The Lost City

Over the last weekend I headed out with my photography friends, Kath, Brendan and Don to a new location by the name of The Lost City which surprisingly enough can “found” in the Wollemi National Park.

To find the Lost City you need to first make your way to the Zig Zag Railway at Clarence NSW.  From there you head out along a dirt road adjacent to the Newnes State Forest until you reach the Old Bells Line of Road where you turn right.  You then continue along until you reach the Bungleboori Campground where you turn off the road and start travelling along a 4WD track which leads to a small car park which overlooks the Lost City.  I must admit that the drive along this track was quite exciting as I had not previously needed to leave my car in low range for such an extended period of time.  The track included some very deep holes, dodging fallen trees, driving over boulders and through small sections of water.  Don, our fearless 4WD leader assured me that there would not be any problems driving in and he was right.

The Lost City is comprised of hundreds of exposed Hawkesbury sandstone outcrops which dot the surrounding mountains.

Looking west over the Lost City

For me the main purpose of the trip was to be in a remote location away from city lights so that I could shoot photos of the night sky.  Having done my research I knew that it was the perfect time for the Milky Way to be visible and all we had to do was hope that we had a clear night sky.

While we were waiting for darkness we used the opportunity to grab a few shots as the sun was setting and it created some stunning colours on the exposed sandstone.

Sunset Rock


In the image below you can see the path that leads up to the car park where we camped for the night.  Having made quite a few trips up and down the path during the time that we were there I was a bit sore the day after.

Lost City Panorama


As the sun started to set the clouds began to roll in and we knew that we would not have a much time to capture the Milky Way so we acted quickly to work out the best compositions as soon as it became visible. We also had to contend with a wind that had started to blow quite hard.  During long exposures a wind causes havoc with things like trees and bushes and there is no way that you can keep them from blurring during the exposure.

The Milky Way

In the photo of the Milky Way you can already see the clouds appearing and it wasn’t long before there were quite a few starting to obscure the Milky Way.

The Clouds Rolling In

As a photographer you learn to make the best of the conditions that prevail so a longer exposure was used to capture clouds movement.

Cloud Fans

Without something of  a known size in a photo it is often difficult to gauge the size of what you are looking at so I made sure that I captured an image which included my friend Brendan.  By including him in the image it becomes a lot easier to put things in perspective.

In Perspective

Overall it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile trip.  We all ended up with some great shots and even had a chance to photograph a dome created by my friend Kath.

The Dome

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