Foss Means Waterfall — Revisited

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Iceland / Landscape / Photo Log / Photography / Waterfall


January 25, 2020 — Kirkjufellsfoss, Snaefellsjökull Peninsula, Iceland

Ten minutes before sunrise. No place does blue hour like Iceland. And it’s amazing how much a tripod with a five-pound camera can act like a sail in a strong wind.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Spectacular shot, Michael. I have had the similar experience of “sailing” with my camera and tripod, albeit not in quite as exotic a locale as you did.

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  2. Continuing the discussion about human elements: did you consider a more panoramic version in which you’d crop down from the top just far enough to exclude the poles and cable, and crop up from the bottom till you were close to the dark water in order to balance the loss at the top?

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    • Interesting question. I did consider including just the lower cascade, much as you suggest, but it looked flat. I preferred the leading lines going up the stream. And then of course there’s the bridge. Harking back to the recent question about removing objects that are widely known to be there, in this case I felt it would’ve been overly contrived to remove it. In the end, what we have here is a very nice “docushot,” but not something I’d put on the wall.


  3. I’ve not had my tripod and camera act like a sail in the wind but it did try to sail down a brook once. Just avoided tragedy with a quick reaction which it sounds like you did also. That’s a very impressive waterfall or series of them. My Gitzo came with a hook which, if I need it, is always still at home. Guess I should do something about that.

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