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Dettifoss Waterfall Iceland

January 14th, 2015

I think it’s time for a couple more waterfalls from Iceland, the country that has literally thousands of waterfalls!  This first one is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Iceland and thus Europe.  The vast volume of water and the huge drop over the edge into the ravine below means that this is a very wet place to stand, the spray from this waterfall sometimes extends hundreds of metres into the air above and around the falls.  The day I took this shot I had planned this as my sunset destination, though as I had so many unscheduled stops for roadside attractions (See previous Blog posts for explanation) I barely made it.  The weather had been overcast and rainy all day, which is perfect for Icelandic landscapes, but it didn’t look like I would get much of a sunset at all.  Well I couldn’t actually see the sun setting, but the clouds opened up enough to allow some great colour just after sunset.  The wild colours in the sky, combined with the massive waterfall and the bleak treeless landscape made for a surreal and otherworldly look to the image.

Dettifoss Waterfall Iceland

Image of Dettifoss waterfall Iceland, shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 50mm f3.5 lens… with lots of wiping of the front lens element…

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