Let the Fairies and Elves out

No elves, nor any fairies but there was leeches and I was kind enough to give one a ride all the way home, bloody hitchhiker.

Bridal Veil Falls, the land of endless compositions and water flows – whilst this is not actually the published 'Bridal Veil' falls I reckon this little subset of falls is just as worthy of the name. The real Bridal veil falls was also pretty damn spectacular but icovered in mist and i would have needed my 2mm f2.8 lens to have any hope of encompassing the entire scene 😉

Techie data:
D7000 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 hanging off the front @ Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 30s
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!

42 thoughts on “Let the Fairies and Elves out

  1. Thanks +Shane Williams , regarding the settings, its often just mucking around with what light is available, in this case I probably could have gotten away without the ND and just had the circular polariser which would have meant f/16 at around 20 seconds for example.
    I recommend just picking a rainy day and heading up the mountains, there are heaps of very accessible locations and if you look on the BOM website you can see exactly how much rain they have had in the last 24 hours, fyi in the last 24 hours they have had about 15mm which meant there was plenty of water about.

  2. I certainly keep an eye on yours and +Rodney Campbell work for inspiration. Thanks for the tips. I have a Sigma 10mm-20mm and a B&W 10 stop ND, as well as a timer remote, so it's just a matter of getting out and spending the time when the Bugs pack it in for another year. 🙂

  3. Awesome! I just made a comment about lots of waterfall images from your Focus group the past couple of days coz of the rains we've been experiencing in Sydney and here you are with your great capture! 🙂

  4. Gorgeous greens and an excellent composition +Gerard Blacklock! While I absolutely adore the water in the upper half I think that, in the bottom half, it's a bit too bright and dominant. As recomposing with a longer FL might ruin things, perhaps some local adjustments, slightly darkening the highlights and even more so, the darker spots in the water in the bottom, might add some more contrast and life to it (Since you asked for suggestions ;).

    I guess there must be many Bridal Veil falls in the world but still, I find it a fun coincidence that I shot some just a week and a half ago, going home from work! 🙂

    It's my first attempt at something like that both as far as composing in the woods and LE goes, so I'd love to hear what you have to say about it, Gerard. You'll find it near the top on my page.

    One thing that I was reminded of is that I really need to invest in a stronger ND-filter…! 😉

    While there is no snow (there really should be), it's still winter, here in Sweden, so the greens are pretty dull! which is why I posted the b&w version (I might eventually post the color version too…)

    I'll definitely go back there in the spring, if nothing else because I never got to the actual fall (spending half an hour looking for my polarizer that dropped from the camera!).…

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Gerard! 🙂

  5. +Stéphane Jean Thankyou very much for the feedback, the foreground is certainly very dominant, expecially given that large expanse of white – I do have a few other compositions from this position, i will defintely have a look in light of what you have posted, thanks again!
    btw, the ND is only a 3stop one, but seems to be a good middle ground.
    I'll be sure to check out your image shortly 🙂

  6. "As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography" I feel the white mass at the bottom is too much for what is a 'darkish' image.
    I do like the 2/3 top section a lot

  7. Very nice Gerry – it was certainly very wet on the weekend – two "sunrise" session mornings of totally overcast skies, drizzle and rain at times and… well.. no actual sun visible 🙂
    I did however get out to the Cheese Block – thanks for the GPS co-ordinates Gerry – it was pretty cool (even with the crap weather) and my daughter appreciated it 🙂

  8. Since you work is already excellent, I'm honored If you find my thoughts to be useful, Gerard. 🙂
    My camera has a native ISO of 200 which makes my need for stronger ND-filters more apparent. It has, by a firmware update, had a "low" setting of ISO100 added but I have yet to remember to use it. It also lowers the DR a bit so… 😉

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