Waterfall

Fed by the Curra brook, which is only several kilometers long and is usually a trickle most of the year due to the very small catchment, but, sometimes it comes alive..

Pool of Siloam – seems to be a pretty popular place, i reckon its got more to do

 Pool of Siloam – seems to be a pretty popular place, i reckon its got more to do with the name than it being anything particularly special

With #kasefilters and the magnetic series CPL and ND – great little combination and when you have two adapter rings it makes swapping lens a breeze and keeping the filters on.

4 shot panorama @ 35mm f16 and 4s.

Pool of Siloam

 

Madder Madden Falls

Madder Madden Falls
Waterfalls are meant to be relaxing, tranquil, a place of rest they say – clearly someone forgot the whole fact that waterfalls are fing noisy, you can’t hear the birds, you can’t hear yourself think, you can’t hear the shutter of your camera 🙂 next time i’m bringing some ear buds and some sweet tunes, Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy remix anyone 🙂

Wet Feet

There comes a time when you stop dancing over the puddles and minimizing how wet your feet are and simply accept the fact that you are gonna have wet feet, wet shoes and wet socks.

Deep in the jungle of frenchs creek..

Tvindefossen

(Frenchies version)
get a load of this one full screen and find those leeches

Well, its the aussie version aways, Tvindefossen, which i am pretty sure means twin falls is midly epic waterfall in Voss, Norway – yep where the sparkling mineral water comes from – not 🙂 its actually comes from much further south in Norway, but clearly "Voss" said with the appropriate deep Norwegian accent sound a crapload better than the boring spot where the extraction and bottling plant is 🙂

Anyways, this set of falls in Sydney, with its distinct set of two falls reminded me…a tiny bit.. of Voss, also the home of extreme sports, thats another story for another day.

This is the second cascade in the water falls in Belrose on Frenchs creek, where the water quality is.. well a small step above first stage sewerage treatment level, it smelt bad, it mostly looked bad and somehow still, the leeches survive 🙁 I am gonna name these leeches the crotch searching leeches from hell. I am not overly perturbed by leeches, however these ones seemed to get on your legs and with their gaily little wobble make beeline for higher ground 🙁 much rather they just hang about the ankle and suck some blood …

This image is a bunch of vertical shots stitched into a panorama, the conditions where good, overcast, plenty of water and the company (Rodney Campbell) was bearable 😉 plus its better if someone can be there to at least listen to the continued stream of profanities about finding yet another leech.

Extreme Waterfalling

at the extreme sports headquarters of Norway

The home to 'veko' (Ekstremsportveko – Extreme Sports Week), Voss, where crazy's get their craziness on and do crazy things like jumping off cliffs with dinky little parachutes and going over cliffs with water in little plastic buckets 😉

Not this little black duck tho, the most extreme thing I did whilst in Voss was stand on a slippery-ass rock and take a photo 😉

6 shot panorama just on dust with a nice glow in the sky.

D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 50mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 3s
ISO: 100
out front: Hoya Circular Polariser

Torrent Hunting

So they said 'ya gotta go there when its just rained or there is nothing' good advice chaps…just one small problem… too much of a good thing is not good 🙂
In the space of 15 minutes the water level here had risen over a foot in height, stand back i says 🙂

7 shot panorama image. In this one I varied the exposure of each frame to accommodate the light and dark areas of the scene. Usually I would just bracket the images, but I was trying to save time 🙂

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 21mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 4s
EV -0.3
ISO 100

Out front – lots of smelly stormwater 😉

The Landing Pad

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Photography for me is often a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, in any given scene (no matter how crap it looks 🙂 ) there are a bunch of pieces ready to be assembled into some kind of coherent scene that is hopefully pleasing to the eye.

Now if were as simple as the average jigsaw puzzle where you can spread all the bits over the table and work out what goes where then it would be all too easy. Nature and scenes like this image mean you are constrained by where you can physically get to, where you can set your tripod up (without it falling and smashing everything 😉 – thats bad ) and finally the limitations on your gear, ie lens focal range etc.

There is one other point to make, unlike a jigsaw puzzle, real life scenes can have infinite number of solutions and consequently infinite final framings, I guess this is one of the driving factors for me and something which keeps me at photography, bit like golf 😉 . A whole bunch of people can go to the same spot with different gear and all come away with a different 'jigsaw' solution, some better than others (depending on your perspective).

This particular scene is buried down below Horseshoe Falls and is a great example, there is a bunch of really cool elements (rocks, falls, vegetation, ponds etc) which you can include in your scene/frame, but its how you assembly these items together which determines if the final image is alright and pleasing to the eye. I quite like this composition (at the moment anyway) and I took a long time moving around and adjusting the position slightly to get what I felt was the right combination of bits. I positioned the at big rock in front so that it dominated the scene (hence the landing pad title), the falls and flow of water down to the little pond in the foreground were positioned so it has that nice 'S' curve to lure the viewer up and flow thru the image, the little bit of brightness up the top was included to subtly pull the eyes up and away from the dominant rock in the foreground help them travel thru the image. The lines on the foreground rocks all lead in towards the centre of the image, again leaving that poor viewer with nothing but the option of getting drawn in 🙂

The image is created using three exposures, the over exposed and under exposed frames were only needed for a few small sections of the image (the top bright bit and the super dark areas (under the falls and rocks).

D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f18 and Shutter Speed: 5s (normal exp) 1/1.6s (under exp) 30s (over exp)
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL

Choice

As I regularly say to my daughter, you have a number choices which will lead you down different paths… in the case of the waterfall… into the same place, for my daughter 🙂 not always the same place :-/

I did like the twin flows here, there was very little water, but i think it gives the rocks a bit more limelight.. and really its about the journey over the rocks not the end destination right? 🙂 A really nice little set of falls at Mount Wilson NSW, Australia.

2 image shot, bracketed, just to capture those highlights and preserve the shadows, i could have done it with the underexposed version, however sometimes it's nice to be able to process with a full dynamic range there without having to wrangle the shadows too much.. shadows don't like being wrangled very much and tonight.. they deserved a break 😉

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 30s (normal exp) 15s (underexpose)
ISO 100
Out front – Hoya CPL

Murky

This place reminds me of a waterhole where i used to go as a kid, myself and other suitably crazy friends would swim in ridiculous murky waters and jump off rocky overhangs – how i made it to adulthood is still questionable 🙂

Now, many years later, rather than looking at the scene with eyes for what I could jump off, now I look and see how nature has arranged stuff over the last few thousand years and how I can turn it into a worthwhile photo composition 😉

What I like about the panoramic format is 1) well its pretty damn easy to compose and 2) it naturally flows the viewer through the image without the need for complex lines or anchor points 3) there is no limit to the amount you can include in the frame 🙂

This particular location lent it self very well to a panorama, the rock on the right and the overhang on the left 'bookended' the scene and the falls under the morning light just naturally draws the viewer in, the lines of the water/rock edge also help send the viewer right to the good stuff.

Its a 4 shot panorama (landscape orientation), i did bracket the images so I had a slightly over exposed frame, however found that I did not really need it and I liked the way the left and right extreme frames naturally sunk into the shadows.

ya gotta view this large 🙂

Exif love:
4 images stitched in PS CC
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35mm f4 @ 22mm Aperture: f14 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
Out front – and Hoya CPL

http://blog.avernus.com.au/murky/

Katoomba Falls

find the person

from a ball hugging 270 metres above the ground in some crazy designers idea of a joke, a glass bottomed cable car 😉

Well it was not that bad i suppose, but whilst I would not call myself one afraid of heights, this kind of thing still gives me pause for thought:) oddly enough i do not have the same thought when cruising at a few thousand feet above a airport in a dinky little plane, bizarre, i am sure you could write volumes on the psychology of that..

So.. our friendly cable car / skyway guide says to us, "so anyone afraid of heights?", followed quickly by;
"well its too late.. here we go"
this was then backed up with" you are now 270 metres above the valley floor, twice the height of the Sydney Harbour bridge"
but this was the kicker comment
"it would only take the cable car 6 seconds to get to the bottom if it broke" (or something close to that)..

righto..thankyou for that mister optimistic 🙁

Nonetheless the view is nice, the falls are pleasant and the view out the bottom is.. well feels like your looking straight down 😉 We were fortunate enough to get a break in the weather as we went across so I thought i would get a shot of the falls from a different perspective, different in the sense that most of my waterfall images are from the base of waterfalls and involve some trekking and a tripod + filter.

This one is a single shot, not filters, no tripod and while hanging the camera half out the cable car as we trundled across on one of Austria's best products..the cable car. I guess if ya gonna trust your rear end in a cable car, then one built by those who build the ones in the french and Austrian alps, then this would be a good bet.

check out the person at the top of the falls for a bit of scale..

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/125s
ISO 400
out front – fresh air and 270 metres straight down.

http://blog.avernus.com.au/katoomba-falls/

Waterfall Reserve

hidden deep in the gulley away from the blue sky, a trickle quietly creeps over the rocks

Its pretty cool when you can get to 30 second shutter speeds without filters and its 10am in the morning. Mount Wilson is well known for a few serious canyoning routes, this is not one of them 😉 however you can certainly see how the area is well suited to it. The walk down is pretty mild and access to the various little falls is easy and there is plenty to see and photograph, but what I did like was the sweet greenness of the rocks contrasting with the deep black of the rocks – fav combo right there so i forgive the falls for being only a trickle.

single frame, no gimmicks 😉 just alot of green rough balls..

Exif love:
D750 (yeah i know the embedded exif says D610 🙂 ) coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 30s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL

http://blog.avernus.com.au/waterfall-reserve/

Hairy Falls

I would call it a waterfall, but its more like a trickle.

Waterfall Reserve at the end of Waterfall rd on the Waterfall loop walk, i suppose I better take a picture of the waterfall.

3 frames stitched together in +Adobe Photoshop
Exif love:
D750 coupled with 16-35mm f4 @ 29mm Aperture: f/14 and Shutter Speed: 25s
ISO 100
out front – Hoya CPL and lots of mud.

http://blog.avernus.com.au/hairy-falls/