Leura Falls, below Bridal Veil Falls and Weeping Rock, Leura Creek, BLue Mountains, NSW.

Eagle eyes may spot the "TRACK CLOSED" sign in the bottom of the frame. This sign is attached to a section of fencing. It wasn't there when I was previously at these falls in October 2012. I looked up and confirmed for myself why the sign looked familiar. It had previously been located up on the Ampitheatre Track (which goes from Bridal Veil Falls to Federal Pass above Linda Falls in the next valley), beside the track preventing people from venturing to a unfenced lookout with a 100m drop straight down to Leura Falls. Some idiot had taken the trouble to extract the whole section of fence, drag it 10m to the edge of the unfenced lookout, and toss it over. Then there's the soccer ball. It's that large white dot the the upper left of the tossed sign.

On my return walk that day along said Ampitheatre Track I noticed a temporary new "Track Closed" sign had been installed. When I got to the top of Bridal Veil Falls there were 2 young women playing in the water on the wrong side of the barrier, just metres from the edge of the 75m drop. I suggested to their male companion that they should immediately return to the other side of the barrier because the rocks were treacherously slippery, and I gave him the example of the young German tourist who had being the same thing at the top of the second drop of Wentworth Falls not two weeks ago and who had slipped on the wet rocks and gone over to his death. I was exhausted after spending 8 hours in the valleys below, starting at dawn, so I said this quietly and turned before I got his response. Some people are too stupid for words.

On lighter notes, this photograph was shot with a Tilt+Shift lens and a Hoya ND x400 filter. I also engaged the Shift function at -6mm, 0mm, and +6mm respectively, for an effective focal length of 14.9mm. I also engaged the Tilt function horizontally for a defined field of focus in the middle of the frame from foreground to background to highlight the falls and the sign in the same field. There was a bit of wind, so the foliage is a bit blurred. The only post was to slightly enhance contrast and the soften the blurred edges.

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