As a photographer I was tempted to zoom in on Eagle Rock, which jut’s out of the cliff face, but the artist in me thought it wouldn’t do justice to the scene if I didn’t get in the amazing double waterfall, Curracurrong Falls, cascading off the cliff into the ocean. Along with a rainbow over the Australian bushland created by furious onshore winds catching the water in the air and blowing it back up the cliff face, high into the air and back onto the land and in the river. The combination of these three features made for an epic panorama that I soon won’t forget.

It’s a really fun location to shoot! Getting here requires about an hour and a half hike but once you come out of the bush and start getting hit with the fresh sea air it makes it all worth it. This is only the 2nd time in my life I’ve seen a waterfall being blown back up the cliff and on to land again. The first time I saw it was when I was on the west coast of Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher, an absolutely stunning location! It takes some very fast winds to do this and it wasn’t easy to take this panorama. I was being blown all over the place and it goes down as one of the most exhilarating shoots I’ve ever done. Lots to see out here as well as you wind your way up and down the coastline of the Royal national park. If love coastal hikes and you’re in Sydney definitely check out this area.

There is a location further up the coast called the figure eight pools and they have started to attract a lot of crowds of people wanting to take selfies for their instagrams and social media site. Getting to them isn’t easy, at least a 2 hour hike and they’re down a cliff on the rock shelf to make it even harder. About a week ago, on the weekend, a lot of people gravitated there for such reasons and freak rogue waves came along crashing through about chest height taking many of them out leaving many people injured and in need of medical care. The problem is that the location is remote, not accessible by car, and people had to flown out by helicopter. It just goes to show that you have to respect the sea and nature, especially in Australia. At some stage though I will make the trek out to the pools with my camera, not on the weekends though!, and will hopefully share the results with you here. I have seen the pools from up the cliff, but daylight was fading and I had to get back to my car before the park rangers locked the carparks and I was stuck over night, but thats another story for another time.

Thanks for reading this far.

Editing for photographers:

This photo was done in a few software programs, well quite a few hehe-

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • On1 Photo 10 – Photo 10 offers you complete package from stylisation your photo to resizing it. You can even now do a lot of editing on your smartphone and tablet through the on1 app Photo Via. In here there are a few filters I favour, those being the HDR Look ones and the Dynamic Contrast’s ones. I usually layer these making changes to the sliders as necessary.

When I’m editing my photos I often use the Raya PRO Panel from Jimmy Mcintyre to do many many things, from selecting individual luminance masks to sharpening my image for a specific web pixel width to share on social media. You can even create the orton effect to saturating individual colours using the panel… So many different things! Raya Pro has changed the way I edit and I can highly recommend it for photographers out there wanting to learn some modern editing techniques. It’s not just for HDR photographers but everyone and you should definitely check it out. Here is a link to the panel

Raya Pro & Mastering Raya Pro Course

  • I do my sharpening in NIK Sharpener PRO 3 and just apply it to my midtone’s to avoid noise.
  • I also add a subtle vignette to bring the eye into the image
  • Some tonal changes are made in photoshop with adjustments panels to curves
  • I also like to Use NIK’s Color Efex Pro 4 to adjust the colour saturations.

Cheers hope you enjoyed this location and see you next time,

Luke

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