Blue Mountains Landscape Photography Workshop
Blue Mountains Landscape Photography Workshop
A week photographing the majestic Blue Mountains with Len Metcalf. This is an opportunity for growth and development with your photography. Run in Katoomba. This workshop is a delightful mix of shoots and classroom sessions.
25th - 29th June 2018
"I just wanted to thank you for a great weekend. The scenery, the food, the photography help,the learning opportunities and the organisation were all excellent. Thanks again." - Helen Smith
AUD 500 DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR PLACE
BLUE MOUNTAINS LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
During this week we will explore the many stunning waterfalls, rainforests and towering cliffs while spending time in the classroom developing your landscape photography skills.
Set in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains just two hours west of Sydney, this week will inspire you to take your photography to the next level.
Join Len Metcalf for a week 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 classroom daily and be taken to the best photographic locations at suitable times. In order to maximise our time out shooting, luscious healthy meals will be provided throughout the weekend.
We will spend time in the classroom looking at your work and giving you valuable feedback on your progress. The majority of our time together will be out shooting on location. You will be taught the fundamentals of landscape photography and composition for nature photography.
Take a week 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 our stunning local waterfalls. Everything from huge long drops, through to tumbling cascades.
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 - 29th June 2018
Venue to be advised. Walking distance from Katoomba Street.
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.
Take the train from Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney to Central then catch the Blue Mountains train right to Katoomba. Allow 2 1/2 hours for your journey from the airport.
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.
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CLOSEST ACCOMMODATION (within easy walking distance - maximum five minutes walk):
- Palais Royal Boutique Hotel
- Blue Mountains YHA Hostel
- Katoomba Mountain Lodge
- Hotel Blue
- Clarendon Guesthouse
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 the beautiful sunrise light. Once the sun breaches the horizon and the morning colour has subsided we will stop for a hot breakfast at our studio. 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 lunch there will be enough time to download your mornings work for a critique and valuable learning. 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.
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
- All shoots will be at various waterfalls here in the Blue Mountains.
- Tumbling creeks
- Small and large waterfalls
- Green moss covered scenes
- Board walks
- Gum trees
- Mosses and lichens
A TYPICAL DAY
We rise before the sun to capture the gentle morning light and the sunrise over the sea. After a few hours of shooting, we will break for a rest, with enough time to have the breakfast you probably skipped with your early morning rise. At ten am we head to our classroom for a morning of downloading, processing, critiquing and printing your images.
Your daily theory sessions follow a delicious lunch break provided by us. After lunch, we have a couple of formal training sessions, and you will have the opportunity to have any and all of your questions answered by Len. In the late afternoon you will have time to relax, process images, chat to others in the group or simply enjoy the salty air and sound of the sea.
The second shoot of the day begins early evening and continues until dusk. 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 lovely Katoomba.
PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION TOPICS
During the photography week, 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.
PRESENTATIONS MAY INCLUDE
- Photographing waterfalls
- Using photographic filters
- Long Exposures
- Depth of field
- Camera technique
- Processing your photographs
- Printing your photographs
- Using Lightroom presets to simplify your workflow
- What to take with you
- What makes a great landscape photograph
- Ten landscape compositions
- Lens Choice
- Safety in the Australian bush
- Possible shoot locations
Your lunches will be a mix of hot home cooked meal and coffee shop lunches.
We can cater to dietary needs such as lactose free, gluten free and vegetarian or vegan, please let us know in advance.
We usually car pool to get to photographic locations.
Len is able to provide transport if required. Please advise during booking.
If you have any questions or concerns about transport please contact Len.
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.
- Healthy lunches
- Small groups limited to 8 participants
- Cheese and drinks on Friday evening for the initial briefing
- 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
- Breakfasts or Evening Meals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance (required). Click here for more information.
“Thank you, Len. It’s been a wonderful week in your beloved mountains. You’ve been the perfect Pied Piper - a mine of information, freely given, a knowen of beautiful places, an unobtrusive and supportive teacher, sensitive to everyone’s needs, one of life’s truly good people. ”
— Sarah Fitzherbert
“Thanks again for a very enjoyable and informative workshop and the individual assistance you gave me during the week. I’ve received nice compliments on the photos you printed for me. I’ve said to people that while it was a landscape photography course, I see being in the Blue Mountains, seeing and experiencing it close-up as a bonus from the workshop. ”
— Graeme Masterman
“Thank you for a wonderful week of enrichment and immersion into the environment of the Blue Mountains. As a visitor to the area I would never have had the opportunity to visit so many out of the way places without your expert local knowledge. Your gentle approach to all activities allowed me to move at my own pace both physically and photographically. I had a truly wonderful week and know I learnt so much about my photography in all aspects. I believe I have improved some of my skills and hope to continue to use and develop those techniques you have assisted me with. Thanks for the opportunity to use your equipment and experiment with various lenses etc. My week in The Blue Mountains has inspired me to get out more frequently and use my camera at any opportunity.”
— Michelle Thomas
BLUE MOUNTAINS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INVESTMENT
AUD 500 deposit will secure your place.
NB: Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to the tour.