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    Gufufoss, Iceland

    On my first trip along the ring road in Iceland, I decided to try my hand at waterfall photography utilizing an ND filter. This is Gufufoss on the eastern side of the island.

    What do you think?

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    Very nice! What shutter speed did you end up with? It would be interesting to see it at somewhat faster speeds as well. Did you use a polarizer as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Huyer View Post
    Very nice! What shutter speed did you end up with? It would be interesting to see it at somewhat faster speeds as well. Did you use a polarizer as well?
    The shutter speed is 15 seconds, and I did not use a polarizer. The ND filter is a 10 stop B+W and I was shooting with a Canon 7D mk II with a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens. I normally focus on wildlife photography, but the scenery in Iceland was simply too incredible not to shoot it.

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    That is a great fall. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have more to post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conropl View Post
    That is a great fall. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have more to post.

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    Thanks. It was my favourite waterfall of the trip, and quite an adventure to get there.

    If you're interested, you can see the rest of my photos from Iceland here:

    https://bjwagnerphotos.wordpress.com/

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    That is a very nice collection of shots. You are only moving Iceland up my list (been toying with a trip as soon as next year, but we'll see).

    You posted the photo under "image critique".....so, I thought I would take a stab at it. Mind the fact that I agree with the others, it is a very good shot and so much of this is personal preference/monitor calibration/etc.

    But, a couple of comments:
    1. The level is a bit off to my eye. This can make certain ribbons of water seem like they are falling unnaturally. I'd say only a degree or so (adjusted 1.5 degrees below, which may be too much).
    2. As for composition, I wonder what the image would have been like a few steps to your left and lower. Have the river lead you to the water fall (Top center placement of waterfalls is tough).
    3. Timing is a matter of choice, and here there are massive trade offs. I really like the 15 secs on the river, for the falls, I wonder what less time would looked like. Sometimes (certainly not always) when looking at a falls, I try to time the water as it falls and match that in my exposure. That way the final image is a single "arc" of water falling and not multiple which can impede the definition of the falls.
    4. Greens, shadows, and sharpening seem a bit intense to me.


    So, of course, I took a stab at implementing these changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayaker72 View Post
    That is a very nice collection of shots. You are only moving Iceland up my list (been toying with a trip as soon as next year, but we'll see).

    You posted the photo under "image critique".....so, I thought I would take a stab at it. Mind the fact that I agree with the others, it is a very good shot and so much of this is personal preference/monitor calibration/etc.

    But, a couple of comments:
    1. The level is a bit off to my eye. This can make certain ribbons of water seem like they are falling unnaturally. I'd say only a degree or so (adjusted 1.5 degrees below, which may be too much).
    2. As for composition, I wonder what the image would have been like a few steps to your left and lower. Have the river lead you to the water fall (Top center placement of waterfalls is tough).
    3. Timing is a matter of choice, and here there are massive trade offs. I really like the 15 secs on the river, for the falls, I wonder what less time would looked like. Sometimes (certainly not always) when looking at a falls, I try to time the water as it falls and match that in my exposure. That way the final image is a single "arc" of water falling and not multiple which can impede the definition of the falls.
    4. Greens, shadows, and sharpening seem a bit intense to me.


    So, of course, I took a stab at implementing these changes.

    Name:  Small-.jpg
Views: 74
Size:  168.6 KB


    Edits can be seen here:

    Name:  falstaff LR.jpg
Views: 77
Size:  25.7 KB
    Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm going to play around with your suggestions and let you know how it turns out. I haven't had the chance to get a proper display and have it calibrated, so I've always know that my colours and lighting will be off to some degree.

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