The Colour of Autumn

Hartley Autumn 20151 day ‘The Colour of Autumn’ from 9am-6pm

  • Sat 11 April 2020 
  • Sat 18 April 2020 
  • Sun 26 April 2020  
  • Sat 2 May 2020 


In late March and through April and May the colours of the non-native trees start to glow yellow, orange and red to name a few colours. There are a few hotspots where we are guaranteed some magnificent displays. Blackheath, Hartley and Mount Wilson to name three are all worth exploring and Gary knows a few back lanes that many don’t find, or where we won’t be sharing the area with other photographers.


We will meet in Katoomba or at my training gallery, where you leave your car for the day and head off to Blackheath. We then use the morning to explore some of the best Autumn lanes and a lookout or two in the Blackheath area and Gary to give helpful shooting advice. Afterwards we drive to Mount Victoria for a quick look at Autumnal post production at Gary’s Training Gallery followed by lunch. We will then continue to Mount Wilson and explore the best spots where the mid afternoon light brings the Autumn colours to life. On the way back to Katoomba we will visit a couple of great photo spots in the less visited Hartley area which are all about the richness of the season.

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


  • 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
  • Transportation from your hotel to location and Gary’s Pulpit Rock Gallery Training room in single 4WD car
  • Use of laptops for post processing instruction if required.
  • Workshop certificate and exposure of your best image (optional) on Gary’s social site/s

Any questions please email Gary

Book ‘The Colour of Autumn, Blue Mountains’:

Cost: $495 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 $495

Sat 18 Apr 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $495

Sun 26 Apr 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $495

Sat 2 May 2020 9-6pm Full Amount $495

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).
  • 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.

10 Responses to The Colour of Autumn

  1. Nicole Chan says:

    Hi Gary,

    I have a few queries about the Colour of Autumn workshop on 23rd April.

    1. What will you recommended for hiking tripods in terms of features and materials used?

    2. How much rocky terrain is covered during this workshop? I only have non-slip runners.

    3. I currently possess a camera backpack with a rain cover and a camera messenger bag which has a waterproof exterior. Which bag will be suitable for this workshop?

    4. What post-processing techniques (e.g. Luminosity Masking or HDR blending) will you cover in your workshop?

    5. I currently possess a Sony A7 with a wide angle lens f2/25mm and a kit lens f3.5-5.6/28-70mm along with the corresponding CPL filters. Will that be adequate for the workshop?

    6. Will you be willing to cater specific dietary requirements for the workshop? I’m vegetarian.

    Thank you for your time in answering my queries.

  2. Yvonne Jetson says:

    Hi there

    A friend and I are considering joining this tour but I wanted to check exactly how much rough or steep terrain will be covered on the day? I am happy to sit parts out if it is only portions of the day but if most of the day involves this I would probably be better leaving it.

    Many thanks

  3. DJay says:

    Hello Gary,

    for the April 30th Workshop, I have some queries:

    * Where is the meeting point and at what time ?
    * Will the session will continue, even during rain ?
    * I have got Canon 7D, 18-200 IS 3.5-6.5f , 50mm 1.4f and 10-22mm 3.5-4.5f lens.. will this be OK ?
    * Any post processing tools (Photoshop, lightroom etc. ) are covered ?

    • Gary Hayes says:

      HI DJay – all of this and lots more will be put in an email before the workshop once you book.

      We will be starting at my training gallery in Mount Victoria at 9am – I can pick up anywhere from Wentworth Falls to Blackheath too.
      Yes if it is light rain we will continue, heavy or stormy weather we may reschedule if it is at the start of the day
      The 7D with the 50mm and wide 10-22 is ideal, with polarizers and of course tripod recommended
      Yes we go through basic autumn raw processing using Lightroom – so a laptop is useful

      Best Gary

  4. Peta Cormack says:

    Hi Gary Do you still have availability on the 11th of May and what is the workshop cancellation policy?
    I have a Canon 7D mk1 and a EF-S 15-85mm (our house burnt down and I lost all my camera gear. I will have to hire other lenses. Are there cheaper alternatives to Canon I could hire? Sigma, Tamron that will give me the same quality photo?

    • Gary Hayes says:

      Hi Peta – yes a couple of spots on the 11th of May still and one left on 20 Apr. Sorry to hear about the fire and losing your equipment, hopefully your images were safe? For lenses the independent lens manufacturers make great alternatives and for a landscape workshop (on your 1.6 crop body) I would look at primes personally vs zooms – perhaps a moderately expensive 10mm (or similar zoom) for the big wide shots, a cheaper 50mm for medium telephoto/macro and if you can afford a 70-200mm f4 for the long shots. Shop around and look for 2nd hand too. Write on if you want me to check out options once you have found a few. Best Gary

  5. Khoa says:

    Hi Gary,
    Would you mind if I ask you one question about this workshop? Can you pick up us at Katoomba station because I don’t have car and will go there by train?
    Thank you so much. I’m looking forward for your reply.

    • Gary Hayes says:

      Hi Khoa – yes of course I can pick up at any station from Wentworth Falls up to Mount Victoria – times to be arranged nearer the date 🙂

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