Some shots are deceptively hard to take. To get this involved six visits over four years but today it finally all came together (15/7/2010).
First visit: After finding it on a map I visited the area then struggled to find an easy way down via some overgrown old logging tracks. They were so overgrown that large trees now grew on them and the only reason I knew they existed at all was because of the step they cut in the steep slope, my easier way ended up detouring far from the falls resulting in by far my hardest trip. The way out was far more direct but still tough, water flow was minimal.
Second trip: Found an easier way down and being spring the flow was great but the only way I could fit the falls in the frame was with my 15mm fisheye lens which due to the distortion inherent in such a beast gave a very unsatisfactory result.
Third trip: Found a better way to the bottom of the falls but flow was minimal.
Fourth trip: My first shoot with my new 16-35mm lens, got some nice shots above the falls, but due to recent disasters with reciprocal failure with the Velvia film I used at the time (long exposures resulted in an unacceptably blue cast, nowadays if shooting film I’d use Provia 100f and/or a warming filter), I thought I’d try and address this by not using a circular polarizer. This was a mistake as the light reflecting off the wet rocks ruined the shot more than the blue colour cast would of, a short experimental phase in my learning journey.
Fifth Trip: Tried a new way in from a road on the opposite side, far longer just as steep but on the whole thinner scrub, despite recent rains, autumn flow was minimal. Due to this I took a short cut by climbing straight up the mostly dry falls. First trip with my 5D mkII.
Sixth Trip: Road was gated and locked due to logging so ended up following an old, totally overgrown (of course) logging track in from further upstream. Bit of an effort to get down along the creek, but flow was fantastic and overcast conditions perfect for photography. Couldn’t fit all the falls in one frame as you’re right on top of them so ended up doing an 8 shot stitch with my pano head, used a polarizer resulting in a shot that finally fulfilled my expectations. I even got home in time for my wife to go to pilates, yippee…
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 16mm
Filter: Circular Polariser
Shutter Speed: 5 sec
When: 4:15pm on 15/7/2010
To check out other shots from this area see my Yarra Ranges gallery.
For more waterfall shots check out my Waterfalls gallery.
$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society .