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Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 21 May 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This was photographed from behind the waterfall at dusk. It's a photo that I took back in October 2012 but had never tried post processing until now.

To give you an idea of scale the waterfall is 60m high and the spray from it filled the air; in fact, the biggest problem in taking this long exposure photo was keeping the water off the surface of the 6 stop neutral density filter that was screwed onto the front of the lens for the 1 second exposure time that I was after.

NIKON D800 1 second F/5.6 ISO 100 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Helodie from AVRANCHES, France

It looks like a curtain ! A wonderful landscape, light is beautiful.

21 May 2013 5:05am

@Helodie: Thanks Helodie!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Great exploit (no water on the filters) and unique point of view. I love how the clouds seem to give some place to the waterfall in the frame.

21 May 2013 5:48am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

en enchanting photo! great choice of perspective and superb composition! i know what you mean about trying to keep the water off the filter - i had to go through that exercise a few times in the past as well...

21 May 2013 7:25am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

I love the clouds that seem to deviate from the waterfall!

21 May 2013 8:52am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I feel like at the beginning of the world. Beautiful curtain as a sail.

21 May 2013 9:45am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Superb !

21 May 2013 10:21am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

WOW! Spectacular!

21 May 2013 12:38pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom


21 May 2013 12:41pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the perspective. Fantastic monochrome and the water is just beautiful.

21 May 2013 2:28pm

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica


21 May 2013 4:26pm

Helene from Loire Atlantique, France

Absolument fabuleux !!

21 May 2013 5:13pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

The energy and force in that explosion of water - the exposure is great.

21 May 2013 10:28pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What amazing drama and ethereal beauty! Love this very much Ian! All the elements were brought together magically! Congrats on such great work!

22 May 2013 1:36am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Spectacular scene.

22 May 2013 2:45am

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica

... and reviewing your portfolio once more... I have to tell that you are a gifted shooter, indeed!!!

22 May 2013 2:52am

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très belle prise de vue !

22 May 2013 8:31am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh superbe cet angle

22 May 2013 1:38pm

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Je suis muette d'admiration

22 May 2013 5:59pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Wow!! That is incredible, Ian! Really excellent work.

23 May 2013 6:09am

@Ryan Hammond: You'd love Iceland Ryan - it's paradise for landscape photographers.

James from Austin, United States

Brilliant shot!

23 May 2013 6:10am

Abena from Illinois, United States

This is absolutely beautiful, it's got impact and is definitely impressive. I can only imagine 60m ! Fantastic shot of it!

23 May 2013 4:04pm

Wolfgang from Germany

Wow, what a shot! Great composition and light.

24 May 2013 6:41am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful! Great presentation! Excellent timing and exposure. A very stunning scene.

26 May 2013 4:46pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

wonderfull! annisab

26 May 2013 8:57pm

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Le cadrage est fabuleux tout comme les contrastes ! Bravo Ian Bonne journée

27 May 2013 6:03am

John Jungklaus from United States

Wow - wonderful work. Amazing!

1 Jun 2013 12:31pm

Iloféo from Lyon, France

Fabuleux noir et blanc !

1 Jun 2013 11:27pm

shooter from lincoln, United Kingdom

A great shot

4 Jun 2013 7:23am

Mowgli from Nice, France

Vraiment Magnifique N&B. D'abord le point de vue unique, puis les contrastes et dégradés de gris avec cette lumière. Et un grand merci pour les précisions techniques, toujours intéressantes sur la prise de vue.

6 Jun 2013 9:08am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States


20 May 2018 12:15pm

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BW, silhouettes and contrasts by Josep

1 second
ISO 100
16 mm (35mm equiv.)