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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thankfully Andrew stayed still during this 3-bracketed exposure.
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.