Leura falls, Blue Mountains

Leura falls panoramic

Leura falls panoramic

Leura falls is one of those areas that pops up in a photo once in a blue moon. I had been to these beautiful falls many years ago without a camera & decided it was high time that I went back and took some photos. It’s one of those locations that does require quite the walk out of the valley, so this keeps most people away. Recently I decided it was definitely time to go out and get a heap more waterfall photos, so I packed up and spent three days immersed in the creeks and streams in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Australia.

During the afternoon I was standing knee deep in water and I looked up to see a group of young tourists just standing there staring at me, obviously thinking, “this guys bloody mad”. It moments like these that I feel truly happy and content with my life…..As the afternoon light descended onto the sandstone cliffs, I tried finding some interesting angles of the falls and surrounding area. I always love the challenge of presenting an area with different and unique angles that I can come up with on the day…..

cheers ben-

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more photos of leura falls

last light

last light

through the ferns

through the ferns

I couldn't resist a selfie on this boulder

I couldn’t resist a selfie on this boulder earlier on the day

in B&W

in B&W

shadow & light

shadow & light

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Katoomba Falls

From bottom to top, Katoomba Falls

From bottom to top, Katoomba Falls

Katoomba Falls is located in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba. With a height estimated at 230 metres this majestic waterfall takes a series of plunges as it descends into the Jamison valley. I have been here on numerous occasions to photograph this beautiful waterfall in many different moods and water levels. These falls have always been very popular with the many thousands of tourists that visit each year due to the ease at which you can visit the falls. There is a great natural viewing platform where you can take in the falls from mid height and snap as many photos as you like. Another great way to see katoomba falls is from the air via the scenic skyway. From this vantage point you can get a real sense of the height and scale of the falls within the landscape.

One of the great draw cards for these falls is the constant changing environment in which they are situated. I’ve been here in heavy mist, fog, low cloud, rain, intense heat…you name it I’ve tried to capture it. The ever changing moods of the Blue Mountains allow photographers to get a huge range of photos of a scene if you’re willing to put the effort in. I really enjoy visiting certain locations over and over as it gives me the opportunity to get a a real variety of photographs in which to document a scene. Hence why local photographers will generally always get the more engaging photographs of the local scenes……….it a time thing, time & patience. For me it’s also the challenge of finding a composition that is “new to market‘ so to speak. Getting something new from a popular location is something I really enjoy doing. I was given a great compliment the other day, I was told me I was giving the blue mountains “a new look” in this digital age, I was flattered to say the least. It’s always nice to hear that your work is appreciated and well received within the community.

I will always enjoy this pursuit of angles and light that we call photography, it has allowed me to really see the environment in a new light.I always feel very lucky to literally step out my front door and within minutes be immersed in a sea of eucalyptus trees and gorgeous views. I hope you enjoy some of the images that I bring back from my little adventures in the bush. I know you won’t like them all, but perhaps it time one image may really speak to you, and if that’s the case……..I’m a happy camper.

Enjoy the journey, cheers ben

more photos of water falling down

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 in the mist

in the mist

shafts of water

shafts of water

cascading down

cascading down

ummmm having an outdoor shower

ummmm having an outdoor shower

a study of colours

a study of colours

at the base of the falls

at the base of the falls

a boulders view

a boulders view

through the mist

through the mist

silky scenes

silky scenes

pouring over like milk

pouring over like milk

flyby

flyby

having fun in the falls

having fun in the falls

surrounded by eucalypts

surrounded by eucalypts

the big picture

the big picture

an aerial view

an aerial view

tucked away

tucked away

colourful display

colourful displays

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Minnihaha Falls & Yosemite Creek

Minnihaha Falls stream

Minnihaha Falls in North Katoomba is located downstream from Katoomba creek in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia. As far as tourist destinations go, it would be one of the less frequented locations…….however, it shouldn’t be. I hadn’t been here since my rock climbing days and I’d forgotten how beautiful this place is. Katoomba creek which is the catalyst for the spectacular Minnihaha falls is in it’s own right, stunning! As you can see in the above image the sandstone creek bed appears very “tiger like” with it’s colours and streaked patterns.

Minnihaha Falls panoramic

A short stroll brings you to the main falls and the wonderful rock pool which has formed at the base of the pool. I took a panoramic image of this scene to capture both the falls leading in as well as the rock pool in order to portray the small amphitheatre like atmosphere. I was with a good mate of mine, simone, a pro photographer herself, and we then proceeded to immerse ourselves with finding intriguing compositions of the area. I got down low for this shot as I wanted to make a strong composition with some nice blue water in the foreground.

Minnihaha falls upclose

I really enjoy going to the not so popular destinations around the Blue Mountains and showcasing them so that people will perhaps visit them at some stage on their journies. These prints are avaialble for purchasing here as well as many others. I took a stroll with a mate to some waterfalls around Lawson this morning, so stay tuned for more waterfall action in the next week….

thanks for stopping by…have a super week!

cheers ben

a few more from the area

Katoomba creekMinnihaha-FallsMinnihaha Falls Abstract

Weeping Rock- Leura

Weeping rockLocated down from Leura Cascades and under Bridal Veil falls in Leura, Weeping Rock is one of my favourite places to shoot waterfall photos. After arriving on this location I proceeded to get into the swing of things by wading into the water as usual. At one point I was up to my chest to get the angle I wanted for another shot. It was about then that I realised my phone was still in my pocket and currently 3 feet under water! So realising that the phone was probably stuffed by now I continued getting the shot I wanted and then went back to dry ground to see what sort of shape my blackberry was in……..I guess I wont be taking calls this afternoon then, totally soaked and beyond repair.
I have always enjoyed getting right into the bush and exploring all the little nooks and cranies. I think thats drew me into rockclimbing in the first place, the adventure of it all. So when I’m taking waterfall shots i’m often not happy until i’m waist deep in the water to get the shot. It’s like if I don’t get in and see if there is a better composition from the water it will bug me until I return. It is also about capturing the mood of a scene, the way the water looks, the light, colour, the lot and if I need to get closer to feel it, then so be it. I guess I just love water…..and being in it lol

So you will be sure to see more shots from this great location. This print is available for purchasing here.

see you out there

cheers ben