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The Sacred Falls on the island of Oahu are located on the north shore in a national park which has been closed to hiking for some time due to some fatal accidents involving rock falls and flash flooding.
Now the only way to view these falls is by helicopter, which is exactly what we did to obtain this photo. The entire height of these falls is over 1100 feet, easily the most beautiful set of falls I have seen and photographed.
Wailua Falls are located along the road to Hana on the island of Maui. The falls are located about 20 metres from the road, so for some tourists it ends up being a drive by shot out the window. I took the time to dodge the cars on the single lane bridge and set up the tripod to get the shot.
Akaka Falls are located on the Big Island in a national park on the north coast of the island. The falls are mid way along a 600 metre long trail that takes you through a rainforest and past another less inspiring waterfall. As the path comes through the dense vegetation you can hear the power of the 110 metre falls before you see them. On the morning we visited, the weather was dismal and raining the entire time, though the overcast skies may have helped in capturing the beauty of these falls.
Waimoku Falls are the tallest falls on the island of Maui and are located at the end of the road to Hana on the south coast. It takes a 4 mile round trip to get to the falls via the bamboo forest I’ve mentioned previously.
Day 1 of the DLWS Kauai started off with an early shoot at the Opaeka’a Falls. This was a one position shoot, meaning we were pretty much restricted to shooting the falls and whatever we found on the other side of the road.
Normally I like to find my own subject and angles, but this shoot served as more of an educational tool than a portfolio builder. The primary purpose of the shoot was for all workshop participants to obtain a similar shot which would be worked on during the class sessions later that day. It also provided RC with an opportunity to introduce some of the participants to the HDR genre.
I must admit I was a little surprised to see all of the group standing side by side with their tripods fully extended to standing height. At the first opportunity I had, I dropped the tripod to ground level and incorporated some of the flowers into the foreground of the shot to give a more Hawaii feel to the photo. This concept was one of the first things I absorbed from the instructor Moose Peterson, who said ‘if you want to shoot a waterfall in Hawaii, you need to include Hawaii in the photo’.
Back on to RC’s HDR intro, I rolled off a sequence of 7 images which were also to be later used in a processing session. During the session, RC used both Photomatix and Nik HDR to process his image, and ended up ‘preferring’ the ease and end result of the Nik software. Personally I’m still a fan of Photomatix as my weapon of choice. It was good to see however that regardless of which HDR program is used, the emphasis is placed on styling the image in Photoshop as opposed to using the HDR software sliders.
Returning to the falls briefly, the word Opaeka’a means ‘rolling shrimp’ in the Hawaiian language, apparently due to the large number of shrimp that used to be found in the stream. The falls are probably the best known in Kauai, due to the fact they can be viewed from the road without having to leave your car.
Mount Field National Park was founded in 1916, making it, along with Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park.
The area around Russell Falls has been protected for its natural beauty since 1885, when it was set aside as Tasmania’s first nature reserve. The last known wild thylacine was captured in the region in 1933. The reserve was called “National Park” before 1946, but was officially renamed to its present name in 1947. This first image is of the appropriately named Horseshoe Falls.
In order to get this shot of Horseshoe Falls, a little bit of creative hiking was required, along with standing in about 30 cms of freezing water. I’m not condoning climbing fences or leaving boardwalks, but sometimes in order to achieve the shot you want, you need to bend the rules just a little. The second waterfall is Russell Falls, which normally looks more dramatic than this, but thanks to a dry season the water wasn’t flowing as strong as it normally does.
Nelson Falls is set amongst a true rain forest of deep green ferns, moss and ancient trees.
From the highest point of the rocky cliff face, water drifts gently onto levels below, showering the surrounding plant life. The falls are only a 20-minute return walk to experience it from the viewing decks. It is located off the Lyell Highway through the largely undeveloped Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in the Tasmanian Wilderness.