Selfoss

Day 60 to 61. 27th to 28th August. Selfoss, Iceland (Northeast).

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Selfoss and Dettifoss are accessible from the same carpark (so for a map, see the previous post).  There is a walking trail of twenty or thirty minutes to either of them though the trails go in different directions.   I took this image with the last of the light after photographing Dettifoss (previous post) and walking a way down the Selfoss trail.

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Next morning I got up before sunrise.  Here I was still some distance from the waterfall and the light was changing fast.

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Now getting closer, for an overall view.

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Iceland, Landscape, Mývatn, Nature, Photography, Selfoss, Travel, Waterfall, Wilderness

Though the light was getting brighter, my exposures were getting longer….

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There’s an interesting story behind this image for those who know a little about photography.  It is a 30 second exposure, Nikon D3s, 85mm f1.4 at f11, 1600ISO.  But when I was in Greenland, on one of the last days, on fumbling with camera settings under a camera rain cover, I inadvertently changed the specifications for saving files.  Instead of 16MP, I was saving files at 2.8MP, though at least they were TIFFs (should have been full-sized RAWs).  This affected 350 images out of about 6,500 for Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.

I only discovered this a few weeks ago.  Last October, not having noticed I was working with a small file, I entered a print of this image into the Canberra Photographic Society monthly competition and received a score of 5 (out of 5).  I had actually cropped down somewhat in the sky for the print and the file size was in fact 2.2MB.  I did print on matte paper but even so….

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9 comments on “Selfoss

  1. Ooh, ooh, ooooh, that was some beautiful sky you had to walk under that morning. I think my favorite of the shots above is the one directly under “Though the light was getting brighter, my exposures were getting longer….” – where the falling water is the same color as the sky but different than the water below. But of course I would love to paint a version of the last sky before you got to the waterfall.

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  2. leecleland says:

    Beautiful images, gorgeous sky that morning. OMG!! just goes to show how we should never take for granted that our camera settings haven’t changed and how lucky that it was to TIFF and not jpg.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      That’s right, and just as well I was usually using the other camera (D800) as the main camera. I should really have sets of saved settings but I’ve never bothered to do that. You’d still have to remember to reinitialise anyway when you think the settings haven’t changed.

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