Blue Mountains Bicentenary Flyover Glenbrook

Parachuting in

Parachuting in

Last Saturday 25th May was the official celebration of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by early explorers Blaxland, Wentworth & Lawson some 200 hundred years ago. To mark this Bicentenary event an historic aerial  Flyover was organised to help celebrate this day in the Blue Mountains. I was one of a number of photographers who was asked to cover the event for Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT).

So with camera in hand and my trusty partner hauling all the gear at my side, thanks hun, it was off to Glenbrook to cover the event. We arrived for the lighting of the hot air balloon at dawn. It was such a great atmosphere from the word go, lots of activities for the kids and adults to enjoy. After the hot air balloon tethered rides were over it was time for the parachutist to land in the middle of the oval, see above pic. With clear skies and a swelling crowd, 2000+, it was perfect weather for the Flyover to commence…. An assortment of planes proceeded to fly directly over the event giving the crowd something to cheer and aim their phones, ipads, camera, kids, fingers at. It was so great to see the Blue Mountains community getting behind and embracing such an historic event.

I really enjoy event photography as their is normally a great atmosphere to capture. I had recently taken photos of an endurance event, seen here and I will continue to cover different events as you can get some great shots. In Katoomba, my home town, we are soon to have the annual Winter Magic event. So hun….are you feeling strong….just kidding, it should be fun too!

Have a excellent week and if there is something going on in your neck of the woods, grab your camera and go take  a look.

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                                           more from the day…

best seat in the house

best seat in the house

Up up & away

Up up & away

flybuys

flybuys

balloon fun

balloon fun

Fairy floss & ferris wheels

Fairy floss & ferris wheels

horsing around

horsing around

Comfy views

Comfy views

planes high in the sky

planes high in the sky

fairy floss beards

fairy floss beards

yummy food

yummy food

great crowds

great crowds

cute animals

cute animals

the planes...the planes

the planes…the planes

happy faces

happy faces

and the occasional fierce warrior

and the occasional fierce warrior

Slice of Light

Govettes Leap sunrise

Govetts Leap sunrise

Blackheath is a blue mountains town located about ten minutes by road past Katoomba. It is home to one of the most spectacular views of the Grose valley in the upper mountains. Govetts leap offers a truly spectacular view that is popular for tourists visiting the area. I came here hoping to get a beautiful sunrise, however on the day the weather was offering up a different sort of mood.

One of the best things about being a photographer is learning how to adapt to your environment on any given day.Well made plans that you had for a certain location may have to be sidelined as the weather always has the final say. On this occasion I had envisioned a blazing sky of biblical proportions just waiting for me to capture it…….hmmmmm perhaps not. Instead it was a grey and overcast sky that would usher in a new dawn with a nice touch of rain on the side………..great!

Now I knew if just a little light was to break through the thick low cloud it could offer something well worth getting out of bed for. It’s these times that I actually quite like, as you have to be perpetually optimistic as to what a scene can bring with just the slightest change in the weather and a good serving of patience. So with umbrella in hand and eyes fixed on the horizon I waited for the “slice of light” to appear before me. Times like this make the hours of waiting for the right conditions at locations, so worth it.

This photo and more are available to purchase here. Pretty much all the photos I post are available for purchase in different sizes an options, so if you see something you like just shoot me a message to discuss options.

Have a great weekend, I hope you find the time to get outdoors….

cheers ben

more from the morning

Bridal veil falls

Bridal veil falls

Grose valley panoramic

Grose valley panoramic

Silent dawn

Silent dawn

Rays of light

After Glow

After Glow

As you know by now I’m a big fan of the different moods that can play out in a landscape scene. And lately I’ve been lovin the mood in our valleys. The Rural Fire Service may just be my new best friend as all their recent hazard reduction burns have left allot of smoke hanging around in the area and when combined with the right light, well it just looks just amazing. I had managed to capture some great mood previously, however I was really after something a little different to what I had captured before.

On this occasion I knew that the light was shaping up for something good in the late afternoon as I had been watching the clouds all day and I could see a hint of red in them. Much of this smoke had been sitting in the megalong valley for the last 2 days, but by the third day there was plenty spilling into the jamison valley in Katoomba.. The smoke allowed the light to really accentuate the shafts of light coming over from narrowenck plateau into the above scene.  It’s always good when a plan comes to fruition and you get what you were after…….

I will always look for that little extra piece of mood that will hopefully help tell the story I was looking for. So next time you see something a little different grab your camera and head to your nearest lookout.   This print and more are available for purchase here.

Have a fantastic weekend…..

cheers ben

more moodiness

touch of red

touch of red

Smoke & colours

Smoke & colours

Birds taking in the view

Birds taking in the view

smoked sandstone

smoked sandstone

Valley mood panoramic

Valley mood panoramic

Valley mood panoramic

An integral part of living in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia is dealing with the annual threat of bushfires. In order to control this threat the local Blue Mountains district  RFS do a great job with planned hazard reduction controlled burns throughout the year. Whenever I see or smell  the smoke in the valleys I try and make a point of grabbing my gear and then head out to get some shots. There often is a great mood which settles in  with the added smoke in the valley as seen here.

In capturing the Valley mood panoramic i knew that as the light faded the smoke would turn slightly blue and combined with the low light, it would make a great shot. I waited until the light on the Three Sisters had all but faded, leaving just a small glow on Mount Solitary. At this point I pressed the shutter and I knew I had captured the scene I pre- visualised in my head. The RFS are currently doing allot of hazard reduction burns and I have already captured some more great photos, so stay tuned…..

This print can be purchased here, as well as many other photographs from this great part of the world we live in.

Have a super weekend….

cheers ben

more smoke infused shots

Jamison Glow

Jamison Glow

Jamison in Smoke

Jamison in Smoke

Fading light

Fading light

Adelina Falls

Adelina Falls-Triptych

Nestled down in the mid Blue Mountains is the wonderful little township called Lawson. I had heard rumours that there were some waterfalls in the area for some time and thought it was about time to check these so called waterfalls out. I have to say that I was really surprised at the quality and beauty of the waterfalls in this area. I couldn’t believe that I had waited so long to venture into this beautiful part of the mid mountains and felt a little ashamed it had taken me so long to get here. Adelina Falls was only a short stroll into a rainforest like landscape, where lush green ferns and moss cover the sides of the damp sandstone walls. Though the water levels is down due to our lack of significant rainfall, there was plenty for me to work with and it allowed me to create the images above.

I have always enjoyed the challenge of creating waterfall images in low light as it allows me to harness some wonderful mood within the colour of the water. It reminded me of this image I took in low light resulting in some stunning blue tones due to the absence of light and the long exposure needed to create the image. There are many more waterfalls to explore in the lower Blue Mountains and I look forward to capturing them all in time. I will  definitely be returning to these beautiful areas over this years winter & I look forward to showcasing these hidden gems for you. This image and more can be purchased here.

cheers ben

Moss covered walls

Moss covered walls

lush green ferns

lush green ferns

blue tones

blue tones

Triptych delights

Autumn 2013-TriptychOkay so perhaps I get a little carried away when Autumn is upon us. I just love how it can transform an area into something really quite magical. A street that you may have driven down a hundred times, suddenly becomes alive with new colours and vibrancy causing you too slow down as you witness it in different light. It’s like your partner putting on a beautiful dress or outfit and your like wow, “you look just stunning”, nature seems to do that too. It’s saying,  “hey, check out my new look, you like it?.

I was a bit worried that the colours this year were not going to happen as the leaves in some areas has started to fall. However like some I know they were just a little slow getting dressed, but the wait was well worth it. One of the great things being a photographer is witnessing change. I love how a landscape scene can completely changed in the space of minutes if not seconds. I remember standing at the iconic 3 Sisters in Katoomba watching the valley transform rapidly as a storm approached. I was amazed to see a half rainbow suddenly appear in front of me and just as quick it was gone, see it here

Autumn Abstract 2013

So if you have time go and take a look at the beautiful colours on display before nature puts on something daggy for winter. All prints are available for purchasing here. Have a super week all, see you out there……

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                            more awesome AutumnessAutumn light

Autumn in the Blue Mountains

Autumn colours

Autumn at Wenty lake

Streets aglow with colour

Streets aglow with colour