In Episode 10 of Adventure Photography On Location I’m taking you along on an overnight kayaking trip to Kangaroo Valley where we camp near a sunken forest and capture some incredible night shots as well as kayak down a drowned forest.
What I loved the most about capturing these shots was that it takes 2 days to actually get to this location. Well… 1 day in and and then another out. Anyway, the more effort a location requires the more rewarding it becomes when you actually get a few good shots too.
I didn’t end up getting the conditions I had in mind for the shot. I was actually looking for low hanging mist and was hoping to capture a very atmospheric / moody shot of a kayaker paddling through this sunken forest.
I had done this same 2 day trip at the exact same time of the year a few years ago and got those misty conditions I was hoping for. But the weather must have been too dry this time around. All I got was unusable light within 2 minutes after sunrise… there’s something incredibly harsh about the Australian sunlight that makes it really difficult to capture decent shots at golden hour.
So I had to improvise…
The night was clear and I woke up several times staring at bright stars and a moonless night. So by 4AM I was up and shooting the night sky.
Soon the stars started fading and the dark night’s sky gave way to blue hour.
So I got into my kayak and started paddling around the drowned forest in the search for reflections as I noticed the early sunlight covering the distant mountain side in a deep orange tone. I tried to paddle as calmly as possible to not disturb the reflections and started capturing the magic.
As the sun rose further over the mountain I was suddenly blinded by the bright, harsh light of the new day. A dead tree blocked off the bright light and I immediately had the idea for the next shot. Now on the hunt for shapes that could block the sunlight: Holes in the trees, branches, trunks etc.
And with a high aperture I could turn the bright sunlight into a star bursting out of these shapes. Perfect!
What I love about Kangaroo Valley? Free camping and no reception. It’s the perfect place to switch off and forget about the modern world for a few days.
And be sure to check out our guide to our favourite places for an active getaway near Sydney over The Sandy Feet.
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In early February 2017 I’m heading to South Africa and Namibia for 6 weeks on 2 road trips to explore some of the best sights and locations these amazing countries have to offer.
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