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The Proposal

This was a very special evening for me back on June 15th, 2014. Natalie and I drove back from Vik to Skogafoss at around 11:00pm in the rain—but photography w...
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This was a very special evening for me back on June 15th, 2014. Natalie and I drove back from Vik to Skogafoss at around 11:00pm in the rain—but photography was not the main thing on my mind… We pulled up and the rain stopped. The place was empty, except for us two and the falls, which gave this night an even more incredible vibe. I’ve made Natalie bring this white dress on a couple trips before, promising someday I’d figure out a way to work her into a photo. As the skies began to open up and this incredible pink glow fired up over the falls, I knew it was time. And even though she was freezing cold, she made the quick change in the car and ran out into the cold skoga-spray where I fired off a few shots. I waved her back towards me and then and there I proposed to her with the sky in full brilliant glow. It was a moment we’ll never forget. 15 minutes later, the skies closed back up, but I was given my window of opportunity and I took it—a photo and a fiancé!

This was a little difficult taking this shot due mostly to my nerves and shaking hands but also to the spray and the longer exposure I wanted to use…I had my full-size microfiber towel (a must for any Iceland trip) draped over the camera constantly, adjusted everything the way I wanted—44mm, f/16, 3 seconds. When ready I would pull back the towel and quickly wipe the lens down with Kimtech Science KimWipes which come in very handy and take the spray right off without streaking. Before she ran out there, I instructed Natalie to strike a few poses and hold for 10 seconds each and she did a great job on this one. The longer shutter made her dress wave in the wind which turned out to be a cool effect. I also took some shorter exposures to make sure I captured the sky correctly. In this shot she is actually not even that close to the falls, but I like it because she is more prominent in the scene and it still gives the waterfall some scale. The lighting was just gorgeous. I also like the different color temperatures in the clouds of mist at the top and bottom of the falls.

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gk1701
 
gk1701 September 18, 2015
Some of the photography I have seen on this site in along time!!
Dragonphotos
 
Dragonphotos September 27, 2015
Breathtaking! And thank you for your story.
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan September 30, 2015
Appreciate that!
BTay01
 
BTay01 October 01, 2015
Wow. Beautiful story and a beautiful phototure. Every single phototure in your gallery is inspiring.
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 October 01, 2015
Incredible photo and incredible, beautitul story! Congratulations!! :-)
hwishnick PRO+
 
hwishnick October 01, 2015
An absolutely magical shot
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 October 01, 2015
WOW, gorgeous shot. It is really breath taking. Love the contrast, and the shutter speed. Adding the woman in a white dress just added to the contrast I think.
ChixPixPhotography PRO
 
ChixPixPhotography October 02, 2015
When I first looked at this, I thought it was a composite and that maybe you added a fairy into the photo. Neat effect. Great capture. Even better story to go with it. I think I'd have this hanging prominently in my home and would tell the story to all who visited. ;)
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography October 02, 2015
WOW this is not only a beautiful photo, its a beautiful photo with an amazing story behind it! What a perfect photo to remember that special moment by! Congratulations!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 12, 2015
Thanks so much!
kandieksweeney
 
kandieksweeney October 06, 2015
This is absolutely stunning! I can't stop looking at it. Your other work is amazing too. I look forward to future posts from you.
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 12, 2015
Thanks Kandie! Appreciate that.
kcozy Platinum
 
kcozy October 12, 2015
awesome shot. Do you use any software to bring out the best in your photos. I would like to start using something other than cropping and lightening. I have a mac and bought an app to use different filters but your photos are on a higher level. I really like them.
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 12, 2015
Thanks! And yes, I definitely use other programs, methods and techniques for my post processing. Starting with Lightroom, then photoshop where I use plugins such as TK Actions panel for work with luminosity masks and also Nik Software. I spend hours processing every photo and have been developing my workflow for years now.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography October 16, 2015
Voted!! :)
aardvarksrule
 
aardvarksrule October 20, 2015
What a stunning photograph! Perfectly captured!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 20, 2015
Thank you for saying that!
tiffanyfinleymoon
 
tiffanyfinleymoon October 21, 2015
This is magical indeed :) I LOVE THIS!!!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 21, 2015
Thank you Tiffany.
mattpayne
 
mattpayne October 22, 2015
Wow man.
zkrol
 
zkrol October 23, 2015
Congratulations ! Breathtaking picture and story
Amazing shot !
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 23, 2015
Thank you very much!
Elena_Andreeva
 
Elena_Andreeva October 23, 2015
Fantastic shot!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan October 23, 2015
Thanks Elen!
micfos
 
micfos October 23, 2015
spectacular !!!!
JessDBrown1969 PRO
 
JessDBrown1969 November 16, 2015
Amazing photo. Very beautiful shot.
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 17, 2015
Thanks Jess
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg November 19, 2015
such a cool shot, in the right place at the right time, still u had to take the shot very nice one i love it
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 19, 2015
Thank you! Definitely got extremely lucky with the weather.
rogerwmeads
 
rogerwmeads November 19, 2015
Absolutely one of the most gorgeous photos i have ever seen! Great shot!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 19, 2015
Thank you Roger!
adavies PRO
 
adavies November 20, 2015
Congratulations! Gorgeous photo, beautiful story!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 21, 2015
Thank you!
sanaelgamal
 
sanaelgamal November 21, 2015
truly fascinating...just so inspiring!
allieprouse Platinum
 
allieprouse November 21, 2015
Congrats!! Beautiful shot!!
Mimismountain Premium
 
Mimismountain November 24, 2015
Beautiful in every way! Best wishes to you both!
mle555
 
mle555 November 28, 2015
You are a gifted photographer and I love your openness sharing your life stories with us too. Great work!!!
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 29, 2015
Thank you! Glad to share!
ConnieFisherFineArt PRO+
 
ConnieFisherFineArt November 29, 2015
Brilliant and am so happy for you both ! What a wonderful story and moment preserved
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 30, 2015
Appreciate that Connie!
KristinHavardsdottir
 
KristinHavardsdottir December 30, 2015
oh the beautiful Skogafoss.... Stunning photo!
melissairish
 
melissairish January 25, 2016
Breathtaking!
cas3005 Premium
 
cas3005 February 01, 2016
Congratulations on the beautiful photograph and your engagement.
adriansart Platinum
 
adriansart February 02, 2016
Absolutely fantastic Ryan what a piece of art with or without the model!
cdramirez
 
cdramirez February 03, 2016
Wow, impressive capture, great composition and fine processing. A real Masterpiece
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan February 06, 2016
Thank you!
BOULENGER
 
BOULENGER February 13, 2016
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I would be happy if you could join my first challenge, "Alone in a famous place". Thank you in advance :)
terryc PRO+
 
terryc March 14, 2016
A beautiful image and story!
greghillman PRO+
 
greghillman September 08, 2016
A serious standout photo, I think the best I have seen all year....brilliant !!
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem November 18, 2016
Excellent shot.
mgenkova
 
mgenkova November 20, 2016
Superb!
aphotogenicworld
 
aphotogenicworld November 23, 2016
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece, but for a 3 second exposure surely you used a tripod - I'm confused by the shaking hands element?
ryanbuchanan PRO
ryanbuchanan November 25, 2016
Yes, definitely used a tripod. My hands were shaking b/c I was so nervous about asking her to marry me.
DanielleLyneePhotography
 
DanielleLyneePhotography December 11, 2016
Captivating!!!!
EdithNero
 
EdithNero February 03, 2017
Stunning capture ????????????
ziggyzoo52
 
ziggyzoo52 February 03, 2017
Wonderful. So creative
jimfbauty
 
jimfbauty February 05, 2017
I'm planning on visiting Iceland to do something similar..appreciate all the text about how your shot was done and the little extras. They will help for my trip. Thanks for your time and sharing your experiences.
Beautifully done!!
eddiecarn
 
eddiecarn March 14, 2017
beautiful capture
Witmar
 
Witmar March 15, 2017
wonderful picture!!!
FredericMONIN PRO+
 
FredericMONIN March 15, 2017
Superb landscape !!
Lewis-C-Whittaker
 
Lewis-C-Whittaker March 15, 2017
The sky looks amazing
sigridbh PRO+
 
sigridbh March 15, 2017
A fairytale shot ! Congrats and Good Luck.
Kolumkilli PRO+
 
Kolumkilli November 30, 2017
Skogafoss, Iceland
anz200
 
anz200 March 30, 2018
Wow Wow Wow
Studio46
 
Studio46 April 27, 2018
Beautiful picture
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 08, 2018
Magical
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards!!
Jim1960
 
Jim1960 August 26, 2018
Stunning
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