Saturday, March 10, 2012

Owharoa Falls, New Zealand

Owharoa Falls, New Zealand

A few Saturdays ago we took our third drive along the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula (where I took the photos from the last post).  Toward the end of the day we wanted to find some waterfalls that several people had told us were very photogenic.  We searched and searched, and drove right past several times, but finally found them.  They were just a few yards off the road, but hidden by foliage.  By the time I was ready to take photos it was already twilight and quite dark.  As long as I have my tripod, this is my favorite time to photograph waterfalls.  There is still some soft light, but it's dark enough to set a slow shutter speed to create silky soft water.  I agree with the people who told me these falls are very photogenic.   What do you think?

8 comments:

Mersad said...

This is really good. The low light allowed for a nice slow shutter speed, which is essential for this, almost velvet like effect in the water as it falls down. A nice piece of scenery too!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is hard to imagine it came out of a camera as it looks so created by an artist's brush or a computer program. Wonderful.

Robin said...

Karen, stunning shot! Glad you finally found the falls! It was worth the search!

Madge Bloom said...

Gorgeous shot... just lovely!

Scott said...

Wow, thanks for directing me to this photo. Really beautiful. I'm headed up to Western Oregon on a waterfall search in a couple weeks. I hope I can get one this beautiful.

Zandarmid Photography said...

Very photogenic indeed. You were lucky to get there at the right time of day. Is there anything more frustrating than coming across a beautiful waterfall and not being able to get a slow shutter speed because the light is too bright?

I recently tried to get some waterfall shots in Tasmania. It was early morning and I deliberately underexposed the photos by fifteen stops and I still couldn't get anything like this photo of yours. It wasn't until several hours later that I realised my camera was set to ISO 3200 because I'd been busy trying to shoot pictures of moving wombats in dark undergrowth. I was so angry with myself...

janc@mac.com said...

They look more like a painting than a photograph. Beautiful.

Diana Cooper said...

Wow Karen! Your photos are great! I especially like this one. New Zealand is a beautiful place - would love to visit one day. I joined your blog, and look forward to seeing more :)