This weekend Chris Meder photography and Mile High Aerial photography were onsite to take some tourism photography, featuring aerial and promotional footage, lifestyle shots, some tourism pics of the New England High Country, and some action shots of our favourite tourism activities. Some of the pics are included in this post, but you’ll have to watch this space for the rest!!
Starting the day at Wollomombi, and after learning how to pronounce the name (Wol-lom-om-bi), the guys from Mile High flew the drone over the edge and I secretly prayed their insurance was valid. This gorge is home to Australia’s second tallest waterfall (when it’s in season) and with a drop of 230m, you can’t really make too many mistakes. Don’t fret, they nailed it, and the drone lived to continue filming for the day.
I then took the guys down to my favourite spot on the Macleay River, I refer to as “Maggie’s Beach”, after my dog, who is also named Maggie. While the beach is not really a beach, the four wheel driving to get there is pretty great, being quite steep in places, the river is a great place for a dip, and perfect for rock-hopping and a picnic. The guys took some aerial footage of the track down, the beautiful rolling hills and river and some straight on footage of me trying not to stall and pretending I knew how to drive a manual really really good.
We then picked up my little brother (also a parkie) and his mate we took the guys out to take some aerial and action shots biking through the updated SportUNE mountain bike track. The track is managed by the New England Mountain biking Club, and have really put the New England High Country on the map for their open-all-year-round tracks. We joked on the way there that we weren’t really national stars at mountain biking, but that’s okay because you don’t need to be when riding the trails, nek minute World/National Champions Holly & Michael Harris rock up to give the track a spin. Holly & Michael contribute a crazy amount to this region when they are not cruising around the world picking up medals for being awesome in a sport they love.
It was a big first day of filming so we felt we needed to support our favourite local craft beer venue, the Welder’s Dog. I finally convinced the guys not to put coke with their whiskey distilled by local distiller, and international award winner Stephen Dobson (if you come to this region, you must check-out his distillery & winery at Eastview estate, unreal wines, gins and whiskeys), and we eventually agreed that trying one of the sampled craft beers changed after each keg, was much better than getting your daily fill of Tooheys/XXXX/Fosters or whatever people are drinking these days.
Saturday morning, the park was packed for the 10th annual New England Hot Rods and Custom’s annual show & shine, with more than 80 hot rods and 250 people attending the event, participating in a charity auction, and dancing the night away with live music, and I’m super excited to see some of pics from this part of the day (and night… Chris Meder, don’t delete the good ones ;P)
Heading back down Waterfall way, the photographers stopped in at our other favourite places, Dutton Trout Hatchery, Point Lookout (at 1500m above sea level), and Ebor falls, a favourite of mine for a quiet picnic on a deck looking out over a specie waterfall!
It was a great weekend had by all, I envy the guys for the amount of cool adventures they must go on in their everyday lives, and I feel fortunate I got the spend a couple days watching them manipulate state of the art photography equipment resulting in awesome pics and video of some of my favourite spots!
Looking forward to sharing the finished result.