I pride myself of hardly missing a sunrise wherever I am based. Each time the magic of the light slowly building from darkness through to an early dawn glow and then a striking sunburst rise is a constant pleasure. The effort to get to new places often means long walks in the dark with some dangers but it has never, not been worth it.
As a photographer one is always looking for magical light but also magical atmosphere. Living in the Blue Mountains one comes to accept but also love the mist and fog that pervades everything. After a night or previous day rain one can almost be guaranteed valleys full of mystery as temperature inversions create a completely different world. I am often found standing in complete blankets of mist waiting for the light to break through, whether on escarpments or next to thundering waterfalls, like sunrise a new time begins in the spaces between white and clarity.
I am often spoilt for choice when it comes to sunsets in the Blue Mountains. When I am in different parts of the world I of course research the best spots for sunset and wish I had a locals knowledge, but now I am so familiar with the Blue Mountains that I have hundreds of locations that look wonderful at sundown. I challenge myself to tell a story that is more than a pretty sky or reflection and the ancient rocks and trees and unbelievable escarpments provide a perfect counterpoint to a glorious sky.
Waterfalls have fascinated me since I started photography age 11. Their constantly changing form gives them a beauty and a sense that they are the life blood of the forests and escarpments. I particularly love doing mono treatments as the natural contrasts of the white water and darker surrounds enhances their mysticism and gives them a natural depth.
While my big vistas or golden sunrises and sets certainly have inspirational or impressive qualities it is often my smaller, or vignette type shots around the Blue Mountains that have a little more ‘feel’ to them. Defining feel I suppose is a sense of a one off moment, or a slice of emotion, or sometimes just a connection. These shots are all about atmosphere. Whether the physical sense as in ‘mist’ or rain or in the figurative sense of a moment that exhibits ‘feeling’. Some are about grandeur but most are enigmatic, even partly abstract requiring you to inspect and explore. As with all my galleries all these are available as fine art prints and several will be designated ‘limited’ once they are all titled and priced. But for now, click into slideshow, put some music on and enjoy.
Choosing the aspect or format of a photograph at the location is one of the challenges of landscape photography. Each scene may have multiple ways of shooting it or it may have just one obvious composition format. When I can I favour wide panoramas, often 1:2 or 1:3 ratios, as they offer a much larger window onto the scene and the angle of view I capture may be up to 180 degrees – within this super wide view I tend to break many of the rules, searching more for an overall feel than formulaic placed elements, but all of my panos are designed to take you into that moment. The 100+ panoramas in this gallery are super high resolution, many made of 7-20 images stitched together to provide 15000-30000 pixels width and thus are able to be printed to 3-4m wide without quality issues. Some can go bigger so contact me to check! Enjoy the wider view. Gary
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Often colour isn\'t enough to evoke the power and grandeur of wide open spaces. I regularly make the decision that shots I take are destined for a mono treatment and when the atmosphere is at it\'s most mysterious I will deliberately look for textures and light shapes. These images represent a cross section of the mono styles, all of them evoking a timeless majesty.
The golden light (sunrise and sunset) and blue hour after sunset are the key times for my photography. But sometimes I am caught late morning or afternoon, often on hikes to destinations or just for the joy of hiking and find the landscape still has a lot to offer. Of course the clarity at these times is stronger but one has to work harder to find good compositions or timelapse effects to really bring a 'normal' light photograph to fruition.
Although the Blue Mountains have no natural deciduous trees the temptation to photograph the 'planted' areas around the area is too great. The lanes and gardens explode with reds, oranges and yellows around April here and this is a selection of mostly this last season around Blackheath and Mount WIlson.
I am constantly developing my styles and one I keep returning to is a reminder of the light of classical painting. Deep colours and a certain mystery, a return to a time when there were still unknowns and there was much left to explore. This selection is taken from images over a 3 to 4 year period when the style (which is not HDR) but simply balancing the dynamic range more organically, often on the same image to produce something which is some way towards the way a painter looks at a scene and expresses it in a much more subjective way than a documentary photographer would.
All the photographs here are limited editions, which means you will own a special image that few others will have. You will also receive a signed Certificate of Authenticity with the edition number and the back of the print will have this too. You can also see all of these in Gary's physical gallery in Mount Victoria and buy them ready framed in black with a 10" pearl matte.
Ever since I first visited the Blue Mountains back in 2000 I have been fascinated by the broad area in and around the Gardens of Stone (GoS). Perhaps it was originally the enigmatic name or I had glimpsed some early images, but it had sown a seed. When I came to live in the mountains over two years ago and bought a place in Mount Victoria it gave me a great base, only 25 minutes or so from the lower reaches of the unprotected areas and an hour or so from the main GoS valleys, Capertee and Wolgan. But it has been the rather difficult to access areas of Ben Bullen and Newnes State Forests which has attracted my photographic attention. There have been several initiatives to extend the existing protected zones of the GoS into these areas and one can see why - amazing geology, pagodas, vistas and flora and fauna. Most of my images here are in the unprotected areas and I will add detailed location eventually to all images, but some are inside the near by Wollemi National Park. A handful of photographs are literally 50m from where I live such as Pulpit Rock or Bushrangers Cave which are also in the proposed extension of the GoS. I hope you enjoy my images in some rarely captured or visited spots and I endeavour to capture them in a complimentary light, when camping out or treacherous treks in the dark for sunrise or sunset, are commonplace. These will be fantastic places to visit in the future and hopefully they will still be around and by purchasing prints you will be helping the area a little as on selected images 25% will be donated to the Colong Wilderness Foundation which is one organisation helping to protect these areas.
I was flying drones with cameras back in 2009 but recently with the advent of both highly portable drones like my Dji Mavic (that I can take everywhere in my camera backpack) and the increase in quality with the 20MP and 1" sensor on my Phantom 4 Pro, aerial photography has come of age. I am still learning and developing my aerial 'voice' and will add more and more in this gallery - as to fly like a bird and see the world with fresh, airbourne eyes is magical and still fills me with wonderment.
Having lived for extended periods on the West Coast of the US and since 2005 on the East Coast of Australia I have an on-going fascination with the sea. Particularly at sunrise where the combination of the delicate colours in the sky often contrasts with a powerful crashing sea. To me these photographs represent new'ness, new light and every changing but latent sea and constantly shifting cloudscapes.
Govetts Leap in Blackheath is one of the most popular spots for photographers. It is also probably the easiest to drive and shoot, if you stay on the top walkway area. The reason it is popular is because throughout the year sunrises are very special here as the lookout faces directly east. The deep Grose Gorge in front of you opens out to escarpment layers as the heads lead to Mount Hay and Banks in the distance. There are some fantastic views from lower lookouts towards Govetts (Falls) Leap itself, and also on the walk north towards Pulpit Rock, but I have had many magic moment here and below is a small selection.
I have an unhealthy fascination with night and astro photography and particularly in remote national parks in Australia where the lack of ambient light means very strong milky way against iconic land features are possible. This is a small collection of shots over the past year or so in the Blue Mountains, Gardens of Stone, Mungo NP and the Pinnacles amongst other areas, but I do shoot the 'stars' at least once a month so more will be added soon.
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