Liffey Falls are situated some 55 minutes drive from the city of Launceston, and are arguably one of Tasmania’s most stunning waterfalls. Grabbing my new 5DSR I followed the signs out of the city and after a couple of detours due to road closures, I arrived at the picnic area car park. Be aware if planning a visit that once you turn off the main road (c513) there is about 6km of unsealed track to the picnic area, much of down a steep hill with quite a few single lane stretches. As the road was very muddy and slippery following the recent flooding, it was indeed a relief to park my car and start the short walk to the falls.
I actually decided to wander down and start my photography at the lower cascades, and work my way back towards the car. I was very blessed to have the entire area to myself during he entire 2-3 hours I spent scrambling over rocks, fumbling with filters and generally deciding I had spotted a better viewpoint after precisely aligning the camera… This is such a stunningly beautiful area, and certainly for the photographer it offers a profusion of compositions at every step. Highly recommended!
With somewhat warmer and drier feet I walked back up to the upper cascades that I had marveled at on my way to the bottom. Once again I ended up favouring the long exposure approach, with the Lee filters 6 st ND filter providing me with between 15 – 30 seconds of exposure at ISO 100, depending on my chosen aperture.
So far I continue to be very impressed with the long exposure capabilities of my new 5DSR. Of course, 15 – 30 seconds could hardly be expected to cause noise issues with any DSLR these days, but I have also had equally successful results with between 6-7 minutes of exposure. I am very much looking forward to producing a large print in the near future, particularly as it is just not possible to properly evaluate the images on a monitor…