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Gullfoss by Bill Peake

January 2022 - Gullfoss

January 2022 - Bill Peake


About the Image(s)

Here is an image I took during our 2019 trip to Iceland. This is a view of the upper and lower falls of Gullfoss (“Golden Falls’). These falls are part of the Golden Circle Tour out of Reykjavik. I did get a few shots of both sets of falls, but it was really windy day and the spray from the falls kept blowing on my camera lens so there were a gazillion water droplets on the images. This was taken from a more sheltered area, so the spray was not as much of an issue there. This shot was taken with a Nikon D7200 with the stock lens 340m at f/8 and shutter speed of 1/500. The ISO was set to 720. Post processing was done in Photoshop. A light dehaze layer was added to bring out detail in the sky and mist. A unsharp filter layer was used to bring out additional detail in shore and the river and falls. A brightness/contrast layer was used to tone down the foreground which was a little too bright and was taking away from the falls. A saturation layer was used to increase saturation slightly. A color balance layer was used to bring out a little more of the green in the water. The image was then cropped to exclude the empty space in the foreground and sky.

10 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Bill Iceland is on my bucket list. I like this image. You did a nice job of rendering the photo water, mist, and the clouds. Were you in the group on the left side and at the point?   Posted: 01/02/2022 16:41:40
Bill Peake   Bill Peake
There were a bunch of groups there, but some of our people were definitely in that bunch. We went with a company called Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT).   Posted: 01/13/2022 00:07:10

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I like the composition with the diagonal view of the falls which adds energy to the image and the post processing choices you made to crop and add saturation. Including people adds perspective to the size of the falls. My initial reaction was that the image was a bit flat, but after seeing the original, I see you enhanced it. I would consider going slightly more in saturation and contrast. I have mixed feelings about shutter speed. You froze the dynamic action of the falls which tells the story of its power. To my eye, a shutter speed of say 1/4 second would still provide context but take the sharpness out of the water - just a personal preference.   Posted: 01/02/2022 17:25:16
Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I actually had the wrong camera settings in my description, see below. At this point I would definitely have used different settings and may varied them a bit more. At the time I was going for max depth of field and used ISO to compensate. I could have also slowed down the shutter. I was handheld in a pretty windy environment and I was a little afraid of getting camera shake though. It would have been nice to have a tripod, but we really didn't have room to pack one. I think a monopod would be a good compromise on our next trip.   Posted: 01/13/2022 00:20:10

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Like Michael I like the diagonal positioning of the falls as it makes the image more dynamic. Being a nature purist I wish all the people were not in the image but I imaging that capturing such an image would be next to impossible. I also feel the image is a bit flat (even with your adjustments) and I wonder if a bit of selective dodging and burning would bring abit more life to the image.   Posted: 01/08/2022 12:33:22
Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I will give that a try, thanks!   Posted: 01/13/2022 00:21:08

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I did also visit this place in 2019. Iceland is a place I would like to return to. A problem at Gullfoss and other popular places is there are alway a lot of people around and you have limited time to be there. I like the triangle shapes that repeat several times in the image. A vignette might give more focus on the waterfall and partly hide the row of people on the left side.   Posted: 01/09/2022 15:56:05
Bill Peake   Bill Peake
That's a pretty good idea!   Posted: 01/13/2022 00:21:36

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I made a little mistake in my info above for the shot. Here is the correct camera settings. Canon D7200 18 mm, F/15, 1/1000 sec, f/14, ISO 1000.   Posted: 01/13/2022 00:12:49

Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
Iceland is such a fantastic travel place for photographer. I wish I can shoot there someday.   Posted: 01/17/2022 02:53:16


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