Taranaki Falls

The Taranaki Falls walk is an easy and picturesque 2 hour loop. I very nearly didn’t get this photograph as it was pouring with rain the morning this was captured. Even it the rain this was one of the most impressive waterfalls in New Zealand. It has a height of 20 metres which is hard to show on camera without including people for scale. Due to the heavy rain I had to wipe the camera lens between each shot. The rain also accounts for the hazey nature of the image. Even after applying Lightroom’s Dehaze feature. I plan to revisit this location on a nicer day. Or even at night to see if I can get a clear photograph of this amazing waterfall.

Tawhai Falls – Gollums Pool

Driving through the Tongariro National Park, my first stop was here. Tawhai Falls is only a 10 minute drive from the small town of National Park. The Tawhai Falls are 13 metres high. It was the filming location of Gollum’s pool, where Faramir and his archers are watching Gollum fish. I recently invested in some neutral density filters which are like sunglasses for the camera. They let me use a much longer exposure time, which gives this cotton wool effect of the movement of the water. Even though it was raining, I made sure the camera was on the tripod. Using different filters to better understand the effects. This version was one of the longer exposure times of 20 seconds. When converted to monochrome I liked the effect of the soft blurred water contrasting against the hard rocks.

McLean Falls

McLean Falls

One of the best waterfalls in the Southland area of New Zealand. Here you can see both the upper and lower waterfalls. Captured with a wide 14mm lens and a 2 second long exposure time. It is a popular spot with tourists. I waited 45 minutes for people to get out of my framing of this photograph. Those with a keen eye might be able to spot one person in this capture but at least they were wearing black. The tourist with the fluorescent pink top had moved at least.

Matai Falls

Matai Falls

At first sight of this waterfall, I was disappointed. I thought that the fallen branches in the foreground would be too distracting. I’d considered moving them but there was no way I could have moved the larger branch. The other option was the get closer. My travel tripod wasn’t tall enough or strong enough to have its legs submerged in the moving water. Whilst this waterfall isn’t as impressive as the Purakaunui Falls it is well worth a visit. Its a 30 minute return walk from the road and the waterfall has a 10 metre drop.