Name // Aaron Kelly

Your hometown // Where I generally spend a lot of my time exploring and unwinding in: the Blue Mountains, NSW.

Day Job // A Tradesman which can be extremely tiring and stressful, microadventure or weekend trips are my escape from the day to day grind.

Camera and Lenses //  I am currently shooting on a canon 6d, minolta x300 and canon AF35ML for longer adventures. digital lenses I use are both in the sigma art range 20mm and 50mm, these are generally the only lenses I use especially of late but had previously used 10-20mm sigma, tokina fisheye and the 70-200 canon l series.

What inspires you // Escape – this is what gets my bags packed and in the car driving. Seeing things that actually take effort and planning to see is also a large aspect of inspiration to me, particularly when there is a great reward at the end of the journey.

In terms of my photography, sharing the places I see and artistically representing them, the way I actually saw what was in front of me. This is what drives me to explore more and always work hard on making an image not just taking a photo, I guess thats a form of inspiration right?

Photographers and the people around you also play a big role in inspiring what you do, seeing what someone else has achieved and creating drive and stoke from that in my eyes is never a bad thing and truthfully inspires me, to work harder and to explore more.

Dream shot location in Australia // More remote mountain regions, Mount Kosciuszko/The Snowy Mountains, Australian Alps.

Advice // Although I don’t think I’m at the level to be giving advice to aspiring photographers, what I can say are the things I wish I knew when I first picked up a camera:

  • keep it simple
  • work on composition/rule of thirds
  • take less shots/dont get trigger happy
  • take your time
  • open your eyes, look around you, look with your eyes not through the viewfinder.
  • learn to edit/lightroom, photoshop etc.

And I know it may sound so simple, but just ask other photographers for tips if your stuck on something. Most people are generally more than happy to help you out whether they have 300k followers on instagram or 3, it can never hurt to ask.

Instagram // @aaronxkelly

Website // Aaron Kelly Photo
Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 1/5 "I recently made a very very small car trip back to the place that I took my very first "planned" shot on an slr. with a new camera body and good friend @liamtfoster I captured this as we both searched for different perspectives of the bridge that although so simple had completely gone unnoticed to me the first visit I had made here." #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 1/5
“I recently made a very very small car trip back to the place that I took my very first “planned” shot on an slr.
with a new camera body and good friend @liamtfoster I captured this as we both searched for different perspectives of the bridge that although so simple had completely gone unnoticed to me the first visit I had made here.”
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 2/5 After a little research online, as well as scouring google earth images and XMS docs, myself and Liam had pinpointed somewhere we had both wanted to see for a while - this location is the main take off site for Blackheath gliders on there several routes across the Megalong Valley. The sunset was incredible, the overwhelming area and size of the valley really puts things into perspective and to me is a perfect microadventure for just about any one, with ever-changing light, several viewpoints you could explore on foot or with your eyes for hours on end." #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 2/5
After a little research online, as well as scouring google earth images and XMS docs, myself and Liam had pinpointed somewhere we had both wanted to see for a while – this location is the main take off site for Blackheath gliders on there several routes across the Megalong Valley.
The sunset was incredible, the overwhelming area and size of the valley really puts things into perspective and to me is a perfect microadventure for just about any one, with ever-changing light, several viewpoints you could explore on foot or with your eyes for hours on end.”
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 3/5 "This place is an absolute favourite of mine and is quite often a place I stop off at with a morning coffee on my way up the mountain. Every time I've been here it has looked completely different - another really accessible spot to anyone planning a weekend in the blue mountains." #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 3/5
“This place is an absolute favourite of mine and is quite often a place I stop off at with a morning coffee on my way up the mountain. Every time I’ve been here it has looked completely different – another really accessible spot to anyone planning a weekend in the blue mountains.”
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 4/5 "Adventure to me is entering a world that you haven't ever experienced before, this early morning stroll/shoot above the pool of siloam felt like we had entered that "other world". It was cold, foggy and extremely eerie, its something I will always remember and seeing this shot which was actually taken towards the start of 2015 helps remind me of exactly what I saw and how it felt to be there." #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 4/5
“Adventure to me is entering a world that you haven’t ever experienced before, this early morning stroll/shoot above the pool of siloam felt like we had entered that “other world”. It was cold, foggy and extremely eerie, its something I will always remember and seeing this shot which was actually taken towards the start of 2015 helps remind me of exactly what I saw and how it felt to be there.”
#weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 5/5 "This particular day I was taking photographs for a local brand and they really wanted to encapsulate the feeling of adventure and give people motivation and inspiration to get outdoors. It is also a place I visit quite often and this place to me, is THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. This is what draws me here time and time again, there are so many incredible places to see and for somewhere that can literally be visited via a short drive and short walk is fantastic for anyone and everyone." #weareexplorers

Microadventures with @aaronkellyphoto 5/5
“This particular day I was taking photographs for a local brand and they really wanted to encapsulate the feeling of adventure and give people motivation and inspiration to get outdoors. It is also a place I visit quite often and this place to me, is THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. This is what draws me here time and time again, there are so many incredible places to see and for somewhere that can literally be visited via a short drive and short walk is fantastic for anyone and everyone.”
#weareexplorers