This was our first time to Marymere falls, and it was quite a popular destination. We went midday and there were a lot of people there. We all socially distanced of course, but there were parts of the trail, bridges, and by the waterfall viewing area that got quite crowded. When crowding became too thick, we donned our masks.
This was my first full outing with the Panasonic 16-35mm f/4 lens. It’s lightweight, sharp, focuses quickly, and works well with a polarizer. The water photos were shot using as long of a shutter speed (as light and aperture would allow) in order to smooth out the ripples. Unfortunately, I do not own an ND filter in this diameter, and even though the polarizer helped cut out some of the light, I still had the shutter speed faster than I would really have liked. Moreover, I didn’t have a tripod with me, so I used my knee, rocks, and wood to brace the camera against any shake or movement.
It was an easy hike with another along the lake. Nothing too long or too hard – good for a family outing.