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Seljalandsfoss



I've been wanting to take this picture ever since I first visited Iceland and learnt that you can get behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss. The opportunity p...
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I've been wanting to take this picture ever since I first visited Iceland and learnt that you can get behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss. The opportunity presented itself on my last trip to Iceland a week or so ago. It was getting late in the evening, around 11pm, but when I saw it looked like it was going to be a nice sunset, I set off for the falls.
The spray behind the falls was extremely intense and within a couple of minutes, I was soaked as was all my equipment. Somehow I managed a few shots that were free of the splattering of water droplets that covered the majority of pictures when I looked at them later.
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31 Comments | Report
nornots PRO
 
nornots July 09, 2015
Awesome photo.
Chillbrook PRO
Chillbrook July 09, 2015
Thank you very much!
LLOYDWRIGHT
 
LLOYDWRIGHT August 20, 2015
spectacular
allen PRO
 
allen September 01, 2015
Wish I were there!
AWAAphotos
 
AWAAphotos September 22, 2015
Beautiful photo. Great colors and lighting. Well done!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 September 24, 2015
Congratulations being a finalist
Ledopix
 
Ledopix September 26, 2015
AMAZING!!!!!
OllyJolly
 
OllyJolly September 29, 2015
WOW! That's not a "beautiful view". It's an extremely talented shot of a very beautiful place!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 14, 2015
Congratulationa on ALL your wins!!
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Montethephotographer November 01, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous!
moniqueelferink
 
moniqueelferink November 07, 2015
Lovely!
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modelmeemaw November 07, 2015
Outstanding, you are such an inspiration!
Martha
krsreddy158
 
krsreddy158 April 28, 2016
Visual treat! Thank you! I bet you had a great time taking this photo.
tephiphotography
 
tephiphotography April 28, 2016
beautiful work!
AustinsPhoto
 
AustinsPhoto April 28, 2016
Awesome picture. I agree, I have seen this a couple of times and it makes me want to visit Iceland more, and more.
Pettys
 
Pettys April 28, 2016
Super...!!!!!!
iqbalutaragautama
 
iqbalutaragautama April 28, 2016
superb
CLG_
 
CLG_ April 28, 2016
What a beauty!!! Congratulations!!!
familygeo
 
familygeo April 28, 2016
Cant wait to visit this spring
KellyGPhotos
 
KellyGPhotos April 28, 2016
What an amazing Photo! Simply gorgeous!
KellyGPhotos
 
KellyGPhotos April 28, 2016
KellyGPhotos
 
KellyGPhotos April 28, 2016
What an amazing Photo! Simply gorgeous!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq April 28, 2016
This is such a gorgeous shot! I loved this place so much! :)
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marjoriebertelsoncearley April 28, 2016
It looks positively surreal!
Witmar
 
Witmar September 01, 2016
magnificent picture
HenriKateH
 
HenriKateH October 14, 2016
Stunning!
spidi1981 PRO
 
spidi1981 November 27, 2016
Awesome! You have so many great pictures! Chapeau!
JackSciclunaPhotography PRO
 
JackSciclunaPhotography November 29, 2016
Fantastic
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 07, 2016
sweet
bathsalt
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
bathsalt
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
ramdy
 
ramdy May 19
Wonderfull photografy...¡

Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken behind Seljalandsfoss, a water fall in the south-west of Iceland. Close to Reykjavik, Seljalandsfoss (foss means waterfall) is a popular destination for tour buses and tourists who hire cars to get around.
Time
This photograph was taken after a long day of commercial photography in the highlands of Iceland. I'd been doing some work for a Reykjavik based hire car company. I was driving back to my apartment, exhausted after driving on dirt roads all day but as I approached Selfoss, the town where I was staying around 10pm, I knew that my day was not finished. I'd wanted to capture Seljalandsfoss in sunlight for a long time, I'd visited many times and the light had never been quite right. I never dreamed that when I eventually got the shot I was after, it'd be taken close to midnight. On this particular night, I could see that I had my chance. I grabbed a pizza from a take-away and headed back out on Route One towards the falls. I arrived at around 11.30 pm, the tour buses had all gone home for the day and I had the falls to myself. Taking pictures of sunsets at midnight was certainly a new experience for me.
Lighting
Iceland is far enough north that the sun never truly sets in the summer months. The northerly latitude means that the sun is fairly low in the sky most of the time giving a quite unique quality to the light but approaching midnight and the early hours of the morning, the sun hovers just above the horizon and if you're lucky with the weather, the light is quite magical. Many photographers, like myself, visiting Iceland in the summer are very likely to go home a tad sleep deprived. The light is simply irresistible as it was the night I took this picture. There was just the right amount of cloud to diffuse the sun and create a glorious sunset.
Equipment
I took this photograph with a Nikon D800e with a Nikkor 14-24mm lens, mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. It was necessary to take this shot at 14mm to ensure the widest possible angle.
Inspiration
Seljalandsfoss is a very beautiful waterfall and one that, if you're prepared to get quite wet, you can get behind. This was the shot I had in mind the first time I visited these falls. It took another 3 visits to Iceland before I got the chance to take the picture that I'd had in my mind's eye from my very first visit. Everything came together as we hope for, but very often do not get.
Editing
I converted my RAW file to a tif in Lightroom. I don't use Lightroom for processing, just as a means of viewing and cataloguing the photographs I take. I then opened the .tif in Photoshop and began my usual workflow. First of all I used Nik Color Efex Pro to bring out the detail in the photograph. I then started creating adjustment layers, vibrance/colour and brightness and contrast. I then used the masks created by the adjustment layers to to adjust the adjustment layers, using a black brush conceal the effects of the adjustment and a white brush to reveal the effects of the adjustment layer. Using this method I am able to specifically target the adjustment exactly where I want it to be. My final task with any photograph is sharpening. I do this by duplicating all layers and then merging them into one. I then duplicate this layer and select filter - other - high pass. I adjust the slider so that I can just see the outline of my image. This is usually between 2 and 4 pixels. I then set the blending mode of this layer to overlay and I have a perfectly sharpened image.
In my camera bag
In my bag I have my D800e, 14-24mm and 24-70mm lenses as well as a 35mm prime. I use a Nikon remote always. I also have the usual lens wipes and cloths, Lee filters and holders. I also have one additional piece of kit that was absolutely invaluable in capturing this image and that's a chamois leather.
Feedback
Standing behind a waterfall, you and your camera, and of course vitally, you lens, is going to get wet. Using a chamois leather in these situations allows you to not only cover your camera to prevent in getting too much of a soaking but also to wipe the lens and then instantly take your shot before repeating the process many times to ensure you get one or two images at least, that is not spoiled by a drop of water on the lens.

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