Blue MOUNTAINS PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND Workshop
25th & 26th June 2016
Set in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains just two hours west of Sydney, this weekend will inspire you to take your photography to the next level.
Join Len Metcalf for a weekend of landscape photography and learning on this group photography workshop.
Without the burden of expensive organised accommodation, you are free to pick your own to suit your budget. You will meet us at our studio or picked up from Katoomba Street daily and be taken to the best spots, in one vehicle. In order to maximise our time out shooting, luscious healthy meals will be provided throughout the weekend.
We will spend some time in the Studio looking at your work and giving you valuable feedback on your progress. The majority of our time together will be out shooting on location.
Take a weekend away from daily life and treat yourself to a nurturing photographic journey.
Less than two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a world heritage listed wilderness area where you can explore windswept sandstone escarpments, ancient valleys, quiet eucalypt stands, temperate rain-forests and pretty creeks and waterfalls.
Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and relax. Varied and vast, the Blue Mountains is a wonderful region to visit and photograph.
25th & 26th June 2016
Start and finish daily at our Studio
1 / 55 Waratah Street Katoomba, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith. Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains. You might like to stop for a cup of tea or coffee in lovely Glenbrook on your way!
The train ride from Central to Katoomba takes approximately two hours and offers some beautiful views as you climb into the mountains. You can see the Sydney Trains timetable online here.
There are many varied accommodation venues in Katoomba, from caravan parks, camp grounds and back packers, through to B&B's and amazing exclusive hotels. All within a short walking distance from Katoomba Street. We pick up along the complete length of Katoomba & Lurline Streets. Here are some suggestions to suit most budgets.
CLOSEST ACCOMMODATION (within easy walking distance - maximum five minutes walk):
ACCOMMODATION A LITTLE FURTHER (moderate walking distance 10 - 20 minutes)
- Blue Mountains Accommodation Directory - Katoomba
- Echoes Boutique Hotel
- Lilianfels Resort & Spa
- Shelton Lee Guest House
- Blue Mountains YHA Hostel
- Three Sisters Motel
- Katoomba Town Houses
- The Gatsby
- The Three Explorers Motel
- Sidney's Retreat
- The Carrington Hotel
- The Mountain Heritage
- Lurline House
- No 14
A TYPICAL DAY
We start very early at predawn so we are on site to capture sunrise. Once the sun breaches the horizon and the morning colour has subsided we will stop for a hot breakfast on site. The perfect location to enjoy a fresh coffee or a lovingly brewed cuppa tea with a sumptuous breakfast.
At our next shoot you will have plenty of time to arrange yourself, shoot, explore and receive individual guidance from Len. Morning tea in the field will keep us going until late morning when we stop for lunch and a rest. At most locations you may join a talk on capturing the best from the location, light and visual possibilities, alternatively you are welcome to just photograph for every possible moment you are there.
In the afternoon, feeling refreshed after our healthy lunch, we will wander out to experience more photographic goodness in search of the ultimate image. We continue shooting until the last rays of the golden hour. We will then return to our Studio in Katoomba where we will have a wonderful dinner and an opportunity to review our work from the day. After dinner we will drop you back at your accommodation.
All of the shoots are in amazing locations, and you will be rewarded with a wide variety of environments to shoot in, all at the best time to photograph each of them.
At your side, when needed, you will find Len Metcalf's supportive and encouraging teaching style, enabling and supporting you to capture stunning images.
WALKING AND WEATHER
This trip requires an average level of fitness. There will be a reasonable amount of walking to and from shooting locations regularly on uneven surfaces with steps and inclines. If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Len directly. He is a qualified wilderness guide and will assess your fitness and mobility and find a solution for you.
Katoomba is on a high plateau about 1000 metres above sea level. Temperatures are generally lower than Sydney. Spring days in the Blue Mountains often begin with a misty morning that burns off by mid-morning. This is caused by cold air sinking into the valleys overnight and rising as the day begins and can make for very atmospheric (but chilly!) morning shoots. During spring, temperatures generally rise through the day, with crisp cool evenings. Err on the safe side and come prepared for sun, wind, rain and temperatures from 5˚C to 15˚C.
What to bring
- Camera and lenses
- Neutral density filters (10 stop recommended)
- Camera back pack
- Water & refreshments
- Raincoat & wet weather pants
- Warm jacket and thermal underwear if needed
- Warm head wear and gloves
- Sun protection (sun hat, long sleeve clothing and block out)
- Sturdy shoes
- Usual medications
- Spare batteries and memory
- Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour
- Umbrella or weather proof camera cover
When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan for the mountains. Click here to see the packing list now.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
- Tumbling creeks
- Small and large waterfalls
- Green moss covered scenes
- Alpine gum trees (yes the Blue Mountains has stands of snow gums)
- Board walks
- Old rustic and historic buildings
- Gum trees
- Mosses and lichens
During the photography weekend we will meet regularly as a group to review our work and learn together.
Discussion topics include composition, camera technique, self-critique, and camera use.. Discussion topics are guided by the needs of the group and through the learning opportunities found at each location.
You will also receive valuable feedback on your photographs from Len Metcalf. Often these insights help you take your photography to the next level.
This is your unique opportunity to learn from the photographic master Len Metcalf.
Breakfast is a full breakfast on site, with a range of cereals and fruits, followed by bacon and egg rolls, served with fresh tea and coffee.
Your lunches will be a hot home cooked meal and other surprising delights.
Saturday night dinner is included at our studio in Katoomba
We can cater to dietary needs such as lactose free, gluten free and vegetarian or vegan, please let us know in advance.
You can meet us at our Studio at 1/55 Waratah Street Katoomba or you can be picked up daily along Katoomba Street & Lurline Street, from the Three Sisters end, right the way through to the railway station in our comfortable mini bus. If you have any questions or concerns about transport please contact Len.
Early morning start & pick up starts predawn
You will be dropped off at your pick up location at the end of the day
Leonard Metcalf is a qualified and experienced trekking guide with 30 years of experience guiding groups to remote destinations. He knows what you need to keep yourself comfortable in the harshest environments on earth. Click here to see his Blue Mountains packing list now.
- Two full breakfasts on site
- Two hot home cooked lunches
- Nutritious snacks throughout the day
- All transport ex Katoomba
- Your National Park fees
- Small groups limited to 8 participants
- Qualified, experienced wilderness photography guide
- One-on-one instruction and guidance from accomplished local landscape photographer
- Len’s School unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist.
- Plenty of time to shoot at each location.
- Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
- Suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to professionals
- Transport to and from the Katoomba prior to and after the tour
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance (required). Click here for more information.
Weekend BLUE MOUNTAINS PHOTOGRAPHY Workshop INVESTMENT
Includes two full days shooting and learning, delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinner, courtesy transport, national parks fees
Strictly limited in numbers
AUD 500 deposit will secure your place.
NB: Full payment is required 6 weeks prior to the tour.
Spend a photographic weekend with Len Metcalf in Katoomba, learning his simple method for digital black and white photography. A lovely mix of classroom and location shoots. An ideal introduction to monochrome photography.
9th & 10th September 2017
"I truly want to thank YOU for such an amazing weekend. You were so generous with your time, your expertise, with sharing your work and what you think makes a good photo great, and particularly generous with yourself. That might sound a bit strange but you gave so much of yourself on the weekend and I so valued that. It's a unique experience to be able to feel the energy and the passion that drive a creative talent - and you shared that with us too. Thank you!!" - Fiona Huddleston