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At Skogafoss Falls, Iceland



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Crossy70 PRO+
 
Crossy70 February 10, 2018
Absolutely stunnning! Love the backdrop behind the horses!
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SJRatcliffe February 10, 2018
Thank you most kindly!!!!! It is the falls behind the horses!!!
LaurieS PRO+
 
LaurieS February 10, 2018
Just a wonderfully beautiful photo
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SJRatcliffe February 10, 2018
Thank you most kindly!!!!!
Santa_Martha
 
Santa_Martha February 12, 2018
great
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SJRatcliffe February 12, 2018
Thank you!!!!
cecilenowers
 
cecilenowers July 29, 2018
Beautiful image!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you kindly!!!
TomasTar PRO+
 
TomasTar July 29, 2018
Awesome
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you kindly!!!
Nostroboy PRO
 
Nostroboy July 30, 2018
This is just a perfect comp !!!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you kindly!!!
Schnuffeltier PRO+
 
Schnuffeltier July 30, 2018
Great image
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you!!!!
kimbauersbidwell
 
kimbauersbidwell July 31, 2018
Wonderful shot!!!!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you!!!!
lorindamyers
 
lorindamyers August 01, 2018
Talk about perfect timing! I'm curios how many shots you took to get this beautiful masterpiece!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you!!!! Quite a few!!!! It was hard to get the horses to stay still for more than a few fleeting moments!!!!
timboten PRO+
 
timboten August 01, 2018
A strong image, love the light and composition
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you most kindly!!!!
chrisbelesis
 
chrisbelesis September 18, 2018
Amazing shot!!!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you kindly!!!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 September 19, 2018
Beautiful gallery! And I'm especially intrigued with this photo...we are headed to Iceland in June for 3 weeks...can't wait to see and photograph scenes such as this!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Hello Nina. Oh My ....just seeing this!!!! I hope you enjoyed Iceland!!!! It is spectacular!
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Bazz December 24, 2018
Fantastic! Love it!
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you most kindly!!!!
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Elchin_Jabbarov March 16, 2019
very interesting work, well done
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SJRatcliffe May 05, 2019
Thank you most kindly!!!!
johnboland PRO+
 
johnboland February 13, 2020
Wonderful image!
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SJRatcliffe February 14, 2020
Thank you John!!!!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson August 22, 2020
Stunning capture. Congratulations.
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SJRatcliffe October 27, 2020
Thank you Catherine!!!!
Eduardbetz
 
Eduardbetz October 27, 2020
Superb composition !
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SJRatcliffe October 27, 2020
Thank you kindly!!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was shot in front of Skógafoss Falls in southern Iceland.
Time
This image was shot around the noon hour. A friend had arranged for the horses to be brought to the falls so that a group of us could experience the fun of shooting magnificent horses in front of one the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland! Even though it was a weekday, it seemed that bus loads of tourists arrived just as we started shooting!!!! Needless to say, we were quite challenged with photo bombers, interruptions and people jumping in front of us to take pictures!!! Despite the challenges, we were able to get some great shots!
Lighting
The lighting varied as clouds kept shifting over head, then it would rain, get sunny again and then get cloudy again. On top of that, there was a lot of mist from the falls. we were constantly changing our settings but at least the varied lighting gave us plenty of opportunity to get a variety of shots.
Equipment
I was shooting with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikkor 70-300mm lens. I used no tripod and no flash. I shot at f5.6, shutter 1/640 and focal length 1000/10.
Inspiration
The group of us equine enthuiasts and friends had been in Iceland 2 years earlier together. We had spent much of our time up north and this time wanted to spend some time in the south before heading north again. A friend had arranged for the horses to be brought to the falls so that our group could experience the beauty of Iceland along with the amazing Icelandic horses. Is is such a pleasure to capture nature in so many forms!
Editing
I did have to do post processing. The biggest challenge was removing all the photo bombers; however, it was well worth the effort! I also added vibrance and some saturation to help the colours pop.
In my camera bag
These days I normally carry a Nikon D500, Nikon D750 and a Nikon D810. Depending where I'm shooting and what I'm shooting, the lenses I carry vary. As I shoot a lot of quickly moving subjects, I tend to carry a variety of telephoto lenses: Nikkor 70-300mm, Nikkor 18-300mm, Nikkor 18-200mm, Nikkor 200-500mm and a Nikkor 24-120mm.
Feedback
As weather is constantly shifting, remember to constantly check your settings and adjust accordingly. The histogram is a very useful tool to aide in adjusting settings. I shoot only manually as, for me, I have total control over how I want the image to look. Shooting on aperture or shutter priority can be good too but you have to accept what the camera software chooses for some of the settings. fIt is always good to shoot a few frames first and check your results before shooting more images. I have certainly learned over the years that it takes practice and patience. I have also learned that with practice and patience, what we perceive through the viewfinder changes too!

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