Rainbow at Wentworth Falls – The Story Behind The Photo

Rainbow at Wentworth Falls – The Story Behind The Photo

I’m very fortunate that I get to travel through the Blue Mountains several times a year. However, every time I plan to take a photo, the weather gets involved and it doesn’t work out. This is especially the case each and every time I’ve gone to photograph Wentworth Falls.

Late last year, I was driving through the Blue Mountains on what was a clear sunny day. I thought to myself, this might just be the day that I finally get a decent shot of Wentworth Falls. So I made a quick detour to the falls.

Not to be outwitted, the weather decided it would do its own thing. While I was able to see the waterfall for the first time. The water… well, it didn’t actually fall. Winds through the valley below were so strong that they pushed the water back up the falls, creating this unique and interesting effect.

Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

It’s not every day you get to see a water lift I suppose!.. So while I still haven’t photographed Wentworth Falls “properly”, I did end up with several interesting photos of the falls creating these rainbows with the spray of the water being pushed back up the cliff face by the wind.

The trickiest part of getting these shots was trying to use a slow shutter speed to emphasise the movement of the water while getting pushed around by the gusts of wind. I did have a tripod, but unfortunately the angle and the wind would have made it impossible to use. I am pretty happy with the results I got hand-held though.

Here’s a couple more photos of the rainbow at Wentworth Falls.

Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

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