Skógafoss B&W

Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, it is also one of the most visited waterfalls. Mainly because of it’s close proximity to the ring road and another nearby popular waterfall. On sunny days a rainbow can often be seen. There are steps leading up to an observation platform above Skógafoss and I climbed up it with some of my clients and photographed the falls from above on the day before I shot this photo. I think there are about 550 steps.

The most classic photograph of this famous waterfall is a straight-on shot, either a close-up with a rainbow in vertical or horizontal format. However, I wasn’t interested in the rainbow, I was more interested in getting some detail in the sky. Since we arrived before most of the people (except campers) and only shortly before the tour buses we didn’t have a lot of time to compose our shots without people in the way but we did have enough time though to capture a few. This was my favorite from the morning.

I decided to create a B&W version as the blue sky with green walls didn’t appeal to the artist in me, I wanted to see a dramatic background for this powerful waterfall. I captured several exposures and blended them together in Photoshop before converting to B&W. I did my conversion in Photoshop using layers and masks. I’m not fond of the additional noise that comes when using some of the programs like Silver Efex so I rarely use them.

If you look closely you will see the pair of nesting Kittiwakes on the left hand side of the frame. They look like a spec, but I didn’t want to clone them out because when you view the larger file you can actually see them.

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8 Responses

  1. Nancy Bell says:

    This is powerful and very dramatic! Always the artist with such a talent for discerning the best way/perspective/technique to show case an image!

  2. Sue Harvey Eberhart says:

    I think because you chose not to photograph this place in the typical manner, the image is all the more breathtaking to me.

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