Iceland Waterfalls are perhaps the country's most recognizable series of attractions. They're everywhere! Its collection of waterfalls rivals any other country in sheer power and raw beauty. The falls range from powerful and wide river-type monsters like Dettifoss, Gullfoss, and Gođafoss to tall and narrow ones like Glymur, Háifoss, and Hengifoss. Moreover, the country sports classic waterfalls such as the rectangular Skógafoss as well as unique waterfalls such as the trapezoidal Dynjandi. And these are just the famous ones! There are countless other waterfalls tumbling by the Ring Road as well as many more that don't even have formal names!
The waterfall Skógafoss is situated in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 km from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometers, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Ţrasi Ţórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. A local boy found the chest years later, but was only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again.
I have captured this place during my previous visit to Iceland but I surely could not miss it during the last trip. This time I got the bonus rainbow and a lovely couple standing at perfect place to give the whole scene a scale.
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: 70.00 - 200.00 mm; Focal length: 121.00 mm; Aperture: 32; Exposure time: 4.0 s; ISO: 50
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Bergenphotos (2678) 2011-11-11 11:55
Wonder why I have not seen any of your photos before...
You have some amazing pictures and have visited so many great places! Iceland is one of my favorite countries, and Skógafoss is one of the most beautiful locations there. I've seen many fantastic images from that waterfall, but this is DEFINITELY one of the best. With 4 secs you get a perfect blur on the blue water. The image is beautifully composed with the people giving perspective, and also a rainbow topping it! Superb work, like most of your gallery!
ManuMay (36083) 2011-11-11 12:00
Superb composition and colours, high definition and sharpness...and an amazing place...Your capture has everything...Nature, the opportune human presence giving dimmensions sense and adding interest to the place...the beautiful rainbow so well captured...Great!!
Have a nice day...
korbee (6617) 2011-11-11 13:06
If I see this photo,I know theres still so much to learn for me,wauw ,this is absolutely superbe light control Lucia!
The waterfall is really great.
federico (3106) 2011-11-11 20:24
hello Lucie, great picture, the couple on the left bottom corner gives the idea of the dimensions of the waterfall, then the rainbow add the definitive touch, proper use of long exposure also, but I have a question, how did you managed to keep the people frozen for 4 seconds!?
SnapRJW (31627) 2011-11-11 22:52
Hello Lucie - Great to see another of your lovely shots. No wonder you wanted to go back to this dream location. The rainbow and pink jacket add just the right splash of colour to the composition. And yes.... how did you managed to get the figures fairy sharp with such a long exposure? Best regards Rosemary
rbassin (19938) 2011-11-12 0:37
Une photo avec un effet extraordinaire de la cascade et de la lumičre.
CLODO (32170) 2011-11-12 1:22
So, you're back on TE! good news.
The lonh exposure gives a deamy effect to the waterfall and rainbow, the 2 persons give the scale of this gigantic mist of water.
grigand (19723) 2011-11-12 7:52
A great shot !! the colors and perfect exposition made magic shot, congratulations.
eversmile (11636) 2011-11-13 3:50
Exceptional! I love the velvet effect of the waterfall! The long exposure has made a fantastic result! The composition is just perfect, with the two silhouettes well placed and the majestic rainbow giving to the scene an aura of magic!
froggy45 (380) 2011-11-13 13:17
Wow, this is seriously impressive. Wonderful composition, excellent light and exposure management. Just love the silkiness of the waterfall against the rocky background. The human presence gives it a sense of perspective, good choice. Congrats!
Merou (4726) 2011-11-19 14:16
It's beautiful. Very nice shoot
Sonata11 (33697) 2011-11-20 17:09
what a fantastic shot of this waterfall. Perfect timing to catch this an amazing scene. Great colors, perfect sharpness, clarity. Wonderful composition and framework. An excellent job. Awesome !!!! Mine pictures is like from daycare if I compere mine. I have to learn a lot. I admire all your pictures. They are an excellent. I love it.
All the best,
Zolive (5935) 2011-12-19 13:39
wonderful picture and amazing waterfall. The light give a piece of rainbow and the couple give the scale of this waterfall. The long exposure give beautiful effect to water. Congratulations.
chawax (19824) 2012-01-09 11:26
You caught a great atmosphere here ! The composition is very good and the long pose effect on the water is fantastic.
genois1 (103) 2012-01-21 7:51
Le jeu des couleurs est magnifique. Cette image est si paisible. Bravo !
npecanhuk (69998) 2012-03-22 3:17
Very beautiful picture!
Highlights are the composition (with the couple, giving us a very good sense of scale), exposure and colors!
TFS - congrats,
Haymotion (2729) 2012-10-19 0:18
This one is incredible too..
It's your job, photographer?