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Polariser vs no polariser

I get a few comments from time to time regarding my waterfall shots, particularly about the saturation level and how much I have bashed it over the head in photoshop ;) I had another great example from a few years back, however I was at a scene recently where the effect of the polariser was very pronounced and thought its a great example why every photographer should have this filter in their bag. There simply is no photoshop means to replicate it.

The attached images were shot at the same time (well one after the other ;) ) and processed identically, ie I edited one (the non-polarised one) and simply copied the edit settings across to the polarised image.

As one can see the difference is very marked, the polariser has simply removed reflected oblique light in the scene which in reality results in the actual colour of the element being seen – there is plenty of Greek writing about how this works and there are volumes on this, a great cure of insomnia in my opinion. For me this is the biggest contributor for waterfall shots, it can at anytime of the day (at the right angle) turn a flat nasty scene into something half decent.
In this case, very little PS bashing was used ;)

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View

Just a little old look out called 'Pulpit Rock', hats off to the lads who built this ting, pretty much hanging off the edge of a very large cliff.

The falls in the distance are known to most locals as Bridal Veil falls and I believe there are still some signposting reflecting this, however it has been simply named Govett's Leap now..

Taken in the middle of the day, just before a mild thunderstorm came in, another sneaky landscape when I was meant to be somewhere else :)

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The Belmore Wall

A sneaky waterfall session whilst attending a birthday party.
The odds stacked against me here, limited time (10 minutes) the sun in the wrong position (inconsiderate universe) and the middle of the day, thus the light was always going to be flat and uninteresting.

To make things worse there were trees everywhere, obviously ;) but I mean to get a shot without a tree smack in front of you was pretty hard..;)

Techie love:
D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 @ 44mm Aperture: f/16 Shutter 15 seconds
Hoya screw in circular polariser and neutral density filter (3 stops) and… LEE graduated filter (0.9)

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed

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Stillness

Still amazed the boat remained so still over 220seconds :)

A variation from a previous image with a shorter shutter speed.

techie stuff:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 220s
out front – LEE bigstopper and LEE graduated filter 0.9

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Queenslake

A peaceful lakeside community with great fishing and natural and relatively untouched surrounds. This particular afternoon had quite some nice colour in the sky and the clouds provided some excellent layering to show some deep blues and also some warm tones as the sun disappeared over my right should, so why opt for a BW conversion? I guess simplicity..the fact that converting to monochrome accentuates the actual composition and rather than relying on bold colours it can in my mind make for a image with a more lasting impression rather than a image with a fleeting glance.

I also enjoy BW images since for me it means more concentration on the tones and composition than the visual impact of colours, don't get me wrong I love colourful and bold imagery, i guess its just nice to simplify with BW at times :)

Also i need more BW practice :)

I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed

This image was created using a blend of 3 images to achieve the dynamic range and tonal detail in the trees. I used +Nik Photography's to do the initial processing and BW conversion followed by it being finished off in . There was a little struggle with the clouds, but not surprising since there was some substantial movement between the frames :)

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Upper Gledhill Falls

Trying to find the fairies and elves at the secret falls :)

Techie data:
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm Aperture: f/13 Shutter 30, 10 and 6 seconds
Hoya screw in circular polariser and neutral density filter (3 stops)

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed

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Derelict

This could be the scene of some hollywood blockbuster, this place is like a time capsule from some early 19 something era war, the only thing out of place is me doing a – i should have donned something more appropriate :) #gp-5 gas mask maybe ;)

Single image with only a fraction of desaturation since things were pretty bland with the fog.

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Foggy Glen

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This is from a spot which I refer to as the fair-weather photographers spot ;) if your looking for a quiet accessible waterfall then this is your location, a short walk down some steps and there is a nice sheltered spot to setup your tripod and take in the beauty of this small final waterfall in the Leura Cascades.
I have taken photos of this waterfall a total of 3 times now and each time I have come away with differing images do the conditions but also due changes in the way I view a scene and compose it. To be honest I don't think I have necessarily improved on previous attempts, moreso just generated different images :)

The falls are quite small and required quite a wide angle lens, in this case, rather than run with a single image I decided to try and encapsulate the scene pretty well in its entirety, well as much as my pano format would allow! As always a scene like this, even on a rainy overcast day has quite some dynamic range in the light, as such i bracketed each shot in this panorama, this meant I had alot more control of those shadowy areas :) There was quite a few portrait orientation shots (about 8) taken for this and then it was cropped fairly heavily from the top and bottom.

Techie data:
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm Aperture: f/8 Shutter 20, 6 & 30 seconds
ISO 160
out front – Hoya screw in circular polariser and neutral density filter (3 stops)

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed

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Graveyard

I can only imagine what this place looked like 50 years ago, all those other mangroves would have looked awesome when still standing.

Hopefully I will get to revisit this location at low tide soon which will create an entire different feel to the images.

techie stuff:
D7000 coupled with 17-55mm f2.8 @ Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 185.5s
out front – LEE bigstopper, LEE graduated filter 0.9 and screw in circular polariser

Suggestions, comments and improvements? they are always warmly welcomed!