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 16 of the series we are exploring the waters of Barrington Tops NP, NSW
8 August 2009. Barrington Tops NP, NSW. Australia.
After a long walk through the forest I knew that I was approaching my destination, the sound of trickling water grew louder and I grew aware that I was nearing not only a stream, but a waterfall. It seems like it takes an age to arrive at a waterfall but when you do the place unveils itself suddenly, I found myself out of the rainforest and into a clearing flanked by a large waterfall, with a stream running through it and the setting sun lighting the forest in the background. All of a sudden I had a dozen compositions in mind but the one thing that I had to do quickly was to capture the way that the setting sun was lighting up the forest in the background. While I was thinking about what to use as a foreground object I took my shoes off and put on a pair of gumboots that I had been carrying just for this occasion. I waded out into the middle of the stream with my camera and tripod and selected this rock that stood proudly out from the others as the foreground. Taking the image was simple and I knew from the back of the camera that it would require very little editing to be stunning. After making this image I walked around and made a few more of the waterfall but with the light fading, this first image was by far the best.
I love how there is so much to look at in this image, the sheen of the rocks, the patterns of the water, the formations of moss on the rock and lastly the detail that the sun brings out in the trees. This is a great example of 'the right light' and it came to me purely by chance, I did not know or plan for the sun to set in exactly the right location for my image and for me to have made the trek out here at the right time to capture it.
Of course it meant that I had a very dark walk back to the car.
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.