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Waterfall Seljalandsfoss Southern Iceland
Waterfall Seljalandsfoss Southern Iceland

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Challenge: Silhouettes III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Waterfall Seljalandsfoss Southern Iceland
Date: Aug 24, 2006
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/128
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2006

Seljalandsfoss is a high, narrow and very beautiful 40 meter high waterfall on the river Seljalandsá. There is a foot path at the bottom of the cliff where you can walk behind the waterfall almost without getting wet :)

I took the picture in the shadow area. You can see the rainbow at the top and 2 people waking behind the waterfall and one in front taking photos at the same time.

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars.

You can see some more pictures of Seljalandsfoss from the same trip. There you can also see how I cut the top of the same picture to highlight the silhouette effect better:


The things that attract me to it are how GREEN everything is that surrounded it and of course how easy you can see the rainbow i.e. by walking around it. The water is so perfectly clear that we refilled our water bottle with some.

Place: 140 out of 352
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09/11/2006 04:10:33 PM
Critique Club Review:

Definetly meets the challenge.

Focus and depth of field are done quite well.

As I sit and look at this picture, my opinion has wavered a bit back and forth. And I think what it is, is that the whole pciture seems a bit dark. Saturation and hue are fine, but the picture comes across as a bit under exposed. I would have liked it brighter to bring more contrast against the silhouette area. I don't feel that the other photographer adds to the composition, and I think I might have liked it better had you waited until they moved on.

You did a very good job of capturing the majesty of the waterfall.
Even with cropping some of the height, it still conveys the power and the motion of the water. Much nicer than those who are tempted to go for a long exposure so the water turns into a featureless white fog.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2006 07:31:26 AM
nice but common
09/04/2006 08:20:24 PM
My only problem with this image is that the silhouette is not the ceneter of interest.
09/03/2006 08:27:59 AM
Very good composition!
It's lacking in depth of colour, for my liking, but otherwise is well put together.
Good luck!
09/01/2006 05:40:17 PM
Beautiful background. It would be nice to see more of the person. They are a bit obcsured by the grass.
09/01/2006 03:36:24 PM
what might hurt this is that the silhouette isnt more prominent. I love the shot though.
08/31/2006 11:37:02 PM
Nice silhouette. I would like to see a different composition with more vertical and waterfall.
08/31/2006 02:52:44 PM
Very nice silhouette and photograph. That's a really impressive waterfall, I'd love to visit it someday.
08/31/2006 09:51:05 AM
The fall is so amazing that it completely obscures the silhouette. But the subject should be the silhouette here.
08/31/2006 08:59:08 AM
08/30/2006 09:42:39 PM
Can I come visit? hahaa... fun shot!
08/30/2006 10:54:46 AM
Nice. Is that a person silhouetted there, or...?
08/30/2006 08:49:12 AM
extra points for ICELAND! wow, awesome image
08/30/2006 06:22:15 AM
THis has so much potential, but I can't help but feel you missed out.

The concept, composition and technique are all great, but its the silhouette itself that lets the shot down. The photographer is just too well hidden. If you could have got the photographer on the ridge of the foreground for a more complete silhouette this could have really done well.

As it is I think you have just missed the opportunity here, but its still a nice piece of work - 6/10

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