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

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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