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Cradle Mountain Waterfalls

Summer means low rainfall which usually means that waterfalls are not the best photography subject – however, a positive side of low water levels is that you can access angles and perspectives on rivers and waterfalls that are normally very hard – or impossible.

Crater Falls at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Crater Falls at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Crater Falls

Crater Falls is the nicest waterfall in the Cradle Mountain day walk area and involves walking around 30 minutes from Ronney Creek along the world famous Overland Track. Our visit last week was on a very overcast day which is basically ideal conditions for shooting waterfalls.

Cradle Mountain Waterfall Crater Falls

Crater Falls at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

This spring and summer have been very warm and dry in Tasmania, but as it turned out there was a very nice amount of water tumbling down the falls. The low level of the river meant with some careful footwork, some nice perspectives were available including the one above where I had the camera quite low to the water surface in order to frame the main fall with the smaller cascades. Again I utilised the “Interval Composite (Multiple Exposure)” function to create an exceptionally smooth flow.

Pencil Pine Falls/Cascades

Visible from the bridge in front of the Lodge, this is the easiest to see and funnily enough the one I have photographed the least! There are some nice pencil pines framing the fall and it is best shot in low even light as it is basically right out in the open.

Cradle Mountain Waterfall Pencil Pine Creek

The cascades as seen from the bridge in front of the Lodge

Knyvet Falls

On another trip recently I visited another fall I have rarely photographed – Knyvet Falls. Only 10 minutes along the Dove Canyon Walk, it is easily accesible along a boardwalk which is called the “Waterfalls Walk”.

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Knyvet Falls on the “Waterfalls Walk” at Cradle Mountain

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Knyvet Falls on the “Waterfalls Walk” at Cradle Mountain. Low light shot taken at dusk.

Waterfalls are a highlight of basically all my photography workshops, and in the coming months I am visiting the Bay of Fires in March, Tarkine in May and Cradle Mountain in June.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.