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Moody Godafoss

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Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 5 August 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


Godafoss waterfall is one of the most iconic and popular locations in Iceland. It is also one of the most easily accessible. I mention most a lot because I think this is also one Icelandic place that I struggled most in terms of photography. I either could not come up with a decent composition or the conditions were tough or I was more worried whether our hire vehicle would get us back home after photographing the falls in the middle of the night, just like during our last trip. The engine and transmission were making some funky whining noises throughout our tour but in the end it got us home.

One planned image I was able to make is the one I am posting today. It goes well with my Icelandic waterfall monochrome long exposure series. It includes Selfoss, Dettifoss, Gullfoss, Hengifoss, Skogafoss and now Godafoss. The cloudy summer night was perfect for what I had in mind. I went around to both sides of the waterfall trying to find a spot where I could get the least amount of water spray drifting into the scene. Since the opposite side was already occupied by a number of photographers, I settled on a rocky outcrop on the southern bank of river. It gave a great perspective overlooking the entire waterfall with its edge leading nicely through the scene.

With strong wind and good flow of water it was always going to take a few attempts to get this photo right. I was mostly worried about the far side disappearing behind thick mist and I wanted the cliffs to remain visible to allow continuity of the edge leading all the way around from where I was standing. Other than that, I think that it would be very hard not to get some sort of mood for photographs in Iceland, even in bad weather. The long exposure just helped the dark mood here on its way by accentuating the motion of water and clouds and helped to create a timeless atmosphere that to me was very fitting for this amazing location.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 241 second F/16.0 ISO 100 16 mm

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