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The Soft Light of Seljelandfoss



Our little cabin in the woods was barely 5 minutes from Seljalanssfoss yet we only made it here once. Mostly because we knew we could stop anytime but also the ...
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Our little cabin in the woods was barely 5 minutes from Seljalanssfoss yet we only made it here once. Mostly because we knew we could stop anytime but also the weather was very sporadic in Iceland. The last night we were there, the sun made its way through just enough to light up the waterfall as we drove by. Crazy that this is almost 10pm if I remember correctly.
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Blondeangelcindy
 
Blondeangelcindy February 08, 2019
wow!
ambertrudi
 
ambertrudi Aug 13
One of my favourite photos

Behind The Lens

Location
If your a landscape photographer, Seljalandsfoss needs no introduction. One of the highly visited waterfalls in Iceland that's right off their main road, 1.
Time
Believe it or not this is around 9pm if I remember correctly. The sun never fully sets in June and that was around the time I was there in 2017 to take this photo.
Lighting
I'm actually not in love with the lighting of this photo but that's mostly me just being a perfectionist. I wish the sun had set a bit more but all the photos after this one just didn't have the same light as the sun became blocked by the clouds. What I do like is how the soft light looks on the mossy stone rocks which really creates some atmosphere within the photo.
Equipment
Canon 5dm4, 16-35mm f/4, a tripod, and multiple lens cloths. That's it!
Inspiration
The truth is the place I was staying passed by here every time I departed and arrived. There isn't a grand story about stumbling upon the location or anything like that it. It's one of the the most famous places in Iceland and I happened to drive by it over a dozen times.
Editing
The post processing for this image is relatively simple. I blended a darker exposure with a lighter one to highlight the lighting on the rocks and within the 'cave' background area. Mostly just painting in light where it needs to be within the image to provide realistic contrast but not make it overstated.
In my camera bag
I really don't carry much: Canon 5dm4, Canon 16-35 f/4, Canon 70-200 f/2.8, MeFoto Tripod, Circular Polarizer. That's really it. I have a filter system that I bring on some trips but it depends on the trip. I took a 7 week backpacking trip through Europe with this exact setup and realistically never find myself wanting much more.
Feedback
Iceland is like cheating when it comes to photography. Go during the summer months for multiple hours of golden hour and bring a wide angle lens, a tripod, and a camera and no matter what skill level you're at - you'll get something amazing while hopefully learning a thing or two.

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