Sommersby Falls Photo Shoot after Heavy Rain

Back in February 2009, myself and 2 friends (Andrew Catsaitis and Andrew Murrell) met up at Sommersby Falls on the Central Coast of NSW for a photo expedition after a lot of heavy rain in recent days.

Only a month earlier, the three of us were again at Sommersby Falls, but this photo session was much better – the light was brilliant, the falls were flowing with much more water after a few days of heavy rain, and it even started raining heavily on us while we were there. It made for some tricky shots at times, trying to juggle the umbrella to keep the camera dry, while framing and focusing and at times, being almost knee deep in water!

Somersby Falls

Somersby Falls

For some reason I didn’t finish processing these at the time, and now, 10 months later, I finally made the time to finish processing these – and I’m glad I did. These are my best ever photos of Sommersby Falls.

Over the Ledge

Over the Ledge

In the next day or two, my favourites from the set will be available to purchase on RedBubble. Please contact me if what you’re looking for isn’t there, or if you need a digital file.

Bottom Falls Cascade

Bottom Falls Cascade

Please continue on to check out all 24 photos, and click on each image to see a larger less compressed version.

All photos were taken with my Canon 20D and Sigma 17-70mm lens, and they are all 3-shot bracketed (+2/0/-2) HDR (tonemapped). Processed using Photomatix and Photoshop CS4.

Bottom Falls

Bottom Falls

While there’s of course the usual full profile pic of the falls as you see them, I tried to take some different perspectives and some were processed to look soft, or too look less contrasty as well. I also tried to ensure my HDR shots don’t look HDR. I don’t like the overprocessed, cartoony look of a lot of HDR shots I see around so hopefully I’ve kept it subtle.

Bottom Falls Profile

Bottom Falls Profile

Bottom Falls Tree Stump

Bottom Falls Tree Stump

This rather large lizard (water dragon?) was trying to find some sunshine on a rock next to the path heading down to the bottom falls.

Lizard at the Falls

Lizard at the Falls

Bottom Falls Cascade

Bottom Falls Cascade

Thankfully Andrew stayed still during this 3-bracketed exposure.

Andrew Murrell at the Top Falls

Andrew Murrell at the Top Falls

Bottom Falls Close Up

Bottom Falls Close Up

Top Falls at Somersby Falls

Top Falls at Somersby Falls

Mossy Rock at the Bottom Falls

Mossy Rock at the Bottom Falls

Reflections at the Top Falls

Reflections at the Top Falls

The Steps to Nowhere

The Steps to Nowhere

Rocks and Trees at the To pFalls

Rocks and Trees at the Top Falls

Bottom Falls Tree Stump

Bottom Falls Tree Stump

Top Falls

Top Falls

Top Falls Close Up

Top Falls Close Up

Bottom Falls Close Up

Bottom Falls Close Up

Top Falls from the Side

Top Falls from the Side

Mystical Soft

Mystical Soft

Top Falls Log

Top Falls Log

Bottom Falls Black and White

Bottom Falls Black and White

Top Falls Closer

Top Falls Closer

Thanks to Andrew and Andrew for the company. Now that I’ve got some motivation for photography again, we’ll have to meet up again soon for a photo shoot.

Thanks for looking.

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