What's New in January 2012
LARGE Format - Suitable for enormous prints metres wide
With nearly a week up my sleeve, I decided to venture into New South Wales and explore the coastline north and south of Sydney as well as doing some hiking in the Blue Mountains.
Although I managed two good hikes in the Bluies, one plunging me down into a valley soaked by waterfalls, and another out across an impressive ridge-line, the light in both cases didn't want to play ball. Nevertheless, I had a great deal of fun and it was worth the effort to scout for shots, one of which I intend to return for one day. On my last day there, however, the light over the Three Sisters decided to put on a show the likes of which I'd not seen before, despite having shot this scene probably a dozen times across several years past.
I was pressed against the crowded tourist railing, shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow sightseers and photographers, when streaming light blazed through the overcast sky right on sunset, lighting the rock like a beacon. A cry went up from those amassed, as cameras flashed, clicked and whirled. Seconds later the moment was gone and collective voices filled the valley asking each other if they'd got that? I had. Just. Mere seconds prior I'd still been re-levelling my tripod to account for a diminishing gap between us sardines packed onto the platform. Magically, just as panic set in, the three legged beast snapped into perfect alignment and I fired shots like it was a siren goal at the grand finale.
After that excitement I headed to the coast, working my way first up then down the state hunting for seascapes. Another, pure luck event took place on the last day of the trip at the little seaside village of Bermagui. Exhausted by all the travelling and dawn starts, I'd fallen asleep in the car. My expectations were low due to a hot, cloudless day. When I awoke, a storm had gathered from nowhere filing the sky with drama just as the sun went down. Perfect timing!
Sometimes things just work out. A wonderful way to end long road trip, of several thousand kilometres. I headed home the next morning on a high, happy to have captured some special moments.