Behind the Falls

Behind the Falls

Among the myriad of waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss is unique in that you can easily walk behind the falls to gain a spectacular view through the water curtain over the adjacent plains.

We visited this site on a (typically) overcast day, and got some good images. The following day was much sunnier, so as we drove back to Reykjavik we made a quick stop, which paid off with this image.

Like the nearby Skogafoss, the challenge for photographers is to create images that reduce the crowds. The best way is to get there early before the tour buses from Reykjavik arrive.

An additional approach is to setup a composition with an angle that minimises crowds, and then pick you moment!.

Another challenge here is the spray from the waterfall. It is intense, so you need to setup your composition, cover the lens and the rip off the cover, shoot, wipe and repeat. Needless to say, plenty of microfibre cloths are essential.

This is one location where a very wide lens helps get the full scene, and exposure blending techniques will be useful to balance the very dark to very bright, especially on a sunny day.

Some Favourite Podcasts

A quick post to relay two podcast I really recommend listening to at the moment.

Real Risk is a podcast looking at what motivates people who participate in various ‘risky’ activities. Hosted by my diving friend, Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris, cave diver extraordinaire1 and anaesthesist Real Risk has featured many extraordinary guests. Really worth a listen.

For divers, the Deeper Blue Podcast, hosted by Deeper Blue founder Stephan Whelan, is a weekly podcast that explores all things scuba diving. The show has a good format and respects listener time by keeping strictly to a 30 minute weekly format. A great show.

  1. One of the key personalities of the Thai Cave Rescue [return]

Grand Valley

This grand valley lies near Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island and is a great example of the incredible hils and valleys that make up the Land of the Long White Cloud.

I love the way that the road cutting through the valley disappears into the folds of the surrounding mountains, and the sheer walls of the cliffs.

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I did a workout with my #AppleWatch and earnt this award celebrating National Parks. #CloseYourRings

Autumn Colours in Kyoto.

Drama over Kirkjufell

An amazing sunrise at this icon if Iceland landscapes.

Lava, Light and Rhyolite

Dark Skies over the Black Church of Budir.

Milky Way over the Lightstation. This image is a favourite from a visit this time last year to the Cape Otway Lightstation, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

Interesting take on how the pandemic might be affecting the oceanic environment: COVID-19: Good or Bad for the Ocean? • Scuba Diver Life

Harbour Sunrise. One of the great joys of living in a city like Sydney is the sheer beauty of the harbour, the city, the coastline and the bushland that surrounds it.

Dive training organisation PADI is launching face masks made from recycled ocean plastics

Hi @manton I must be doing something wrong in Sunlit. How can I select an image from my Flickr feed by default?

Each time I try to post, the app only allows me to select from my local Photos library. I then get the draft, where I can then add additional photos from other sources

Storm over Godafoss. An image from our trip to Iceland in September 2019.

Good advice for divers returning to diving after a COVID-19 infection

Determination of your fitness to return to diving after a COVID-19 infection will require assessment by your physician team confirming your full recovery and ability to safely perform unrestricted vigorous activity.

Well, the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is.…


Good advice on first aid and CPR in the current world.

Saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Brooke-Taylor. The Goodies was a big part of my life as a youngster

The Okinawan Karate Information Centre has posted that the Okinawa Karate Kaikan will be closed for at least the next two weeks

I like the ‘3C’s’:

Avoid the “Three Cs” – “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people” & “Close-contact settings”

A chance to reflect during our journey from Seydisfjordur to Hofn on our visit to Iceland in 2019.

We arrived at our hotel near Hofn after dark, and was surprised on looking out the window the next morning to see this spectacular glacier outlet.

Just off the side of the road near Lake Myvatn in the north of Iceland was this lava cave with a geothermal pool. The brilliant clear water looks tempting, but at over 50C it is too hot to swim in. This cave was a scene used in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, in an episode where Ygritte and Jon Snow enjoyed some alone time in this cave.

Gazing up to the Pagoda

An image from our trip to Japan in 2018

I love the way that Flickr is being progressively revitalised as a great way to view excellent photography.

Noticed that the top trending tag this week in the explore feature is Outside.

A great way to explore the world, and people’s visions of it, while we’re stuck inside.

5th Edition of The Underwater Photographer coming soon.

One of my favourite books on photography in general, and underwater photography in particular is The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge.

The fifth edition of this classic is available as an ebook now, and in print (hard or softcopy) soon.

New chapters cover the latest equipment, processes, and techniques including SLR Cameras, water contact lenses, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, micro four third systems, super macro techniques, motion blur, LED lighting and more.

I have every edition of this book, and it has been a constant, but updating, companion in my underwater photography journey from film cameras, to dSLRs and into modern mirrorless cameras.

I highly recommend this book for those interested in UW photography, and photographers in general.

Pre-order Discount: The Underwater Photographer Edition 5

The eBook version in the above discount is available in the VitalSource eBook app. The ebook is also available on Kindle and is showing as coming in Apple Books.

The Photographer's Ephemeris supports what3words

A little over two years ago I tweeted (and posted) that I would love to see photo planning apps like The Photographer’s Ephemeris build in support for What 3 Words:…

Really pleased to see this has now come to fruition:…

As noted on the TPE’s announcement of What3Words support for both their iOS and Android apps:

what3words provides a unique three word address for any location on earth. what3words has divided the entire world into 3m x 3m squares, assigning three random words to each square, that helps users define their location with an accuracy of just 10 feet.

This is a perfect way of both sharing and inputing locations for photo planning. I’ve had a play, and I really like how this is shaping up.

Flickr seems to be looking Beyond views, faves, and comments

🔗 What’s ahead for 2020