Blue Boat House in Perth

Blue Boat House in Perth

Dear friends, like to share my experience with travel landmark photography. I just returned a couple of days back from Perth, on a photo assignment. Having some free time during the trip, I had an enjoyable time shooting the charming Blue Boat House in Perth or otherwise known as Crawley Edge Boatshed on Swan River.

A brief introduction to the Blue Boat House

The Blue Boat House was built in the 1930s and has been owned mainly by the Nattrass family since the 1940s. In 2001, the boatshed was put up for sale and purchased by Peter Nattrass, son of Roland Nattrass and Lord Mayor of Perth at the time. The boatshed had become very run down by that time. Faced with government threats to demolish and remove it, the family began to rebuild it. The local federal member of parliament Julie Bishop repainted the boatshed in bold blue colour at the suggestion of a friend. The refurbished boatshed was re-launched by Perth yachtsman Jon Sanders and Perth sailor David Dicks on 6 February 2004. In late 2015, a facelift which included repainting the exterior and replacing the wooden jetty with a new one with steel pylons was carried out. (Wikipedia)

Shooting the Blue Boat House

Blue Boat House in Perth

This landmark can only be accessed via a single entrance from Mounts Bay Road due to the layout. As such, photographing this venue can be very “time-sensitive” as a constant stream of tourists starts queuing at the entrance to the pier. There is no admission fee for accessing the Blue Boat House.

Blue Boat House in Perth

I like shooting long exposures (using ND filters) of the landmark but observing the stream of visitors behind me, I had to think fast, act fast and “release” the shooting spot pronto. So my next option would be to position myself at other ideal angles and use the visitors as part of my composition.

Blue Boat House in Perth

Gears used

Camera – Canon EOS 5DmkIV. Lenses – Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L MkII. Filters- NISI ND filter (10 stops), GND 2 stops, and polariser. Camera mounted on Sirui carbon fiber tripod with Manfrotto XPro magnesium ball head.

Footnote – many thanks for checking in on this article. For overseas travel inspiration, you might like to check out my curated travelogues here.  Pictures used in the article are copyrighted to Jensen Chua Photography. The opinion expressed is factual, objective, and that of the author.

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