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.

Haifoss waterfall

Iceland, land of fire and ice….and waterfalls. A lot of waterfalls. All with their own characteristics. Some of them are easily accessible, like the famous Skogafoss or the Seljandfoss, resulting in numerous toursists walking in front of your lens. So one of the reasons I like the Haifoss is that it is not easy to get to. You can hike to it from below, which is nice a 6 hour walk. Or you can drive to the top by 4x4 on a really bumpy road. But when you get there, the view is simply astonishing. For the above picture I took seven pictures with a ND grad filter, which were later put together in Photoshop as a panorama.