Mae Ya waterfall

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  • This is Mae Ya waterfall in Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand. It took more than two hours of riding in the hot sun on some pretty dusty roads to get here, but in the end it was well worth the effort.

    I actually visited two waterfalls today with my friend Yolande, the first being Mae Klang which was itself pretty impressive. Right now it’s coming to the end of Thailand’s dry season so the waterfalls were perhaps not at there most spectacular and we were indeed the only visitors there. However, as I ventured out onto the rocks and felt the cooling spray of the mist coming off the fall, it all seemed pretty spectacular to me.

    As there was still some time until sunset we decided to visit nearby Mae Ya waterfall too. It was entirely different to Mae Klang, more of a cascade with slower falling water. As the sun went behind the rocks on its way to the horizon the light quickly faded and todays picture was actually the final photograph I took. In fact, it was something of a throw away shot taken with a very long exposure to try and get as much light as possible. It’s funny how sometimes those shots turn out to be the best ones.

    Our walk back to the moped was in complete darkness which might have perhaps been a little spooky if it wasn’t for the hundreds of flickering and glowing fireflies that filled the air around us.

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    1. Another great shot Simon 🙂 I don’t normally like the ‘milky’ water shot of a long exposure, but this pic works well… I think the tree in the middle of the picture in sharp focus compliments the water beautifully. Well done.

      • Thanks Sharon. It was a hard choice between this picture and one I took earlier in the day at the other waterfall. I used the neutral density effect on that one too but used my sunglasses to darken the amount of light getting in so that I could leave the shutter open longer. The result is the ‘cotton wool’ effect on a beautiful bright blue sky picture.

      • Yeah cool huh! I even had one in my little hut the other night. It was cool watching him flit around. I’ve never really seen fireflies before so it’s been awesome to see so many these last few days.

    2. waaaaa, very nice shot, I think your new camera is much better than the old one as your shots of cascades and waterfalls taken in New zealand were not as good. It actually reminds me the time we spent trying to get the best shots with long exposure when the sun went down at the waterfalls during our walks in New zealand, same style!
      This one is a lot nicer!! 🙂

      • Yeah, it has to be said Leia, that while I am not a huge fan of my new camera, when it comes to taking pictures in low light, it really does do a great job. I’m glad you like the picture and I’m kinda bummed that I didn’t have my new camera earlier so that I could have got better shots of the waterfalls in NZ.

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