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Godafoss Experiment



Experimenting in my backyard in Iceland

Experimenting in my backyard in Iceland
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11 Comments | Report
VictorMFernandes
 
VictorMFernandes February 15, 2018
Great shot!!!
ergogirl
 
ergogirl February 15, 2018
Stunning. Hope to visit someday.
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Cruiser48 February 18, 2018
Beautiful / Stunning Photo...
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
nice work! Some nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
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bobtoye June 29, 2018
Nice piece . . . and that’s some backyard you got there!
JmDreams
 
JmDreams August 11, 2018
What a SHOT...
ACarlaCapture
 
ACarlaCapture October 10, 2018
Majestic, to say the least.
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Iceland October 11, 2018
Thank you all :)
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography November 19, 2018
Beautiful, ethereal image!
speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 December 23, 2018
Beautiful and very dynamic scene. Love the various textures.
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion March 29, 2019
stunning image
CHazlett PRO
 
CHazlett Mar 25
Great photo

Behind The Lens

Location
In North Iceland, near the village of Laugar. The name of the waterfall is Goðafoss (Godafoss).
Time
It was a cold morning today when I and my spouse drove with our 9 month old son to Godafoss. We live only 10 minutes away from it, but it takes time to gear up the baby for being outside in the Icelandic winter :) I was experimenting with my new AF-P Nikkor 10-22mm 1:4.5-5.6G that I got for Christmas and this is the result using my worn out Nikon D5300. It was too windy for tripod but nevertheless I used it. The waterfall "Godafoss" is closely connected with one of the most important event in our history in Iceland, the conversion to Christianity from heathendom or "the old custom" in the year 1000. According to the sagas (Íslendingabók) Godafoss got its name following an event in the year 999 or 1000. The Lawspeaker of the Althing at Thingvellir (Icelandic Parliament) was somebody named Thorgeir Ljósvetningagodi , a gentleman farmer of the Ljósavatn farm, 2 kilometers from the waterfall. The Vikings believed traditionally in many pagan gods. Led by Thorgeir the Althing decided to make the conversion to the Christian faith. When Thorgeir came back (in the year of conversion) from Thingvellir, he decided to throw all the wooden statues of pagan gods into the waterfall, and thus take away from the symbolic belief in pagan gods.
Lighting
When photographing Godafoss, I wait for days that have clouds in the sky in the background. It is hard to photograph from this angle because most of the time it's backlit.
Equipment
NIkon d5300, AF-P Nikkor 10-22mm 1:4.5-5.6G, Manfrotto tripod, Remote shutter in my other hand, and a Lee ND filter in one hand, moving the filter in circles in front of the lens because I don't have a filter mount on the lens and it's almost to small for the lens.
Inspiration
That inspires me to photograph Godafoss is fist of all, it's few minutes drive from my home, and it is a magnificent scenery.
Editing
Post processing yes. I dry to get details from the sky and cloud. Then I get whites up in the snow. Clarity and some dehaze to the stream. Some post vignetting and fixed color balance.
In my camera bag
Along with my new AF-P Nikkor 10-22mm 1:4.5-5.6G, my worn-out bag includes Nikon D5300, two extra batteries, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor ED 55-200mm F4-5.6G lens, remote shutter, lens cleaning cloths and chocolate. Chocolate is the most essential thing to carry when driving the center highland of Iceland. Of course food, water and other survival essentials are needed, but standing in a great landscape, waiting for the right lighting calls for good Icelandic chocolate.
Feedback
Come to North Iceland, skip the south part ;) Domestic airlines take you from the International airport in Keflavik straight to Husavik in the north. Then you have access to waterfalls and the diamond of Icelandic nature, Lake Myvatn.

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