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Taken on August 15, 2016 just after 9 o’clock in the evening.

Location: Goðafoss Waterfall

The Waterfall of the Gods is a fine location for photographers, both Summer and Winter. You will often see me there in the Summer months. Great photographs can be made on both sides of the falls.

 

  • ƒ/14
  • 24 mm
  • 30 sec
  • 400

 

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

Medium weight Gitzo
6 stop B&W ND filter
Magic Cloth = Black sleeve of my fleece.

Dream of the Gods

Magic Cloth

30 second exposures are nerve wracking! When you know you have a tiny window of just a few minutes to work in, the pressure is on to get at least 1 decent frame out of the 3 attempts I had.

My technique was straight edge cloth to cover the highlights after 3 seconds. But I also made 2 reverse cloth movements because I had lots of time and I was worried about the sky being too dark. A better movement would have been a single, slow, reverse cloth technique.

In retrospect I could have chosen a better aperture for this scene. There is no real need for f/14, the God Rock is a couple of meters in front of me, there is no reason to have sharpness beyond the waterfall. (Nothing is sharp anyway!!) I compromised my iso to get the exposure within 30 seconds, I have no problem with this, but I should have taken my aperture to f/6.3 to get around 15 second exposures. This would have allowed me to get several more shots in… and hence more to choose from.

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