Hi I am off to melbourne next week. Am staying with non photographer friends but am hoping to incorporate photography into the trips in particular the Penguin parade and the 12 apostles.
Firstly can anyone suggest the best vantage point for penguin photos. You can pay extra for an elevated platform but Im unlikely to get eye contact that way, would prefer to crouch low and get to penguins eye level. However don't want to battle the crowds. Is there any upgrade worth taking to ensure the best photos? Also what do you suggest in regards to which lens? My 35mm prime which at f 1.8 will be good for low light or my 55-300 - good telephoto length but slower lens in low light.... Hopefully I'll be close enough to use some flash to help out. In an ideal world I'd take 2 cameras with both lenses attached but flight luggage limits may cripple me!
Also are there any places on great ocean rd, phillip island or around the city that people can suggest for good photo opportunities? As I am touring with friends, I may not be in these places at the best times for lighting etc but will have to make the best of what I can and use grad filters etc to help with harsh lighting!
Any suggestions much appreciated!