8 November, 2012

Radiant Flow | Seljalandsfoss Iceland

So there we were, driving around the south of Iceland inside of a campervan we affectionately named Truck Norris, fully stocked up on pre-brewed espresso, and eager for the photographic discoveries to come. Seljalandsfoss — one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland — was one of our first destinations on what turned out to be an extraordinary 6 day “on the road” adventure, as we toured the stellar Icelandic Countryside.

One of the most extraordinary things about Seljalandsfoss is that you can walk all the way around the waterfall, finding many great vantage points along the way. The only tricky part is finding spots that aren’t being saturated by the swirling mist in the wind. I spent an entire hour back there waiting for the right light and when I was done, I was completely soaked and chilled to the bone. Thankfully Truck Norris was waiting in the parking lot to help warm me up. 😉

Technical Mumbo Jumbo || Before And After Comparison

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 14-24 f/2.8 (Shot at 14 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 50 at f/22
5 Exposure Brackets ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )

Hardware: 15” 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK

Technique and Details: Digital Blending using 5 Bracketed Exposures at f/22. ISO 50 was used to extend the exposure times and create the soft water effect.

In photoshop—using Hand Painted Masks—I blended all 5 exposure brackets together. Exposure 0 made up the base with a blend of +1 and +2 for the landscape elements, followed by -1 and -2 for the sky and waterfall. The green and gold tones were natural vibrant so aside from a bit of touch up, very little color correction was applied. I did however have to paint out a lot of dust and water spots. f/22 is a great tool but it really shows how dirty your camera sensor is.

Espresso: Cafe Bustelo (Since I was processing this in South Florida)

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated an engaged social media following of nearly 2.5 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • http://www.traverseearth.com Johnny Peacock

    Great shot, I managed to miss this waterfall the last time I was there. I’m not sure how as it was the one I was most interested in visiting. I think I’ll spend a few days there next June.

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Cool Johnny, I’ll be back in Iceland next summer as well. I’m really looking forward to it. :)

  • http://trashthelens.com Tomek

    Brilliant! Was it the morning or the afternoon golden hour?

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      This was sunset in late September.

  • http://csafotography.wordpress.com Chitra Sivasankar Arunagiri

    great shot and great processing work! You seemed to be working a lot with Bamboo tablet. Would love to have your review about it, if you have not written already about it. :) Cheers!

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Thanks Chitra! I’ll be posting more in-depth tutorials soon, including more information on how to get the best out of your tablet. :)

  • http://www.nomadicpursuits.com Jim Nix

    that’s just so freakin’ sweet Elia, just had to pop over and take another look – honestly, this may be the best photo I have seen all year, from anyone! superb work my friend

  • http://annemckinnell.com Anne McKinnell

    It’s absolutely majestic Elia, wonderful image!!

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