How to Photograph Waterfalls

What settings to use, several tips and some traps that you need to watch out for.

How to Photograph WaterfallsI was asked by one of my followers on Facebook to explain the settings I used to capture the image on the right so I thought it was a good idea to put together a video that will show you how to photograph waterfalls.

Waterfalls are fantastic to Photograph and with a little bit of knowledge and some practise you too can get waterfall shots with the ‘dreamy’ silky water effect.

It’s actually not that hard to do. In the video below I share with you my setting for this photo, and several others along with a bunch of tips and tricks, oh, and a couple of traps too!

 

 

From the Bahamas

I made a rookie mistake this morning…

Every year, I go to Fiji for my family vacation and you would think by now I would be use to the ‘condensation phenomena’ that comes with having camera gear in a cold air-conditioned room straight out into a humid and warm environment. It always takes one morning to be reminded… Luckily, my eyes don’t fog up and I still get to witness a beautiful sunrise.

I was still able to get the following shots, but to be honest, I missed the opportunity to shoot the best light because I was wanting for my gear to de-fog itself. The best way to combat this is to allow extra time, or, if you can, leave your gear outside of the air-conditioning (not always easy).

Sunrise at the Atlantis Bahamas

Bahamas Sunrise with the Fuji X-T1

Landscape Photography in Tasmania

It’s no wonder this is a favourite stomping ground for photographers.

As I go through my lightroom catalogue I am reminded how much I would love to get back to Tasmania. This was early morning at Dove Lake, I was waiting for the cradle at the peak of the mountain to become visible… I love the mood of a good misty fog, it’s actually quite hard to really capture. Anyway, I think another trip to Tassie could be on the cards.. 

Given how cheap it is to travel and how quickly I can get to Tasmania, it’s somewhere I could visit more often. It’s just a matter of making it happen!

The trip I took this photo I was on a workshop with 7 other participants. It was March 2013 and whilst I enjoyed being part of a workshop, I doubt I would do another. I learnt that I actually like to be on my own sometimes, it is rare in this day and age that we get to spend any time alone, and I don’t just mean without anyone else around. I am talking about being without internet, phone and distractions of life.

MIssing Cradle

I was waiting for the fog and mist to rise a little to reveal the top of cradle mountain.
Misty Foggy Cradle Mountain

Photography Podcast

Have you subscribed in iTunes yet?

Myself and my good buddy Rob Potter have now release 3 episodes of the Photowalk Guys podcast. You can find it in iTunes to have a listen and subscribe too! 

During each episode we chat about all things photography, review a Photography Hot Spot and take a look at a bit of photography gear. We would love it if you were to add your rating to! It really would be appreciated.

The Devils Star

I am calling this one the Devils Star – This location is at Whale Beach and is known as Devils Cauldron, only accessible at low tide, and even then was a bit hairy accessing this spot. Please SHARE this if you love it, I would appreciate it 

The Devils Star

Capturing the movement of Water

Keep the conversation going:

I am on all sorts of social media, I thought I would share with you all the different spots you can find me. It is a jungle out there! With so many social media platforms I know you’r probably not on them all (me either). I would love to hear from you if you have a comment, question or just want to say hi!

Twitter:@on3legs
www.Facebook.com/on3legs
www.youtube.com/bungee0273
www.instagram.com/on3legs
www.pinterest.com/on3legs
www.plus.google.com/+BenFewtrell
http://flickr.com/benfewtrell

Addicted to capturing Water Movement

Whenever I am in a place that has water movement, I just have to capture the essence and magic of the water movement. It is pretty easy to do, all you need is a sturdy tripod and a longer shutter speed than normal and you will be able to do the same. Just practice using the sink, hose, sprinkler or shower at home and you will soon master it.

How to capture water movement

 

Slow Shutter Speed Photography

Topaz Adjust Coupon Code – Save 50%

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It’s not often you get a deal like this. I love Topaz Adjust, in fact, the image below I used the Topaz Adjust software to bring out the colours and the details. It is really simple to use and it is really flexible too.

If you want to use a preset you can or you can do your own thing (if that’s your thing), what I do, is start with a preset and then muck around with the settings until I get what I am after.

Normally you would save 15% with my code: ON3LEGS, however, for August you can use the coupon code: augadjust and you will get a whopping 50% off!

Green and Gold

This is one of my favourite locations for sunrise. It is Turimetta Beach here in Sydney. During low tide these rocks appear revealing a beautiful green moss.

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Quadcopter, Lights and Fire!

Bradley’s Head PhotoWALK

Last Saturday we (The PhotoWALK Guys, aka Ben Fewtrell and Rob Potter) met at Bradley’s Head reserve. 85 People were registered for the walk, and we had around 60 turn up on the day.

It was a little bit of mayhem when we arrived, with 3 or 4 weddings in the reserve, it meant that parking was at a premium. Somehow, we scored parking!

Once the walk got underway, I spooled up my Blade 350QX quadcopter for a group shot and then flew around a little. I am really enjoying the 350QX, it is challenging to fly sometimes and gives me a unique photo.

The Photo Walk Guys Group Shot

Nature turned on a fab sunset and once the sun had dropped below the horizon, Rene fired up the steel wool to give the photo walkers something unique to capture, Albert and Rob then created light orbs and I think this is the part of a photo walk people love.

Someone did comment, that not much walking happens on our photo walks, and that is true, but we always have a good time!

Light Orbs

The PhotoWALK Guys at Bradleys Head

 

Steel Wool Spinning

Steel Wool Spinning

 

From the Blade 350QX Quadcopter

Blade 350QX Photography

Why I love Topaz Adjust

New Topaz page for Adjust

If you’re looking for a way to make your images POP then Topaz Adjust is the tool you’re looking for. I use it on 90% of my photos, especially if I have used HDR. HDR tends to flatten the image a little and I find that Topaz Adjust will bring the details back to my image and really make it POP.

It’s so simple to use too! There’s a bunch of presets and I usually just pick one as a starting point and then make any tweaks I need.

Remember, you can use THIS LINK if you want to buy any Topaz Labs products and you’ll get 15% off!

Topaz Adjust

It’s PhotoWALK Time!

Come along and join The Photowalk Guys at Bradleys Head Reserve for our 4th photowalk of 2014!

Fire in the Sky

We will be there on Saturday the 9th of August, just chilling, and would love for you and anyone else to grab some kind of camera device and come down and join us.

We will meet at 4pm in the grass amphitheatre there, do our group shot, have a chat and then head off to have some fun and take some great photos. Sunset is at 5:20pm with the photowalk scheduled to finish around 6:30pm.

Bradleys Head is a great location and we hope you will join us. CLICK HERE to find out more or RSVP

See you there! :D

Lucky Camera Straps

If you’re looking for a custom camera strap, it’s your lucky day!

Lucky Camera StrapsFor those of you that have been following my journey for a little while now, you will know I am a big fan of the BlackRapid camera Strap, why?, it is the only camera strap I have found that allows me to carry my heavy DSLR around all day in comfort.

I am a sucker for gadgets, gizmos and anything to customise my gear. I first spotted a Lucky Camera Strap in person when a friend of mine, Lina Hayes from Lina Hayes Photography rocked up to Vivid Sydney with this cool looking strap, not only was it cool, it was custom too!

Lina proudly showed me how her name had been embossed into the leather, and it was at this particular point I started to think I needed (wanted) one of these straps ;-)

As luck would have it, Justin from Lucky Straps has been following my journey for some time and asked me if I would like one of his straps to review, and of course, I said YES!

As soon as it arrived and I opened the packaging the aroma of real leather had me excited, I opened the box and I was impressed right off the blocks with the quality of this strap. You can tell that care has been taken as this strap was handcrafted. Justin had it embossed with ON3LEGS for me, this looks great and I think this is a big attraction to owning a Lucky Camera Strap.

Lucky Camera Strap ReviewMy thoughts on Lucky Camera Straps

Firstly, It is 100% Australian Made, it’s great to support a locally made product.

Looking on the Lucky Camera Straps website you will see there are heaps of options for colours and personalisation allowing you to really come up with something that fits you and your personality.

On the box it says that the strap is 100% leather, although, at each end of the strap is nylon strapping/webbing allowing you to connect it to your camera so technically, it’s not 100% leather, but close enough.

The leather is of a high quality and I am really impressed with the stitching. My strap is the Classic Brown/Tan and the stitching is a contrast colour, somehow, and I am not sure how, the colour of the stitching is different on each side to keep the contrast colour consistent all over the strap and it looks great. Very Impressive.

The strap is 50cm wide giving you plenty of support when wearing your camera using this strap. It doesn’t fix the old age problem that having a 3 or 4kg camera hanging from your neck is not comfortable at all. I would guess that this strap will get more comfortable over time as the leather wears in and is more comfortable than the one that came with your camera right from the box.

One of the unexpected benefits of this strap was how ‘grippy’ the leather is on my shoulder, whilst I wouldn’t wear it around my neck, it is very comfortable over my shoulder and did not move around very much, making this my preferred way to use this strap.

My only suggestion to any manufacturer of camera straps, make the strap easy to take on and off the camera, as I like to remove my strap from the camera body when using a tripod, particularly if it is breezy, leaving the strap on in these conditions almost certainly affects how sharp my images are.

Personalised Camera StrapWill it replace my BlackRapid Strap?

To be completely honest, I hardly use a strap. The BlackRapid Strap is a very different product. It is black and boring, yet more functional and more comfortable than a Lucky Camera Strap. Having said that, women have been wearing high heels for decades although they’re not comfortable. We know that even though comfort is important, it is not the only consideration, especially when it comes to fashion.

The strap I have been using the most is a Gariz Leather strap on my Fuji X-T1, it works in a similar way to the BlackRapid strap and I am pretty happy with it. I will write a review up on this strap soon too!

I have decided that I am going to leave the Lucky Camera Strap on my Nikon D800 for now, and I will update this in a few months with my final verdict. It will be a great way to give a more long term test to the strap as I am interested to see how the embossing and the strap performs over time. I am predicting that the burden of having to leave the strap on all the time may annoy me to the point I take it off. I will keep you updated.

Final thoughts on the Lucky Camera Strap

The Lucky Camera Strap is part fashion statement and part strap! A great way to show your personality and make your camera gear a little bit fashionable. As far as neck straps go, you would be hard pressed finding a better one! If you’re looking for an alternative to the strap that was supplied with your camera, this is a great solution. It would also make a great present for the photographer in your life.

Leather Camera Strap

If you have a Lucky Camera Strap I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, please leave them below.

 

 

 

 

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