Tuesday, May 8, 2007

First trip away with my new camera - Blue Mtns

Well I just got back from my first trip away with my new Nikon D200. What a lovely camera! I went up to the Blue Mountains for a trip with Ben & Tim's school and ended up camping out each night and getting up early for some sunrise photography.

I went out on Saturday morning to Wentworth Falls lake for some sunrise shots. However conditions weren't the best... there was a reasonable wind blowing which created a lot of wind on the lake, and the sunrise was a bit dissapointing.

That evening however I went to shoot a sunset shot of the Old Blast Furnace in Lithgow. Unfortunately I got there a bit late and just missed the golden sunlight (there was a big hill to my West which meant the sun disssapeared 15 min early!) However I scouted the location and decided to drive back in the morning. Boy am I ever glad that I did. I probably had the best morning's photography I have ever had.... It started out with the pre-dawn shots... the sunrise was glorious. I shot the follwing two shots before the sun peeked over the horizon.


Old Blast Furnace 3

Old Blast Furnace 2


Then once the sun came up it cast a lovely difuse yellow light on the ruins and the sky was absolutely perfect (beautiful clouds that didn't dominate the scene). I shot the following two shots just after sunrise.


Old Blast Furnace 1



Old Blast Furnace 4




I finished up my weekend going to Leura Cascades and enjoyed a lovely hike in the mountains. When I arrived at the lake the light wasn't right, however with no kids tailing me, I sat down, had a picnic and waited for the sun to get higher in the sky. I recorded this image.



leura cascades

All in all, it was an absolutely beautiful weekend away with my new camera.

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