Capturing waterfall

I was at the Great Ocean Road two weekends ago with four other friends. For readers living outside of Australia, the Great Ocean Road is located Southwest of Melbourne, about 3 hours drive.

The Great Ocean Road is huge and starts at Anglesea and travels 244 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool. There will be more stories and photos of our adventures in the Great Ocean Road in another post. So stay tuned! But for today’s post, I just want to share a photo of a waterfall that we visited.

We were at the Hopetoun Falls, Great Otway National Park (or also known as Colac-Otway Shire, Great Ocean Road or Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia). It was my first time shooting a waterfall using DSLR and slow shutter speed! I have been wanting to learn to shot waterfall using long exposure. I finally got to do it!

Hopetoun Falls – Great Otway National Park – Victoria – Australia
Hopetoun Falls – Great Otway National Park – Victoria – Australia

This was taken using NikonD800 with Tamron 24-70 mm, F/2.8 lens without any filter. The settings were: ISO 125, 30 mm, f/16 and shutter speed of 13.0 sec.

Lessons learnt:
1) Need a proper filter such as Neutral Density (ND) filter to darken exposure and allow much slower shutter speed.
2) Get closer to the waterfall or try different angles to produce different perspectives.

The waterfall could be captured better if the lens was equipped with an ND filter. Nonetheless, I am still very pleased with my first attempt at capturing waterfall using slow shutter speed!!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope you have enjoyed the post! and learnt something too! 🙂

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