In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 9 of the series we are exploring Somersby Falls.
15 April 2007. Somersby Falls, NSW
I had heard about Somersby Falls, a beautiful tiered waterfall on the Central Coast of NSW just north of Sydney. One weekend I convinced my wife to take an afternoon drive down to the falls to go for a walk and a look around, we would arrive there in the middle of the day so I did not really expect good light necessary to make a great image of the falls. I also did not know what to expect in terms of water flow, there had been some rain recently and I had heard that without recent rain the falls would barely be a trickle. As we arrived we first descended the stairs to the first section of the fall, I stopped there and made a few images even though the falls were in direct sunlight. Then we descended further, into the dark canopy. Here we found the second, and much more impressive section of the falls in shadow thanks to the thick canopy of the trees above. At first sight the falls seemed tremendous and I was tempted to attempt to place their entire grandeur into the frame. Soon I found that there was far more subtle beauty to the bottom of the falls and I studied how the water splits into a number of streams as it nears the bottom. The best location for this image was squeezed up against a tree so I had to contort myself to get the camera into the best position. I made this image as a panoramic stitch of a number of images and then cropped the output to this format later.
I did have to crop out a very patient and loving wife who was sitting on a rock nearby reading a book while she waited for me to finish!
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.