Snug Falls is a great fall just out of Hobart. The town of Snug is around 30 mins by car, and the walk is approximately 30 minutes each way. I visited late in the day for this shoot, and was lucky enough to have a curious platypus keeping me company.
Because I was there late in the day there was no bright sunlight blowing out the highlights in the falling water. The surrounding rock was quite dark which gives a very nice contrast to the fall.
Generally when I am doing landscape photography I am quite absorbed in composition, setting up and adjusting the tripod and so on, but while shooting at Snug Falls, every now and then I would get the feeling I was being watched. But as soon as I moved my head to look, I would see a splash in the pool as a platypus darted for cover. And, as wild animals tend to be shy, whenever I sat pointing my camera at the water waiting for him to resurface, he stayed away. Before I was even aware that the platypus was there I set up the following shot, and because the waterfall was my subject (not the platypus) and I was using a slow shutter speed, unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the platypus clearly. The brown smudge just to the right of the log is the little fella.
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