Skógafoss: Base of the Waterfall — A Wider View

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Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Waterfall


January 30, 2019 — Skógafoss, South Coast, Iceland

Here’s the original frame from which the last post’s image was cropped. My Muse and I have had quite a discussion as to which we prefer. We invite you to weigh in.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. I’ve viewed both photos in the last few minutes and it’s this one that draws me in. To mystery, high drama, thrilling adventures, a story in the making. It’s a fantasy and I love it.

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  2. A ha…. now that’s added some more interesting elements and I sure love the harsh vertical lines of the waterfall being ‘cut’ by the soft icy… feathery front. Hmmm hard to pick and I was sure it would be the previous one! Now, … nope I can’t! Both are perfectly harmonious. If I were in a more ‘abstract’ mood, I’d pick the first one, but it wouldn’t be fair! 😉

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  3. I see another possibility: to crop a little to the right of the waterfall. At the same time, I’d crop a sliver off the bottom to exclude that little bit of ice that keeps drawing my attention as it sticks up into the dark water.

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  4. Since I tend to be a both/and sort of person rather than an either/or, I’ll refuse the forced choice and enjoy them both. I am quite taken with the way the falling water divides the ice on the left from the rocks (?) on the right in this one.

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  5. This is a real “Wow!” image, Michael, and it was clever to precede it with the crop (I think that’s what it was). All the different elements work together so well, but it seems that it couldn’t have been easy to make that happen. Some areas toward the back feel like a tapestry or a Hokusai print – there’s a wonderful flat quality there, like decorative art. Then towards the front things get more real, the light on the ice looks natural and the channel feels like you could slide right into it. And the curtain of water, yet another element, completely abstract. But somehow it all fits together neatly. One more thing – I like the way there is so much information on the left side and you let the right side of the frame just fade away. I’m liking it. 🙂

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    • Thank you. I have to say that until I went to Iceland, New Zealand was the friendliest country I have ever visited. Now, I have to say it’s a very close second to Iceland. Interestingly enough, on the international peace index, Iceland is number one, and New Zealand is number two. They are, by far, my favorite countries in the world. Much more so than my own. Anyway, I certainly recommend visiting Iceland. And I am going to return to New Zealand. As soon as possible. Because I love New Zealand. And it’s not as cold.

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