The water in the Flora River is a unique turquoise colour due to a high amount of calcium carbonate dissolved in the water. As it slows and moves over obstacles, this calcium is deposited, creating dam walls called ‘tufa’ formations all along the Flora River. It was these unusual formations that I was looking to capture.
After hours exploring the banks of the river looking for the right area to photograph I eventually found an isolated part with many interesting falls and a high amount of ‘tufa’ formations. Then I had to decide on exactly which area would photograph the best - which was immediately restricted by the fragile nature of the formations that can easily break underfoot. Being a busy location with many angles and components to occupy the shot, I was keen to keep the image clean yet with the depth to portray the extraordinary nature of the place.
I settled on this image in late September, with my back to the main river and the morning light coming in from the left of the shot. The trickiest part of the shot was to watch for the rapidly changing shadows that were often leaving large areas in full sun over-exposing them. Eventually the highlights and shadows came to a great balance and with a long shutter I captured this image as a true representation of an amazing place.
Paul's Water Landscape Photography Tip
Long shutters control motion and the feeling of movement in a shot. The trick with long shutters is to look at the amount of water, how fast it is moving and giving the right shutter speed to achieve your desired look in the water. Too long a shutter can result in no definition and too short a shutter shows droplets of water. As a photographer only you can decide the look you want to achieve.