Photographing Erskine Falls and the Swing Bridge in Lorne
Here’s the second series of images from last Saturday’s Landscape Photography outing down the Great Ocean Road.
The above image was made at Erskine Falls. Only about 10 minutes drive out of Lorne, Erskine Falls is probably the most heavily visited waterfall in the entire region encompassing the Great Otway National Park and the Great Ocean Road. It’s a pretty place but, as waterfalls go, no Magna Carta. However it’s a great location to learn the art of landscape photography. The narrow canyon at the bottom of the falls provides limited opportunity for movement, encouraging participants to slow down and become aware of their surroundings. For some the low light levels dictate the use of a tripod that, although a hassle, generally results in more considered composition. And for those folks still unfamiliar with their cameras, this type of work forces you to come to terms with the knobs and wheels that control ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. It is from here that the exciting world of movement and Depth of Field emerges.
Because I’ve photographed this waterfall on numerous occasions I need to challenge myself to make new and interesting images on subsequent visits. Saturday seemed like a good day to explore close up details. So, while moving between one participant and another I was able to make a few images that I hope explore notions such as fallen beauty, decay and the nature of the sublime.
It’s always a good idea when you’re confronted with an icon, such as a waterfall, to look down and around for alternate images. You never know which ones will be your best. Almost certainly your more memorable images will be your most personal.
Today’s final image features the famous and well loved Swing Bridge and Boathouse in Lorne. Arriving late afternoon the group and I were treated to lovely, soft light that brought out the numerous shapes and lines present within the composition. I employed a polarizing filter to emphasize the variations between light and dark throughout the frame. This helps step the viewer through the image and allows for individual compositional elements to be considered, both in isolation and as part of the greater whole.
Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography