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Under the Waterfall on Christmas Day

Ok, so this upload comes a little late... But truth be told the last month has been crazy to say the least. Not the good kind of crazy either. No matter, I'm back at it and to start the new year I'm putting up this new HDR of a waterfall on the way to Gibbston Valley.


I must have driven past this hundreds of times in the past 5 years, and never paid it any notice. However on Christmas Day, I thought it's about time I gave it a look. The walk to it was deceptivly long and painful, and the terrain seemed determined to stop me from getting the shot (a tuble down a small cliff, cutting my hands on sharp rocks & getting soaked by spray).

Once I finally made it though, it was pretty cool.


Composition & Editing


Despite the total lack of interesting sky, my trusty 10mm Sigma with it's 108° angle of view was able to capture this cascading wall in all it's stunning detail. Every few shots the lens needed a wipe down, and finding the right moment where the wind wasnt blowing the water uphill proved difficult.


During post, I applied an overall sharpen, followed by various layers of detail restoration and encancement. Finally, a couple of curves blended properly bring this shot to life. It was a dark & windy day, but despite the challenges I really like the result!


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Taken on December 28, 2010