Day 24: Rainbow Falls

by Ivan Steenkamp January. 25, 2017 455 views

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.

A beautiful water fall cascading down a 26m drop. The orange glow of the sun is on the trees behind it. Blue sky with wispy white clouds. The waterfall is reflected in the water.

My first time at Rainbow Falls.  It is about 27 metres high... Isn't it beautiful?

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!

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Calethia Baker 3 years, 10 months ago

Great photo! I really appreciate you sharing the details of how you took the photo. It's very helpful for someone that's relatively new the photography, like myself.

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Calethia Baker 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Calethia! I normally don't have time to explain much but this a special post! :) Keep on shooting, experimenting and pushing your camera to its limit... That way you get better much quicker!

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