KirkjufellLight

August 18th 2016

This was a late Summer tour of Snæfellsness. The location near Grundarfjordur is best known for the waterfall/mountain combination at Kirkjufellsfoss. But this particular spot is a short hike from the popular waterfall.

 

  • ƒ/14
  • 24 mm
  • 5 sec
  • 320

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM

Medium weight Gitzo
6 stop B&W ND filter
Magic Cloth = Grey sleeve of my jacket (I was’t wearing it).

Kirkjufell Light

Background

This tour around Snæfellsness was the final day of a week long photo tour of the North and West. We checked out the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall earlier in the day and there were 6 – 10 tourists walking through the scene at any one time. The conditions were clear and the angle of light was nice on the mountain, but I decided to avoid the squash at Kirkjufellsfoss and went for a little hike in the local area. The view of Kirkjufell became nicer the higher I climbed.

Composition

I found a small stream and was delighted that I was able to show how the stream flowed down small steps and into the landscape. To achieve this, I was on the lowest setting on my tripod and the feet were actually in the stream. I was balanced on dry rocks. I couldn’t avoid the rockery and plant life on the right, but I was careful to allow a view of the water around the mountain. This works well as a strong depth cue. The lakes in the landscape add a lot of distant depth and the rockery adds some closeness. I was careful to include space above the mountain to give room for the long cloud.

Magic Cloth

As you see from the photo, conditions were bright. I wanted to give the exposure as much light as possible because this would give the best colour results. I was getting 5 seconds exposure with +2 compensation, f/14 and iso320. I could have easily acheived a 10 second exposure by reducing the iso, but 5 seconds was perfect for a very simple Magic Cloth. The timing for a 5 second exposure is reaction based. As soon as I hear the shutter I Karate chop the whole scene then slowly expose the landscape.

A reverse magic cloth over a longer exposure would have allowed a more even exposure across the sky. I did try a reverse cloth later but preferred this version. The sky almost goes to white, but this is what the conditions were like. I tried under exposing it to bring out more detail, but it only works like this – close to white. The only part of the picture that suffered with the long exposure was the flowing water which burnt out in the foreground.

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