Hartley Autumn 2015

9am-sunset – May –  Sun 5 (full) or Wed 8 (2/3 left) or Thu 16 (2/3 left)  —

In late March and through April and into early May the colours of the non-native, deciduous trees start to glow yellow, orange and red. There are a few Autumn hotspots where we are guaranteed some magnificent displays in Mount Wilson, Blackheath, Hartley and Mount Victoria  – all worth exploring and Gary knows many back lanes that others don’t find, so we won’t be sharing the area with many other photographers (although the Autumn weekends do get busy!). Gary will give compositional and technical instruction out on locations, from wide colourful panoramas of big Autumn lanes, to middle distance leaves, colourful floral arrangements, on the importance of atmosphere and light, through to abstracts and tiny macros of Fly Agaric (fairy) mushrooms (if around!).

Rough Itinerary:

We will meet at my training gallery at 9am or Gary can pick you up between Katoomba to Mount Victoria at 8.30 ish. You can also leave your car for the day close to his gallery where the first part of the morning will be orientation, techniques, some compositional examples and a little on processing – all useful when we get out in the field. We then use the rest of the morning to explore some of the best Autumn lanes and a lookout or two in the Blackheath area (or Mount Wilson trip 1) and Gary to give helpful shooting advice.

Afterwards we drive to Mount Victoria, Lithgow or Blackheath for a good lunch followed by a quick look at your images, check you are getting good results, and some quick Autumnal post production at Gary’s Training Gallery. We will then head off to Mount Wilson 20 mins away, and explore the best spots where the mid afternoon light brings the Autumn colours to life. On the way back we will visit a couple of great photo spots in the less visited Hartley or Lithgow areas where many don’t get to.

one of several Autumn workshops – four participants in action in Mount Wilson


  • Paid for entry into one of Mount Wilson’s famous Gardens
  • Transportation from your hotel to location and Gary’s Pulpit Rock Gallery Training room in single 4WD car
  • Personal instruction from Gary in the field and in his Training Gallery.
  • Lunch at local restaurant and tea/snacks in late afternoon. Cool drinks all day in 4WD
  • Use of laptops for post processing instruction if required.
  • Workshop certificate and exposure of your best image on Gary’s social site/s – (print optional if time)

Any questions please email Gary

Book ‘The Colour of Autumn, Blue Mountains’:

Cost: $450 per person.  In the event of only one booking on a workshop 1 week out, a full refund will be given or the participant moved to an agreed future workshop.

Please read the Cancellation Policy before booking …

Sun 5 May 9-6pm (FULL)

Wed 8 May 9-6pm 

Full amount $450


Thu 16 May 9-6pm (2/3 left)

Full amount $450


Blackheath Misty Autumn-2

Pre-requisites for all workshops

:  photographers without all of the camera equipment below will be instructed in how to get the best out of what they have and see the advantage of extra equipment.

  • PASSION: It is inspiring to Gary and the other photographers if you have a great attitude and can make the best of whatever the weather throws at us or your expectations of the workshop. We will come away with great pictures regardless.
  • BRING: A good quality hiking tripod and familiarity with using it.
  • BRING: A decent quality DSLR or Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and have a working knowledge of it.
  • BRING: Two or three lenses. Suggest an ultra wide (14 to 20 ish), wide (24-35 ish) and medium telephoto (60-100 ish). Or combinations in zoom lenses.
  • BRING: Filters. Any combination of – neutral density, 5 or 10 stops. Graduated neutral density 2 and/or 3 stops. Polarizer circular. It is not critical to have filters as we will explore blending and/or HDR techniques without using them.
  • DO YOU: Have a moderate level of fitness and able to walk confidently on rocky terrain with camera equipment (this will vary on each workshop but call for information if in doubt). Gary is not liable for equipment damage, so use protective camera bags at all times when moving between locations or exploring new spots as a group.
  • BRING: Comfortable hiking shoes, good camera back pack and waterproofs/warm clothes in case the weather goes south.
  • READ: It is recommended that you orientate yourself with the mountains by reading my introduction post A Landscape Photographers Guide to Visiting the Blue Mountains Australia which helps break down the geography and refers to many of the locations we will be exploring.