Three Sisters from Echo Point
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Jay Evans
19 Mar

Magical Mountains Photography Tour

Katoomba, NSW
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Jay Evans
Image: Jay Evans, Three Sisters from Echo Point
GOVETTS LEAP SUNBURST
Advocate
Jay Evans
19 Mar
Magical Mountains Photography Tour
Katoomba, NSW
Advocate
Jay Evans
Image: Jay Evans, Alpha 7R III (A7RM3) GOVETTS LEAP SUNBURST
WEEPING ROCK
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Jay Evans
19 Mar
Magical Mountains Photography Tour
Katoomba, NSW
Advocate
Jay Evans
Image: Jay Evans, Alpha 7R III (A7RM3) WEEPING ROCK
Join me on a 3 day photo tour of the Blue Mountains

About the event

Join Jay over three days as he guides you around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area helping you develop your Landscape Photography Skills and Post Processing Techniques while capturing the captivating beauty of this superlative natural landscape. 

Ideal for all experience levels. This tour takes you to majestic lookouts with sublime sunrise and sunset views. You'll descend deep into fern and moss lined gullys to get up close and personal to some of the most stunning waterfalls and visit deep water filled canyons to capture blazing sunbeams. Learn about the forgotten industrial heritage of the Blue Mountains, and focus up close to the diverse array of flora and fauna we may encounter as we travel.

Meeting at Katoomba Railway Station each day, you will be driven to each location in our 4WD tour vehicle, and safely guided on adventurous bush tracks to access lookouts, waterfalls and some of the hidden compositions only the locals know about. We'll provide expert tuition on location to help you get the best out of your camera and gear. We'll cover important safety considerations of outdoor and wilderness photography, discuss the best equipment and which settings to choose for various times of day, tutor you on filters and long exposure techniques, and guide you through how composition can dramatically improve your images. 

On our 2nd day, we will stop in the afternoon to go through our Post Processing workflows for Blue Mountains imagery & Waterfalls and spend time critiquing your images guiding you on composition and techniques in preparation for our final day.

There is no better way to experience the splendour of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, and this tour has something for everyone. Even non-photographers will see parts of this magical area in a different light, with your tour guide providing plenty of interpretive talk of the mountains natural values.

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Meet at Katoomba Railway Station & Introductions
  • Sunrise @ Echo Point, the 3 Sisters
  • Breakfast
  • Waterfalls 1 - Valley of the Waters
  • Lunch & Break
  • Waterfalls 2 - Wentworth Falls
  • Sunset @ Princes Rock or Rocket Point

Day 2

  • Sunrise @ Govetts Leap
  • Breakfast
  • Bushwalk @ Mount Hay & Butterbox Point
  • Lunch & Break
  • Post Processing & Image Critique at our Katoomba Studio
  • Sunset @ Cahills Lookout / Boars Head

Day 3

  • Sunrise @ Hidden Location
  • Breakfast
  • Bushwalk @ The Grand Canyon or alternative waterfalls shoot
  • Lunch & Break
  • Waterfalls 4 - Katoomba Falls
  • Sunset @ Hidden Location

Fitness Requirements - Some bushwalks on this tour are considered Grade 4 - Hard - Steep Stairs Down and Up - Muddy, slippery bush tracks. You should be of good fitness and mobility to attend this tour. We will be traversing a number of Blue Mountains National Park bushwalks involving clambering up and down steep staircases and over varied rocky and muddy terrain. Each day will likely exceed 15000 steps on your step counters so be prepared for an adventurous weekend of bushwalks :) 

Accommodation - Accommodation is not included in your tour cost. Why not #goblue #stayanightortwo Due to the early start each day, we recommend you arrive the night before the tour commences and book into one of Katoomba or Leura's many guest houses or hotels for the duration. If you are looking for any recommendations, please contact me and I can discuss the options with you directly.

Meals - Meals are not included in your tour cost. Each day we will stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a number of outlets, cafes or restaurants around Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath. You are also welcome to bring your own food, or buy locally when you arrive. Katoomba has an array of grocery options including an Organic Co-Op, and Woolworths or Coles supermarkets. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please be sure to let us know before you arrive so we can ensure café choices will be able to cater for you.

Getting There - We will meet each morning in the commuter car park at Katoomba Railway Station off Goldsmith Place next to the old Gearin Hotel. If you are arriving by train and staying locally, we may be able to collect you from your accommodation each morning before meeting the rest of the group.

Jay is licensed to operate Photography tours and Bushwalk Activities in NSW National Parks under an Eco Pass License # LIC20/116.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Techniques covered

  • Bushwalking for Landscape Photographers
  • Landscape Photography Essentials
  • Capturing the Blue Mountains
  • Using Filters and Circular Polarisers
  • Macro Photography
  • Nature/Wildlife Photography

What to bring

  • Mirrorless or DSLR Camera & Lenses
  • Lens Choice - Wide Angle 16-35mm, Telephoto 24-105mm. You may wish to bring a Macro lens.
  • Tripod & plates/mounts for your camera
  • Shutter Remote
  • Charged Batteries and empty memory cards
  • Good Camera/Neck Strap
  • Landscape filters inc Grad ND and CPL (if you own them)
  • Comfortable Camera Backpack
  • Good Hiking boots or Walking shoes (waterproof high ankle support boots are essential)
  • Hiking clothing suitable for the weather
  • Small towel, Rain jacket & Pack cover if rain is forecast
  • Hiking poles if you use them
  • Water bottle (750ml minimum main bottle recommended)
  • Change of clothes for evenings
  • Personal medications and toiletries
  • OPTIONAL - Laptop for post processing

Event FAQs (For general FAQs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page)

Meals are not included in your tour cost. Each day we will stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a number of outlets, cafes or restaurants around Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath. You are also welcome to bring your own food, or buy locally when you arrive. Katoomba has an array of grocery options including an Organic Co-Op, and Woolworths or Coles supermarkets. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please be sure to let us know before you arrive so we can ensure café choices will be able to cater for you.
We recommend dressing in hiking appropriate clothing with good hiking boots preferably with high ankle support. Bring a wide brimmed hat or cap if forecast sunny, and a light rain jacket if rain is forecast. A comfortable backpack is essential. A pack cover will be essential in rain.
Yes. We will meet each morning at the Katoomba Railway Station Commuter Car Park at Goldsmith Place.
Highly Experienced Accredited/Licensed Tour Guide Transport in our dedicated 4WD tour vehicle Landscape Photography Tuition & Coaching Post Processing Tuition and Image Critique
Accommodation is not included in your tour cost. Why not #goblue #stayanightortwo Due to the early start each day, we recommend you arrive the night before the tour commences and book into one of Katoomba or Leura's many guest houses or hotels for the duration. If you are looking for any recommendations, please contact me and I can discuss the options with you directly.
Accommodation Meals Transport to/from the Blue Mountains Optional experience costs (where applicable)
Some bushwalks on this tour are considered Grade 4 - Hard - Steep Stairs Down and Up - Muddy, slippery bush tracks. You should be of good fitness and mobility to attend this tour. We will be traversing a number of Blue Mountains National Park bushwalks involving clambering up and down steep staircases and over varied rocky and muddy terrain. Each day will likely exceed 15000 steps on your step counters so be prepared for an adventurous weekend of bushwalks :) 
We recommend arriving the night before your tour commences. From Sydney, you can get to Katoomba by train from Sydney Central Station. Trains depart hourly throughout the day and take approximately 2 hours. Once you arrive at Katoomba station, I will be there to meet you. If arriving on the first day of your tour, the first train does not arrive until after 6:30AM, so you will need to drive. If driving from Sydney, the journey takes apprximately 2 hours along the M4 and Great Western HIghway. We will provide directions to you in the week prior to the tour commencing.
You can contact Jay at jay@jaydidphoto.com.au or SMS on 0410 168408
Jaydid Photo is a COVIDSafe business. Attendees will be asked to sign a separate COVID declaration on arrival to declare they have not been subject to symptoms, awaiting on the result of or having received a positive test result, have not arrived from overseas in the past 14 days, and have not visited a declared Hotspot as per NSW Health guidelines. We will be sharing a tour vehicle together, and consequently will supply face masks to all participants to use while we travel. Hand sanitiser is available in the vehicle for use as we enter and exit, and we will travel with windows open and not run recirculated air or air conditioning. While accessing locations, we are in an open air environment, where we will practice social distancing as we travel.

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Jay Evans

Jay Evans

Hi, I am Jay Evans. A Nightscape, Landscape, Nature and Astro Photographer based in the Blue Mountains and also a passionate Tour Guide and Educator.

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Jay is a wonderful host, friendly and passionate about his love for the Blue Mountains, where our photowalk was located, and his love for photography.”

Megan Chambers, Prince Henry Cliff Photo Walk
GOVETTS LEAP SUNBURST
Three Sisters from Echo Point

This workshop was absolutely fantastic. Jay was so knowledgeable about the Blue Mountains NP and the flora and fauna living within it.”

Joan Faras, Prince Henry Cliff Photo Walk

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