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Empress Falls – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Empress Falls, Blue Mountains

This stream runs from the spill off of the Valley of Waters Creek. Taking millions of years to cut a narrow canyon (now known as Empress Canyon, it is now popular for abseiling) through the upper layers of the Blue Mountains Sandstone to end up here at Empress Falls where the water spills 30 meters from the gorge and into a deep pool, surrounded by fern-filled ledges.

Empress Falls was the 2nd waterfall along the 9km Wentworth Falls circuit. It was a tough downhill trail with an even tougher uphill stair climb that reaches inclines of up to 60degress. Your legs will be burning with lactic acid as you climb up the steep stairs up the side of a waterfall, but with every step you take you remind yourself to hold on to the rail or you could fall backwards very easily down 70m to your death.

While taking this shot, a well-built shirtless man in shorts and sneakers was jogging past, as I waited for him to clear the scene, I realised that he could be running around the same trail that my friend and I were hiking which I thought was pretty impressive! And this inspired me to run this trail one day. I think it would be awesome to run through these wonderful scenes and breath in the forest air while getting a punishing workout!

Behind the image

This is actually 3 horizontal images stitched together to make 1 image. This was due to the fact that I broke my wide angle lens on another expedition, and had to rely on my Sigma 30mm during this trip to the Blue Mountains. Fitted onto my Canon 50D, I had to take a lot of multiple shots to fit in these epic waterfalls and landscapes. Not only does this take up more room on the memory card, but I would later have to stitch up these images which was a long process. But frankly, I enjoy the whole process of seeing it come together. And it ends up making my images a higher resolution (more megapixels), with more detail due to the multiple shots.

After stitching this image up, I played with the perspective of the image to get more depth and visual aesthetic.

Then converted it into black and white in Photoshop, while paying attention to the tones, I burned (darkened) some of the shadows to highlight and focus the eye on the waterfall.

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Empress Falls - Blue Mountains - Panoramic -Andrew Croucher Photography.jpg

Blue Haze at Blue Hour – Blue Mountains

Blue Haze at Blue Hour

It’s twilight (aka blue hour) and as the sun sets off to one side of the horizon, darkness begins to takeover, and a blue mist lingering over the valley becomes more visible.

This phenomenon is where the Blue Mountains receives it’s name, and is caused by the oil bearing eucalyptus trees releasing fine droplets of eucalyptus oil mixed with dust particles and water vapour.

Standing at a lookout in Wentworth Falls, off to the distance we can see Mount Solitary. It is surrounded by Jamison Valley to the left and Narrow Neck Plateau to the right.

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Sylvia falls pictures

Hey everyone,  just posting my pics of the Sylvia waterfall in colour and black-white-brown-tone.

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Be Water, my friend…

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee

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Sylvia Falls, Valley of Waters, Blue Mountains

Water flows through all gaps crashing into and eroding earth elements while feeding wood elements along the way as depicted here.

Water teaches me to be stoic towards the extreme negative and positive occurrences in modern life, to drink plenty of clean filtered and re-mineralized water, to have concern and take necessary action for keeping our sources of water and the eco-system pristine, to flow through life according to nature and my true nature, to be both physically flexible and strong, soft and hard in thought and actions.

This is a 4 shot vertical hi-res panoramic image of Sylvia Falls, in the Blue Mountains, my landscape lens was damaged while on a previous photography expedition, so I was forced to (and gracefully adapted) use my portrait lens to capture this vast landscape, minimizing camera shake made it more challenging because I had to manually hold a polariser in front of the lens and adjust it while taking the shots. The best 4 of 14 shots were stitched together using PhotoShop and then manually stretched and warped the perspective of the image to represent the final composition, I liked the colour image, but decided to try black and white, eventually I applied a brownish-black and white tone that I had modified with some grain to the image. I feel that it conveys the philosophy and has more emotion by using this dark brown-earthy tone (although it doesn’t look brown on the jpg). I also emphasized the movement in the water and isolated it from the details of the rocks and the surrounding foliage as they made the image more cluttered.

Updated: This shot is one of 2 images where I received Bronze Awards at the International Loupe Awards out of over 5000 entries. Full article here [Click Here]/

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