Tawhai Falls

Tawhai Falls. 21mm | 3 shot HDR @ 3.2, 0.8 and 1/5th sec | f11 | ISO100


It wasn't all about the mountains the other weekend at Tongariro National Park, there was also waterfalls, specifically Tawhai falls on state highway 48 just before Whakapapa. There are many other waterfalls around Tongariro National park, as well as many great hikes, both short and long, but due to a sprained ankle I was limited to scenes a few minutes walk from the side of the road. Tawhai falls are a short easy 5 minute stroll from the road, making them perfect for a hobbling idiot like myself, as well as many tourist buses. 

The above image is a three shot HDR processed in Photomatix.  I don't usually use HDR on waterfalls, it's not often it's needed, but due to the high contrast between the sunlit right side of the image and the shaded left side HDR was the only way to capture the whole tonal range of the scene.