Dawns breaks over Þingvellir national park (pronounced Thingvellir), we had driven here in the dark and as we arrived further along the road at the main point up to the summit the weather was poor, drab light and light rain, about as bad as it could be without it actually pouring down, after a bit of an explore of the area we decided to try and get to these falls that we had seen on the way in but at the time it was too dark and we couldn't see how to get to them.
After backtracking we spotted the small track that led down to the right place and after a short hike reached the Waterfall (Oxarafoss). the weather was still pretty poor but the rain had lightened off to next to nothing so set about getting some shots, as with most waterfalls I shot in Iceland this week the first thing you notice is how much spray comes off them! even if you are nowhere near the base you are constantly wiping the lens / filters after each shot it really is difficult to get clean shots with no water spots, I've binned countless images from the trip due to it even with being very careful.
Luckily this shot was one I had hoped hadn't been ruined, and it turned out so, for about 45 seconds (maybe less) the sun appeared through the cloud and just totally transformed the scene from cold and foreboding into a magical golden scene, illuminating all the rocks with a warm glow and even a rainbow briefly appearing in the left hand side of the falls, the curious bright icy blue colour (forthcoming image) that was in the top of the falls had now dissipated - replaced with warmth, I was so lucky with this as I was already set up to take a shot when it happened, if I had been moving around I would more than likely have missed it, just after this the sun went in again and never reappeared.
Another image from Þingvellir national park and Öxarárfoss falls, just before sunrise the sky just starting to display some interesting colours inbetween rain showers, the light here totally different to the last shot posted from here in the golden light that came through, I wanted to post this one too to show the difference, the blue colour in the falls was really really punchy and I'm not sure what causes this, we saw it a few times around Iceland at different falls, once the warm light hit the falls this virtually vanished (see other image) replaced by a rainbow to the right hand side of the falls.
It was very cold this morning hence the name of the image, yet another another nightmare to shoot because of the amount of spray but a real joy to be there and witness the changing of the light onto the volcanic rocks first thing in the morning with hardly anyone else around, a real magical place.
Managed to use a 3 stop filter here despite the spray to give the required ball park shutter speed that I like to use for this kind of shot, I could have done with some windscreen wipers for it!
Öxarárfoss is a big tourist attraction not too far from Reykjavik in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland. It flows from the river Öxará over the Almannagjá.
A long exposure, landscape image of Öxarárfoss falls in Þingvellir, Iceland.
The Scottish weather just isn't playing ball at the moment so this one...
Oxarafoss waterfalls, 'Golden Circle' - Iceland.
Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Rift; some parts of it, such as the Westfjords and Reyjavík, are on the North American tectonic plate, while others, such as Vatnajökull glacier and the East Fjords, are on the Eurasian plate. Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift is above sea-level, and nowhere can you see the edges of both plates as clearly as in Þingvellir. You are literally walking between 2 continents!
This was the first place I ever visitied in Iceland outside of the City, 3 visits ago, it was a dull overcast rainy day, no snow, and flat light, while we where there out of absolutely nothing we got treated to an incredible (but very brief ) vivid light show at sunrise which lit the entire valley, as soon as it had started it finished, and back to the dull sky again...
This trip was the first time I'd been back since and the conditions couldn't have been more different! thick snow, ice everwhere, and frequent blizzards blowing through the valley.
Once again for a very brief moment the sunlight broke out of nowhere and lit up all the valley, picking out all the details and reflecting in what was left of the (mostly frozen) river, I was in the wrong place for this shot as I didn't see it happening and had to leg it to get into position, narrowly missing the opportunity of getting a sunstar behind the cliffs, that said I'm really not complaining as I didn't think I would get any kind of golden light at all on the way up here!
For anyone who has seen the shots & videos on facebook you will know what the conditions were like as my D850 is completely covered in snow on the tripod, blizzard conditions, one of our party looked like a yeti as he was that covered in snow.
Hard work but toitally worth it, I much prefer stuff like this than straight forward shoots as you really do feel like you have worked for it.
A long exposure, landscape image of Öxarárfoss which flows over and through the continental rift at Þingvellir in Iceland.
I used another image...
Öxarárfoss Waterfall Pingvellir Nationalpark Iceland long exposure.