Blue Mountains National Park February-March 2017 (16 photos)
I thought I’d take a quick break from my Cambodia posts. A few weeks ago now, I took a week off and travelled to the Blue Mountains National Park, about a 2 hour drive west of Sydney. It is a World Heritage listed area of over one million hectares of bushland, mountains, plateaux and escarpments. Underground limestone caves, waterfalls and streams are common features. There are than 140 kilometres of walking trails, hundreds of bird varieties, dozens of reptile and amphibian species and mammals found on no other continent. A very welcome escape from the city.
I arrived to sunshine but very soon after, the weather changed. Daily ebbs and flows of mist, fog and rain engulfed the area I was in. Perfect photography weather!!! I couldn’t have been happier. 🙂
“Play Misty for me”
Mist is truly a beautiful environment to photograph in. It adds great depth to landscapes.
It’s a beautiful sight, watching mist transforming into fog.
Engulfing all before it.
Until it becomes so dense, that colour doesn’t matter anymore.
Now only shapes, textures and layers are important.
The dense fog helped to spatially and visually separate the layers of trees in the photo above.
For almost the entire trip, I deliberately took all my photos in the square format.
It is easy enough to do in most digital cameras. You just go into your menus and change the aspect ratio.
Your photos will appear in the square format in your editing software, but if you want to, you can easily undo the square crop and revert to your usual preferred aspect ratio.
It’s an interesting challenge in visualisation to see and compose in a different format to one’s usual photographic boundaries.
It was a great little holiday which let me get a lot of practice in landscape photography.
And that reminds me that my next trip is coming up soon.
The passport is ready. The plane tickets have been purchased. Looking forward to this one in a few weeks very much.