I can remember swimming across Wentworth Falls lake, a large and vast open body of water, (well so it seemed like when your 10) as a young kid growing up in the Blue Mountains. As a kid you were elevated to a higher status amongst your peers (local street kids) for successfully making the swim across the lake. It seemed that the older kids suddenly knew your name and for the next for weeks………you were immortal………like…ish. So as I returned to take some sunrise photos I couldn’t help but think of those early carefree days on the lake.
Checking the weather maps the previous night offered up the chance of fog the following morning, which means the possibility of some good mood.Though the low fog wasn’t as much as we would of liked, it was far better than none at all and really help to set a golden scene as the sun began to rise. I have always enjoyed coming to the lake on different seasons throughout the year and I look forward to getting some more shots from this beautiful little spot in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
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.
If you happen to be up in wee hours of the morning when conditions are just right, your bound to see some …..foggy goodness. Though it can be hard to predict at times, some mornings I’d swear conditions were perfect, yet nothing. And other times I’d see the valley choca bloc full of the stuff, grrrrrr. Generally speaking there needs to be humid conditions, near 100% in order for the fog to settle in valley. Commonly known as radiation fog it is formed by the cooling of land after sunset by thermal (infrared) radiation in calm conditions with a clear sky. The cool ground produces condensation in the nearby air by heat conduction. Radiation fogs occur generally at night, and usually does not last long after sunrise, though with the right conditions it can last passed midday in the valleys. Radiation fog is common in autumn, and early winter. And the effect, well that’s just stunning to behold….
I often find myself thinking that the fog takes on the appearance of how the valley would have looked when water filled them. Some mornings you would swear there was an ocean below you, an ocean of white fog that you could walk on……So if you do find yourself up early in the morning with a bit of time to kill, go take a look as it might be one of the better sights you’ll see in a long time….
One of the great natural phenomenons that occurs in the upper Blue Mountains is the little known “phantom falls”. Without boring you too much with the science behind it…., it basically requires warm humid that is heated by the sun rays in the Jamison Valley colliding with much cooler air from the neighboring Megalong valley (or via versa), resulting in the spectacular “waterfall” like effect in the valley. I have watched the fog numerous times just effortlessly gliding over the Narrowneck plateau, shrouding the scene in a wedding like veil.
I took off on a large walk the other day, not really anticipating capturing the phantom falls in action. I had actually gone off in search of a waterfall I’d seen many years ago and was keen to take a peek. As it was humid I decided to get closer to see if there was any fog in the valley and I was pleased to see the apparition like scene in the valley, the phantom had most definitely appeared. One of the things as a photographer I try and do is to get some different and unique compositions of an emerging scene. So I spent the next 1.5 hours scooting up and down the cliffs looking for different angles to capture this wonderful phenomenon. Though I’ve seen the fog covering more of the escarpment in the past, I was happy to get some nice light in the valley on this occasion as well. I’ll continue to look for this great natural occurrence in the future and I hope to get many more great shots of it. So if you’re in the area and conditions feel right, head over to the nearest lookout and you just may see the…………………..Phantom of the Blue Mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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….
I took a trip to the beautiful Wentworth Falls lake in the Blue Mountains to see some Autumn colour………and it didn’t dissapoint. I have always enjoyed the distinctive 4 seasons that we encounter as mountains residents. Autumn in the mountains has always been one of my favourite times of year as the trees just explode with colour and vibrancy. This shot is also another example of the great colour and light that was on display on the day.
Wentworth Falls lake located in the wentworth falls township is also home to many beautiful waterfalls and I would thoroughly recommend an exploration of this area as it has so much to offer as a destination for those inclined to explore the World Heritage listed blue mountains. It had been too long since I had visited this area and have vowed to get back here more often to explore some more photo opportunities. This photo and more are available for purchasing here.
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