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Skógafoss, Iceland

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 November 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Skógafoss is without doubt the most majestic and photogenic of the many spectacular waterfalls that we saw during our recent trip to Iceland.
Like Seljalandsfoss which was the waterfall in my last photo, Skogafoss is 60m (200ft) high but much wider at 25m (80ft) and it's much more dramatic with a far greater flow of water over the falls. It takes your breath away when you get close to it as I did in this long-exposure self-portrait photo.


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Valérie Simonnet from paris, France


6 Nov 2012 6:11am

@Valérie Simonnet: Thanks Valérie!

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Super impressive with this guy providing a sense of scale. Powerful photo !

6 Nov 2012 6:19am

@Jerry: Thanks Jerry!

VisuElle Photography from Entre Bretagne et montagnes, France

Le personnage donne l'échelle de cette magnifique chute d'eau. Très beau travail de traitement et photographique aussi.

6 Nov 2012 6:23am

@VisuElle Photography: Thanks Marie!

Veronique from France, Switzerland

Only one seconde to have this beautiful effect ? The light curtain is amazing. Definitely human is very small in Nature.

6 Nov 2012 7:04am

@Veronique: Thanks Veronique!

Hans ter Horst from Schouweiler, Luxembourg

This cannot be improved on!

6 Nov 2012 7:17am

@Hans ter Horst: Thats very kind of you Hans!

Mike Baker from los angeles, United States

Stunning picture here. So I clicked through the rest of your pics and was equally impressed. Nice work.

6 Nov 2012 8:07am

@Mike Baker: Thanks for looking Mike!

KriKridesign from Suisse, Switzerland


6 Nov 2012 8:08am

@KriKridesign: Thanks Christine!

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Good day.

6 Nov 2012 8:14am

@Aubélia: Thanks Aubélia!

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Like a sheet of metal... magical.

6 Nov 2012 8:26am

@Daryl Johnson: Thanks Daryl!

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

This is amazing, magic and perfect. Literally awesome!!!! One of the best waterfall shots I think i have ever seen.

6 Nov 2012 8:30am

@Ainsley: Thank Ainsley - John Leech's version from the same trip is here if you are interested (it was in the AM3 Spotlight recently):

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Fantastic shot !

6 Nov 2012 8:31am

@Eric C.: Thanks Eric!

Eric laforgue from Au bout du monde, France

Très impressionnant à tout point de vue.

6 Nov 2012 9:23am

@Eric laforgue: Thanks Eric!

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

beautiful work simply perfection

6 Nov 2012 9:29am

@Adrian: Thanks Adrian!

Georges Pignet from Martigues, France


Ton blog est merveilleux

J'aime bien tes photos en pose longue.

J'essaierai de faire pareil par ici..................MAIS en couleurs.............sourire


6 Nov 2012 9:47am

@Georges Pignet: Thanks Georges - I sometimes do long-exposure photos in colour too eg this one is a 2 minute exposure:

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wonderful light and long exposure ! I love your composition with the man in front of this impressive waterfall !

6 Nov 2012 10:08am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna! (that's me in front of the waterfall by the way!)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

To summarize: Fan-tas-tic, Ex-cep-tio-nal, Fa-bu-lous, Ex-tra-or-di-nai-re, Mar-vel-ous !!! and 5 strars for each adjective.

6 Nov 2012 10:15am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Splendid in black and white. The tiny figure of you gives a grand scale to the waterfall. Pity I can't attend your talk, but I wish you a successful evening.

6 Nov 2012 10:15am

@Lai Chan See: Thanks!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

EXQUISITE!!!! cannot expect less from YOU!

6 Nov 2012 10:38am

@Japanalia: Thanks Gabriela!

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Stunning ! Stunning ! Hard to believe you caught the man standing there . It change the image drastically ! Bravo !

6 Nov 2012 10:39am

@Mariana Maoduš: Thanks Mariana - I used a timer and photographed myself!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, how brilliant and remarkable Ian! The light, the tonal quality, the harmony, the contrast, the drama, the charm... and how these are blended together are absolutely amazing!!! Exceptional work my friend! Congrats on this masterpiece!:-)

6 Nov 2012 1:45pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

I can't find strong enough words to describe how extraordinary your image is!!!! Definitely 5*!!!!

6 Nov 2012 2:16pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Amazing! Now that's how a self-portrait should be done! Bravo!

6 Nov 2012 2:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, that's what one calls a MASSIVE shot.

6 Nov 2012 2:45pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I think i prefer yours, i think the man in yours gives great perspective, it just shows the sheer scale of the water fall and how insignificant man is compared to nature. But also how great some of the stuff we have achieved is in relation to that point.

6 Nov 2012 3:07pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Great! Il like your portfolio.

6 Nov 2012 3:45pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful lights!

6 Nov 2012 4:00pm

Olivier Rault from Bayeux, France

Un léger temps de pause, c'est magnifique, amazing B/W !

6 Nov 2012 5:23pm

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Marvellous shot...what a depth in dark light.
I love the subject, the country and your work!

6 Nov 2012 6:03pm

Roland Theys from Gerpinnes, Belgium

Love your work!

6 Nov 2012 9:21pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain


6 Nov 2012 10:09pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Amazing, I love the little figure to give it scale

6 Nov 2012 11:27pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

a truly mesmerising photo! the flow of the waterfall down with such fine silky quality to it is fantastic and the inclusion of the tiny person gives such a great sense of scale and size!

7 Nov 2012 2:49am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great scale contrast!

7 Nov 2012 12:50pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


7 Nov 2012 9:59pm

Kevin from Caen, France

Wow Ian ! Amazing shot and long exposure shot ! Great light !

7 Nov 2012 11:14pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

Fantastic image !!! :)

8 Nov 2012 10:02am

Wolfgang from Germany

Impressive shot with a great contrast!

8 Nov 2012 1:28pm

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

They just get better and better. Love the silky feel of the water and the self portrait gives it scale. How did the talk go last night?

8 Nov 2012 5:38pm

@Andrew Atkinson: I was really nervous about it Andrew but the talk went really well thanks and there was a great turnout. Chapel CC were really welcoming and enthusiastic which was brilliant. An hour and a half is a long time but it seemed to go in a flash!

mehdi ab from Tehran, Iran

Exceptional shot. Bravo

8 Nov 2012 9:46pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Truly awesome, Ian!

9 Nov 2012 1:30am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

splendide photo par sa force et sa pureté .Annisab

9 Nov 2012 7:54am

Warwick from United Kingdom

Wonderful shot Ian. Most people seem to have missed the words 'self-portrait' in your post. I'm curious about the remote trigger or did you just run really fast?

9 Nov 2012 12:40pm

@Warwick: Hi Warwick - it's this one:
It's a nice bit of kit that allows a lot of programming - the length of the delay before the shot can be set to whatever you want as well as how long the camera shutter is to remain open. It can even be set to take a sequence of shots.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Time to move the furniture (again)...this is DEFINITELY ONE FOR THE WALL!

10 Nov 2012 8:35pm

tom from Germany

Absolutely amazing. The person creates dimension and scale of this waterfall.

11 Nov 2012 7:48pm

rick from brisbane, Australia

Superlative work, Ian. First class image.

12 Nov 2012 7:23am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Grandiose et somptueux ! On doit se sentir bien petit devant ce chef d'oeuvre de la nature !

5 Dec 2012 5:54am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Beautiful work. Love the scale and use of light.

5 Dec 2012 4:29pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


7 Dec 2012 12:42pm

Andrey Samolinov from Samara, Russian Federation

Excellent! Small silhouette of a man holds the whole picture
Great work

13 Dec 2012 6:47pm

k@ from Paris, France

Knowing that it's yourself makes this masterpiece even more precious, i'm in awe.......

14 Dec 2012 5:21pm

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