Well this entry, while short, incorporates a few firsts for me.
It is the first entry written on my iPad (using the WordPress app), it incorporates some Instagram photos, and is the first written from Australia.
After living overseas in various countries for the second time (this time for around 12 years) it was time to come home so that our kids could get a couple of years in high school before starting University. They needed to get into a southern hemisphere calendar, learn how to speak our version of English… and just as importantly… get to know what Cricket and Aussie Rules Football is all about. And eat an aussie meat pie with tomato sauce… while watching the football. We may be at the bottom of the planet, but we have our priorities straight.
Arriving in Sydney on Instagram
This rotation had us in Beijing and Shanghai in China, and the north east of the U.S.A. in Cleveland, Ohio – where they filmed some of the battle scenes for the Marvel blockbuster The Avengers; home to The Drew Carey Show; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and source of the Charlie Sheen movies about the luckless Cleveland Indians baseball team – ‘Major League’.
We have lived in Sydney two times before, and while it is certainly one of the nicer large cities on the planet… It is still a large and busy city. So this time we elected to go semi-urban and move to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountains at Day Break
From a photography standpoint there is certainly no shortage of things to point your camera at. On the downside side though, given what this place actually is and how popular it is – it will no doubt be challenging to find that particular place or subject that hasn’t already had ample happy snaps taken of it… from every angle imaginable.
I have only been out once (just after I landed)… more to get over jet lag than anything else, so I have not had a decent look around as yet. I took these three images within a couple of hours of each other in different parts of the mountain.
The first one (above) was actually my first photo taken (ever) in our new home. It is a 7 shot HDR taken with a Canon 5D MkIII, with an EF16-35 f/2.8L II lens with a Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, a Really Right Stuff ball-head on a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod, and a PromoteControl remote. I managed to carry this on the plane with me on the trip back (the mother-load of my gear is hopefully on a ship… and will equally hopefully turn up in one piece in a few months).
The location is Wentworth Falls. As the name would suggest there is an actual waterfall… quite a beautiful one. It is around to the left from where I am standing (see below photo). It looks like about a day trek to get down to a good spot to take a decent photograph of them, so that is a photo op for another day.
Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains
The last photo that I took was probably of one of the most photographed icons in the mountains, if not all of Australia (Sydney Opera House and Bridge being a couple of others). It is of the Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point near Katoomba. Same sort of deal here as with the Falls, while the tourist lookout offers some great views (where I was standing when I took the below photo), as a consequence, there is nothing great or unique about the photo… and one that has likely been taken a bajillion times before from the exact same spot. I see some more research and trekking in my future.
The ‘Sisters’ range in height from 922, 918 & 906 metres tall, respectively, which makes them more than 3,000 feet above sea level. You can check out the Legend of how they were formed here.
The Three Sisters at Echo Point
On my brief drive around the mountain I of course located the local camera store. Katoomba Camera House… so if you are ever in the neighbourhood drop in and meet owner Steve. Friendly and nice guy. I am on a huge commission, so buy something while you are there.
So I am looking forward to the rest of my stuff turning up on the boat, and to exploring my new back yard. If anyone has some cool suggestions on where to go please drop me a note. Thanks.
That’s It… See You There!