A camera makes it possible to see a moment, and not just the seconds as they happen. I have recently bought a proper tripod and filter for my camera, and now that we are living in the Dolomites (Did I mention we moved to the Alto Dolomites for the summer?) I have so many beautiful waterfalls to make images of.
These ones show the difference between 1/25 of a second and 2.5 seconds.
Down the mountain from there, after a huge hike that climbed 730m, we found this waterfall as a beautiful oasis on the way down the mountain. This was at the 16th of 18 kilometers, and sorely needed because we were so sore. Another 2.5 second exposure capturing how water moves if you don’t.
Finally, a giant photo panorama with a lake. If time is longer, the water becomes like a polished glass surface and the colours extend. I like to look at this photo as a glimpse into the longer, nonhuman time of nature and the mountains.
More long exposure time, please!
Presented without comment: My favourite photographs from 2017. I’m working on a post about the year, but this is a good start. 2017 was packed with great stuff, and had opportunities for some of the best photographs I’ve ever taken. I’m ready to explore some more in 2018.
- January-April 12 = Busan and Seoul, South Korea
- April 13th-23rd = Vietnam
- April 23-June 13th = USA (Colorado and North Carolina)
- June 13th – September 9th = Iceland
- September 15th – Present = Vietnam
Iceland should really be called WaterfallLand. There are thousands of the beauties all over the island. The glaciers melt in the spring and summer and produce striking white stripes and countless rainbows that contrast with the landscapes and micro-climates. Sometimes, they genuinely seem infused with magic.
And because Iceland’s waters are some of the most unspoiled in the world, you can even drink directly from them!
In our two trips in Iceland we’ve managed to see all the major waterfalls that most guidebooks suggest, from the crowded and famous Seljalandsfoss in the South to Dettifoss in the North.
One of the most famous of Iceland’s waterfalls, found on the South Coast between Thorsmok and the Westman Islands. It’s about 50 minutes outside of Selfoss, or 9ish from Reykjavik. It was featured in Where the Hell is Matt? videos, too!
Skogarfoss Waterfall is found in the South of Iceland. It can be reached by car or by foot on the famous Skogar Trail over the mountains from Thorsmok. We went in January 2015.
The Golden Circle takes its name from this waterfall, which translates as “Gold Falls.” The light in the afternoon makes the water look golden. We went in early August 2016, and it was the most impressive of the sights in the Golden Circle. It also happens to be the gateway to the Icelandic Highlands.
Europe’s most powerful waterfall lies in the North of Iceland, about 1.5 hours from Akureyri. It’s a huge, gray waterfall in the middle of a lava field. Massive and impressive!
My personal favourite. This waterfall is the hardest to access on this list, in the Westfjords of Iceland. The main fall is just the biggest of several in the area, and it’s a magical drive to the foot of the falls. I definitely drank from this one. Find more about the waterfalls of the Westfjords in my previous post.
There are still more beautiful waterfalls to see in Iceland. I guess we’ll just have to come back! Oh dear.
Our previous hike attempt had ended in difficulty when the trail became little more than a rock scramble eight feet wide, with huge drops on both sides. We choose correctly and went back down, saving ourselves for more traveling and hiking later.
The next day, we did a short, steep, and gorgeous hike straight up from Langidalur campground.
The trail is relatively easy, if a bit steep. The only exposure to high drops comes at the very end of the trip, and is easily avoided. The reward? 360-degree views of Thorsmok and the surrounding areas and photos that look like they’ve been ‘shopped.
Next up: Westman Islands, Part One