To Iceland We Go

Haifoss-  22 Sept 2016, Highlands Photographic Tour of Iceland, Muench Workshops

We left Reykjavik under heavy clouds after an incredible windy and stormy night.  On our drive into the Highlands, we passed through every weather system that mother nature could offer us.  It was not long until we began to see fresh snow on the mountain tops.  I must admit, I started thinking COLD however, I knew that the change in weather would bring wonderful shooting opportunities.  Everyone was in awe of the dramatic landscapes we passed through as we started the final climb into the Highlands of Iceland.  Are you guys ready to push some buttons? I really didn’t have to ask.

The waterfall Háifoss (Tall Falls) is situated near the volcano Hekla in the south of Iceland. Háifoss (Tall Falls) is a moderate to high volume waterfall found along the Fossá as it plunges from a high plateau into a massive canyon to meet the valley of the Þjorsá further downstream. The river actually splits into two channels about 4/5th of a kilometer upstream from the falls, and when they reach the rim of the canyon, form two side-by-side waterfalls. The larger volume channel creates Háifoss, which takes the form of a nearly sheer plunge of 396-feet in height.

Walking beyond the normal viewpoints of the falls will gift you with an incredible downstream canyon view that is often overlooked.  For me, it was more spectacular than just the waterfall along.

Shooting details:  Hasselblad H6D50c, HCD 28mm, ISO 100, 1/6 sec at f/11, Lee Little Stopper with 0.9 Soft edge graduated neutral density filter to bring out some of the dramatic clouds and created a more balanced exposure ratio.