Iceland’s River gorge
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a river gorge in South Iceland. The incredible shapes of the gorge walls were formed over millions of years of glacier floods from the huge Vatnjokull Glacier some 50 miles behind the gorge. The result is an open zipper shape in the Icelandic landscape. Unfortunately, the area is now closed to the public. The last 8 years of heavy tourism in Iceland has taken its toll on Fjaðrárgljúfur and the surrounding area. Wh knows when photographers will again be allowed to venture down to the river to create beautiful landscape photographs.
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Long exposure Photography
If you are near water such as a river, beach or waterfall, then a long exposure can help to communicate movement in the water. The flowing water creates lines that often complement a landscape photograph and the motion blur can be contrasted with the fine detail of a stationary rock, for example.. A slow shutter can be achieved with a dark filter (often called an ND filter), or by taking the photograph in low light, such as evening or night time.
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Long exposure Equipment:
Neutral Density Filter: (only if you are shooting during the day). I suggest screw-on filters for rainy weather or waterfall work where there is a lot of spray. Variable NDs can be terrible in damp conditions.
Sometimes I like to get as low as possible for foreground intimacy so not having a centre column is something to think about when you are choosing your tripod. Stabilize your tripod so it is heavy, this is important for fine art long exposure photography.
I demonstrate a lightroom preset on this photo of Brunahorn in East Iceland.
This basalt structure has withstood many thousands of years of Icelandic weather, although it recently had a concrete base manufactured to prevent erosion.
This brown landscape scene captures the essence of the Vestrahorn location during the thawing season.