Hello in the New Year! Thank you for your wishes and for the spotlight on my previous image. I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season. We have just returned from a short gateway to Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale in South Australia.
The first image for 2017, however, comes from New Zealand. I am still going through my images and I was able to processed this photo recently.
These are the Taranaki Falls in Tongariro National Park on the north island. They are easily accessible via a lovely loop track from the Whakapapa Village. Downstream the path follows a beautiful mountain creek with many great vantage points along the way.
When it comes to waterfalls, I do prefer the very smooth silky look of the flowing water and I usually try to go for exposures that are longer that ten seconds. In addition to the polarising filter, I also stacked 6-stop ND and ND graduated filters together to slow down exposure time to 25 seconds.
The wind was blowing away to the left and I was lucky not having to contend with spray blowing on the filters. Lack of water spray allowed for good clarity in the foreground rocks, in the trees and in the rocky cliff towering over the fall. I was also able to get down to the river bed, which allowed me to get close to the rocks and keep clear of the busy path overlooking the waterfall.
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