A Trip to Dights Falls

Canon 5D Mark Ii camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/25 second @ f16 ISO 100

Last week I took a group of photographers to Dights Falls in Collingwood, an inner city suburb north of Melbourne and close to my home base in Clifton Hill. Situated just downstream from the junction of the Yarra River and Merri Creek, the site is reached via a 2 minute walk from the car park or, alternatively, is a great rest spot along the Capital City Trail, one of Melbourne’s great bike and walking paths.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/20 second f16 ISO 100

During the 1840’s John Dight established the cities first water-powered flourmill on the site. As I understand it the man-made waterfall, spanning the river yet only around 1½ meters high, provided the impetus by which the turbine was able to produce the electricity to power the mill.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/15 second f22 ISO 100

The group and I had great fun exploring the site. Many of us choose to undertake some rock hoping to bring us closer to the waterfall. It was a clear, warm day and great fun being outside. As most of the group are relatively new to DSLR photography the location was perfect for them to gain a first hand understanding of the creative application of the camera’s shutter to freeze or blur the rushing water.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2 with some final flourishes in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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