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Published June 28th 2015
Lorne is known as a holiday place for the ocean, but around the back of Lorne are a number of waterfalls and walks that you can do through some beautiful rainforests. For photography you couldn't ask for more.
There are many different waterfalls and a PDF, Walk and Waterfalls, is available for you to print with a map provided, though your first stop should be the Information Centre in Lorne to see if you can get a comprehensive map of the area and see where everything is.
We went to a couple of the falls, and to do this you really need to have the whole day set aside. It takes time to walk to them and get back.
If you are taking photos then remember to take a look along the track in the winter and after lots of rain there is fungi and mushrooms growing everywhere. However, it will also mean the tracks are often muddy and shoes that are suitable for that type of walking is highly recommended.
When you get to the waterfalls there are some great spots for taking photos. To help get that silky look, if you can control your aperture and ISO see if you can get as slow a shutter speed as possible, like a couple of seconds. If you don't have a tripod then use a rock or something solid to put your camera on. You won't be able to hand hold for that long.
The guides they give to how easy or hard the walks are can be misleading. I'm not fit and easy with uphill wasn't easy at all. The best advice I can give is to allow more time than they recommend. If you have to go downhill, don't stop to take photos, do them on the way up so you have excuses to stop.
Use normal lenses for waterfalls, but on the uphill parts put your camera into macro mode, or put on your macro lens and look for the fungi and plants that might be interesting to take photos of.
Remember to take the normal precautions, make people know where you are going. Be respectful of the area and don't leave rubbish behind. Don't wander off the paths. In winter and after rain it will be slippery and muddy. In summer be on the lookout for snakes, walk heavy and if you see one, don't disturb it. Take water and snacks with you.
On our trip we did Cora Lynn Falls first, then headed into Lorne for lunch at The Bottle of Milk before going to the Won Wondah and Henderson Falls.
Thanks for your gorgeous photos of a lovely waterfalls trail, especially the macros! I'm learning how to use my macro settings but sometimes have problems with photos turning out blurry. More practice :)