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Hopkins Swirls



What will you do to to get to hard to reach locations. I had a big day and Hopkins falls was the last and the most awaited one in my list for the day. I finally...
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What will you do to to get to hard to reach locations. I had a big day and Hopkins falls was the last and the most awaited one in my list for the day. I finally decided to head towards Hopkins falls. You can see the falls from the lookout but to get a clear cracking shot YOU got to get to the base(don't forget your gummboots). The light was just great, cold temp, and about to rain. I used my 10 stops nd filter to get a long exposure with a wide open aperture to get every thing sharp starting from the nearby swirls until the background.
Ps: if you are planning to go to photograph Hopkins falls, Aus, do not try to jump over the fences, they are electrified and I paid my price that day(but I guess I was lucky). It looks easy to reach from over the fences which are electrified and has no warning boards around. You can access it from a 'not so much visible path' around the area, which leads you on the left side of the falls. This is a one single exposure.
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48 Comments | Report
wesleyboswell
 
wesleyboswell August 26, 2015
woooooooow
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 26, 2015
:)
Onthewildsidephotography PRO+
 
Onthewildsidephotography September 20, 2015
Outstanding image!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 September 20, 2015
thanks mate.
Judahphotography
 
Judahphotography October 13, 2015
awesome!! Great Shot
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 13, 2015
thank you Judah. cheers!! :)
moniqueelferink
 
moniqueelferink October 16, 2015
Absolutely amazing!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 17, 2015
thank you Moniqueelferink, appreciate it. :)
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography October 17, 2015
Incredible! Voted :)
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 17, 2015
Thank you Wildorchidphotography :)
thenickelwell
 
thenickelwell October 17, 2015
Fantastic capture
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 17, 2015
Thanks Nicholas :)
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography October 22, 2015
great!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 22, 2015
thanks Ovosphotography :)
springsmeethompson
 
springsmeethompson October 25, 2015
What an amazing shot!!!! Give you kudos to do what you did to get it!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 25, 2015
thanks mate. Yeah, it was worth the effort. :)
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 27, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Covers Photo Contest Vol 24!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 27, 2015
tanks Nandicmb
Chaosphoto Premium
 
Chaosphoto October 31, 2015
Very nice indeed. I have never heard of this waterfall. Where is it ?
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 01, 2015
Chaosphoto, Hopkins falls is in Warrnambool, Aus. If you ever decide to visit 12 Apostles, this is one of the nearby waterfalls which can be easily visited along with Hopetoun and beauchamp falls.
tinasch PRO
 
tinasch November 01, 2015
Absolute masterpiece !!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 01, 2015
thanks Tinasch, appreciate it.
ChixPixPhotography PRO
 
ChixPixPhotography November 04, 2015
Outside of this being an insanely well done photo, I really enjoyed the write up too! :)
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 05, 2015
thanks ChixPixPhotography, I am glad you liked my photo. Appreciate it. :)
lukester
 
lukester November 05, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 05, 2015
Lukester, sure, why not.. :)
Skcharlie
 
Skcharlie November 22, 2015
Splendid water capture.
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 22, 2015
thanks Skcharlie.
Frogfish
 
Frogfish November 27, 2015
Absolute top quality work.
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 28, 2015
thanks mate, appreciate it. :)
bazzaboy09
 
bazzaboy09 April 28, 2016
just great. topdraw
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 April 29, 2016
Thanks Bazzaboy09
marimaloney
 
marimaloney April 29, 2016
Love
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 April 29, 2016
Thank you Marimaloney
pdlstudios PRO+
 
pdlstudios May 02, 2016
Great shot and great use of the nd filter!!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 May 03, 2016
Thanks mate, cheers!!
vargiriou
 
vargiriou August 05, 2016
Awesome!!!! Good luck with contests!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 08, 2016
Thank you Vargiriou.
ykippenberg
 
ykippenberg August 08, 2016
very amazing shot !
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 08, 2016
Thanks Ykippenberg. :)
Shellyb67
 
Shellyb67 August 16, 2016
marvelous
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 16, 2016
Thanks Shellyb67
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography August 16, 2016
Very cool.
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 16, 2016
Thank you Barrsphotos, appreciate it. :)
Elicon968
 
Elicon968 August 16, 2016
awesome!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 17, 2016
Thanks Elicon968
DebJay
 
DebJay August 30, 2016
It's such a surreal looking photo, perhaps from another planet? I love it and I'm glad you're ok after the electric fence. That must have been quite a jolt!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 September 12, 2016
Thanks DebJay, yeah that was a tough experience on its own and must say worth it. I have learnt to be more careful while shooting and not just carried away with it.
kendalfaucett
 
kendalfaucett September 03, 2016
I was scrolling through some of the most popular shots for the contest "my best shot" and this one stopped me. It's so stunning and unique that it commands attention. Outstanding job!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 September 12, 2016
Thank you Kendalfaucett, I am glad that you like my photo this much. Really appreciate it. Thanks a ton again.
Weller95
 
Weller95 September 12, 2016
This is an amazing shot!!!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 September 12, 2016
Thanks Weller95, appreciate that.
biancafazey
 
biancafazey October 23, 2016
I see this and I cannot believe it's even real. So amazing!!!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 26, 2016
Thanks Biancafazey, long exposures do change the whole feel of the image. \
stevesheddick
 
stevesheddick November 10, 2016
As close to "the perfect shot" that you could possibly get. Well done!
digger12 PRO
 
digger12 December 13, 2016
Very Nice Shot
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 December 14, 2016
thanks digger12
RobynC PRO+
 
RobynC February 18, 2017
Truly a masterpiece!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 February 18, 2017
Thank you RobynC
Jocelyn22dlj
 
Jocelyn22dlj March 01, 2017
Magnificent ???
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 March 02, 2017
thank you jocelyn
sophiakjohnson
 
sophiakjohnson March 27, 2017
Absolutely breathtaking!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 March 28, 2017
thanks Sophia
Hilariea Premium
 
Hilariea April 21, 2017
Wow! Stunning shot!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 April 22, 2017
thanks :)
Freakingrabbit
 
Freakingrabbit April 25, 2017
Wonderful long exposure
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 April 25, 2017
thanks mate
podesta
 
podesta June 02, 2017
Awesome capture
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 June 03, 2017
Thanks Padesta
Poupoupaaa
 
Poupoupaaa July 27, 2017
Woooow this is crazy
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 July 27, 2017
Thanks mate
sbrawleigh
 
sbrawleigh July 28, 2017
Stunning!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 July 28, 2017
thank you
lake_of_tranquility PRO+
 
lake_of_tranquility August 10, 2017
Stunning image!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 10, 2017
Thank you lake_of_tranquility
isabeluffey
 
isabeluffey October 09, 2017
Very peaceful image
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 October 09, 2017
Thanks Isabel, that place is worth visiting. :)
james1234 PRO+
 
james1234 December 27, 2017
Nice pic
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 December 27, 2017
Thanks James
RussellMorganJones
 
RussellMorganJones January 01, 2018
So so good!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 January 01, 2018
Thanks Russell
victoriameechan
 
victoriameechan April 21, 2018
So much technique in this photo well done!!
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 21, 2018
Stunning
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 June 06, 2018
Thanks mate
speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 July 17, 2018
Phenomenal image, has a somewhat surreal quality. Really like this one.
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 July 17, 2018
Thanks mate, really appreciate your kind words
imjessme247
 
imjessme247 August 18, 2018
Awesome image
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 26, 2018
Thanks :)
Biswa_2018
 
Biswa_2018 August 26, 2018
Magnificent image !!
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 August 26, 2018
Thank you. :)
plamentroshev
 
plamentroshev October 12, 2018
I liked, but will remove the grass at the front.
Nishant-101
Nishant-101 November 18, 2018
Thanks mate, its a bit late now. And I could have removed the grass when I was working on this image but I left it deliberately to show the start point of the image.
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 Jul 23
Congrats on your awards, well done.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this photo near Warrnambool (15 minutes northeast). I went for a couple of days road trip to coastal Australia and while I was there I decided to visit one of well known falls-The Hopkins Falls-. I have been to many places that day but kept Hopkins falls at the end of of my agenda just like the desserts after the meal.
Time
After I was done photographing the bay of islands, Logan beach and few other locations, it was already about 16:00 hrs when I decided to wind up the trip with Hopkins Falls.
Lighting
The lighting was great, should say perfect to work with your ND filters. The day was mostly cloudy with sun hardly popping out from behind the clouds. The water falls and the swirls were pure white if not blueish white. The best part about that time was the black clouds gathering up which you can see above the falls.
Equipment
I used Nikon D810 with nikkor 14-24mm wide angle lens with focal length 24mm and aperture wide open to capture the details all the way to the background. I set the camera on my gitzo explorer tripod and used hoya nd1000 which is approx 9 stops nd filter to extend the shutter speed to capture the swirls. I triggered the shutter using giga pro 2 shutter release.
Inspiration
I have been doing research about the waterfalls in Vic, Aus. Most of the waterfalls are at coastal areas although I live in country side. When we decided to visit the beaches I knew it was a good opportunity to pay a visit at as many water falls as I could and Hopkins falls was the one out of them.
Editing
Yes I did, but the good thing about capturing a good photograph at the first place is you don't have to process the image too much and by that reason the processing remains least destructive. I did some dodging and burning and applied luminosity masks for a couple of zones in the photo and got some details out from the rocks.
In my camera bag
I carry 2 cameras and 4 lenses which are: Nikon D810 (FX) and D7100 (DX), Nikkor AF-S 14-24 and 24-70mm f2.8 G ED lenses, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 G ED VR II lens and the last one which I rarely use is AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 3.5-5.6 zoom lens. I carry Nikon SB 910 speedlight which I have recently bought for my studio photography. I use a Gitzo Explorer series II tripod with Gitzo series II Magnesium off-centre ball head. For shutter release I use Hahnel Giga T Pro II remote control. For Filters I use Hoya circular polarizer, Hoya and Tiffen 10 stop ND filters and a hoya GND 3 stops filter. I also carry 2 shade 10 welding glasses which fits my 18-105 and 24-70 mm lens. I also carry a 3rd party remote for D7100 and last but not least 2 torches 2200 Lm zoomable CREE led and a normal led light that fits on the head.
Feedback
Yes, before you just start taking photos from the lookout itself try to imagine the photo if it was shot from the base. Compare the two photos and you would definitely want to reach the base. If you feel lazy to walk down to the base ask yourself this question "will you ever be coming here again and will this day be repeated in you life? " Carry your gumboots and a plastic bag as the spray from the falls would definitely wet your camera even if you are at a considerable distance from it. You can push yourself further by not just standing on the side but moving into the water wearing your gumboots (depending on the depth of the water) and using your tripod on a steady base. Look around and see the textures of the water flowing you might find something interesting like I found these swirls. Now some advice to the people who are in Aus or planning to go to Hopkins falls in particular. You would get the urge to just jump over the fence which would leave you on the right side of the falls, well 'DON'T DO THAT'. I tried the same and paid the price. The fences are electrified with no warning sings around. There is another path from behind the lookout which will leave you to the left of the falls like you can see in the photo.

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