Three sisters and snow

Three sisters in snow

Three sisters in snow

After the promise of snow in the blue mountains from the weather bureau came and went a few weeks ago without even a flurry, it was finally great to see a decent amount start to fall on thursday night (16-07-2015). Now over the last few years I’ve been trying to capture an image that combines the iconic three sisters in Katoomba and some snow in the scene as well. Each time there has been a snowfall I’ve raced off down to the three sisters to capture this image that has been sitting in my head for a good few years. Anyone familiar with the landscape side of my photography knows that I’ve attempted to capture the three sisters in as many different moods and weather scenarios as possible over the years. So with family and friends in tow we set off on foot down the street as the snow started to blanket the streets into a winter wonderland.

As we walked and slid our way down to echo point and the lookout, the wind was really starting to howl. I remembered the last time it snowed I had come down and my umbrella blew inside out in the first few minutes, luckily for me it was 90% rain and there was no shot to get. So this time armed with a few handy assistants I liked my chances allot more. Knowing the three sisters are lit up at night was a real deciding factor for coming here in such horrid conditions. So with my partner holding the umbrella for me and a friend giving me some light via the phone light I set up my tripod and camera. A big part of photography is pre visualising a scene in your head before you take the shot. Prior to coming down I was 90% confident of the shot I wanted without even knowing how much snow was around. As I set up the conditions were rapidly getting to the point where it was really hard to keep the camera covered from the elements. The floodlights though strong, were not going to shed enough light to highlight the snow which was rapidly swirling around us. I attached my trusty speedlight (flash) and metered the scene in camera. I manually dialled in how much fill light I wanted in the flash, wiped down the lens element of snow for the umteenth time and pressed the shutter……..got it!

I was really happy with the outcome of the shot and was glad to have finally captured the iconic three sisters in some snow. I came back in the morning on sunrise hoping to get the sisters covered in snow, you know that picture perfect postcard esque scene…. but alas that wasn’t to be. The snow hadn’t settled on them as the wind had been far too strong (you can see this clearly in the B&W image below) overnight and the sisters elevation in the valley proved a little low for a decent snow dusting….with any luck it might snow again this winter and I’ll be able to tick a few more of my “must have”images of my list.

I also went out and captured some images of the blue mountains township of Katoomba when it was covered in the beautiful snow. See the photos here

About Ben– Ben Pearse is a commercial and wedding photographer who works and resides in the beautiful blue mountains, Australia. Ben also sells and licenses his portfolio of blue mountains landscape images. These are available from this website in the shop section.

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Sisters under snow siege

Sisters under snow siege

Three sisters on sunrise with a little snow

Three sisters on sunrise with a little snow about…

Snow over three sisters

Snow over three sisters

Three sisters in a snowstorm

Three sisters in a snowstorm

Blue Mountains winter wonderland

Blue Mountains winter wonderland

Katoomba gets some snow

Katoomba gets some snow

 

 

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Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival

hands, heart, feet...

hands, heart, feet…

As a long time resident and professional photographer of the Blue Mountains I’ve always looked forward to the annual Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival in june each year. The festival is held in the upper mountains township of Katoomba and revolves around the winter solstice every year. It’s a time for people to embrace and showcase their inner creative and flamboyant streaks by wearing a costume that reflects the annual theme of the festival. Each year the theme changes, this year it was peace and over the last few years it has been phoenix dreaming and historia…Every year there is a grand parade that makes its way up Katoomba street, cheered on by large crowds that line the sidelines. Each year crowds over 45 ooo+ people will come and visit the festival. There is a huge selection of stalls to browse through on the day and many performances take place at various venues of the course of the festival.

Over the last few years I’ve been one of the official photographers and I thought I would put together a small showreel of some of my favourite images that I’ve captured of this wonderful local festival over the last few years. I thought this year was the busiest in terms of just moving through the crowds, I personally struggled throughout the day as I felt pretty unwell and only shot a small portion of the day’s festivities. Luckily there is always plenty of local photographers on hand to showcase the event to the public via social media platforms. As always the event is organised by a group of tireless volunteers who do a great job of coordinating one of Australia’s biggest festivals..no small task i’m sure, and they do an outstanding job.

So sit back and scroll through some of the images that I have personally enjoyed capturing of the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival. I hope to see you there next year…..

cheers Ben

Website- benpearsephotography.com.au  Winter Magic Festival Website-http://www.wintermagic.com.au/

looking back at winter magic over the years

selfie time

selfie time

rhythm

rhythm

Strike a pose- Winter Magic 2013- low res

Strike a pose

Grand parade coming through

Grand parade coming through

Sweeney Todd & Mrs Lovett

Sweeney Todd & Mrs Lovett

Happy faces

Happy faces

romantic interludes

romantic interludes

Carrington hotel fireworks

Carrington hotel fireworks

smiles all round

smiles all round

street performers

street performers

marching to the beat of the drum

marching to the beat of the drum

little fairies

little fairies

tall people

tall people

wonderful volunteers

wonderful volunteers

having a good time

having a good time

scarey outfits

scarey outfits

traditional music

traditional music

colourful kids

colourful kids

knights of the realm

knights of the realm

blue mountains fans

blue mountains fans

marching bands

marching bands

fireworks in the mist

fireworks in the mist

great performers

great performers

eye popping acts

eye popping acts

captivated crowds

captivated crowds

what goes up must come down..

what goes up must come down..

getting there groove on

getting there groove on

stop on red

stop on red

talented youngsters

talented youngsters

boom shakalaka

boom shakalaka

show of hands

show of hands

burning off lunch

burning off lunch

little Harry potters

little Harry potters

cultural centre drumming

cultural centre drumming

church choirs

church choirs

Captain Jack is sure to be there

Captain Jack is sure to be there

checking the outfit

checking the outfit

viking encounters

viking encounters

long time participants

long time participants

beautiful costumes

beautiful costumes

yummy food

yummy food

redheads

redheads

funksters

funksters

jumping with joy

jumping with joy

happy helpers

happy helpers

festival favourites

festival favourites

thor

thor

great traditional dancers

Jo from Wagana

happy stall holders

happy stall holders

performing to the crowds

performing to the crowds

morning entertainment

morning entertainment

getting the shot

getting the shot

spidey deliveries

spidey deliveries

blast from the past

blast from the past

belly dancers

belly dancers

kids in colour

kids in colour

sun dancers

sun dancers

rock singers

rock singers

up on stage

Wagana performance

friendly pets

friendly pets

graffiti artists

graffiti artists

dressed in white

dressed in white

making news

making news

Mad hatters

Mad hatters

ending with a bang

ending with a bang

thats a wrap for now

Hands, Heart, Feet

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Winter Magic Festival 2017

Winter Magic Festival 2017

Winter Magic Festival 2017

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Winter Magic Festival 2017

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Winter Magic Festival 2017

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Winter Magic Festival 2017- Fireworks

Winter Magic ver 3 copy

Winter Magic Festival 2017

About Ben- Ben Pearse is a commercial and portrait from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Ben works from his home portrait studio in Katoomba and also sells and licenses his large portfolio of landscape images of the Blue Mountains, Australia.

You can follow Ben’s photographic journey on these social media platforms Website Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Google+  Flickr  500px

Narrowneck plateau, Katoomba

Ben Pearse Photography

If I had to name one, if not my favourite, all time locations in the Blue Mountains it would have to be Narrowneck plateau in Katoomba, NSW, Australia. I was first introduced to the this area, along with my brother Simon, some 25 years ago when we first started rock climbing in the area. As young enthusiastic teenagers we use to spend all weekend, cutting our teeth, on the magnificent sandstone walls of this area. Climbing would envelop our life for the next 10+ years, without much room for much else…..

Narrowneck is a narrow ridge line that cuts it’s pathway between two majestic valley’s, the Megalong & Jamison. Approximately 12 kms in length, it commands attention within it’s landscape of the world heritage listed,  Blue Mountains. So here I am some 25 years later wandering the plateau again, perhaps not clinging to the side in desperation or for life, but still clinging, hanging, camera in hand…………..in search of light & mood. I’m not sure what attracts me to this location so much, perhaps it’s the balancing act, perched between to the two valleys, constantly tugging at me from each side, luring me in for another shot………………who knows, but I love it. I’ll continue to wander this landscape getting lost in thought & time searching for that elusive perfect light & mood for many moons to come, perhaps I’ll see you out there one day……

cheers ben

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   more narrowneck splendour

waterfalls of mist

waterfalls of mist

Golden light

Golden light

summers afternoon

summers afternoon

trees with colour

trees with colour

balancing act

balancing act

a popular abseiling location

a popular abseiling location

Fog rolling between valley's

Fog rolling between valley’s

dissecting the valley's

dissecting the valley’s

moody skies during bushfires

moody skies during bushfires

last light

last light

Me training a few years back

Me training a few years back

Me.....back in the day

Me…..back in the day

a view of cliffs nearby

a view of cliffs nearby

looking into the jamison valley

looking into the jamison valley

heavy smoke on the plateau

heavy smoke on the plateau

jamison valley glory

jamison valley glory

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

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

Phanthom Falls in the Blue Mountains

Into the Light- Narrowneck Plateau- Katoomba, NSW, Australiau

On a recent trip out to Narrowneck plateau as I was taking photos looking out to the Jamison Valley, I got to witness the amazing Phantom Falls in action. Though it didn’t create the full waterfall looking apparition, it was still incredible. I really look forward to seeing more of this phenomenon for sure. This link explains how the right conditions are needed for the phantom falls to appear.

This photo which I have entitled Into the Light is the latest edition of print for sale.

Narrowneck Plateau has always been one of my favourite places to explore. I grew up in the Blue Mountains and my oldest brother  and I cut our teeth learning to rock climb in this area. It has been great to go back and explore and reminisce about our earlier adventures in this area. Coming back with a camera has been a really great experience and I look forward to spending more days wandering the area hoping to catch another glimpse of the Phantom!

See you out there….

cheers ben