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gek1701 September 18, 2015
Some of the photography I have seen on this site in along time!!
 
kandycasstevens September 18, 2015
Wow! And congratulations! My husband surprised me one day by coming home early before we were married. He had sent me a text saying he "needed" to see me "right now". As soon as he got home he said it was an emergency and we needed to leave right then. Turned out a storm was coming in over downtown Dallas. He took me to a trail that ended at a hill overlooking downtown and as we stood there watching it he started rambling about how in a marriage we sometimes have to face storms but that if we just hang on and ride it out together we'll always come through just fine on the other side. I turned around to look at him wondering why he was ruminating on this subject and found him on one knee asking me to marry him. I wish I had a phototure of that day, that moment.
You've given your bride a precious gift by capturing this event. I hope every time she looks at this image she is reminded of how precious she is to you.
Excellent photo and thank you for sharing how meaningful it is to you.
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ryanbuchanan September 30, 2015
Thank you again Kandy!
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Dragonphotos September 27, 2015
Breathtaking! And thank you for your story.
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ryanbuchanan September 30, 2015
Appreciate that!
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Capture-Life October 01, 2015
aaahhhmazin' ! I'd love to be her standin' there! lol ❤ :):)
KristinHavardsdottir December 30, 2015
i have been in her shoes, numerous times,,, And so close to Skogafoss that i get soaking wet!! Nothing beats an ice-cold shower like that, and the noise, it just goes through your body like nothing else... (Atleast that is my feeling when i visit Skogafoss) ;)
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BTay01 October 01, 2015
Wow. Beautiful story and a beautiful phototure. Every single phototure in your gallery is inspiring.
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nina050 October 01, 2015
Incredible photo and incredible, beautitul story! Congratulations!! :-)
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hwishnick October 01, 2015
An absolutely magical shot
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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.
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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. ;)
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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!
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ryanbuchanan October 12, 2015
Thanks so much!
 
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.
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ryanbuchanan October 12, 2015
Thanks Kandie! Appreciate that.
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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.
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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.
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KatieMcKinneyPhotography October 16, 2015
Voted!! :)
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aardvarksrule October 20, 2015
What a stunning photograph! Perfectly captured!
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ryanbuchanan October 20, 2015
Thank you for saying that!
 
tiffanyfinleymoon October 21, 2015
This is magical indeed :) I LOVE THIS!!!
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ryanbuchanan October 21, 2015
Thank you Tiffany.
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mattpayne October 22, 2015
Wow man.
 
zkrol October 23, 2015
Congratulations ! Breathtaking picture and story
Amazing shot !
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ryanbuchanan October 23, 2015
Thank you very much!
 
ElenAndreeva October 23, 2015
Fantastic shot!
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ryanbuchanan October 23, 2015
Thanks Elen!
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micfos October 23, 2015
spectacular !!!!
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JessDBrown1969 November 16, 2015
Amazing photo. Very beautiful shot.
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ryanbuchanan November 17, 2015
Thanks Jess
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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
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ryanbuchanan November 19, 2015
Thank you! Definitely got extremely lucky with the weather.
 
rogerwmeads November 19, 2015
Absolutely one of the most gorgeous photos i have ever seen! Great shot!
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ryanbuchanan November 19, 2015
Thank you Roger!
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adavies November 20, 2015
Congratulations! Gorgeous photo, beautiful story!
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ryanbuchanan November 21, 2015
Thank you!
 
sanaelgamal November 21, 2015
truly fascinating...just so inspiring!
 
allieprouse November 21, 2015
Congrats!! Beautiful shot!!
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Mimismountain November 24, 2015
Beautiful in every way! Best wishes to you both!
 
mle555 November 28, 2015
You are a gifted photographer and I love your openness sharing your life stories with us too. Great work!!!
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ryanbuchanan November 29, 2015
Thank you! Glad to share!
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conniefisher_3790 November 29, 2015
Brilliant and am so happy for you both ! What a wonderful story and moment preserved
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ryanbuchanan November 30, 2015
Appreciate that Connie!
 
KristinHavardsdottir December 30, 2015
oh the beautiful Skogafoss.... Stunning photo!
 
melissairish January 25, 2016
Breathtaking!
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cas3005 February 01, 2016
Congratulations on the beautiful photograph and your engagement.
 
adriansart February 02, 2016
Absolutely fantastic Ryan what a piece of art with or without the model!
 
cdramirez February 03, 2016
Wow, impressive capture, great composition and fine processing. A real Masterpiece
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ryanbuchanan February 06, 2016
Thank you!
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I would be happy if you could join my first challenge, "Alone in a famous place". Thank you in advance :)
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terryc March 14, 2016
A beautiful image and story!
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greghillman September 08, 2016
A serious standout photo, I think the best I have seen all year....brilliant !!
 
ahmedfouadibraheem November 18, 2016
Excellent shot.
 
mgenkova November 20, 2016
Superb!
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Tila November 22, 2016
Holy gorgeous!!!!! LOVE!
 
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?
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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 December 11, 2016
Captivating!!!!
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EdithNero February 03, 2017
Stunning capture ????????????
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ziggyzoo52 February 03, 2017
Wonderful. So creative
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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 March 14, 2017
beautiful capture
 
Witmar March 15, 2017
wonderful picture!!!
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FredericMONIN March 15, 2017
Superb landscape !!
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Lewis-C-Whittaker March 15, 2017
The sky looks amazing
 
sigridbh March 15, 2017
A fairytale shot ! Congrats and Good Luck.
 
manuelbuetti May 19, 2017
Really nice. Where is this wonderful place?
 
Kolumkilli November 30, 2017
Skogafoss, Iceland

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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 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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Won Runner Up in Falling Water Photo ContestMarch, 2017
Won Contest Finalist in Falling Water Photo ContestFebruary, 2017
Won Contest Finalist in Elegance In Nature Photo ContestFebruary, 2017
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Won Contest Finalist in From Afar: People Photo ContestFebruary, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Water And People Photo ContestJanuary, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Fantasy World Photo ContestDecember, 2015
Won Pro Photographer of the Month November, 2015
Won Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 16 Photo ContestNovember, 2015
Won Contest Finalist in Inspiring Places Photo ContestOctober, 2015

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