Friday, 2 August 2013

Ian Brown - nature photographer

A regular visitor to the Capertee district is the Blue Mountains-based photographer Ian Brown. While many photographers are happy to take shots from lookouts and roadsides, Ian is a keen bush walker, rock climber and paddler so is able to take images rarely seen by others. In this post we include several of his photos which were taken in the Capertee area.

Pantoneys Crown, photo by Ian Brown

Pantoneys Crown is one of the most recognisable rock features in the Capertee Valley. Here we see a sunrise shot of the massif from Point Cameron in the Gardens of Stone National Park. On the horizon behind Pantoneys Crown are the peaks of the Mugii Murumban-Ban State Conservation Area. The image was taken by Ian in May 2011.

Capertee Gorge, photo by Ian Brown

This photo of Capertee Gorge was taken near Gospers Creek during a rain shower in June 2013. The location is in the Wollemi National Park and a similar image will be in Ian's limited edition 2014 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar which will be available for sale in September. The Capertee River Gorge and the rocky tops of the Gardens of Stone NP are Ian's favourite walking spots in the area.

Capertee River, photo by Ian Brown
Amateur photographers know so well the difficulty in getting evenly-lit images in locations with both sun and shade, but in this photo Ian nails it. This view of the Capertee River was taken in the morning during November 2012. The location was about 10 km downstream of Coorongooba camp ground in the Wollemi National Park.

Photographer Ian Brown in the Fiordland 
National Park in New Zealand

Growing out of a love of bushwalking Ian has been a serious photographer for about 30 years. Photography was his response to the magnificent landscapes he was seeing and a way of conveying this to others. Later photography became integral to his involvement in nature conservation and a way of arguing for protection of wilderness. Reflecting this, Ian authored a fantastic book in 2003 titled Wild Blue: World Heritage splendour of the Greater Blue Mountains, a well illustrated environmental and natural history of the area. His work has also appeared in numerous calendars, diaries, books and other publications, and has been widely exhibited in the Blue Mountains.

Ian usually takes two cameras on his vigorous bushwalks, a Canon 'full frame' digital and a metal 4x5 inch view camera. Earlier this year Ian was short-listed in the Wilderness category for the prestigious Australian Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

We hope you enjoyed seeing a few of Ian's fine images, and we hope to show more of his work in the future. For more information about Ian's images and publications please refer to his website at the following link.

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