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O'Reilly's (Lamington National Park)
Oriellys waterfall image

Last weekend's photo mission was to O'Reilly's aka Lamington National Park, located in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Takes a little while to get here but definitely worth it. There's plenty of walking tracks spotted with stunning waterfalls and lookouts. The best time to see the waterfalls is just after rain when they will be flowing best. Watch out for leeches though! Please do a little research before heading out on the tracks - they can be long or treacherous - you may need to cross one of the waterfalls, fallen trees are also a common occurance.

When photographing flowing water sometimes you may want to get the water looking really soft. To do this you need a very long exposure time. You can do this by dropping the ISO as low as it goes and closing down the aperture as far as you can. If you have them you can use Neutral Density or Polarizer filters to block some of the light, lengthening your shutter speed. Time of day and weather conditions can also help. The image above was shot on a cloudy day (actually it was raining on and off) at around 4:40pm. The camera settings were ISO 50, Aperture F/32 and an 8 second shutter speed. I'd still prefer a longer shutter speed for this particular shot but...next time maybe.

I didn't have a tripod with me so this shot was taken with the camera sitting on a rock.


Written by Lisa Brown
Created / Updated on Friday 6th of March 2015
 
 


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