Liffey Falls, Tasmania © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Liffey Falls, Tasmania…

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!

Liffey Falls, Tasmania © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The first view I captured of the lower cascades © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Liffey Falls, Tasmania © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
This view involved removing shoes and socks and paddling through the icy water to gain a better vantage point – certainly woke me up! © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

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.

Liffey Falls, Tasmania © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Upper cascades of Liffey Falls © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Liffey Falls, Tasmania © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fungi at Liffey Falls, Tasmania © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fun with fungi… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

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…

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