Next season April 2021 —
In late March and through April and 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 other photographers. 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.
We will meet at my training gallery at 9am or Gary can pick you up between Wentworth Falls to Blackheath at 8.30 ish. You leave your car for the day close to his gallery where the first part of the day 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 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.
- 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
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.
Note: workshops will only take place with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 participants so as much personal attention can be given to each photographer and we are more flexible in moving between locations. Full payment for workshops are due 2 weeks before the workshop date. Gary has full public liability insurance covering the group in Blue Mountains NP and his training gallery, an EcoPass for commercial workshops in the Blue Mountains so all appropriate permissions prior to the workshop will have been setup with NSW NPWS office.
Sat 11 Apr 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $450
Sat 18 Apr 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $450
Sun 26 Apr 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $450
Sat 2 May 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $450
Pre-requisites for all workshops
Note: 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).
- 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.