Wow, what a wonderful experience! My dad and I went on a walk to Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri. It took us an hour to get there and another hour back. But, and I truly mean it, it was absolutely worth it! Walking through such a beautiful forest/bush was really nice... This is my favourite photo of the day, but I bet you want to see more? So, I will publish some more later in another post.
I would like to share with you how I got the photo to look like it does.
Firstly I used a wide focal length (18mm). I used my polarising filter to bring out the colours in the scene.
Secondly, I set my aperture to f/10 to get a sharper picture and more depth of field. I used a low ISO of 200 for less noise and a longer exposure. Shutter speed was set to 1/20 so that the falls would show motion but still show detail in the water.
I did not use a tripod (gasp) or lean against something. I just relied on steady hands and legs! It is still sharp...
One of the most important things is to edit your photo well. I used Photoshop as the main editor in combination with Camera Raw. After that I used the plugins, Color Efex Po and Viveza to add that final touch. The plugins are free from Google!
Going exploring with you camera is well worth the effort!