SDL Photography | Misty waterfall in the Blue Mountains

Misty waterfall in the Blue Mountains

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

What makes a landscape photograph compelling? Is it the subject, the colour, the way it was taken, (such as long exposure or a HDR blended image), the composition of the elements in the photo, or is it the fact the photographer has been able to capture something that few other people have seen or photographed. The answer is all of those points, some of them and none or them, plus many others points that I have not raised. A compelling photo is one that engages the viewer. Interestingly, when I take my photos I often think that a photo will be well received by the viewer, whether it is a print or posted on social media or a photo sharing site, at times I am correct and people love it and other times not so much. Misty waterfall in the Blue Mountains is a photo that I think ticks all the right boxes, to be a compelling photo. Let me know what you think.

Misty Morning at Sylvia FallsMisty Morning at Sylvia FallsRain and Misty clouds make Sylvia Falls in the Blue Mountains look amazing.

Rain and Misty clouds make Sylvia Falls in the Blue Mountains look amazing.

For me what makes this photo compelling is that I was willing to take the photograph in adverse conditions, not just on a bright sunny day, but on a misty/cloudy, rainy day. The mist gives the photo intrigue and atmosphere, the raining weather gives water to the waterfall and makes all the green leaves bright and glossy. The soft light from the cloudy overcast rainy day means the light is very soft and pleasing. The misty waterfall gives mice soft feel to the water which is contrasted nicely with the hard harsh rocks.

The waterfall shown above is Sylvia Falls, which is just below Empress Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia. These waterfalls are part of the valley of the waters. While I was there taking photos of both waterfalls, I decided that it might be cool to grab some video of Empress Falls, which shows to conditions and some of the atmosphere at the time.


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