! _____________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 40-150 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 LIVE composite mode 🔹 ISO LOW (64) 🔹 F 11 🔹 60 seconds x 15 (approx) _____________________ Now this is an interesting scene as I created this shot using a feature that is only available on Olympus cameras; live composite. Basically how this works is that you set up your composition, (I wanted the Opera House to be the main focus with just enough of the Sydney Harbour in frame to surround it with boat trails) choose your settings in the live composite menu and the camera will continue to take photos and stack them in camera. The best part is that the camera only records new light so it won’t blow out the shot. I was doing 60 second exposures as it was quite dark and I left my shutter open for around 15 minutes to achieve this effect. When it had finished processing I had this image on my memory card, no further editing required. _____________________________ 📸

12 Days ago
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Good morning all! This is my 6th post in my series of favorite images with settings. A few people have said they don’t really understand photography and if you’re in that boat stay posted as my online photography course will be live early this year too. 😱😍 _________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 @leefilters graduated 0.9 ND 🔹 Lee Filters 4 stop ND filter 🔹 ISO LOW (64) 🔹 F 16 🔹 10 seconds ______________________ I came across this relaxing view of Dove Lake but knew I could improve on what nature provided with some creative shooting. First I wanted to add interest to the shot so Melissa waded out to the rock and sat very, very still for me. Next I wanted to flatten out the water as it was surprisingly windy and the wind was creating an unflattering effect on the lake. I used filters to darken the scene and opted for a small aperture and low ISO to stretch my exposure time out to ten seconds. _____________________________ 📸

13 Days ago
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Here’s shot number 5 of my 14 part series with settings and field notes, some of you might remember that this was a recent shot taken in Kaikoura New Zealand. (Incidentally did you all know the northbound highway reopened in December?! 😱) ______________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 @leefilters graduated 0.9 ND 🔹 ISO LOW (64) 🔹 F 11 🔹 1.6 seconds ______________________ I don’t know how many people know this but I am actually really unlucky with light, as in I rarely see a good sunrise or sunset. That’s usually why so many of my favorite shots are good sunsets, because they’re rare to me. Haha. This was a pretty stock standard landscape composition, following the rule of thirds. I did use a graduated neutral density filter for the sky and one interesting thing I did was increase my ISO to 400 to speed up my shutter speed, I find that water looks more interesting when there’s still some movement in it. _____________________________ 📸

13 Days ago
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Omg, I’m hilarious. I forgot my second post last night because it was Dreamboat’s birthday yesterday and we were celebrating. I’ll catch up! This is post number 4 of my 14 part series of images and settings. X ____________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 8mm fisheye prime 🔹 Olympus Underwater Housing 🔹 ISO 400 🔹 F 4.5 🔹 1/320th second _____________________________ I particularly love this shot because it was my first proper attempt at using my new Olympus underwater housing and I wasn’t expecting to get anything decent at all. I had opted to shoot with a fish eye lens as I wanted to get the whole whale shark in frame and because it’s a prime lens I wouldn't have to fiddle around zooming in and out. I was in aperture priority mode with a base ISO of 400 and the staff photographer told me whale sharks move pretty quickly and that 1/320 would be fast enough to freeze any movement. I adjusted my aperture to suit and shot away. ________________________ 📸

14 Days ago
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Good morning! I’m continuing my 14 part Olympus image series (plus settings) with my third post, mister friendly reindeer. Keep reading for my settings and equipment and feel free to ask any questions in the comments. 😘 ___________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens 🔹 Hand held 🔹 ISO 200 🔹 F 2.8 🔹 1/800th second _____________________________ I was in Japan early in 2017 when I took this shot and it was a white out winter wonderland when I arrived. As much as I love the snow I find it challenging to photograph because I love colors so I was on the lookout for anything that could bring a pop of color to my feed. When I stumbled across the reindeer sled rides I knew I could get a pic but I decided to go for a first person perspective shot to add interest. I enticed the reindeer into the ‘office’ with a carrot and zoomed out as wide as my lens would go. My aperture was f 2.8 so I aimed for the reindeers eye and I was careful to push my exposure so that my snow would be super white. (If you underexpose a shot with snow you end up with grey snow) _____________________________ 📸

15 Days ago
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I literally can’t remember the last time I posted two photos in a day on Instagram, the algorithms and new home page have reduced visibility SO MUCH! But stuff it, I’m going rogue this week. Lol. Here’s shot number 2 of my 14 part series WITH settings and notes below. Who can guess what this is? _____________________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 40–150 mm PRO lens 🔹 Hand held 🔹 ISO 400 🔹 F 5.6 🔹 1/1000th second _____________________________ This image was shot out of a light aircraft on the Sapphire Coast and the plane itself was shaking around a fair bit. For this reason the first setting that I needed was a fast shutter speed and I also wanted enough depth of field to carry off the composition. I adjusted my ISO up to 400 to allow me to obtain the f 5.6 aperture and 1/1000th shutter speed. I’d consider this an abstract shot as not everyone can tell what it is at first. It’s a wave! I zoomed right in, as it was about to break, and then cropped it with a strong centered line before rotating the image anti clockwise to make the wave harder to recognize. _____________________________ 📸

15 Days ago
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Good morning! Today I’m starting my Olympus ‘Top Posts and Settings 2017’ series and will run it all week. Two posts a day, 14 posts. Please ask any photography questions and I’ll do my best to answer everyone. This is number 1: Horse Head Rock at sunrise. _____________________ and Settings: ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ @olympus_au E-M1 Mark II 🔹 M. Zuiko 7-14 mm PRO lens 🔹 Olympus wired remote 🔹 @gitzoinspires Tripod 🔹 @leefilters graduated 0.9 ND 🔹 ISO LOW (64) 🔹 F 11 🔹 8 seconds ______________________ I was incredibly lucky to see such amazing light at this popular photography location and I nearly didn’t know what to do with it! My composition was pretty straightforward; I split my horizon in half and used the rocks and water as a leading line to the main rock formation. Since the location is quite dark and the sky was quite bright I opted to use a graduated neutral density filter to help make my exposure more even. I needed a tripod as my exposure time was slow and I used the stock standard landscape photography settings of my lowest ISO and f11 for good depth of field. _____________________________ 📸

16 Days ago
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Good morning and Happy New Year everyone! I’ve had my niece and nephew up from NSW so my hands have been FULL! 😳😂 (Having the best time though!) I just wanted to share my favorite shot from Bannisters By The Sea this time around, that sea mist I was telling you about. Has anyone seen anything like this before? This little bay is practically on the property, we stumbled down from our comfy beds for a shoot. @BannistersHotels BetterAtBannisters

22 Days ago
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I’ve got a classic ‘JewLau’ story to share (JewLau = Jewelszee and Lauren collaboration for those that don’t know 👯‍♀️)! Jewels and I just recently went down to Mollymook to stay at one of my favorite Australian properties, Bannisters by the Sea. For me it was a holiday but Jewels was doing a little bit of work so I’d gone out shooting with her for sunrise, for support you see. Haha. There had been so much sea mist in the area every day that we didn’t have high hopes for sunrise and headed down to the bay. Meanwhile, across the other side of the property the sky was lighting up like crazy and Jewels and I spent ANOTHER morning frantically trying to salvage a lost opportunity. 😩😩😂😂😂😂 Why are we so hopeless? @BannistersHotels BetterAtBannisters

24 Days ago
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Good morning. I have some pretty exciting news for Gold Coast locals and visitors, the opening of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuaries new exhibit ‘The Lost Valley’. I was super excited to visit ahead of their Boxing Day opening and the space is really lovely. Spacious and informative with conservation messages and adorable animals like this cheeky lemur. I also have a family pass and two Lost Valley prize packs to give away to someone today. To enter just tag a friend in the comments and tell me why you want to win and I’ll pick someone later on. Don’t forget that Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Gold Coast ! Lol. Tag your Gold Coast and Brisbane friends! @currumbinsanctuary ❤️💛💚💜💙

26 Days ago
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Stuff it, I’m going all out with the prayer flags this week and I have a HUGE announcement for Aussies! Next year Australia and Bhutan are celebrating 15 years of friendship and they have travel offers for all Aussies. I’ve got the link on my profile, look for the ‘Bhutan- Australia Friendship Deal’. It’s going to bring the minimum daily spend down to a fraction of what it usually is and it’s only available for three months in 2018. (June, July, August) There’s also discounts on hotels and airfares, basically this is the best deal you’ll ever get to travel to this once in a lifetime destination. I’m pretty sure that’s why they asked Mel and I out too, to help bring Bhutan back to people’s awareness. I’ve talked to so many people that have had Bhutan on their bucket list for years and years but haven’t been able to afford the daily spend, I hope you all get to make your dream come true. 😍😍 @tourismbhutan bhutan

27 Days ago
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One of my favorite things about Bhutan was definitely all the prayer flags! They’re around for all kinds of reasons. This was a suspension bridge that I crossed when I hiked to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the temple on top of the hill in Punakha. I didn’t see it when we first crossed as it was 5:00 AM but loved seeing the landscape on my way back down. @tourismbhutan bhutan

28 Days ago
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Good morning! I hope everyone is having an amazing festive season and break if you celebrate 🎅🏻. I’m still sharing my fave shots from Bhutan and I like this one in particular as my guide sourced the spot for me and we clambered up a hill covered in yak’s to get the best perspective. As I set up my tripod I thought to myself that it’s likely that no other photographer or Instagrammer has ever shot from that precise location. As much as I love drawing inspiration from other photography and popular destinations there’s no better feeling than discovering your own places and Bhutan is an exceptional country to do that in. ❤️❤️ @tourismbhutan bhutan

29 Days ago
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Omg, I literally just got home yesterday and I am home for a MONTH! One. Month. Off! Please, if you’re reading this don’t offer me a job for January. I have no self control and I will say yes but I really need the break. 😂😂 In the meantime I still have heaps of work to share from this year; my Bhutan shots, my getaway to Bannisters and even a little bit of local work I did. And I also want to wrap up my favorite shots for the year and give you all my camera settings and photography notes! For now here’s a shot of a gorgeous little valley in Gangtey, just below the Pelela pass. ONE MONTH OFF! 🎉😍😂 @tourismbhutan bhutan

32 Days ago
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Good morning! This was one of my favorite mornings in Bhutan, even though I had to do another hike! 😩😩😂😂 This is the view from a gorgeous monastery high in the hills of Punakha. I don’t know why they build their monasteries away from roads, haha. We erred on the side of caution and allowed heaps of time to hike up and ended up having to wait for ages. Curled up on a cushion from the temple, and sipping hot tea provided by our awesome guides, we felt pretty damn lucky in that moment. @tourismbhutan bhutan

33 Days ago
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This magical place, the Punakha Dzong, is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan and was the administrative center of Bhutan until 1955. Nowadays about 600 monks live here for 6 months of the year and it’s open to visitors twice a day. Believe me, it’s like stepping into another world. So stunning! Along the river there’s lots of places to plonk down and enjoy the views and tranquility too. 😍😍 @tourismbhutan bhutan

34 Days ago
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I know that ‘detail’ or close up shots aren’t as popular on Instagram as landscapes but I love this and I hope some of you do too. One of my favorite things about traveling is in the small details. Sunlight hitting my chilli cheese, rays across the mountains, the hem of a monks gown trailing across the ground and this; study notes against red robes. So many unfamiliar sights and sounds and smells here in Bhutan! I’m doing an Instagram live from where I currently am and happy to answer questions about Bhutan. It will be in about an hour or two so keep an eye out if you want to chat. X @tourismbhutan bhutan

35 Days ago
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In Bhutan I visited four places, all nearer to the western/ more populated side of the country. I started in Paro, as that’s where you fly in, and passed through Thimphu (the capital) before spending four days in Gangtey and three in Punakha. The highlight for me was Gangtey; a rural delight with elusive black necked cranes, a nearby monastery, delightful nature walks, farmhouse lunches and the most incredible property I’ve possibly ever stayed ‘Gangtey Lodge’. I did not expect five star/ world class luxury out here! 🌟✨💫 From the food (thanks chef Soh) to the massage, hot stone bath and all the activities I just soaked it all in while Melissa was off hiking the Druk Path. This was a reverse sunset and just to the right of the building in the foreground you can see Gangtey Lodge, they’ve built it to blend in with the surroundings and it looks like another Bhutanese farm house from up here. @tourismbhutan bhutan

36 Days ago
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I’m not saving the best till last, I’m just going to post all my faves from Bhutan now. Haha. Have you ever seen two hundred monks sitting their exams? Well I hadn’t until now! This school sits 3,000 meters above sea level in Gangtey, my favorite part of Bhutan out of the locations I visited. When I was visiting this school the first time I noticed the monks all studying and asked what for? Once I found out that they were due to sit exams the following morning I wondered if I could go and take some pictures. Like all my requests in Bhutan it was easily met and I found myself up in the dormitories shooting down on lines and lines of monks. From what I can gather this is like a masters degree and it takes 9 years to graduate from this school. Monks as young as 13 and as old as 45 live and study here. In Bhutan up to 20% of the population are monks or nuns. @tourismbhutan bhutan

37 Days ago
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Lauren Bath | Australia

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Happy Weekend everyone! AT LAST I CAN SHARE MY FRIGGING BHUTAN PHOTOS!!! For those that don’t watch stories you might have missed it, but I’ve just been on a life changing trip to a little known country on the eastern edge of the Himalayas. Why is Bhutan so little known? Because tourism here only started in the 70’s and has been heavily regulated ever since. For someone that travels as much as I do Bhutan is a paradise with a culture that is virtually untouched by western influence, world class scenery, the most fascinating history and barely any other tourists. (Only 64,000 people visited Bhutan as tourists last year) I will try my best to make each post as informative as possible as this is definitely a destination you haven’t heard much about before! This shot is of the most famous tourist attraction in Bhutan, The Tigers Nest. I will post another shot of this place and tell you more of the history but wanted to start on something impressive. I hope you love this series, and Bhutan, as much as I did! 🇧🇹 @tourismbhutan bhutan

37 Days ago
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Important Announcement: One of my favorite Australian properties, Bannisters in Mollymook, is giving away a two night stay! You can check out all the details on their page, @bannistershotels but all you have to do to enter is upload a pic of the person you would bring, follow Bannisters and tag bytheseawithyou 🌊🏄🏼‍♀️💦💙 (I’d take my mum, but I’m already going with Dreamboat 🙊🙊)

38 Days ago
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Lauren Bath | Australia

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Well I thought I would finish my High Country Victoria posts off with a bang, from that first lighting storm over Falls Creek. Thanks so much for having me out guys and I can’t wait to come back. This was shot on my Olympus E-M1 Mark II using Live Composite mode. 🌩⚡️😍 @SeeHighCountry

42 Days ago
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Lauren Bath | Australia

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Okay, so I would be remiss if I didn’t post at least one photo from the Tolpuddle Goat Cheese farm in the Milawa Gourmet Region. Basically the place is a baby goat PARADISE! Our photo shoot went something like this ... *pulls car up .. 😱😱😱 BABY GOATS!!! *Jewels and Lauren frantically grab a camera and plunge into a sea of baby goats who are the cutest things ever until we get to meet even younger baby goats and then right down to 1 DAY OLD BABY GOATS!! Literal death! Oh, and they make cheese here. 😂😂 @SeeHighCountry

42 Days ago