Seljalandsfoss before and after

A picture of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland. I made this picture using a ND filter so the exposure time went up to 6 seconds. But the photo above is not how it came out of the camera.

This was the original image:

It was a rainy and stormy day with a haze of fine water droplets in the air. They somehow all choose my ND filter as a landing spot so I ended up with a picture that looked a little bit foggy and dull. My first idea was to delete the image. But I decided to see if the image could be improved by using some filters from the Nik collection. I mainly used the tonal contrast filter in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to recover some of the detail midtones and shadows. Next up was a little boost of color in the greens and a graduated ND filter to put a little bit of drama in the sky. Overall I’m really impressed with what you can achieve by moving a couple of sliders around and I don’t regret not deleting the original image.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Again Iceland. This time images from the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park. Icebergs from the glacier are floating and melting in the lagoon until they are small enough to float out to the Atlantic. With the changes of tides the icebergs float either in or out of the lake, with a lot of force. So it’s an ideal place to just take a seat and watch the landscape change in front of your eyes.





Floating Icebergs from Sjoerd van der Wal on Vimeo.

Jökulsárlón lava beach


The Jökulsárlón lake in Iceland is a Glacier lagoon filled with icebergs. The lagoon is directly connected to the ocean, so with the tide the icebergs float in and out of the lagoon. Some of the icebergs get washed up on the black lava sand beach near the entrance of the lagoon. As they melt away, the most beautiful abstract works of natural art are sculpted with each wave that hits the icebergs.

For some images of the icebergs in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon you can check out the Iceland series here.

Frozen icebird

Waves during sunrise.

I call this “Prelude To Wet Feet”.

Crystal clear ice.