Behind the shot: Öxarárfoss, Iceland

May 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

So as I've been reviewing my vast collection of images taken in Iceland and Scandinavia last year, I keep coming across shots that Kate took of me 'being a photographer'. She took plenty of other photos of me being lots of other stupid things, but I don't think they are relevant to this blog :)

I thought I'd share with you Kate's photos of me shooting, alongside the resulting image I got. It might help to give a bit of perspective of a place, and inspire you even more to visit. I'm also hoping it might give you an idea of the amount of gear us photographers choose to lug around and the conditions/positions we get ourselves into in order to 'get the shot'...

Öxarárfoss, Iceland

Öxarárfoss was our first 'foss' (waterfall) in Iceland. The first of many!!!! It is located in Thingvellir National Park, a short walk from the historic gorge where Iceland's parliament has been meeting since 930AD.

Öxarárfoss Öxarárfoss Öxarárfoss, Iceland | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 13 Aug 2013.

It's a pretty little waterfall, and despite the typical Icelandic inclement weather and challenging overcast sky, I managed to get a fairly pleasing shot.

 

Behind the shot - Öxarárfoss Behind the shot - Öxarárfoss Öxarárfoss in Thingvellir national park

As you can see from Kate's shot, shooting on a glarey overcast day can fool a camera's exposure meter, blowing out the sky completely. It required a  bit of exposure compensation, and reduction of highlights in Lightroom, to reduce that effect. A circular polariser also came in quite handy to reduce the glare and reflection coming off the wet rocks.

Thanks Kate for the great shot :)

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