Fuji GW690iii + Fuji Neopan Acros II
When I headed out to the Silvermine Waterfall I had my GW690iii loaded with Acros film and a tripod. I normally aim for exposure times higher than 1/30s and lower than 1s for moving water as I find that anything more tends to make the water look too supernatural for lack of a better word. Metering of the local scene however limited me to 1/30s here, and probably 1/15s or 1/10s would have been better to direct the waterflow. Still, I like the results, verging on the abstract.
Fuji GW690iii + JCH400
On our second trip to the Silvermine Waterfall I spotted this guy who was sitting just under the flow, with his T-Shirt on his head. That was my first shot at the waterfall. Shallow depth of field because the light was fading, but I really quite like the result. I suppose it’s a street shot in nature, of sorts.
With waterfalls there’s always a trade off between wide shots to try and capture the grandeur of it all, or closer focused shots to capture the flow. For this shot I chose the latter, and I like how it just feels peaceful.
The Kuang Si waterfalls had many levels of successive waterflows, including this natural stairwell with many tiny steps of water flowing on top of each other. The blue colour of the water is natural as well, the result of particles of limetone being carried by the flow from further up the river.
I love waterfalls, and the first time I managed to traipse around New Zealand, I made sure to go to Waiau Falls in Coromandel. The place is magical, very few people there (at least in early spring when I went) and a great scenic view. This was my best shot.
Fuji xpro-2, 80mm, f/4, 1/420s, ISO 200
Whenever I’m faced with a waterfall, the temptation is to take the filters out for long exposure, but the viewpoint over Waipunga falls was too high for the tripod, and I’m glad it was. I chose a narrow depth of field for this shot and I’m glad I did, it gives it a bit of an ethereal feel.
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 0,6s, ISO 200
Another spectacular waterfall near Rotorua. The challenge in shooting this one was to avoid the rafts and kayaks either coming down the fall (for the latter) or going up to it (for the former).
Fuji x-pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 200
When you have the appropriate filters, there’s always a temptation to do really long exposures over rushing water. In my experience though, it doesn’t really work to render the flow. Exposure times around 1s or less work best in my experience, and this is what I did here at Huka falls, probably the most impressive rush of water I’ve seen in my life to date.