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Terrace Waterfalls – Blue Mountains…

by on Nov.27, 2013, under Life, Photography

Headed up to Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney for a morning session at Terrace Falls.

As it turned out it wasn’t a great day for shooting waterfalls – clear blue skies and strong hard sunlight in dappled patches making it very difficult to get a good composition without having hard contrast. I opted for a longer lens for all my compositions to try and hone in on areas mostly in shade rather than going wide and including the whole area of random bright white and deepest shadow. On the plus side there had been a bit of rain lately so there was at least a decent amount of water flowing.

The company however was excellent (Sabine, Yogesh, Fernando, Johana, Peter & Kate), and our session was followed by a long and very tasty lunch and desert at a local cafe 🙂

There are a couple of compositions I was reasonably happy with and given better overcast light we might have been able to come away with some winning shots.

Terraced Flows

Terraced Flows

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 2.50 sec at f/11, ISO 100

This composition down low and close to this smaller second falls with the main falls in the background looked like it had merit – if only we didn’t have hot spots of light right in the flow. Here I’ve tried the BigStopper to vastly lengthen the exposure and hope that it might go some way towards evening the light and contrast in the scene



NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm, 304 sec at f/11, ISO 400

Yogesh found this nice spot much further back – he was going wide with the BigStopper – I was sticking with the narrower view and dropped the BigStopper and just used some ND’s to get the exposure time I wanted.

All Flows Lead to Here

All Flows Lead to Here

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm, 5.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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