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rosaposa January 30, 2016
This is fantastic!
lucalibralato February 09, 2016
Thank you very much!
 
kariwatkins January 31, 2016
Wonderful!! Iceland is on my bucket list to visit someday.
lucalibralato February 09, 2016
You absolutely have to! :-)
 
noexcuseg February 05, 2016
wow, this is an awesome location
lucalibralato February 09, 2016
Iceland is awesome everywhere!
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thunderlake February 07, 2016
Right time right place - incredible
lucalibralato February 09, 2016
Thank you very much!
 
RiversideAvenue September 25, 2016
beautiful!! Looks like an eye
 
aarondav1s December 27, 2016
Super sick
 
nataliehampel June 09, 2018
Awesome shoot. I hope you didn’t get to close!
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SteBil30 December 14, 2018
Incredible
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shootingoase Jan 21
love it

The Eye Of The Dragon



Well, if you were wondering, YES IT IS REALLY WET behind a waterfall... and even my Canon EOS 6D is well aware now. :-)

My camera stopped working f...
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Well, if you were wondering, YES IT IS REALLY WET behind a waterfall... and even my Canon EOS 6D is well aware now. :-)

My camera stopped working for few hours after being 15 minutes behind this awesome waterfall to take few shots... I was totally wet... honestly I didn't expect to get so much water in that small timeframe. :-)

Anyway, being able to see Seljalandsfoss at sunset from behind, was well worth all the efforts. I hope you as well can enjoy the view.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in Iceland, this is the awesome Seljalandsfoss (from behind) one of the most scenic waterfall.
Time
The sun was setting, so I decided to get behind the waterfall, trying to capture the colors in the sky.
Lighting
I wanted this photo to include the colors in the sky, but also the texture of the "cave" behind the waterfall. It has been really tricky, because the dynamic range was really wide and water drops where everywhere (because of the wind and the violence of the flow). I had no raincoat with me... I kept the camera within my jacket and when there I had only one chance to get the right light: I took a 3 shots bracketing to make sure I could get as much as light as I could. I then blended the 3 images to make sure I could represent the whole dynamic range.
Equipment
Canon EOS 6D and Tokina 10-17 fisheye. No flash, no tripod... just camera and lens. I would have needed a raincoat... :-)
Inspiration
I was inspired by the sunset in front of the waterfall. The water was reflecting warm colors, so I thought a view from behind could have helped in getting even more colors while providing an unusual vision of this awesome (and well known) place. When I was there, I realized that a wide angle lens wasn't enough to capture the whole scene, so I decided to use a fisheye lens. As soon as I got the shot, I realized that it resembled a "dragon eye", this is why I selected this name. I love fisheye lenses, because they can provide some really original visions of places, something that normal "eyes" cannot envision.
Editing
Of course I processed the image: the final image is the result of a 3 exposures blending. Dynamic range was too wide to be captured with a single shot with my camera... so blending for me was the only option. I have first worked on lights and shadows, trying to balance tones and contrasts with ACR and curves. I have then enhanced colors by using Lab color space and added some soft Orton effect to highlights. I have finally warmed everything a bit and fixed some glitches (dust spots, water drops, ghosting from bracketing, image alignment, etc.)
In my camera bag
I love Landscape photography, and I normally have wide angle lenses and filters in my bag. My standard equipment is: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS, Tokina 10-17 fisheye, Samyang 12mm fisheye, Samyang 14mm, Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS, several ND filters (ND8, ND64, ND1000 and ND4000) and some GND (GND S 0.3, GND S 0.6, GND S 0.9, GND H 0.6, GND H 0.9). I always use my Manfrotto 055 tripod and other minor stuff such as headlamp, remote, cloths and wipes, raincoat (since this shot!), extra batteries, extra memory cards... and I think nothing else. :-)
Feedback
If you are planning to take a similar picture, make sure the path is not frozen (it is really really slippery!) and you have a raincoat. You also need cloths and wipes to be ready to clean the lens before every shot. You need to be really fast, since the water will quickly cover your lense and your camera (my camera stopped working for hours because of the water... but luckily it worked again!). Finally make sure there is some good light and possibly you could also get the sun in the frame if you are there at the right time in the right period of the year (just check ephemeris and sun position with dedicated sites/apps). Taking picture from behind waterfalls, isn't easy, but I think these images are unique and well worth all the efforts. :-)

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