As I discussed in a recent post I took my maps of Dublin and Wicklow out last week to scan for possible new locations to shoot. I came across what appeared, on paper at least, to be a viable Waterfall near Glenmalure named Ess. Unfortunately a 45min drive and a 3k hike proved to be fruitless as the waterfall itself was inaccessible.
Undeterred though I hunted around for other opportunities, as you know already I broke out my 100mm Macro to shoot some Flora and Fauna. However I also came across a small falls feeding into the main Ess Waterfall that was much more accessible. While this was not the grand scale I had planned for I was still happy with this image.
I had to practically step in to the water to take this image. The tripod was setup low in the water positioning the moss covered rock in the foreground. I used a polarizer to remove the reflections from the waters surface and provide a sense of depth in the water. I also used a 3-stop Neutral Density filter to slow the shutter speed to 6 seconds which helped to smooth the rushing water.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: anon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: 6 secs
Focal Length: 20mm
ISO Speed: 50