Main Falls - Cedar Creek

An experiment with hdr.

I don't usually do hdr, but the exposure variance was just too great for this scene. (That's what you get for climbing up there in the middle of the day I suppose - dusk would be much better).

This spot is no longer publicly accessible (well not easily anyway), but is very well known with anyone who's been to Cedar Creek prior to 1997 or so when the road was closed by council due to stupid youths plummeting to their doom from on high.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 10th June 2008, This photo: 11:49am

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  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    This sort of scene (IMHO) is where HDR really shines. People tend to go overboard and generally I don't much care for them, but this one I like. It has an almost 3D effect. Much better large.
    My only criticism would be that the greens (bottom right and top right) are a little over-rich, but other than that...great.
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Beautiful shot David... I'm also not a big HDR fan... but I'll give this one two thumbs up!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Warwick :)
    Yeah I was a bit worried about the saturation and pegged it down a couple of notches over what the software defaulted to. Seems it wasn't quite enough.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Paul :) Glad I managed to make it acceptable :)
  • schmick.01 said:
    This looks to be very well controlled. Well done.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Wow! Nice job on the composition and the HDR. Agree with the others about the green though.(Mainly the foliage in the background)
  • ronnietan15 said:
    hdr worked well here. good thing it wasnt windy?
  • David de Groot said:
    Danke :)
    Well the ferns were indeed quite green, it's probably not too much more than as they were.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    I concur with everyone else. Nice use of HDR.
  • MΛЯK said:
    Nice shot and HDR work David.
    I remember swimming here pre 1997 (not brave enough to jump). The place looks much healthier now that it isn't used as much.
  • David de Groot said:
    Danke :)
    Yeah, it's been, umm 15 or 16 years since I last trekked up here (I think), and it's definitely looking fairly pristine. The rope that used to hang above the pool is gone (as is the branch it was tied to), the sign warning of submerged rocks is still there, but tagged badly. The old track in is overgrown and doesn't look like it's been used recently (but still exists so it may have seen some use over summer, maybe).
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Dave: Just had a look at the large version (through the WP link) and I've changed my mind, the green looks great! It doesn't really seem like you did a HDR though!
  • David de Groot said:
    That was the plan :)
    The main problems with the scene from a photography point of view are the bright white falls, white reflection on the water and cloudy sky (there was a little blue, but I cropped that off). Combine that with the dark rocks and heavy shadows that the little sunlight was producing and you've got yourself a scene that can't be accurately photographed (at least I couldn't get a decent overall exposure).
  • KennyWP said:
    Looks nice small, will go dig up the larger link now :)
    EDIT: Looks even better large! I must admit though I quite like HDR's as long as they are done well. Don't care much for the overdone ones, then again they make up for about 90% of HDR images so I can see why people don't like them all that much ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kenny :)
    It's a shame that there are so many overdone HDRs out there, gives the process a bad name.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Nice job David - yeah HDR can be very nice or it can be frightening! Some images that are overdone have there own special look and do look good but for the most it should be subtle (IMOO)
    This came up great - just the right amount :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Voodoo :) Well worth the trek in through the spiky trees, spiders, slippery rocks and mud.
    Of course, being there on a nice sunset when the clouds go pink would be awesome, but difficult to achieve.
  • Jack High said:
    Can't say much more than that above. If someone asks me what HDR should be used for, I'm pointing them this way. Great result.
    Seen on (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack :)
    I'll keep this technique in mind for those occasions that warrant it then.
  • bendyclickr said:
    Wonderful shot David, excellent use of HDR here and great composition, well done.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Bendy :)
  • Barbara J H said:
    Bloody nice David, I usually don't like HDR, but this is very subtle and looks just great.
    Seen in a discussion of Australian Photographers!!!. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    You and me both :)
  • Meli lee said:
    Ceader creek is one of my favourite places. This reminds me of how beautiful it was before it started to dry up.. maybe thats in the public access part through. nevertheless this is amazing
  • David de Groot said:
    With the recent rains, it's far from dried up at the moment. :)
    In fact, if this rain continues throughout the night, I may not be able to get to work in the morning.
  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    went to this spot this morning. it was such a beauty. not easy to reach though.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, it's quite the scramble, but worth it when you get there.