Foss Means Waterfall

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Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Waterfall


January 25, 2020 — Kirkjufellsfoss and Kirkjufell Mountain, Snaefellsjökull Peninsula, Iceland

It was a dark and stormy morning. Sun would rise in another fifteen minutes. The wind was… impressive.

Posted from the departure lounge at Keflavik International Airport.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 15–30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Erica says

    Another transporting image. Thanks for taking the trip, and for capturing the images which aren’t accessible to some of us. They are a treasure!

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    • Thank you very much. The only solution I can think of is for you to go to Iceland. I highly recommend it. Not only is it beautiful, but it is one of the friendliest places I have ever been to.


  2. nice Michael…I like the tone…a chilly morning and how my eyes are invited to journey from the mountain to the waterfall and then to the flow of the water…back again to the mountain.

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    • Thank you, Brenda. The tone of cloudy Iceland is something that I have never seen before. In this photo, and in the last one, I actually toned it down. The way it actually looks is sort of unbelievable. The composition is something that the scene almost handed to me on a silver platter. Almost. It took a lot of fine-tuning of vantage point to get it right.

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  3. Excellent and beautiful, Mike. It does look like there is a serious wind chill factor. I struggled with the title thinking means could be part of the waterfall’s name. But a quick Googling plus then reading Steve’s comment straightened me right out.

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    • Thank you very much. Yes, the wind chill was — chilly. The color of the light, both predawn and dusk, makes it look even chillier. On reflection, judicious use of italics and/or punctuation could’ve clarified the title. More to come. Just arrived home 20 minutes ago. Thousands of frames to go through. Iceland might occupy the blog for quite some time.


      • You can’t always anticipate how easily confused I can be. I was fairly sure you meant a translation but thought of the other possibility.

        Looking forward to the Icelandic largess.

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    • Thank you very much. As I’ve said to others, The colors are actually toned down from what was actually there. The winter color in Iceland in cloudy weather is something that I’ve never seen before and just doesn’t even seem real. I should post one the way the camera recorded it. I guarantee, it will blow minds.


      • Yes, I think you should show us real Iceland winter colours, that really would be interesting to see. So you know of any reasons for these colours?

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      • I shall. I have another version of the first photo, which I may show in it’s true colors. I think it’s because it’s such a high latitude the sunlight goes through many more miles of atmosphere so the colorful filtration is different. But that’s only a guess.


      • That’s a good theory, I’ve thought about that too. Also wondered if Iceland’s being surrounded by sea might be a cause, tho some parts must be far from the sea. Also lack of pollution??? – that sounds unlikely. 🙂

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  4. It’s a wonderful compostion of the ridge. I’d love to see the real colours after having read all the comments.
    Looking forward to lots more!

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  5. The blue hour looks like it was the blue-gray hour, a very subdued shade, in spite of the wind. Looking forward to whatever you’re going to pull out of your hat next. 😉

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