Finding “the shot” is all part of the fun. Some locations are more challenging than others and this particular location is one of my all time favorites on the island of Sumatra. It is called Curug Sembilan or Waterfall Nine and is a set of twin waterfalls. It is incredibly challenging to get to this location and even more challenging to stay and wait for the right light. On this particular occasion I had waited for the rainy season in the hope of extra water flow, boy was I in for a surprise. Myself and two guides hiked in (4 hours) through incredibly challenging and steep terrain. We planned to stay for two nights to make sure there was enough time to capture the falls in the right light. Unfortunately on the second evening the rains came. Storms hit hard and some heavy rain feel further upstream leaving the falls looking more like a dam had busted up stream.
This continued into the night and through to the next day so it proved to be a difficult task to photograph the falls on our last day. Fortunately for us before the rains cam I managed to get a full day of shooting in both morning and afternoon light and both times of day created some great results.
Even though I managed to get a full day of shooting in before the rains set in I still left feeling unsatisfied. Partly due to the lost day of potential exploring to find and shoot other compositions but also while I was happy with some of the shots I still feel like I haven’t fully captured the incredible beauty that is this amazing twin waterfalls. I’m still looking for the magic composition partnered with the perfect light. Will be another trip back soon I am sure.
It is an interesting experience to be challenged to capture this amazing place in photos and video. When a photo trip like this is complete and your body is spent, there is something very satisfying to that when it comes time to edit your photos. All the hard work is done and now it is time to find the gold in just a few frames out of many 100’s of photos.
Stay tuned for more trips to this location as I hope to find that perfect composition accompanied by the best light.