BLUE MOUNTAINS LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP
2015 dates to be announced
This spring treat yourself to a week away at Len’s landscape workshop in the stunning Blue Mountains.
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 rainforest 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.
Len has a lifetime of experience in the Blue Mountains and his portfolio is full of stunning images from this area. With Len you will visit locations that even locals don’t know. In any weather, Len knows the best locations for the conditions.
Enjoy Len’s gentle, supportive teaching style as you participate in workshops tailored to your needs and receive guidance and advice while shooting.
Lesson topics include composition, tone, line, colour theory, black and white, self-critique, studying master landscape photographers and technical camera and processing tips. Lesson topics are guided by the needs of the group.
You will receive valuable feedback on your photographs from your group in tea-and-critique sessions. Often these insights help you take your photography to the next level.
NB: This workshop includes day workshops but not accommodation, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget. Read on for more information on local options. If you would prefer a small boutique tour with accommodation included, please consider Len’s Blue Mountains Photography Tour.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Heritage Center
Govett’s Leap Rd, Blackheath NSW
Minimum 3 - Maximum 8 participants on each workshop
These numbers do not include Len's School support and teaching staff
To join this workshop Len asks that you have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills. If you’re not sure if that’s you, please contact Len.
If you are a complete beginner and would like to participate in one of Len’s Blue Mountains tours you might like to consider his Blue Mountains Photography Tour.
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 Leura on your way!
If you would like to travel by train, please contact Len to discuss options for a pick-up at Blackheath train station and daily carpools to and from the workshop venue.
Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget. As a minimum you will need four night’s accommodation: from the 15th -18th September. We recommend six nights so you can settle in on the Sunday afternoon and finish up on the following Saturday.
The Blue Mountains has a range of lovely accommodation options. You may like to stay in the small mountain village of Blackheath or book into one of the many hotels, B&Bs and hostels in the tourism hubs of Katoomba and Leura, about 15 minutes’ drive from Blackheath.
For something a little different you could consider renting a holiday house or even camping at one of the various Blackheath campgrounds, which offer options from free camping to cosy caravans.
A TYPICAL DAY
We rise with the sun (or maybe before!) to capture the gorgeous early morning light and shifting mists that the Blue Mountains area is known for. After a few hours of shooting we will return to the NPWS Center for morning tea.
Your two daily theory sessions follow, split with a delicious lunch provided by Len. In the afternoon you will have time to relax, process images, chat to others in the group or simply enjoy the lovely bushland around the NPWS Center.
The second shoot of the day begins in late-afternoon and continues until dusk. Ensuring we out for the golden and blue hours. This is an opportunity to practice the theory and techniques covered during the day in the ever-changing evening light. After dark it’s your time to use as you choose: rest, reflect, dine and delight in the peaceful Blue Mountains.
WALKING AND WEATHER
This is a gentle trip, which requires a low level of fitness. There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations, occasionally 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.
Blackheath is on a high plateau about 1000 metres above sea level. Temperatures are generally lower than Sydney. Spring days in the Blue Mountains regularly 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 wind, rain and temperatures from 10˚C- 20˚C.
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
- majestic cliff top views
- green mossy rain forests
- deep sandstone slot canyons
- gum tree forests
* note: tour locations are different from the Blue Mountains Photography Tour so that you can easily attend both without visiting the same photographic locations.
All of your tasty morning tea’s, afternoon tea’s and lunches are provided by Len. We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.
Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at your accommodation or at one of the many cafes, restaurants, pubs and delis in and around Blackheath.
Participants are requested to provide their own transport from their accommodation to the NPWS Center and to shoot locations. We will happily provide transport with pick up and drop off from Sydney from either the airport or your hotel which is extended for the whole tour. For this option you would be required to book accommodation in Blackheath. This option is only available if you notify us on booking.
Most of our clients prefer to have their own transport for this workshop, so that they can come and go from shoots depending on their energy levels.
If this will be a limiting factor for you, please contact Len directly to discuss your options.
WHAT TO BRING
- Camera equipment
- Laptop with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended) or a tablet with image processing software (Snapseed)
- Wet weather clothing
- Clothing for cold temperatures
- Sturdy footwear
- Travel insurance + ambulance cover for duration of tour (required)
- Day pack/camera pack
- Please make sure you have booked your accommodation and organised your breakfast, dinner and snacks prior to the workshop
Len 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 (link coming soon).
Buy one of the tripods Len uses from us at 10% cheaper than recommended retail. Sirui are getting fantastic reviews. If in doubt, ask us about using one on your next tour so you can see for yourself the quality and features of a more expenisve brand at a cheaper price. Buy one when booking and we will bring it to you and give it to you on your tour or workshop.
- All lunches
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Free access to Len’s School forum and Notes
- Courtesy transport from NPWS Center to shooting locations
- Your National Park fees
- Qualified, experienced wilderness guide, Len Metcalf
- One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine art photographer and veteran educator Len Metcalf (see his bio here) embedded link
- Len’s unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist.
- Len’s wealth of experience shooting in the Blue Mountains: he always knows the best locations for the conditions
- Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
- 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
- A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support
NB: Some shoots may be led by approved Len's School outdoor photographic guides. Multiple shooting locations may be provided each day.
- Breakfasts and evening meals
- Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
- Weather-specific clothing
- Travel insurance. Click here for more information.
"Hello Len, First and foremost, I would like to thank you again for a wonderful week in the Blue Mountains. I enjoyed myself immensely, had a great time, learnt heaps, and we had lots of laughs and fun. You definitely have a happy client that will be returning for more. Loved the workshop format and being able to immerse yourself in nothing but landscape photography and everything that goes with it, was just tops. Everyone has different reasons for doing photographic workshops, mine is to learn and to go places that I would not otherwise go to on my own. And we certainly did that!
In fact, this is the first 'photographic workshop' that was actually a real workshop and I learnt something as well, that I have done - and I have done quite a few so-called 'workshops'. So please keep the workshop format. You have renewed my vigour, interest and motivation for photography - so thank you for that too. Hope all is well with you. Cheers,"
- Pam Handyside - Blue Mountains Landscape Workshop 2013
BLUE MOUNTAINS PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR INVESTMENT
AUD200 will secure your place.
NB: Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the workshop.