It was a few weeks ago now – ok a month ago – that we headed up to Wentworth Falls for a spot of shooting waterfalls in the rain. We had scheduled a workshop a few weeks before that, but had to cancel due to fire risk on an extremely hot day. This day was quite the contrast.
After all the preliminary chin wagging we headed down into the Valley of the Waters – it’s a beautiful walk down (not so much on the way up!), and as you get closer to the falls the vegetation changes to rainforest and there are a number of opportunities to shoot close ups and on a wet day small trickles of water. Made me miss my old macro lens – the only one I never replaced after the theft.
The first falls are Empress, but there are often teams of canyoners coming over the falls, and this was true on this occasion also. So we headed down to my personal favourite – Sylvia Falls. We took a few shots here before stepping down to Edith and then Lodore. After a fairly full morning, most people from the group started to head back.
However myself and the loyal hardcore decided to stay a little longer, a decision well rewarded as the mist come in. I personally love visible air in my shots. It doesn’t happen often (and indeed many a popular landscape photographer resort to Photoshop to add this ‘atmosphere’ into an image), but when it does it’s something special. My personal favourites from the day were of Sylvia Falls in the mist – I could have spent the entire afternoon there. But alas, home was beckoning so we eventually had to leave it behind.
If you can manage the walk down and back, the Valley of the Waters is highly recommended. Bring your tripod and an ND filter or two. And never let the rain scare you off!