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MacKenzie Falls

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 31 July 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


MacKenzie Falls in the Grampians National Park (Victoria, Australia) are a popular destination for visitors to the area. One can reach the bottom of the falls through a walking track that descends all the way down from the carpark. Due to regular rainfall, the waterfall is the only all-year-round flowing waterway in the entire region.

This is the base of the falls where the water flows into a lovely pool with interesting rock formations around it. A couple of options for composition were possible to me. You can go wide but then you risk including the steel ladder that marks the lowest part of the path and I did not want to do that. You could concentrate on the fine detail of the falling water with a close up or you could also try to include some of the rocky elements around the pool and this is the composition that I chose to go with.

The two key elements for me where the beautiful smooth veils of water flowing down the dark rocky face and the foreground rocks that I wanted to attract the viewer attention before looking up at the falls. When you look at this photo, I hope you feel like jumping onto these rocks to admire the waterfall. If this is what you feel when looking at this scene, then hopefully it means that I succeeded in my vision.

I used a polariser, as I always do for waterfall photos, to increase the exposure time and to cut down the glare and reflections from the wet rocks. I was keen to have good separation between the falling water and the cliff, as well as, similar separation between the foreground rocks and the pool. I used a bit of dodging and burning in post processing to further achieve this separation.

Black and white conversion was on my mind as well, however, I decided to keep the tones in this image. I loved the warm colour tones of the rocks. The sun was hiding under a thin veil of clouds and that provided lovely soft light. I have a landscape oriented composition as well and I might have a look at mono processing to see how it turns out. If it matches my black and white vision for this setting then I will post it here in the future.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 25 seconds F/8.0 ISO 100 35 mm

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