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MayEbony January 27, 2015
Congratulations on your win in the Waterfalls Contest. I put in a photo of Horseshoe Falls too but yours is really lovely and deserving of the win.

Horseshoe Falls



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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo is of Horseshoe Falls. Situated in the Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, it is about a 25 minute walk from the car park. A very popular waterfall with local photographers.
Time
Taken about 10:00 am - just before most of the tourists arrive.
Lighting
This image was taken during the Tasmanian winter when the sun is quite low and subsequently light is always quite soft and minimal in these fern covered gullies.
Equipment
Taken with a Nikon D7'100 (with flash off) and a Tokina 11-16mm.
Inspiration
I had seen another photograph of these falls and wished to try and make my own capture.
Editing
At the time of taking this picture I had little experience with post processing and subsequently the only changes I had made were adjustments to shadows and levels.
In my camera bag
I have a stack of equipment in my bag - probably too much! These days what I like to carry with me is my Tamron 150-600 for those long range shots of birds etc, my Nikkor 105 micro - which is a fantastic lens for both macro and general use. I carry my Tokina 11-16 but these days I'm leaning towards taking panorama with a Nikkor 50mm in portrait orientation. I don't like the edge distortion that comes with the ultra-wide.
Feedback
This was my first waterfall shot and I was to learn a valuable lesson. I had my camera (with lens) attached to the tripod and the rest of my gear in my backpack. I wanted to get a shot from a particular rock in the middle of the stream so I proceeded to 'rock hop' out to the destination point. About three rocks in I lost my footing on the very slippery rocks and went bum down into the stream. My first thought was to save my camera so I held it high out of the water - it was saved - but as I lie with my bottom and lower back submerged in the stream I realize concerns for the rest of my gear in the back pack. With great difficulty (and a high degree of pain) I struggled to my feet. To my amazement, and great relief, no water had entered my back pack at all. Unfortunately I also had my iPhone in my back pocket which subsequently expired (but gratefully I had actually taken insurance just the day before!). As I had reached the desirable point I put up with the wet butt and pain and continued to take the photo. However, my advice is, in such circumstances, try to stay out of the water! My personal criticism of this image is that I would prefer if the fern trees were sharper. It was a slow exposure (1.3s iso 100) and with the slight breeze created by the falling water, I had undesirable movement in the vegetation. I will go back to this site again soon and try some different techniques and exposures to try and freeze the vegetation but still get the movement in the water.

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