A soft pastel sunset over Nellie's Glen near Katoomba in Blue Mountains. The view is from North's Lookout, named so after John Britty North, founder of coal mining in the area.
We drove up from the coast into the mountains for most of the day. When we got to the hotel I did a quick search of possible sunset spots. The sun position was much to the north so it was difficult to find place close by to face the setting sun. In the end we settled for this one and it turned out to be pretty good. The setting sun illuminated the clouds with lovely pastel tones and they reflected nicely on the cliffs.
There were a couple of good vantage points but I wanted to have an open view into the gully so I settled to stay at the lookout. Another factor was the wind, which meant that any trees or shrubs in the frame would be affected and would look blurred. In fact, this is also the reason why I went with a panoramic crop for this scene. In terms of composition, I liked the way the cliffs on the left extend far into the scene towards the open exit of the gully and the cliff on the right provided balance and framed the ravine form the other side.
Despite the rush we managed to get there with plenty of time to set up and then it was just matter of waiting for the sunset to unravel before our eyes. It was beautifully peaceful and quiet on that evening and often when you get to experience that kind of mood, it can be wonderfully weird to feel like you are the only people in the world.
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