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Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 3 October 2017 in Landscape & Rural.


Selfoss waterfall is located only just further upstream from the monumental Dettifoss in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon in Iceland. It can be accessed from both east and west sides.

I have struggled a little for compositions with this waterfall, especially with wide angle scenes. There is a lot of spray, which can make it difficult to get right in very close the centre of the waterfall. I also felt that going too wide from too far back would diminish the size of the waterfall and render it more an afterthought.

Back in 2015 I was only able to take a photo from a lot further back. This year the water level in the river a little lower and that enabled us to get further in towards the main falls. Selfoss begins with horse shoe like shaped section and then there are many further run-offs along the western edge. I was looking for close and more intimate compositions of the run-offs and we were able to navigate through the maze of rocks and small streams to find a good vantage point. The navigation was a large part of this exercise as we did not want to end up in the water to the amusement of others around us who were facing similar dilemmas.

Then it was just a decision as to which streams to concentrate and how to minimise distracting elements in the scene. There were odd branches here and there and also other tourists looking for good spots for photos themselves. After checking our a couple of ledges, I was able to pick a location where the silver falling streams were the main focus. The last part of the shooting process was the choice of shutter speed. I went for one that blurred the water nicely but not overly so that it lost all the texture and this is the final result.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4 seconds F/11.0 ISO 100 55 mm

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